Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke is becoming a member of the battle to save NYC music venues and collaborating in a profit to help the Cutting Room — the identical spot the place he met his present spouse, Maria Figueredo.
“About 5 years in the past I used to be doing three nights with [Rolling Stones rocker] Ronnie Wooden, and we had been doing a tribute to a blues artist named Jimmy Reed,” he tells us. “The primary evening after I went for a sound verify at 6 p.m., earlier than the doorways open, Maria was there. I had by no means seen her earlier than and my jaw dropped to my chest she was so stunning.”
“I type of flirted along with her,” he tells us. “The one hassle was, I used to be married at the time.”
Kirke says he did get her quantity that evening they usually married three years later, however clarified it was “after my divorce.”
Kirke can be sharing extra tales in a inform all interview with Q104.3’s on-air persona Ken Dashow on Saturday at midday. Followers — whose ticket buy will go to help the Cutting Room — can even find a way to ask the rock legend questions.
As if to show shopping for a ticket and nearly tuning in can be price it, Kirke dropped a gem of rock historical past, telling Web page Six that he was at George Harrison’s home 40 years in the past on New 12 months’s Eve when he obtained a gold telegram from the Beatles file label EMI.
“Home doesn’t actually describe George’s place. It’s a number of zip codes,” Kirke instructed us, saying 100 folks attended the celebration — together with Bad Company’s Mick Ralph and members of Pink Floyd. “Round midnight, the witching hour. . . all of us congregated to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ which nobody is aware of the phrases to, however we fudge it.”
One minute after midnight Kirke says the doorbell rang and a person “wearing a chauffeurs uniform” confirmed up “bearing a present field. . . a black velvet field,” which held a “strong gold telegram,” that was inscribed “To George Harrison from Sir Joseph Lockwood, congratulating you on the sale of your billionth file.”
“We had been gobsmacked,” Kirke mentioned of the quantity, revealing Harrison was much less shocked. Kirke says the legend merely mentioned, “This may make a very good paper weight,” put it apart and “picked up the guitar,” and began taking part in.
Saturday’s occasion is in partnership with the New York Alliance In opposition to Insurance coverage Fraud (NYAAIF). Whereas music venues are ready to open, decreased capability nonetheless makes issues difficult.
Kirke can be taking the stage once more this summer time with solo reveals.