John Keeble has spent most of his life “Hitting things with other things”…
A founder member of Spandau Ballet, he continues to earn his living on a drum stool…
It all began at 8.20am on the 6th July 1959, or so it is written.
I was born into the Brecknock, North London on the cusp of a new decade and despite being rather too young to fully explore the Swingin’ 60’s there were some high points…
I managed to miss the rise of a rubbish scouse band called the beetles, we won the World Cup just after my seventh birthday and a few years earlier my parents had bought me a toy drum kit…
By the time the 70’s arrived, I had made some important decisions. It was apparent that at some stage in the future, I would have to earn a living… and given that my parents …or indeed anyone else that I had met, had never exactly enthused about their jobs,
I reckoned that it would be good to be able to look forward to work.
This led me to three possible career paths;
Play football for Arsenal (of course!).
Keep wicket for England.
Or play Drums…
It all seemed so very simple at the age of ten.
The early 70’s were devoted to the honing of these skills;
Incessant football and cricket games in the flats or at the local park and hours spent constructing ‘drum kits’ from a plethora of household items. Weekly trips to West End music shops facilitated hours of awe and wonder and much ogling of the shiny metal and wood. A growing record collection and regular gig attendances enthused my soul, and ‘Rock Star’ became the Holy Grail.
At sixteen, I bought my first kit for £45 from Exchange and Mart and when Owens School moved to Potters Bar in 1976 the facilities included a music room which soon housed my new purchase.
It was in this room that I would practise at lunchtimes and after school. In the autumn of ’76, together with some other pupils, I formed a band.
We would become Spandau Ballet.
The 80’s were spent living the dream as the band performed across the globe and had many worldwide hits.
Since then I have performed extensively with Tony Hadley on his solo projects and worked with many artists and bands including Fish, 69 Daze, The Herbs and Pacific (featuring the greatly missed legend John McGeoch).
Recently I have worked on a number of projects with Tim Deluxe and also have my own band ‘I Play Rock’.