In the company of legends

Last night we dined on seared trout, sipped ginger beer and spiced rum, and shaked, rattled and staggered rolled as the Classic Rock Magazine Awards played out in London’s Roundhouse.

A good friend and I sat amongst famous faces including everyone from Vic Reeves to Status Quo and the phenomenal Billy Gibbons of ZZ top – who collected the Living Legend award on behalf of the band.

To my right, my dinner companion Verden Allen, organist of 70s band Mott the Hoople, regaled me with tales from the past; one of which involved an evening where he was invited to the Flamingo Club on London’s Wardour Street. Upon walking in, he noticed Lou Lou and The Stones jiving away on the dance floor, “That’s when I knew I was in the music business”, he told me, before swiftly grabbing a bottle of spring water and gently whispering in my ear: “I love vodka”.

A truly wonderful night was had by all, despite the rather shambolic presenting skills of host “Duff” McKagan, ex bassist of Guns N’ Roses. Eek.

I left the event beaming – perhaps thanks to the rum, but most likely due to the wonderful company previously by my side. I was feeling secretly smug that I’d just got rather cosy with someone responsible for changing the face of the UK’s music landscape way back before I was even born.

Thank you to the adorable Verden, and thank you to my equally lovely friend Lauren and her mother for her generous invite.