Rock 'n' Roll's greatest failure set for a return in Haverhill

PUBLISHED: 17:23 15 September 2009 | UPDATED: 21:54 31 May 2010

THE spirit of the late 70s is alive and burning brightly in the heart of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett - and their legion of faithful followers as The Incompatible Otway and Barrett tour comes to Haverhill Arts Centre. The pair with their on-o

THE spirit of the late 70s is alive and burning brightly in the heart of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett - and their legion of faithful followers as The Incompatible Otway and Barrett tour comes to Haverhill Arts Centre.

The pair with their on-off-on again musical relationship have a special place in the hearts of their fans after John fluffed what could have been their big break; in an appearance on the BBC2 music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, he attempted an ill-judged Rock 'n' Roll stunt to jump on the amp, slipped and ended with what could euphemistically be described as a 'severe case of groin strain'.

Rock 'n' Roll's self proclaimed greatest failure has had very few hits to date, his most famous being the half-spoken love song Really Free and Bunsen Burner.

But despite poor record sales, his live audience has remained loyal - mainly due to Otway's manic antics and the very real possibility of physical injury during renditions of songs such as Headbutts.

Otway's irrepressible and jester-like energy contrasts sharply with the grumpy old granddad persona of Wild Willy, who besides getting annoyed with his partner, happens to be a highly accomplished multi-instrumentalist.

The Incompatible Otway and Barrett will be appearing at Haverhill Arts Centre on Thursday September 24, at 8pm.

Tickets are £12 and available from the box office on 01440 714140 or online at www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

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