REIVERS in Galashiels are taking the tribute route next weekend, with gigs from the Counterfeit Clash and top Freddie Mercury impersonator Billy West.
Glasgow outfit the Counterfeit Clash was formed with the intention of performing once and once only in December 1996.
Brothers George & John Coventry had been asked to form a band for a fundraising gig for Radio Clyde’s Cash For Kids appeal. As they were huge Clash fans, they formed a tribute act, asking pals Rab McCahill and Johnny Leslie to complete the line-up.
The band’s once-only show was to be at the Commercial Inn, in Lennoxtown – 10 miles north of Glasgow – and it was a huge success. So much so, they were asked to perform again the next year.
It was obvious to the four Counterfeits that they had touched on to something which could get much bigger – and they are, indeed, still going strong. They appear at the Reivers on Friday, March 8.
And the very next night, Billy West graces the Reivers stage with his tribute to Queen.
A spokesman said: “Billy West is now regarded as Europe’s no 1 Freddie Mercury impersonator.
“Billy’s tribute to the frontman of the world’s greatest rock band is sure please even the most discerning audience.
“Recreating the persona of Freddie with pinpoint accuracy, this electrifying tribute show is not to be missed”
Both shows start at 7.30pm and tickets for both – available behind the bar – are priced at £5.