Added on 19-Jun-2008
A CLASSIC rock band featuring a guitarist who used to play in a group with Freddie Mercury is heading to the Island.Mike Bersin was in the band Ibex with Freddie prior to the charismatic frontman joining Queen. The former will be playing in his current band, The Proper Boys – which features vocalist Paul Elliott who used to play with Sting – at the Kennedy Lounge at Onchan Squash Club on Saturday, June 28.
The line-up is completed by bassist John Gladstone and drummer Gregg Strettle and the band have played at packed venues all over the British Isles raising thousands of pounds for charity.
Guided by audience reaction, their set is now full of the tunes that define the best in guitar rock.
With many years' experience on the stage, obsession with quality and a policy of playing music that the audience want to hear, the band always have their audience jumping!
Mike's time with Ibex was documented in an excellent article about Freddie in the March 1996 edition of Record Collector which is well worth fans tracking down.
The article stated: 'Freddie lived for music and in August that year (1969) he seized upon the opportunity he'd been waiting for – to sing in a band.
'Too impatient to form one of his own he did the next best thing and found himself a ready-made outfit.
'His quarry was Ibex, a Merseyside-based trio comprising two 18-year-olds, Mike Bersin (guitar and vocals) and John "Tupp" Taylor (bass and vocals) and a drummer by the name of Mick "Miffer" Smith.
'Bersin and Taylor had played together since 1966 in a band called Colour, earning a local reputation with a series of gigs at such noted venues as Manchester's Twisted Wheel Club and the Cavern in Liverpool.
'They'd even acted as a pick-up band for cult British blues singer Jo-Ann Kelly.'
There's also a photo featuring Mike and Freddie in June's issue of The Word.
All these years on Mike is still playing and looking forward to performing in the Island.
As one happy fan of the band said: 'If you want a proper night – see the Proper Boys.'
For more information on the band and to hear what they sound like visit www.theproperboys.co.uk