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I don't think we get surprised anymore that musicians and performers we like turn out to be dickheads. Cope's dick-head-omiter probably goes up to 11.
Canceling a gig in York at 6:00 on the day because the lights in the venue were too dark. I mean.....
I reckon he can be a bit 'mercurial'.
I've mentioned this (nearly was) claim to fame before... a couple of years ago a mate of mine who knows JC phoned me up and asked if I was any good on drums.... I play (after a fashion) guitar and possibly bass and keyboards at a push but I registered my interest anyway (you would) and asked to hear more...
He said JC was putting together an event out on the Marlborough Downs celebrating/commemorating a big civil war battle. He wanted me to hide in a hedge playing one of JCs big anarchist bass drums. I said I'd do it. I was also supposed to play 'Mo Tucker drums' in a Floyd / Love covers band at an evening event! (Not with Cope in the band though I hasten to add).
Fairly late in proceedings (we hadn't actually rehearsed at all yet , but I was never sure than was going to happen anyway) Cope pulled the plug on the outdoor event - he found out the Parliamentarians lost the battle to the royalists and lost interest. He also cancelled the live elements of the festival - now known as the Syd/Arthur Festival (see what he did there?) - and took in online instead
It is probably just as well. I was starting to have those anxiety dreams/nightmares where you turn up for an exam without having done any work. I have to practise anything to death to get any good at playing it on instruments I can play. Fuck knows how bad I'd have been on drums.
Anyway, Genius is as genius does.
Count me in as a fan of his writings and recordings - one of the greats. I saw him at Glastonbury in his full St Julian pomp and then when I moved to Brighton I found there was a minor indie cult of JC going on in the town. Our club night was called The Sunshine Playroom!