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2002-Apr-05: With A Little Help From Their Friends

Liverpool's Daily Post reports today that Sir Paul and some other stars have donated musical equipment to a local club in an effort to help develop some new Mersey acts.  The Picket, on Hardman Street, wanted to make a collection of equipment such as amplifiers, microphones, and instruments available to new bands so that they would be allowed to play with the minimum of fuss and expense to themselves.   A variety of friends generously responded to their request.  The refurbished venue is now equipped with items such Sir Paul's guitar amps, Yoko Ono's keyboard, Oasis's microphones, and Elvis Costello's bass amps.

The Picket's manager, Phil Hayes stated: "I think our friends in the music industry recognize the importance of what we do and have been doing since we opened in the mid-80s. I am very grateful to those who have helped provide the backline. I can assure them their donation will be of great benefit to loads of musicians."

Future plans include the acquisition of a video system, so that at the end of their performances, bands can be given a tape to show off their work.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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