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|Posted on 1 October, 2014 at 6:07||comments (67)|
In March 2014 I was admitted to hospital with a high temperature and vomiting. This was diagnosed by doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as Influenza A. My breathing became difficult and I had to be ventilated. Pneumonia to both lungs followed along with Bocavirus, liver failure and kidney failure. I was in the Intensive Care Unit and in bad way. I was put into an induced coma and a Tracheotomy was carried out as my oxygen intake was poor.
My wife and children were told I would not survive the next two hours.The only path available was a very risky one, and even then, the chances of survival were slim… After a complicated assessment, the ECMO team at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital agreed to take me in as an emergency patient and try their best to stabilise me within their Intensive Care Unit.
The next few weeks saw me intubated, ventilated, on kidney dialysis, fed through my nose, consecutive blood transfusions, and two sessions of ECMO. I suffered a cardiac arrest, being revived by CPR… and then a stroke… but the incredible ECMO team under the direction of Dr Richard Porter never gave up, even in the darkest of hours... and without any shadow of doubt these amazing people brought me from the brink of death.
When stabilised I was transferred to Intensive Care at Warwick Hospital, and finally to Leamington Rehab Hospital where they helped me regain use of my limbs, regain some of the weight I had lost, rebuild muscle mass and I had to learn to walk again.
Everyone involved who helped me survive this terrible 6 month ordeal has been fantastic and I am so unbelievably grateful to them. The ECMO treatment I received at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester was crucial in keeping me alive and has saved the lives of so many adults, children and babies who, without this, would certainly not be alive today.
Please, please help me and my family raise some money to help fund the lifesaving treatment that Leicester's Specialist Hospitals provide for people like me who had little or no hope of survival. Please give whatever you can through JustGiving and you can be sure that the money goes to where it is needed.
|Posted on 9 January, 2013 at 15:58||comments (9)|
On 6th January 2013, Psycho and I were interviewed on the Dave Charles show at Harborough FM 102.3FM. Dave asked quite a few searching questions about life on the road with Adam Ant, the stories behind the songs and our take on social media. It was good fun and the response from listeners was excellent. Thank you for making us welcome Dave.
You can hear the interview here
|Posted on 29 October, 2012 at 18:19||comments (7)|
I have recently been creating sleeve artwork for a new single release by another of my music idols PETER GODWIN, for his fantastic song 'Sky Falls'. This is a homage to James Bond and is a fantastically John Barry-esque creation produced by Charlie Hoskyns.
But then, just as I was getting over the shock of being asked to create the sleeve artwork, Peter asked if I would have a go at creating a movie-style trailer for the song... which of course I just had to do! ... and here it is... 'SKYFALLS'
The SKY FALLS song is available to buy from itunes HERE
|Posted on 29 October, 2012 at 17:34||comments (3)|
Review of JOHNNY NORMAL supporting BLANCMANGE
I just found this from May 2012...
|Posted on 27 October, 2012 at 7:58||comments (9)|
So, we rolled up at the famous Eddie's Rock Club in Birmingham about an hour later than we planned due to traffic and other stuff, and were surprised that we could park outside the load in door... The main band had been delayed sowe had access immediately to set up and sound check. Colin (the owner) greeted us and we felt at home from the offset, what a lovely fella). it made us happier when Psycho recognised Rhys the sound engineer, so we knew the quality of the PA would be good.
The set up was fast as usual and the soundcheck went well. I had been nursing a bad throat all week and it meant that I was unable to hit some of the higher notes so decided to sing pretty much every song an octave lower, which feels weird and takes some concentrating I can tell you!
The other bands arrived (Surgyn and Modulate)... all nice fellas and very good at what they do. The green room was relaxed and food and drink arrived with Frank, so all was good).
We were on quite early (and I don't normally like playing a Friday night so early) and for the first song it was pretty empty. As the set progressed more people came in and big thanks to the lovely ladies who were dancing in front of the stage. We weren't however expecting the 25k sound rig!!! Man above, it was good, and was running at about 30% on the night. Lighting was fab and on stage sound was crisp.
We had a good response from the audience, who were very understanding about my bad throat and enjoyed themselves anyway. (I gave out come free albums at the end as a thank you). Psycho Pete was fab, as usual and filled in for the high vocal bits for me! All in all we had fun, and thank you to those who sought us out at the end and said some very nice things about the show. We appreciate you taking time out to say hello, it makes it all much more fun.
We managed to link up with another couple of bands who were there and they, surprisingly, were fans. A lot of chatting on the car park and it seems we might be working with them soon now. Also managed to get an agreement to start on a new gig project which will be a milestone for us in 2013. A mention for Surgyn and Modulate who were fantastic and entertained the crowd all night, and evenadded a metallic robot who dnced his way through the audience... great fun. All in all a good night.
|Posted on 16 October, 2012 at 8:14||comments (0)|
'JOHNNY NORMAL' will be opening the show for the mighty 'MODULATE' and the equally fab 'SURGYN' at Eddie's Birmingham on Friday 26th October. Doors open 7pm, Johnny Normal on stage at 7.30pm.
Ticket price is £10.00 and that includes entry to the after show party/CLUBTRON club night. Tickets from http://www.johnnynormal.net/performances.html
|Posted on 15 October, 2012 at 12:21||comments (246)|
Johnny Normal's music has been selected to be included in a music archive by the British Library: The New Music Network. The long term goal of the New Music Network is to systematically collect and document significant new music, in all its forms, across the UK. This part of the project, managed by Radio To Go Ltd for the British Library, has been in development for well over two years.
"Amazing new music has emerged online, as musicians have both taken control of their own production and distribution processes. This is a significant cultural development: valuable and inspiring. It is also fragile: extraordinary work can emerge one day, and disappear the next. We want to ensure that the best new music is kept for posterity, with the blessings of the people who created it.So how to do this? The first step was to rough out a solid way to identify new music. We went for a regional approach, as so much new music emerges from collaborative work in one area or another, and we picked the West Midlands as a particularly diverse starting point. This led to the selection of a team of advisors, all of whom work in or around the local music industry, some in specialised music areas. Our advisors selected up to 100 tracks each, and those tracks have been whittled down to the selection available on this site, and which will also go into the British Library’s archive. We looked for significant new music from the region that has emerged over the past two years, that was not on a major record label, and that was available online."