I’ve been reading with much interest and it has to be said,with a lot of nostalgia, the history of the legendary Marquee Club.

Many an evening was spent by yours truly within it’s hallowed walls, firstly at the Wardour Street site & then again when it re-located to

Charing Cross Road. Can I remember all the bands I saw at both sites? If only! Certain gigs do however stick out as truly memorable.

When Metal Church played at the Charing Cross site, Mike Howe introduced a ‘new’ band by the name of The Four Horsemen saying that they’d only played a couple of times. Some of us were already in the ‘know’ and on walked Metallica, this being I think the only time they were Metal Church’s support act!

The first band I saw when the club re-located was Dan Reed Network who were making their UK debut. A fantastic night followed.

Memories of Wardour Street gigs has to be Great White with their Fins Over London and unfortunatly queuing for Joe Satriani only to just miss out getting inside before it was full.

Of course no evening at the Wardour Street site was  proper without starting proceedings with a pint or three in the institution that is The Ship .

A wonderfully old fashioned pub whose customers were both rock fans & musicians & whose bar staff were all about 75 years old.

And so, raise a glass if you will to the much missed legend that was The Marquee Club.

Yes folks, I’ll have Tokyo Nights by Beautiful Beast on this Saturday’s Roulette.

This will be their radio debut so please tune in and listen.

To quote Beautiful Beast’s Julian Angel “Beautiful Beast will look, sound and feel like it’s 1989, serving you cliché-laden, outdated hair metal”

Their debut album will be out Autumn/Fall 2010

Check out the band’s Facebook page –  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautiful-Beast/108655302490873 

& Julian’s own page –  http://www.angel-rock.com/

Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow) has lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67. His wife/manager Wendy Dio has updated the Dio website with the following:

“Today (May 16th) my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

You can leave your condolences on Facebook.

Dio remembered in photos here.

It is indeed a sad loss to the world of music, to most people he was ‘Metal’ He certainly was very influential, with a unique, unmistakable vocal style.