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Tom Morton Tom Morton | 16:51 UK time, Friday, 18 March 2011

I think there's something very poignant in this story from Andy Scrimgeour about how concern for elderly relatives can lead you to compromise your love of rock'n'roll...

"In 1997 I had a couple of weeks in Canada visiting an elderly ex Dundee aunt who has resided in Ontario (Canada) for over 50 years.Whilst we were sitting in the Wayne Gretzky bar (VERY famous ice hockey player) in central Toronto, directly across the road from The Roadhouse - owned by that very famous blues player Jeff Healy, I realised that Jeff was playing that very night as he always did a thursday night slot in his own bar. I convinced my elderly aunt that she would just love the sound of Jeff - who was basically just like Bill Halley...and we manged to get in early and secure a seat right at the front.

As time wore on and Jeff and his band were late to come on..alas..we had to leave as my aunt needed her bed and it was 10.20 pm!!... We caught the bus back to the outskirts of Toronto, and I swore to return and experience Jeff in his hometown. Alas...he sadly passed away around a year later, so it will never happen. But I had seen him at the Perth Concert Hall the previous year. And fantastic he was."

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