Mick Tucker lost his five-year battle against leukaemia on Valentines
Day at the age of 54.
of two surviving members of the band, guitarist Andy Scott, has
lived in Wiltshire for the past eleven years.
Wiltshire Sound’s Dan Chisholm caught up with him to share memories
of Mick Tucker: the man and musician.
here to listen to the interview
is anticipated that many stars from the world of rock music will
attend Mick Tucker’s funeral which will take place on Monday 25th
Wiltshire Sound’s Dan Chisholm writes:
Scott and I had been planning for several weeks to meet up for a
meal last Friday evening following his recent radio programmes for
BBC Wiltshire Sound.
he rang on Valentines Day to break the news just hours after Mick’s
death, I could barely take it in.
Sweet were the first band I saw live back in 1973 .. and I can still
recall the gig as if it were yesterday. I remember this huge drum-kit
which Mick Tucker sat behind. He seemed to play the impossible,
a fantastic showman twirling his drumsticks like a majorette with
a baton. To me he was the most under-rated drummer in the world
Sweet: One of the leading bands of the early 1970s
got over the fact that when the music critics talk about great drummers,
they always mentioned Keith Moon, Carl Palmer, Cozy Powell and others
- but rarely Mick Tucker.
he hadn’t played with Andy Scott for a few years now, the Wiltshire-based
guitarist told me they were best mates in the band and remained
in touch. And he insisted we went ahead with our planned meal, stressing
that we should raise a glass to absent friends because "Mick would’ve
the years of pleasure the band gave me, a decent bottle of champagne
was the least I could do. I never met Mick Tucker, but he sure made
a massive musical contribution to my life.
"Man With The Golden Arms" - thanks for such wonderful memories.
My thoughts are with your family.