A SWANSEA-RAISED rock drummer is making a good fist out of keeping up a Badfinger tradition.
Owen Gibbins is the son of Badfinger drummer Mike, and just like his famous dad he is in a band.
Swansea-formed Badfinger, who were made up of Mike, Pete Ham, Ron Griffiths and Tom Evans, were a big noise in the 1960s and were encouraged by the Beatles and signed by the Fab Four’s own record label.
They enjoyed worldwide hits such as Come and Get It (written and produced by Paul McCartney), No Matter What, Day After Day and Baby Blue.
Now Owen, who is currently based in Florida, is part of a rock band called tOCK along with his two brothers, David and Adam.
Owen said: “Being the son of Mike Gibbins, I was steeped in music as a kid. My earliest childhood memory involved Badfinger; I was being driven in a car, asking the burning child question, ‘Are we there yet?’ When we were driving to see someone called Pete. Unfortunately I remember that moment, but not Pete Ham himself.”
Unfortunately, Badfinger were embroiled in legal battles and Mike passed away in 2005 but his sons found escape in music.
Owen said: “It was devastating when my father passed away, but my brothers kept me sane and we were always extremely close.”
Of their album, called I Don’t Care…, he said: “It was all recorded in my Florida project studio and it took years to complete. My brothers David and Adam live a few hours away and while I recorded everything myself on the album, they complete the live set-up. They are both killer musicians and are well known in Orlando.”
Mumbles-based singer song writer Mal Pope said: “I was a big fan of Mike Gibbins. He was such a lovely unassuming guy and a great drummer. He was never one to brag or boast about everything he’d done. I remember them playing in a relief concert for India with George Harrison, it was the first Live Aid type gig.”
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