James drums up support for punk super group

L to R Tom Von Simpson, Decca Wade, Kevin Donnelly, James Newman, Tony Vanfrater and Nicky Buck
L to R Tom Von Simpson, Decca Wade, Kevin Donnelly, James Newman, Tony Vanfrater and Nicky Buck
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AN Ulgham teenager joined a North East punk super group to pay tribute to a drumming legend.

Decca Wade from Jarrow, drummer of the Angelic Upstarts, has teamed up with Sunderland-based Cockney Rejects guitar hero Tony Vanfrater and ex Red Alert bass player Tom Von Simpson to record an updated version of Cozy Powell’s Dance with the Devil.

The ex-Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer, who died in a car crash in 1998, was a friend of Decca’s and taught him how to play parts of the complicated drum patterns that made up the song which made number three in the charts in 1974.

Community radio station Radio Northumberland did a special documentary about the making of the record and 13-year-old James Newman, son of presenter Keith, provided backing vocals and hand claps for the single.

The Newminster Middle School and Technology College pupil said: “It was a fabulous experience being in a recording studio with three legends of punk. It was the best way to spend my summer holidays ever.”

Decca named the band the Moscow Mules after a famous cocktail.

Sponsorship for the single has been given by Ashington-based business GSP (UK).

Managing Director Kevin Donnelly said: “I knew Decca when we were younger and always admired his drumming style. When I heard that he was looking for help financing the single I decided to step forward as Cozy Powell was a hero of mine too. It’s great to be part of something that could be a major hit.”

It will be available for download from iTunes.