EDIT: All of the information I have provided in this post regarding the closure of the Castle is wrong. The Castle is still going to be the Castle. It seems it will close for a couple of weeks for refurbishment and when it re-opens, part of it will be a restaurant. Live music is still very much a part of it. Sorry for the misinformation.
It’s very sad news about the Castle, I’m afraid. As of May 2011, the Castle, Finchley Road, will no longer be a live music venue. It’s becoming a fish restaurant. This means that today’s Dave Stark Five and Friends jam session will be the last one. We still have the big one on the 23rd of April to celebrate the Big ‘O’s 75thbirthday (see previous post).
I’d just like to say how proud and privileged I am to have worked at the Castle and to have met Denis Cook. If it weren’t for Denis, I would never have met Dave Stark and his fantastic band of musicians and been able to do my Roy Orbison tribute. And the job he did in turning the Castle around was amazing. It’s a true tragedy to see it changing.
Denis, I wish you all the best. You’re one of the best people I know.