Meeting Mr Wilson

Written By: LWDadmin

Meeting Mr Wilson 2002 ‘This article was originally printed in the ‘Stomp’ 2002′

Pet Sounds Tour Poster 2002
Mark London’s Great Pet Sounds Tour Poster 2002

So the story begins most unexpectedly with the delivery of a small brown, type written envelope…. little did I know that the letter enclosed would be so wonderful…? Roy & Mike of the Stomp had written to me wondering if I would consider!? Presenting Melinda Wilson with a bouquet of flowers. This was take to take place on the night of Brian’s first London show….. Needless to say, as I read & re-read the letter I was trembling! I Called Mike up that evening… he said they had been wondering who they could ask, and remembered that I had been ill in ’88 (on what would have been, my first convention) They thought that the opportunity to do this might make up for missing Brian all those years ago…..
The next challenge, was wondering who to take with me… they wanted it to be someone who had not met Brian before, which was tricky, then I remembered a chap called Harvey who I had received a couple e-mails from regarding articles in the press…checked with Roy first, so as not to get his hopes up. Then on Friday morning, e-mailed Harvey. John Porteous had already mentioned to Harvey that I had been asked to do this… Harvey was thrilled… & accepted….
I was totally fraught, as the first notion was to present the flowers on the stage just after the interval…. which merely the thought of made me shudder, but thankfully it was then decided to do it back stage after the gig. So, made all the arrangements, didn’t tell anyone else, as didn’t want to jeopardise anything… & on Sunday once I had finished work, headed off to London, listening to Pet Sounds…
We arrived at the Royal Festival Hall at 5ish, the bar area already had some people milling about, donned in their beach boy t-shirts… went & got a much needed pint, as the realisation of what was ahead of me was hitting in! John called, and said to turn round, he was the other side of the room waving at me, he suggested I get to the ticket booth ASAP as they had a few tickets back for that night… I had booked