A HUDDERSFIELD covers band is to support glam rockers T Rex.
Helter Skelter play Masham Town Hall in North Yorkshire on Monday, February 25, supporting the popular 1970s group, which includes original drummer Paul Fenton, who comes from Dewsbury.
The quartet, who play rock covers from the 1960s to the present day, got the gig after impressing T Rex manager Barry Newby at a show in Pontefract last month.
Helter Skelter comprises singer/guitarist Graeme Cox, from Fenay Bridge, guitarist/singer Simon Partridge, of Hebden Bridge, bassist Carl Fairhurst, from Ainley Top, and drummer Rob Elkin, of Halifax.
In tribute to the 1970s group, whose hits include 20th Century Boy and Children of the Revolution, Helter Skelter have been practising songs by 1970s hard rockers Thin Lizzy and Bad Company.
Graeme, 34, said: “When T Rex’s manager asked us to play my knees buckled. I was blown away.
“We’ve been going two years and we’ve built up a following around Huddersfield. But then a legend of rock wants you to work with them.
“Obviously Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn are dead, but to be asked to support part of that movement was quite humbling.
“It’s a great opportunity for us.”
And Helter Skelter may be playing further support for T Rex.
Graeme says: “We’re waiting to hear confirmation of a show with T Rex at Halifax Piece Hall. T Rex made it clear they want to make it more than one show.”
For tickets and a coach to Masham call Richard Gee on 07799 873 629.
Helter Skelter also play The Bay Horse at Lindley on Saturday Berry Brow Liberal Club, on Saturday, February 16, and Waterloo Bowling Club the day after.