FUNK soul brothers the Million Billion Band are reuniting potentially one last time for a special charity gig later this month, writes Matt Taylor.
Monies raised from the comeback show at Uppermill Civic Hall on August 31 will be donated to groups responsible for overseeing the preservation and protection of Dovestone Reservoir.
The Million Billion Band Dovestone charity gig will be attended by members of groups and organisations associated with the safety and preservation of Dovestone including Oldham Mountain Rescue, the RSPB and with this summer’s moorland blazes still fresh in the memory, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
And they have now contributed to local man and MBB founder, Paul ‘Boots’ Errock, bringing the popular soul and funk band back together for the first time in three years.
One-time Greenfield resident, Terry Oldham (Maurice Million) is flying over from New Zealand especially for the one-off show.
In the 10 years together MBB established a loyal and substantial following.
But in 1996 ‘Boots’ aka Boris Billion, was taken seriously ill and the band was forced to part their separate ways, while still remaining close friends.
In 2003, Terry moved back to his native New Zealand but stayed in close contact with ‘Boots’.
Uppermill based music promoter and photographer Tim Simpson is putting on the gig and is predicting a sell-out for the reunion.
“It was ‘Boots’ that instigated it,” said Tim. “We’re trying to help Dovestone.
“The band was popular back in the day and with them not gigging in a while it will be great.
“The capacity will be 560 people and we are quite confident we will fill the place.
“We will have DJs on upstairs and downstairs and Paddy O’Hare on support.
“‘Boots’ goes to Dovestone walking his dog so he is keen on RSPB getting some of the charity money.
“Terry lived at the bottom of the moors and was really upset about what happened at Dovestone.
“It’s a lovely place and a wonderful part of the world. The fire broke my heart.
“Terry rang and said is there any chance of getting back together for a one-off in aid of Dovestone? So, it’s probably the last time the Billion Band will be together.”
To boost proceeds, organiser Tim Simpson will be raffling off a succession of prizes including a giant pie, courtesy of the Little Saddleworth Pie Company, plus signed United and City prints donated by A Sign of the Times.
There will also be a men’s jacket from vintage clothes shop, Common Ilke, £40 voucher for soon to be opened women’s accessories and gift shop, Suzi’s Wardrobe, and an hour’s photography and framed print worth £120 from Tim Simpson Photography.
If there are any other individuals or businesses who would like to donate prizes they can get in touch via Tim on 07790 787732. Alternatively there is a Just Giving page set up at https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/popup
Hall and doors will open at 7pm with MBB coming on stage at 9pm.
Tickets are priced at £15 and are available online: popupuppermill.co.uk
Alternatively, they can be bought at Uppermill Post Office.