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Formed at Birkenhead Institute for Boys in 1965, the Klubs initially boasted a fairly fluid line-up - a group of that name who entered a September 1965 beat contest on the Isle of Man were pulled together with only two days notice. Despite the ad hoc nature of the line-up and attendant lack of preparation, the Klubs somehow emerged as competition winners, music weekly Disc proclaiming that they d played some knockout R B numbers. By the end of the year, the Klubs line-up had solidified as Paddy Breen vocalsAlan Walker vocals, harmonicaTrevor Griffiths lead guitarJohn Reid rhythm guitarNorris Easterbrook bass and Kenny Marshall drums.

Playing in and around Liverpool on a semi-pro basis, the Klubs brand of driving R B was effectively the provincial equivalent of the thriving Home Counties scene - indeed, their early performances were built around covers of Stones and Pretty Things material.

The group made frequent trips to London, often playing at Tiles in Oxford Street as well as the prestigious Marquee.

While Warrant is not my favorite band, they do hold the honor of being the first concert I went to see. It was the oft celebrated USO Performance at McGuire AFB, New Jersey. One of my friend s older sister had taken us to see them.