His distinctive power-house vocal style got him the attention of local musicians and eventually landed him the lead singer in , which he held for the last few years of the band's existence.Since then he had been involved with several bands, some covers acts, some doing original material, yet always done to high standard with his trademark Brazilian passion stamped all over it.
He was involved with so many various rock musicians in our region, and his passing has been deeply felt by so many people that he worked with, those he entertained, or even those he called friends.
Local promoter (and good friend of Roddy), Gary Melling, has organised the Rodfest event to mark what would have been the singer's 43rd birthday.
With tickets priced at a very reasonable 10 (for the main stage of the Academy), this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Not only to see some of this region's giants of rock, but also to raise money for a very good cause, and to pay respect to a much-loved great entertainer.
Well, Sarah from the Centre has been thinking the same thing and if the punters turn up in their droves, and drink lots (drink aware now!
), the Centre may just be able to afford a massive black backdrop.
(pictured above at the Penny Gill) are well-known in the North-East for their professionalism and attention to detail - indeed, their covers are superceded only by their superb self-penned numbers.
And we understand they dropped everything to be free for this night.
Hope to see you at what promises to be a monster afternoon with all the monies collected being donated to.
There will be NO raffle and NO auction so best save all your change for the buckets that will be going round in the hands of big gadgies (and gadgettes) throughout the event.
You can get there on foot from Byker Metro (15 mins) or catch one of the Quaylink buses straight from the many stops in the Toon.