Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70'sDiablo...Yes indeed...Excellent multi percussive Santana type outfit, original line up was based in London with just drummer vocalist Ray King from Medway, the second line up which won the national Wheatley taverns heat at the Old Ash Tree was Tony Parsons Gtr/vocals - Ray King drums/vocals - Pete Burt Bass (went on to play in the Frankie Miller band) - Bobby Stignac (who also played with Gonzalez) Don Rey timbales (deceased) - the other guitarists name I can't remember......There was a third line up as well which did a fantastic BBC radio Medway session with Mike Brill
Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Diane Stewart (Graham Bond's ex wife) was in the second Diablo line up on backing vocals & percussion (she was with Ginger Baker`s Airforce)
Bobby de Montez replaced Bobby Stignac on congas in the second line up (he was also an ex member of Ginger Baker`s Airforce & Noel Reddings band Fat Mattress) think he died a few years back.
The conga player from reggae band Steel Pulse was in the band at one point, as was the cuban percussioniste Tony Navara.
Whilst Diablo gigged in the Kent area and Ray and Tony were Medway musos, all the others were London based, and so they were probably more well known on the pub rock circuit of the metropolis playing at the venues of the day..Hatchetts Piccadilly, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, Greyhound Fulham Palace Road, Pied Bull Islington, Golden Lion Fulham, the Kensington at the Oval, etc etc, plus numerous University gigs.
The last line up was a four piece: Ray King/Drums timbales vocals - Simon Darby/Bass - Don Rey/Congas (deceased) - Adrien Perry/Guitar (deceased).