Chili Monkeys host gig for Bolton Wanderers legend Gary Parkinson
A TRIBUTE band is hosting a charity gig to support footballers like Gary Parkinson, who developed locked-in syndrome three years ago after a severe stroke.
The Chilli Monkeys — named after the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arctic Monkeys — formed four years ago and have only played three gigs, but have already raised £20,000 for three charities from their sell-out concerts.
The band — Ian Settle, from Westhoughton, Michael Slater, Scott Woodward and Colin Lawrence-Sykes — formed in 2009 to play a one-off gig for charity.
Three gigs later, they have raised nearly £20,000 for causes, including Bury Cancer Support Centre and Niemann-Pick Disease Group UK, but this year Mr Settle, who works at NatWest in Calvin Street, wants to donate to the Professional Footballers’ Association Benevolent Fund.
Mr Settle, aged 43, said: “It helps support the likes of Gary Parkinson, whose family I have known for many years.”
He added: “We also play rock like Muse and Foo Fighters, a bit of punk like the Sex Pistols, and we even throw in some pop like Take That and Adele.”
The band formed in 2009 after Mr Settle met Michael Slater, who works at KBL Solicitors and found out they both played guitar.
Mr Settle said: “I’ve worked in a bank since leaving school and I often meet a lot of professionals like accountants and lawyers and at one meeting I was sat with Michael.
“I used to play in a band 20 years ago but he said although he played guitar, he’d never performed live or with anyone else, so we agreed that we would get together and have a jam.
“He had an idea to get a couple of others to join and do a gig, so we got Scott, who plays bass, and Colin, who plays drums, and decided to do a one night only gig for charity, which has turned into one a year.”
Gary’s wife Deborah said: “I’m really looking forward to the gig. I’ll be going with my eldest two children Luke and Chloe.”
The band will play at The Roundhouse on November 23.
Tickets are £12.50. Call Ian on 07810 657674.
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