BassTalk 22.07.2022: In the summer of 2022, my wife and I took a trip to London to celebrate my birthday. It was extremely hot in London that summer, with temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius. We found the solution to that problem in Camden Town where we were staying because of the district's rich music life, but there was also plenty of opportunity to go to the pub, and that way we could keep the heat down on the first evening in town.
As part of the birthday party, I had bought tickets to the award-winning ABBA Voyage show at the time, which by the way, is a completely mind-blowing experience and an absolute must see for fans. In addition to the visual show which includes all the wonders of modern technology, ABBAtars and the original ABBA vocals from the 1970s, there is a 10-piece band, including choir and all playing live on stage.
In the afternoon before we had to experience the show we visited The Bass Gallery in London which is just a stone's throw away from the center of Camden Town. The shop was hermetically sealed when we arrived and we were about to leave again when a kind soul asked if we wanted to enter. It turned out that the place contains so many expensive instruments that it is always locked so you have to ring a small bell to get in. We had only been in the shop for fifteen minutes before an elderly friendly British gentleman who had actually worked with Anni-Frid Lyngstad from ABBA arrived at The Bass Gallery. He politely introduced himself as Mo Foster after which I immediately retorted: Then I know who you are. Mo Foster is indeed a living legend who has played as a session musician on over 350 recordings, and toured and recorded with among others, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Gerry Rafferty, Brian May, Scott Walker, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA), George Martin, Van Morrison, Sting, Eric Clapton, Dusty Springfield, Dr John, Hank Marvin and the London Symphony Orchestra and on many soundtracks for films, etc.
Mo Foster was the living imitation of kindness. He asked with interest about the music scene in Denmark, and he could remember several of the cities from the many years as a touring musician. He also asked about what we were going to experience in London, and whether my wife could keep up with all that music geekery. Fortunately we also had other things planed which he had a nice chat with my wife about.
A true gentleman who even let me try out his 1960 bass. After the bass had been stolen for several years, a kind soul had handed it over to Mo and now it had just been restored at The Bass Gallery in Camden Town. I am very grateful for this meeting.
I am very sad to learn that Mo died on the 3rd of July 2023 just under a year after our meeting . Rest in peace dear Mo.
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I am very grateful for our meeting.
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