Gren keeps on rocking

The Rivals playing in the old Gaiety bar on South Parade Pier, Southsea in 1974 and, inset, The Two Rivals
The Rivals playing in the old Gaiety bar on South Parade Pier, Southsea in 1974 and, inset, The Two Rivals
Portsmouth in 1717 (from William Gates History of Portsmouth, 1900)

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In one guise or another Gren Mayes has been gigging in Portsmouth for more than 30 years. In fact, he has few rivals.

He still has a faded cutting from The News of 1976 recording how his band The Rivals played the Golden Hind pub in Copnor Road, Copnor, in 1976 among various other venues across the city and surrounding area.

Gren Mayes and Steve Grainger today as The Two Rivals

Gren Mayes and Steve Grainger today as The Two Rivals

The clock has now turned full circle and Gren returns to the Golden Hind on December 22 as one half of the cunningly-named Two Rivals. He is partnered by saxophonist Steve Grainger, formerly of Boy George’s Culture Club, and the duo play songs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Gren, the lead singer in the band’s original incarnation, The Rivals, went solo after they split in 2007. He then became One Rival.

The main picture shows the original line-up playing the Gaiety Bar, South Parade Pier, in 1974, the year it burned down during the filming of Tommy.

JPNS-07-12-12-042 RW rivals''The Rivals remembered in cuttings from The News in the late 1970s

JPNS-07-12-12-042 RW rivals''The Rivals remembered in cuttings from The News in the late 1970s