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.
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.