A weekend with: Steve Kirk

Steve Kirk
Steve Kirk
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Gosport drummer Steve Kirk, 48, plays in punk-rock band Night of Treason. They appeared last night at Punk By The Sea on South Parade Pier and play again locally on Friday, July 13, at the Golden Eagle in Southsea. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

New York, every time. From the hustle and bustle of Times Square to the hip shops and bars of the East Village, it’s got the lot and some of the buildings take your breath away.

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

Joe Strummer. Luckily, I met Joe a few times before his untimely death and would loved to have spent more time chewing the fat over a few beers.

· What music would you take with you?

Gentlemen and Hooligans by Night of Treason (obviously) and Sandinista by The Clash. I would love to hear Strummer’s thoughts on both.

· What about something to read?

Any good biography featuring a drummer (by far the most interesting member of any band). Dear Boy about Keith Moon is a very good read.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

If a beach on the Med is unavailable then it would be a UK Gold comedy fest featuring Only Fools..., Porridge, One foot in the Grave etc with regular intervals for curry and Guinness, all on a comfy sofa.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

Any drum store to get myself a new all-white Pearl Reference kit, Ludwig Black Beauty snare and a new set of cymbals. I’d also get a sack of drumsticks as I seem to break a pair at every gig lately.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

For a Few Dollars More, with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. It’s a great spaghetti western with a killer soundtrack. The Clash used it as walk-on music in the early 1980s.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

A pint of Guinness please. Apparently, you can live on that alone!

· What are you doing this weekend?

I hope, if the rest of the event is not cancelled (as organisers have said is possible), I will be spending all weekend at Punk by the Sea catching some of my favourite bands like The Damned, Slaughter and the Dogs, UK Subs and Sham 69... also keeping an eye on the Euro football.

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

Southsea with my granddaughter in tow. She loves the beach, the castle and Blue Reef Aquarium. Albert Road shops are good too.