They were the last band from Portsmouth to crack the top 40 and they split up nearly a decade ago, but indie band Ricky are to reform for one night only at a charity concert paying tribute to their friend, Camilla Dickens.
Camilla died last year aged 25 after a three-year fight with a rare form of bone cancer. But tomorrow, the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea is playing host to CaMassive, which will raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust in her memory.
Ricky singer Jim Line says: ‘I’m 99.99per cent certain it’s for one night only.’
Guitarist Gary Rex now lives in Australia, but the concert coincides with him making a rare visit back home.
As Jim explains: ‘I’d love to say that Gary has flown over specially for this, but that would be a lie. We were going to do this anyway, but then by amazing coincidence Gary was coming back from Australia as well.’
These days Jim sings with the Southsea Alternative Choir, which started out in 2010 to raise money for a lad with cerebral palsy through Samuel’s Fund.
Everyone who has been involved has been amazing and I’m sure it will be a night that will make her proud. Thank you to everyone who has supported this and helped me make it happenChris Wells, CaMassive organiser
‘We’ve got our original drummer Ashley, who’s a member of the Southsea Alternative Choir with me and Sam, also from the Alternative Choir, who’s very kindly playing bass for us.
‘There will be five people on the stage, and four of us will be original members, which isn’t a bad conversion rate after all this time.’
The band’s line-up is completed by guitarist Guy Gyngell.
‘We’ve put a couple of songs in the set that were on the album that we never played live, and we’re going to play the song that Cammi played piano on, which will be really poignant.’
They will also be playing Camilla’s favourite Ricky song, Speculation, from their unreleased second album, High Speed Silence.
‘It’s nice for us all to be stood in a room without any pressure from the record company. It’s the first time we’ve stood in a room and played our music purely for the fun of it, without any pressure or career aspirations. It should be a really heartwarming evening.’
Chris Wells, who organised the evening for the popular musician and trainee teacher, adds: ‘Cam was a special person in my life who I will never forget – she touched the hearts of so many people and gave so much and only asked for your friendship in return.
‘The idea of celebrating her life had been on my mind for a while, as well as supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. So I decide to organise CaMassive, an evening of live music for Cam.
‘Everyone who has been involved has been amazing and I’m sure it will be a night that will make her proud. Thank you to everyone who has supported this and helped me make it happen.’
Also playing are Strumdiddlyumpious and the Oaklands Sax Quartet.
Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk