A SOUTH Tyneside musician is hoping for a second chance at rock stardom as he approaches middle age.
John Allom has proved the old saying that life begins at 40 after the band he put together for his birthday party – The Filth Hounds – secured a deal to record a single.
And the song, Too Damn Good, is proving a hit, with radio airplay in places as far flung as the US, Brazil and New Zealand.
Now John is preparing for the band’s first show in his hometown of South Shields, supporting Ronnie James Dio tribute band Heaven or Hell, at the Office in Victoria Road tomorrow.
And the bassist can’t believe his luck, thinking his chance of musical success had passed him by.
John, from Whiteleas, said: “Me and the rest of the lads have played in cover bands for years, but once I got into my 30s I slowly started giving it up – things like jobs, marriage and children start getting in the way!
“But for my 40th birthday last year, I decided to get a few of the lads back together to do a few songs at my party, just for fun.
“But we all really enjoyed it and things took off from there, even though it was meant to be a one-off.”
The hard rock band – which also features fellow North-East musicians Bryan McGill on vocals and guitar, Damian Donnelly on drums and Nigel Pickett on guitar – quickly started writing their own songs, and won a battle of the bands competition, through which the prize was the opportunity to release a download single, which they recorded in May and released a month later.
And Too Damn Good has gone on to be a radio hit all over the world.
John, who works for Groundwork South Tyneside, said: “I really can’t believe it.
“I thought, at 40, my chance had come and gone, but there is hope yet.
“If we can build on the radio success, we could have something.
“We have an album ready to be recorded, we just need a millionaire to come forward and stump up the cash for us to do it!”
Entry is free to the band’s gig tomorrow and the doors open at 7pm.
For more information on The Filth Hounds, visit www.facebook.com/TheFilthHounds