Alan was possibly the greatest guitarist I have ever seen live, and for the best part of over a decade I had the immense pleasure and wonder of playing with him in Mad Dolly.
Able to shred at intense fast pace, and with a full tilt classic rock style of songwriting, his lead was how Mad Dolly’s sound developed.
At rehearsals, he was always relaxed and more than happy to give anything a go – what worked worked, what didn’t, didn’t, but was always worth a try. And when we were bored, we had this game, playing guitar exercises faster and faster until one of us broke and couldn’t play – we called it “chicken”.
At gigs, he became the full-on lead singer who put on a massive stage show for our little crowds. He was always able to put on a 110% performance for everyone, and we all loved him for it.