'Legend' - it's an often misused term, but on the 11 January 2010 we lost the legend that is Mick Green, at the relatively young age of 65. During his career Mick played with, amongst others, The Pirates (with and without Johnny Kidd), Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Lemmy, and even in Las Vegas with Englebert Humperdinck ...he was also a guitar teacher and songwriter, and apparently a top bloke, a man of great humour, sharp wit and generosity of spirit and a proper gent by all accounts. I think Mick spoke for many of us when he said "When I look in the mirror, I see an old bloke. But as soon as I strap on a guitar, I feel 18 again." His influence on generations of guitarists is immense, especially via Pete Townshend & Wilko Johnson, who both cite him as a major influence. I saw the Pirates live a few times in the late 70's during their 'comeback' period, they seemed to be everywhere at that time - punk gigs, pub gigs, rock gigs, festivals... I can vouch for the fact that Mick always ran his Marshall stack flat-out with that Tele Custom, even in pub venues. I have the tinnitus to prove it. Also, I recall that he virtually never touched the amp or guitar controls at all...my jaw dropped when I saw Mick play close-up for the first time. C'mon Fender, where's that Mick Green signature Custom...?? There's plenty of posts about Mick on here, and tons of stuff on t'interweb. Go on, treat yourselves! Here's a few reminders of how to properly play guitar in a three-piece rock 'n' roll band... The Pirates play Chuck's Johnny B. Goode as their encore on the German TV show - a classic Mick Green performance: The Pirates classic live at the Reading festival in 1978, includes a short interview with Mick. The Friday night crowd were there for the The Jam (who had to follow them on stage that night), Sham 69, and other punk acts of the day. The Pirates totally won them over, as usual - I was in the crowd for this: One of the songs co-written by Mick for Status Quo, as performed by the Pirates at Dingwalls in 1977: On stage in 1999 with a few other legends, without the stripy pants and the boots, but still with the Tele Custom: RIP Mick.