I’m very sad to announce that original Vice Squad drummer Shane Baldwin died yesterday 30th January 2024.
Shane was self taught with a unique style that gave our early recordings a very distinctive sound and he was the band member who got us our first reviews in the music press by giving Garry Bushell a copy of Last Rockers.
Shane was a published author and contributed regularly to magazines like Record Collector and Vive Le Rock amongst others.
In the early days of Vice Squad he was often my partner in drinking crime and we even won a limbo dancing competition somewhere in the US on tour.
Shane’s playing inspired many other young drummers to pick up sticks and beat out some furious Punk Rock and those early records of our’s will live on as a testament to the youthful second wave of U.K. Punk.
He will be greatly missed.
A special memorial event will be held at the Thunderbolt 124 Bath Road Bristol BS4 3ED on Saturday 14th April
for more information contact Simon Edwards on snje407@gmail.com
image of Beki Bondage and Shane Baldwin of Vice Squad
Beki and Shane of Vice Squad
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