A ROCKSTAR-in-the-making is throwing a special gig to raise money for his best friend, who was paralysed by a stroke earlier this year.
Budding musician Joseph Lockington, a pupil at Langley school, was just 14 when he suffered a devastating spinal stroke on the first day of term, January 6, leaving him paralysed from the neck down and unable to breath for himself.
So friend of 12 years Jack Hickman, along with Bubba O’Reilly, aged 13, and Oliver Davis Moscatiello, aged 14, who together make up grunge rock band Killglass, decided to set up a fund-raising concert to help Joe.
“I was so shocked,” said 14-year-old Jack. “I didn’t believe it at first.
“I didn’t play for ages after it happened. It didn’t feel right. He wasn’t in the band but he was at every rehearsal.”
Jack’s dad Andrew, who plays in tribute band Billy Bone Idol, had to convince him to carry on playing and the band recently had the honour of playing at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.
“They were such good friends, they loved each other It’s been very hard,” he added.
Now the band are preparing to play at Jules Holland’s live venue The Jam House, in Birmingham, and Jack was desperate to get his friend there.
“It’d just be amazing if he could come, I’d just love it,” he said.
“The logistics are stacked against us,” Andrew added. “But we’re doing everything we can to get him there. We will Skype from hospital if it gets to that.”
Jack has also written an acoustic song just for Joe, called Best Friends.
“It’s about him and Joe’s lives growing up together,” said his Dad.
“It’s really good. He will be performing that for Joe and his parents for the first time. He hasn’t sung it for the family before he gets too choked up.”
Killglass, alongside several other young Solihull rock and pop bands, will play at the Jam House, in St Paul’s Square, Birmingham from noon until 4.30pm on July 7.
All proceeds will go Joe and his family to help with his rehabilitation.
Tickets are £7, children £5, and are available from Andrew on 0121 706 4224.