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ADRIAN FISHER

Adrian Fisher

Adrian Fisher played guitar on the Sparks' album Kimono My House. In 2002, drummer Olof Bergius from Stockholm presented the website with the following recollections and pix of Adrian. They date from 1999, the year before Adrian died and the setting is Thailand...

In Olof's words: "I met Adrian working as a musician in a holiday resort town called Lamai Beach in Ko- Samui, Thailand. Adrian moved to Bangkok around 1990 and started playing at clubs like The Saxophone and others. Bangkok has an exciting nightlife with a lot of interesting musicians, but he didn't like the traffic jam and the chaos and pollution so, when he met Juppa (his girlfriend), they decided in 1991 to go down to Paradise Island Ko-Samui, where he soon received guitar-hero status. He was well known for playing in suits and jackets despite the heat but was also a little bit "thirsty". I met him in the winters of 1997, 98 and 99, so that's the period I know myself. He played as a blues-troubadour with his own band and as a guest artist with other bands. I played drums with him on maybe 25 live gigs.

He also sang lead with a cool, slow Hendrix-sounding approach. He played only blues then, influenced by Clapton and Gary Moore! ( he replaced Gary in Skid Row) and was playing the same style, maybe better ?! but without such good amplifiers...Thailand is Thailand. He had a serious relationship with a girl from Bangkok who, so I heard, is now living at his mother's place in London. In 1999 the BBC made a documentary about 3 people and their life destiny...including the story of Adrian in Thailand." He died in April 2000 and I heard that he fell down right after a gig at Ko-Samui and his life was not to be saved. The official death cause was myocardial infarction, but all who knew him know that it was years of drinking beer and not eating proper food. Of course he didn´t drink to start a fight or something, but when he drank a beer here and a drink there, and as long as he could play the guitar, he was happy for the moment....

In his mind he knew that he had to change lifestyle but it's difficult living on a holiday resort 100 metres from the sea and 25 metres from the nearest bar. And he lived in this ‘reality’ day after day, year after year. When he finally did try to change things, it was already too late. BUT, he didn´t use drugs.

I would say that he was one of the best guitar players around in that 70s era (the music from the 80s and 90s is best forgotten, in my view). I talked to Andy Scott from Sweet a couple of years ago and he mentioned Adrian as one of those few who really could PLAY the guitar. So if things had turned out a little differently he could have been that guitar hero he had the ability to be, instead of...."

Olof Bergius 2002


Adrian Fisher died on March 31, 2000


Adrian also gave a written interview to Petteri Aro in 1997.

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