The Pieces of Mind / Press

“Gwent Band set to appear on BBC music show to find the UK's best part-time band. A BAND with a collective age of 680, who call Torfaen as one of their spiritual homes, are set to feature on a BBC TV show showcasing the UK’s best part-time bands. Pieces of Mind have shared the stage with David Bowie and Billy Fury as well as The Who during their performance at the Coed Eva Community College in 1966. Originally starting at sextet in 1963, the group which was formed in Newport disbanded for 45 years before getting back together in 2013. “The band disbanded in 1969 but I kept in touch with the singer, Adrian Williams,” said guitarist and harmonica player John Reardon, 70. “Back in 2012, he mentioned that it was one year away from our fiftieth anniversary and asked if I was interested in getting together with the old guys for a drink in Newport.” After meeting up the Celtic Manor, Mr Reardon floated the idea of a reunion show.”

“Gwent band remembers supporting The Who 50 years ago in Cwmbran IT HAS been 50 years since a Gwent based band supported The Who in a gig in Cwmbran. Pieces Of Mind, originally a six-piece from Newport and Cwmbran were formed in 1963 and played regularly across the region with a mixture of rhythm and blues covers and original songs. On January 31, 1966, they were the main support band for The Who made up of Roger Daltrey,lead vocals, Pete Townshend, lead guitar, John Entwistle, bass guitar, and Keith Moon, drums, when they played a gig in Coed Eva Community College. John Reardon, the lead guitarist, said: "We were very lucky, we got on quite well with a chap called Maurice (Mo) White who used to run the music centre in Newport. As well as that he got into promoting gigs around the south Wales area primarily in Newport and Cwmbran. "He got in in a lot of big names such as The Who and because he liked us we supported a lot of bands from the early 60s.”

“When a band takes 50 years to record their debut album they will either be complete turkeys or just bloody unlucky and The Pieces Of Mind definitely fall into the latter category. One look at their history will tell you that this Welsh band are the quintessential support outfit having played as support to …. Well just about everyone. The Who. The Pretty Things, Bowie, Billy Fury, Chicken Shack, The Moody Blues and you are only dipping a toe into the artists they have warmed a stage for. Add to that stints at the Star Club and the Crazy Horse in Hamburg and the term Cult outfit comes to mind. After forty odd years hiatus the band reformed in 2013 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and finally recorded an album at the Manic Street Preachers Faster studio in Cardiff. And it is really rather good. Adrian Williams and Andy Gibbons share lead vocal duties and the band put in a fine selection of covers and self-written numbers with a Chicago style. ....”

“The Manic Street Preachers stepped in to help when Pieces of Mind, who have a combined age of 663, decided it was time to cut a record. A veteran rock group have recorded their debut album FIFTY years after they formed – after pals the Manic Street Preachers stepped in to help. Pieces of Mind, who have a combined age of 663, got together in 1963 and went on to support superstars like The Who. They split at the end of the 1960s but came together for a reunion gig last year. Then they decided to cut a record. When singer Adrian Williams told pals the Manics of their plans the Blackwood boys offered them their Cardiff studio. “I’m not sure if the Manics have heard the record yet,” John said. Adrian is going to take the record to them next weekend. “When we were recording, the Manics were doing rehearsals at Rockfield and could not come down too much,” lead guitarist John said. “But James is a b****y good guitarist.”...”

“Album Review. Artist : The Pieces Of Mind. Title : Born At The Bosco (2015/POM001). Why on earth would The Manic Street Preachers give up their studio for a group that officially disbanded in 1969 to record their debut album ? You only need to hear the opening few moments of the first track to get the answer ! The Pieces of Mind are as potent today as when they were playing alongside the likes of The Who, The Mojos and David Bowie - to name just a few. After the band broke up in 1969 the members went on to join such diverse groups as Judas Jump, David & World Of Oz. It's taken 45 years to get these guys into a studio to record 'Born At The Bosco' and they've not disappointed. It's 9 tracks of explosive R&B which sets a high standard that never wavers or slips. 4 originals and 5 covers from the likes of Willie Dixon and Billy Boy Arnold produced by Dave Eringa at Cardiff's Faster Studios. Catch them on my Welsh Connections show at 6pm, March 6th on Oystermouth Radio.”

“MORE than half a century after first making music together, one of the most popular bands on the 1960s South Wales gig circuit has cut its first album, with a little help from Manic Street Preachers. Pieces Of Mind, originally a six-piece from Newport and Cwmbran but with a shifting line-up through the decade, performed regularly across the region, their blues and rhythm and blues covers - interspersed with original songs - earning a sizeable following. Fragmenting as the ‘60s ended, they reformed in 2013 to mark their 50th anniversary, a gig in Cwmbran raising more than £2,300 for St David’s Hospice Care. In its wake, and allowing for other commitments and geography - some members live in other parts of the UK and abroad - the reunion became more permanent. Now comes Born At The Bosco, the band’s nine-track first album, following three days’ recording at Manic Street Preachers’ Faster Studios in Cardiff, with the latter’s long term engineer Dave Eringa...”

“Pieces of Mind raise £3,000 for cancer Charity. TWO fundraising concerts in Blaenau Gwent raised £3,350 for a breast cancer charity. Rock band Pieces of Mind marked their 50th tour with two shows in the borough. The first at Rhyd Hall in Tredegar was supported by James Alexander. That was followed by their final reunion gig, which was supported by ‘Now and Then’, at the Catholic Hall in Ebbw Vale – a venue that hosted the bands nearly 50 years ago. Between the 2 gigs, £3,350 was raised for ’In the Pink’ and Liz Sullivan from the charity said she was delighted at the amount raised through the efforts of the bands and the work behind the scenes from Rob Evans. Liz said ‘I’m over the moon with the monies raised, which will all go to Velindre Hospital to help them carry on with their research. All in all two great nights were had by all, with the charity benefiting’.”

Gwent Gazette

“Gigs Blues Band The Pieces of Mind Plan Autumn Dates - 60s favourites reunite for charity A Blues band from Blaenau Gwent has re-united raising thousands of pounds for charity. The Pieces of Mind were originally a six-piece, who built a following with regular performances in South Wales and the Valleys in the 60s. As well as headlining shows, the band supported many of the most popular artists and bands of the time, including: Billy Fury, John Lee Hooker, Gene Vincent, Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Searchers and The Who. John Reardon, who was a member of the band in the 60s, was also involved in its reunion at Cwmbran Working Men’s Club. He said, ‘the gig went really well and there were 13 of us altogether, 11 of which, including myself, were from Blaenau Gwent. As a result of the overwhelming response we had to this gig, we are doing more in September and October. We raised £2350 on the night for St David’s Hospice Care.”

Carrie Evans - Metro

“Newport sixties’ band reunion raises £2,350 for hospice THE Pieces of Mind, reformed veterans of the 1960s South Wales gig circuit, raised £2,350 for St David’s Hospice Care at a packed reunion concert in Cwmbran. And what was meant as a one-off show to mark the 50th anniversary of the band, whose original members came from Newport and Cwmbran, is unlikely to be the end of the story. Founder member and guitarist John Reardon said the venue, Cwmbran Workingmen’s Club, would like the band to do another show, and others in the Newport area are being planned. ‘The gig was a huge success. The hall was packed, the club made a lot of money, and best of all we raised £2,350 for St David’s Hospice Care and there could be more to come,’ said Mr. Reardon, who was brought up in Alway but now lives in Northamptonshire.”

Andy Rutherford - South Wales Argus

“City should host big gigs by Jim Dyer JUST for a change of topic in the Letters column, I have read that The Rolling Stones are going to perform at Hyde Park, an event they did in the 60s. Those were the days. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of these gigs took place in Newport? I note too that the popular Newport 60s band, Pieces of Mind, have re-formed for a charity performance. I trust the music is still as good.”

Jim Dyer - South Wales Argus

“Gwent sixties band reunited for 50th anniversary concert by Andy Rutherford IF YOU can remember the ’60s you probably weren’t there, or so the saying goes. Members of various incarnations of the band Pieces of Mind were there, plying their musical trade on the South Wales gig circuit and earning a sizeable regional reputation and following. But it is the remembering that is the difficult bit. Musicians from various of the band’s line-ups, some of whom have not seen each other for decades, others who have never met, have completed two days’ rehearsals ahead of a 50th anniversary reunion charity concert next month. The air was thick with reminiscences, but details, the ‘who, what, when, where, why and how’, often got mixed up or forgotten altogether.”

Andy Rutherford - South Wales Argus

“Golden years recalled as Sixties band re-group for charity gig by Andy Rutherford ONE of the most popular bands on the South Wales gig circuit of the 1960s is marking its 50th anniversary by getting back together to play in aid of a Gwent charity. With six original members from Newport and Cwmbran, Pieces Of Mind built up a sizeable following supporting the likes of Billy Fury, John Lee Hooker, Gene Vincent, Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Searchers and The Who, and through their own concerts throughout the region. Now they are planning their very own beat regeneration by re-forming for a show in Cwmbran in April. ‘We all went our separate ways but some of us got back in touch over the years’, said founder member and lead guitarist John Reardon. ‘Some of us got together for a drink at the Celtic Manor before Christmas and it just snowballed’.”

Andy Rutherford - South Wales Argus