Jon Hiseman | Book of Remembrance 2018-07-10T12:38:24+00:00

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Matjaz Kumelj from Slovenia wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm:
My first time i heard Colosseum was in 1972, when i started highschool, 15 years country boy moving to big... Read more
My first time i heard Colosseum was in 1972, when i started highschool, 15 years country boy moving to big city. Mind it was Yugoslavia eastern socialist country where rock Lps were not so easily to get. I joined group of older friends studying in Ljubljana from my hometown who lived in an appartment in the center of town. They had small collection of records smuggled from Italy they treasured very much. First time I visted they showed and played me Tull’s Aqualung & Stand Up, Zappa’s Chungas Revenge and Valentyne Suite for great finale. I was hooked for life. All these 4 records still mean a lot to me but Valentyne has been special ever since
Michael Carroll from England wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm:
I first saw Jon Hiseman on Christmas Eve 1969 playing with Colosseum at Mothers Club in Birmingham UK. It was... Read more
I first saw Jon Hiseman on Christmas Eve 1969 playing with Colosseum at Mothers Club in Birmingham UK. It was a privilege to be there and see such a wonderful musician at work. I was very young, and the impact of that show was the beginning of my lifelong interest in real music. I went on to see him perform many times afterwards, but it was not until the recent Colosseum Farewell Tour that I finally met Jon and spoke to him at The Robin in Bilston. I mentioned Mothers and was soon astonished at his detailed memory of the club - even of the people who organised and ran the place. When I had the good fortune to meet him again last April at the JCM show, he spoke to me as if he had known me all his life, telling me how he would carry his drum kit around just by hand in those early days. Such a friendly man - and so gracious. We have lost not only a fabulous musician, but also a remarkable and rare human being. RIP Jon - you were so very special, and cruelly taken from us when you had so much more to give. Long may your flame continue to burn. .
Mike Watson from United Kingdom wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm:
As an aspiring drummer in the 1970s I remember the joy of discovering Jon’s brilliant drumming on the Tempest albums.... Read more
As an aspiring drummer in the 1970s I remember the joy of discovering Jon’s brilliant drumming on the Tempest albums. Listening to a band with the drummer to the fore was and still is exciting. An inspiration forever.
Achim Schulz from Deutschland wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm:
My first ever vinyl record was the Valentyne Suite and I've been a fan of Colosseum since then- In 1994... Read more
My first ever vinyl record was the Valentyne Suite and I've been a fan of Colosseum since then- In 1994 I met them first on the reunion tour my brother Gerd Schulz-Pilath (R.I.P.) organised. I've seen at least 30 concerts during the following years and I became friends with all of them. Jon was the most pleasant and kind person and we will all miss him a lot.
Brent Keefe from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
I first ‘discovered’ Jon in 1978 when Colosseum II exploded on to my TV screen on BBC’s Sight & Sound... Read more
I first ‘discovered’ Jon in 1978 when Colosseum II exploded on to my TV screen on BBC’s Sight & Sound ‘In Concert’ and it made a significant impact on my pre-teenage brain. In the early 80s, I saw Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia on several occasions and that only confirmed what an inspiring musician Jon was. Many years later, I found myself conducting the 1st of several interviews with Jon and, over the course of those interviews, was fortunate to get to know Jon a little better. What I discovered was an equally inspiring man. He was warm, intelligent, inquisitive, enthusiastic, funny, observant, energetic, humble and a man of complete integrity. I feel utterly privileged to have been able to get to know him and spend several hours in conversation with him. I only wish I could have known him longer. RIP Jon. Thank you for all of the great music and conversations.
Roy Burton from England, UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm:
I first became aware of Jon from the John Mayall era and followed him ever since, seen the band many... Read more
I first became aware of Jon from the John Mayall era and followed him ever since, seen the band many times over the years, he was one of the all time great Drummers, fascinating to watch and a real gentleman to talk to after a show and always obliging with an autograph, Jon will be a great loss to us all but we can all listen to his playing from his recordings.
Ed Spevock from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm:
I did a session for Dick Heckstall Smith on drums. Jon was producing. I nearly crapped myself when I found... Read more
I did a session for Dick Heckstall Smith on drums. Jon was producing. I nearly crapped myself when I found out. He got me through it. Kindness and encouragement personified. What Mensch. Happy trails Jon. I won’t forget you. May your memory be a blessing.
Paul Robinson from UK wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
I knew Jon from the mid 70s when I played with Jeff Clyne’s Turning Point. It was always a pleasure... Read more
I knew Jon from the mid 70s when I played with Jeff Clyne’s Turning Point. It was always a pleasure talking to Jon, he had such great stories & memories of experiences from a different time in the music industry, & of course working with the then young musicians who would later become ‘household’ names. Always a pleasure. A great in the music industry that will be greatly missed. 🎶🎵.
Jeff Starrs from France wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
My dear friend Chris Welch of Melody Maker introduced me, MM Office Boy, to Colosseum way back then. Fond memories,... Read more
My dear friend Chris Welch of Melody Maker introduced me, MM Office Boy, to Colosseum way back then. Fond memories, indeed.
Ingo Saager from Germany wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm:
Thank you so much for the Musik. RIP Jon Hiseman.
Thank you so much for the Musik. RIP Jon Hiseman.