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Will Youatt RIP
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:50:33 PM »
Sad to report, Will died peacefully in his sleep last night.

He had a difficult few years but never complained of his lot and retained his trademark dry humour to the end.

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 08:35:35 PM »
Sorry to hear this sad news. I think the last time I saw Will was at the Aberavon concert a couple of years ago - I think he was in a wheel chair then.

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 08:39:25 PM »
Really sad news. He was my unsung hero as I've probably said many times....RIP.

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 09:50:44 PM »
I saw Will play a few times live.
Highlight for me was seeing Will in a reformed Alkatraz show at a Welsh Convention gig in London--I can't recall the name of the club it might have been in Tottenham Court Road,their set was superb and I think on that day,they played better than Man.
RIP Will

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 03:04:52 AM »
Rest in peace Will. Bassist on the finest and most underrated album of all time. Be Good to To Yourself at Least  Once a Day.


Give it a listen tonight.

Absoluteley fantastic.


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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 04:05:19 PM »
...eternal peace and thanks to Will Youatt...i was lucky to meet him a few times...the 1st time he autographed the rock encyclopedia where i first heard about Man...he wanted to make sure his name was in there(it was)... then at one of Dekes shows in the woods promoting the Twang Dynasty,he told us stories based off the cover of Back to the Future, (which a young fan brought in for autographing) which were very entertaining...lastly,i got to sit in w him at a Micky Jam where he was very nice on and off the stage... i am grateful to have had to the chance to meet and experience this man in person; albeit briefly... - ✌

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2017, 11:11:38 PM »
I was privileged to have chatted with Will, mainly at Man gigs, but on a few occasions, away from gigs. We spoke mostly about cricket. Will was a wicket keeper. A few funny stories we shared, the best at MJ's funeral, but won't bore you with those.
One story though I'll never forget. Through work, I met this fella and we got chatting about music. Asked me about my kind of music. Asked me last gig I saw. I said, oh you'll never have heard of them. I saw Man in Blackpool. He said "Man? Will Youatt!" Well I was utterly gobsmacked. Usually if they're going to equate Man with someone, invariably it was Deke. Could understand if MJ, possibly Terry Williams, but Will Youatt...? Needless to say I told Will this, and he was well chuffed.

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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 05:45:02 PM »
RIP Will, and thank you for Alkatraz and everything else.

A grim thought, but are there now more Man members who have passed on than there are remaining?

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 08:13:59 PM »
Very sad nnews. I saw the BGTY band live once.


I saw Will play a few times live.
Highlight for me was seeing Will in a reformed Alkatraz show at a Welsh Convention gig in London--I can't recall the name of the club it might have been in Tottenham Court Road,their set was superb and I think on that day,they played better than Man.
RIP Will

I have a live Alkatraz compilation which includes 3 gigs:

Roundhouse, London, August 22, 1976 (8 songs)
Roundhouse, London, December 10, 1976 (3 songs)
Quartier Latin, Berlin, April 1977 (7 songs)

Could either of the Roundhouse shows be the one you went to?

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2017, 11:12:00 AM »
The Astoria on Charing Cross Road perhaps..?

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 06:18:37 PM »
Indeed, oh great one! November 1998, fourth and final Welsh Convention.

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2017, 11:02:23 PM »
All went well - a fitting sendoff.  :)

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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2017, 03:16:40 PM »
Jeez. Just back from holiday to read this sad news. BGTYALOAD was my introduction to Man, to which Y Willis made such an important contribution. Now there's only one of that line-up left. Black Hole Star is possibly my favourite of all the Man family LPs. And Alkatraz as support on the final tour in 1976 gave us hope for a future without Man. Will Youatt was, for me, the spirit behind all those high points, whoever else (Jones, Ryan) might have been at the front of the mix. I'm off for a little private quiet time with my headphones and an hour or so of the finest music. RIP.
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Re: Will Youatt RIP
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2017, 03:52:10 PM »
Well said, sir!

We entered to 'In Dreams' and exited to 'You'll Never Walk Alone'. 'Come Into My Cave' and 'Don't Go Away' were played in the service.

It was a privilege to represent the fans who couldn't be there except in spirit.

Odd tale of how he broke his leg and missed out on a Welsh schools cricket cap. He fell from a roof he shouldn't have been on. Did he mention this to you, Rob?