It was the late 1980s and the Welbeck Group’s reputation was continuing to grow, but there were no signs of a record deal, and the Group were becoming a little impatient waiting for success, particularly Danny Welbeck. Robby Welbeck was “all loved up” and although he continued to play well, he didn’t contribute much at all to hammering out a golden future for the four boys in the Group.

Suddenly they got an invitation to play a major outdoor venue on one of the peripheral stages: Glastonbury! It was at this point that the Welbeck Group realised they should have a manager. While they would have been willing to play for free for the gig, Colin Cornell argues that as the paying public would be there, the Welbeck Group should get a share. Because time was short before this window of opportunity closed, Jess Welbeck, Danny’s dad, got a friend to step in. This was Rick “Rocket” Stein. Lter, the band were to quip that he should have been called Frank N Stein.

The Group continued to polish their existing numbers and Danny wrote a few new ones, including a homage to Glastonbury Tor, called “Tor of Thor” linking the ley-lines and the (alleged) astrophysical phenomena of  Glastonbury with the Norse Gods.

The Group’s manager made a deal which meant that each of the Group members would gain £500 for a 40 minute slot on the “Newcomers” stage. Robby Welbeck argued that the original Group founder members should be paid more.. they were, after all, the original Welbeck Brothers! But that got short shrift from their new manager, Rick. It was a four-way split. Or Rather five-way with him getting a fifth share plus money for overheads…

The day of the gig came and the Welbeck Group were in high spirits, but more than a little nervous.  Typically there had been heavy rain on the first day of the concert and the landscape was a mud bath. After the sound check, the Group mingled with some of their musical heroes; Gary Numan was doing a set, and Elton John and David Bowie were there.

The Group were announced and the Welbeck Group came on stage right on cue. They launched into “Time is no healer” one of their best songs, and they were met with a very good response. After 30 minutes word of mouth had spread across the Glastonbury site that there was a new four-piece Group called the Welbeck Group, that was going down a storm. By their last two songs, the initially small crowd had swollen it ranks to rival the main stage. People were crowding and pushing to try and get a glimpse of the Group that was likely to be “making it” anytime soon. The crowning glory was “Tor of Thor” which seemed to strike a chord with the audience, and by the last chorus people were singing along:

Sword in Hand..

I die in seconds

But I die happy-

Tor of Thor beckons!

Everyone; Group, fans, music-press, their manager and the parents of the Welbeck Brothers all realised that they had reached a water-shed- from now on there would be no more dingy gigs above pubs or in second rate clubs.

Glastonbury- trekking through the mud to hear the new Group taking the side stage by storm!

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