Rockaoke at the Ryder Cup


One of the highlights of this year’s ROCKAOKE gig list was an appearance at the Ryder Cup 2014 Celebration Party at Gleneagles. It was a fabulous night and a great honour for the band to be asked to play their part in passionate European celebrations.

The band were invited by multinational drinks-brands giant DIAGGEO who were sponsoring the celebrity-studded after party. With the likes of Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson representing the World of Sport, First Minister Alex Salmond from the Political arena and actors Brendan Carroll and James Nesbitt (who has Rockaoke previous), there were a number of potential Rock Superstars in the audience.

However, it was left to the golf legends themselves to steal the show. Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spanish hero of Ryder Cup victories past, was joined onstage by victorious current players Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter in a distinctly average but barnstorming and well-received rendition of “Hey Jude”.

The party was started early by THE JONES GANG, a superb rock band led by legendary drummer Kenney Jones (Small Faces, Faces, The Who) and featuring bassist Rick Wills (Foreigner, Bad Company) alongside the excellent vocal talents of Jim Stapley who later joined ROCKAOKE on stage 3 times! Here’s an excerpt of his performance of “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Then it was over to ROCKAOKE who rocked out until the wee small hours. With a lot of help from their friends. The Ryder Cup 2014 Celebration Party was certainly a celebration to remember!