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Old Feb-18-2006, 1:45 PM
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Arrow Mel Galley - the claw

...I should've known Galley hurt his LEFT arm, 'cause i had this article laying around for years.
it's from GUITARIST magazine February 1988.

For comparison I added a guitar heroes MAGAZINE ARTICLE of February 1983, when he just joined Whitesnake.

The pic of Mel hospitalized is from a 1985 DARKER THAN BLUE Deep Purple fanclub magazine
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Thanks Ad,

it is very interresting to read what David Coverdale answered to Mel, and to know that Glenn and Mel recorded some stuff from MGM. I suppose that it was played on "Welcome to the real world" and "From now on".
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Old Feb-19-2006, 6:52 PM
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Great article! I alwasy wanted to know more about that contraption. When I saw Trapeze in '94 he was usng it & had Craig Erickson on 2nd guitar as well.
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Old Feb-20-2006, 9:14 AM
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I promised to post this picture of Mel months ago, but have had prolems with my computer – but here it is finally.

I work for the newspaper which carried the story about the two American writers doing the book about Trapeze.

I have been a friend of Mel and the band for over 30 years and Mel told me about these guys giving him the Les Paul in lieu of payment for the information about the band. Thats how it got into the paper.

I spoke to Mel earlier today and he's fine. He is working on getting some strength back into the arm so that he can start to play in earnest again.

He's seemed pleased to know that there are people out there who care about him.

For the record, he assures me that he and Sykes were sober when the accident happened. Just messing about!

I saw him play with the 'claw' on many occasions and thought that it did nothing to impare his playing.

I hope you all can open the attachment – I'm sure you'll let me know!

Regards, Hackney
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I first saw Trapeze at Andy Fields benefit gig in '92 at the Hamersmith Odeon.
I totally forgot about Mel and 'The Claw' until I got out the venue.Mel Galley played great!

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Icon34 Many questions answered.....

I read the whole article and a huge THANK YOU to Ad for putting this out there for all of us to read. I had always been curious as to just how the Claw enabled Mel to play again. And it is all the more satisfying to read that despite being told he would never be able to play guitar again, Mel proved all the specialists wrong.....good on you Mister Galley!!

I don't think we really appreciate the intricate workings of the musculature and nervous systems until they are damaged in some way....which makes the Claw all the more impressive in its ability to let Mel play again.

I look forward to reading the Trapeze book when it is available. Perhaps then they will get the recognition that is long overdue!

And many thanks to Hackney for keeping Mel informed of just how many folks are pulling for him out there!!

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Old Feb-21-2006, 3:52 AM
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Tx Hackney

Tx Hackney for Mel's pic..

wish him the best of luck from me, tx again!!
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Old Feb-24-2006, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by james carl
Give Mel a message from his fans.
We listen to his music because it was that good.
Sure we remember. Thanks Mel.
Good luck with getting a full recovery to your hand.

What he said.

Originally Posted by wolfysmith
Ask Mel if he wants to do a "Chat"on here.
I live in Cannock and he can do it from here
if he's up for it.

Oh great.
ANOTHER "GHCP Trainee" like that Hughes guy

Yep, wolfysmith, Mel does the talking, and you do the typing.
Hey.......maybe BOTH Mel and Glenn could go on the CHAT
together at the same time, and we "the audience" could listen,
as the two of them discuss how "THEY ARE THE BAND."
(An electronic Trapeze reunion! Kind of........)

Sounds good to me.
And thanks, Ad, for posting this.
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Grace, those wheels just keep on turning...

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