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Fact #177683


Short story:

Having been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for several years, Robert John Godfrey, founder and leader of The Enid plays what is intended to be his last gig with the band, at Cadogan Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.

Full article:

Robert John Godfrey : “I’d driven somewhere to pick up some things. But when I got back into my car, I couldn’t recall where I lived. It worried me so much that when I went to the doctor for a planned check-up to do with my diabetes problem, I mentioned this, and the doctor ordered tests immediately. It was then that I was told I have Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, so far it hasn’t affected me too badly. But I know it’s only a matter of time before this takes hold. There’s no escaping it.

Joe Payne (vocalist, The Enid) : I think this might be the first time that the leader of any band has thought ahead in such a way,” adds Joe Payne. “What we have now is a situation where The Enid can carry on without Robert, and that will hopefully ensure we have the impetus to make certain this entity can continue for many years. I suppose I’m now guiding the band, but what Robert has done is give me the inspiration to feel that when the time is right, I can hand over the legacy to somebody else.
(Source : interview, 2016)