Gallery: Midlands fans go crazy for Roy Wood

The mastermind behind one of the country's most beloved Christmas tunes has returned to the West Midlands for a night of nostalgia and rock.

Roy Wood and his band Wizzard are synonymous with this time of year, clad in an a red suit with platform shoes and a white beard, the Midland's born musician is as much a part of Christmas as turkey and mistletoe.

Last night was the first time musician from Kitts Green, Birmingham had been back on tour with his band Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band in two years, after undergoing surgery on his back.

He said: "It's nice being back in the Midlands, I haven't played here in two years. The atmosphere is always good at the Robin 2, I really enjoy playing here."

The Birmingham-born singer and songwriter started his career in The Move, a band made up of musicians from across the West Midlands.

While still playing in the band he set up super group the Electric Light Orchestra with fellow band mates Bev Bevan and Jeff Lynne, but in 1972 he left ELO and set up the Glam Rock band Wizzard.

The band consisted of cellists, brass players and a bigger rhythm section, with several drummers and percussionists and would go on to have a number of hits.

He added: "I was lucky to play with some brilliant bands. The West Midlands has been the starting place for a number of big bands, if people needed to source a good musician they would come here to find them."

The band are best known for their Christmas song 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday', but despite the song's longevity it has never reached higher than fourth in the UK's Official Singles Chart, a position that the song occupied for four consecutive weeks from December 1973 to January 1974.

Mr Wood said: "I decided to write it because their hadn't been a proper rock and roll Christmas song for ages. Looking back I think it's OK, if it comes on the radio I won’t necessarily switch it off - it's very much of its time."

Fans at last night’s performance where treated to an electric performance from the band and enjoyed a number of hits from their front man’s illustrious career as well as many new songs.

The 67-year-old singer and guitarist said: "I don't have any plans to stop playing, I would only stop if I didn't enjoy it anymore."

By Tom Mason

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