We are sad to hear of the death at 62 of John Macbeath, The man they called The Beast’- for all the best possible reasons, was a true Manchester music legend. He was buried today in Altrincham.
John was the amiable gentle giant who was a tour rep of choice for Echo And The Bunnymen and many other bands and worked for SJM. He was a big presence on the scene since his days of turning the Manchester Roadhouse into a venue.
There are so many great stories about him that he genuinely qualified for that much over used word legend. Every band over John and many would not tour unless his prescence was in the room.
He turned the Roadhouse in Manchester from a forgotten dive into one of the key touring venues in the UK before becoming a tour rep with SJM.
Popular with the bands and a face around town he will be sadly missed.