Original Little River Band singer Glenn Shorrock has sent a letter to The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Fallon himself protesting the upcoming performance by the non-original Little River Band next week.
Shorrock is outraged by the current band “grinding our good name into dust” and has made feeling known to Fallon. “I’ve written a strong letter to the production and/or Fallon outlaying my distress and outrage if it were and I ended it “if you do decide to put them on the show just pass on my message (to the band) ‘to go fuck yourselves’”, Glenn tells Noise11.com.
The current Little River Band has not had an original member since the departure of Derek Pellicci 18 years ago but continues to perform the songs of Glenn Shorrock, Graeham Goble, Beeb Birtles and David Briggs under the LRB brand name. “I don’t mind them doing their business.” Shorrock says. “They are entitled to the name that is legally there’s. Well, it is Stephen Housden’s name. He’s not even in it. He hasn’t been in it for the last two years. He just sits back in Ireland and takes the money”.
Shorrock has advised his publishing company to not give permission for the broadcast of his songs by the band during the Fallon appearance. “The wheels are in motion and publishing have raised their objection to it and if they do the songs they want to do, which I understand are ‘Reminiscing’ and ‘Lady’, two of our biggest hits over there, then they will say no to it being performed,” he says.
Little River Band has never officially broken up but over the years all of the original members left the band. Eventually, the brand name became the property of one time member Stephen Housden, who is also no longer a member of the band. Housden allows the band of non-originals to use the name but has also stopped the founding members from promoting themselves as former Little River Band members if when choose to tour.
Claiming the 40th anniversary with a line-up that wasn’t even around for the start was the last straw for Shorrock. “We’re not going to let them get away with this one,” Glenn says. “It has been hard enough with them grinding our good name into their dust over there and at the same time putting injunctions onto myself, or anyone else coming over there and trying to do out business as well”.
No-one in the current Little River Band line-up even played on the classic songs ‘Reminiscing’ or ‘Lady’. ‘Reminiscing’, written by Graeham Goble, is one of the most played songs of all-time on American radio. “They are promoting a newly recorded album of their own material, or whatever material they have got. They should do that rather than pretend they are the band that sold 30 million albums and (is having) it’s 40th anniversary and (celebrating) that ‘Reminiscing’ has been played 4 million times. They are using all of our statistics to further their own nest,” He said.
The non-original Little River Band are scheduled to perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon next Monday (January 12, 2015).