It is with great regret and sadness that we have to annouce that John Fisher passed away recently, following a period of illness with pancreatic cancer.
John played drums with Martin Turner in the Blue Bishops, appearing on the 2002 album 'Deep' as well as countless live appearances. In November 2006, when MTWA needed an urgent replacement for an injured Rob Hewins, John stepped into the tour at very short notice, learning and rehearsing the set with just a few days before the first show. John greatly enjoyed his short stint with MTWA and proved to be solid, highly dependable and a great team player.
John was highly respected as both a drummer and a music teacher. He was capable of playing in a wide range of musical styles, and was equally at home playing with orchestras and big bands as he was with rock, blues or soul bands, such was the diversity of his talent. John had been a member of the band Audience since 2004. Everyone involved with MTWA would like to pass on their sincere condolences to John's family.
Deepest condolences to John's family.
Myself and Ray had kept in contact with John after his stint with the band, so we both knew of his illness very early on, and in fact I can recall a tearful phone conversation with Ray when we found out, we were both totally gutted.
John and I shared a passion for motorbikes and the last time I spoke to him earlier this year, he had brought a brand new Ducati and was loving it. Both myself and Ray had made plans at various points to go and stay with John but sadly we never managed to make it happen. A nicer guy you could you could never wish to meet, and he was also a very funny man to be around. He will be greatly missed my all who knew him.
It’s very sad to hear of John’s passing. He was a lovely guy who stayed with my family and I several times, great company and a true professional who stepped in at very short notice to help us out admirably when Rob broke his collar bone.
Always had a joke to tell and had a smile on his face when ever I looked round. A true team player, liked by all who met him and a very talented musician who had lots more to give, not only performing but, I have no doubt because of his calm and gentle humour, he made a great teacher and I’m sure left a lasting impression on all who knew him.
My fondest memories are of the trip John, Keef, Martin and I made to Holland, my cheeks ached for days afterwards from laughing and John, the lads and I quaffed in the style of Oliver Reed late into the nights. I’m not sure who led who astray but no harm was done and I’ll always think of John with a beer, drum sticks and a grin.
What can I say that hasn't already been expessed well by my friends above? When I first heard of John's diagnosis over a year ago it brought back memories of my brother Kim, and the outcome, sadly, followed much the same course.
Although the Blue Bishops were a band who all had other jobs to do and the gig schedule was therefore fairly light, I will always be grateful to them for getting me back into playing live music. Geoff, their frontman, is a guy whom I became very fond of and it was he who christened John "Little Johnie Fishcake", an affectionate name that I will always remember him by.
The manner in which John left the Bishops was sudden and I always felt rather uncomfortable about it. I enjoyed his company immensely and he was a man that you felt you really would want next to you if you were fighting in the trenches, such was his cool determination to get the job done, but always with a fun edge. So, when Rob got injured I contacted him on pure instinct and he did a fantastic job for us, as has been mentioned above. There were other people suggested at the time who were maybe better placed to join us, but I am so glad that I had a chance to lock up with John once again before fate decreed his time to leave us. He sent me a sweet text recounting our time together not that long ago, and I kind of knew that it was his way of saying goodbye to me. I would like to send my condolences and love to his family especially Jan, his sister.
God bless you John,