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nrhn 191213 Heanor driving instructor - Andy Pearson entertains rock's elite in Nottingham.

nrhn 191213 Heanor driving instructor - Andy Pearson entertains rock's elite in Nottingham.

A self-styled driving instructor from Heanor lived up to his rockstar billing by hosting a rock supergroup dinner.

In September Andy Pearson, who owns the Ray Street based Drive Like a Rockstar driving school appeared in the News when he dined with the new singer of hitmakers Thin Lizzy, Ricky Warwick. Rocker Ricky loved Annie’s Burger Shack in Nottingham so much he arranged to meet -year-old Andy again this week. Only - as we can see from the photo above - he brought with him some of his pals from the rock fraternity, including Rolling Stones’ bassist Darryl Jones and Charley Drayton of 80s band the Cult.

Andy said: “As the night went on I had to keep pinching myself to see if this was actually real.”

Andy, who also works as a music promoter, had agreed to meet up with Ricky this time as Thin Lizzy are currently touring the UK in their current guise The Black Star Riders. The group played at Nottingham’s Rock City on Thursday, December 12 supported by the The Dead Daisies and Western Sand, supergroups made of members of Guns n Roses, White Snake and a host of other rock favourites.

Andy explained: “This had started out as an idea I had to offer touring artists some thing better than motorway service station food between shows.

I felt that I had the local knowledge, a good taste in quality food and drink and a feel for how musicians would like to be treated. I now have a list of artists who are recommending what I can offer and the level of professionalism and quality that they will receive.”

Andy said he is looking to plan more dinner events with rockstars - and has hinted that Guns n Roses frontman Axl Rose could be on his next guest list.

 

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