Band is blocked from M5 crash gig charity DVD

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 January 2012

The Overtones playing at the M5 tribute gig

The Overtones playing at the M5 tribute gig

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A DVD of a free benefits gig for those affected by the tragic M5 crash in November has been ruined after headline act The Overtones were blocked from being included on the release.

The band played a gig for free on the Grand Pier in Weston in December to raise money for those affected by the devastating November crash.

They agreed to take part after band member Mike Crawshaw was personally affected when his best friend’s father was killed in the crash which saw 51 people injured and seven killed near Taunton.

Organiser John Langley had the gig filmed to make a DVD release to raise more money for those affected.

But The Overtones’ record label Warner Brothers told Film Tank, the company filming the show for the DVD, that it would not give permission for the show to be released for charity.

An email from a Warner Brothers employee said: “We are not able to authorise the recording of the performance, or grant any licence for the use of the footage on this occasion.

“In the circumstances, can I kindly ask that you confirm to me in writing that Film Tank will not authorise any third party on its behalf, to distribute or otherwise exploit the footage, whether for profit or otherwise.”

Mr Langley said: “I think it’s a bad decision and it’s embarrassing for The Overtones when it’s a cause so close to their heart. I think it reflects the power of the record companies.”

He said the charity may have lost up to £2,000 that the DVD would have raised if it included the band, as well as the money spent re-editing and reprinting the discs without the band’s footage.

All the money raised from the gig and the DVD is being given to the M5 Memorial Fund.

The DVD, which includes footage of Bristol comic Mark Olver and rock band Rude Tiger, is available shortly from http://m5benefitgig.co.uk

Warner Brothers was contacted by the Mercury for commented but had not replied at the time of going to print.

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