Fun Lovin’ Criminals to Fun Lovin’ Family
FUN Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan says he has life-long friends from Manchester. The band have played here many times and returned for a special charity gig at Hard Rock Cafe at The Printworks last night.
In fact Huey says he’d have no objection to being ‘Lord Morgan of Manchester’, to help sort out youth crime, if it was ever needed.
‘Manchester is like a sister city to New York, where I grew up. We’ve got lots of stories to tell about our trips and we kicked off our 2010 tour in the city. I like the vibe and the people’.
In their younger days they got picked up by the local police several times, but; ‘fortunately they always let us go’.
Now Huey says he’d do anything to help young people out.
‘There will always be trouble, but I hate seeing kids hanging around on street corners. It’s strange but I’d like to stop them getting up to the kind of trouble we did when we were younger. Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.’
Perhaps that’s inspired by his new role as a father. The 43 year old has a 7 month old son called Beaumont, whose nickname is Bam Bam.
‘I will do my best to keep him right, but if he has a big question I will tell him; Google it.’
‘I think I’m going to encourage my boy to read. I think it ignites young people’s imagination. I’m a big reader and books can take people out of themselves, when there’s nowhere else to go. Give them some inspiration,’ he says.
The band still get together for various music gigs every year, including Hells Angels festivals. But youth charity is now something they’re adopting. Their gig last night was in aid of Bombay Teen Challenge. All the proceeds go to help Indian orphans and homeless young people.
‘I wept when I saw children on the streets and the way they were living in such shocking conditions, thinking that was normal.
‘I asked myself what can we do, what can the band do? I think it’s great if people come to our gigs and donate money. I felt I couldn’t really say no, when you look at how privileged we are.’
Other fond Mancunian memories:
A hairdresser from Manchester came to Huey’s rescue a few years ago at the Brits, to make him look trendy enough to go on stage on the day.
‘She was called Charlotte and worked wonders on the day, as I had the most massive hair’.