B & H London Division
Stinko Memorial Concert
13th August 2005
To the life of Andrew 'Stinko' Lewis
16-06-1970 ~ 18-08-1998
We Salute You Brother
It was with enormous pleasure that B & H London had the honour to host the annual Andrew Stinko Lewis Memorial concert. For this years event, an outside venue had been chosen to use the advantage of the warm summer weather. But, on this day the bright sunny start had led into storm clouds and rain showers all-day and evening.
As we entered the outdoor venue we were welcomed by many comrades who had made the trip to England. From all over the UK and Europe they came. Their national and Blood and Honour divisional flags adorning the stage at the far wall. The stage itself was substantial and well raised up with full lighting and a fantastic sound system that was perfect for the outdoor location. This concert was also being recorded for forthcoming release, so we were encouraged to make some noise!
The bar and merchandise stalls were located inside. Both were seeing a steady flow of customers alike. There was even a much appreciated burger/hot dog BBQ outside serving hot food throughout. This had the added effect of becoming a smoke machine more than once or twice throughout the evening!
With the massed ranks of the gathering numbering some 600 it was time to get the first band playing. So the first band to grace the purpose built stage were the northeast skinheads of Strikeforce UK. Playing a faultless opening set of songs including Junkie, Enoch Was Right, Stand True, and the sing-a-long Football Violence. As the band grows in support we can look forward in anticipation to their debut album forthcoming on the Rampage Productions label.
After a short break to visit the bar, browse a few stalls, and chat to some new found comrades we awaited the next band in the rain. Next came the powerful sounds of Pureblood. Straight into Axe to Grind, Rising Fears of the State, Ready Now, Appeasers from the bands Thats The Spirit album. So as the rain came down Pureblood certainly raised our spirits that the rain had tried to dampen! An excellent display with powerful vocals and a unique sound from this one hundred per cent band.
The third band of the evening was Englands favourite sons English Rose. Entertaining everyone with the favourites of Fuck the USA, Blood & Honour, and the anthem England Belongs to Me, which had everyone singing even those not from England!!! As we have come to know and expect a classic show of musical ability which left us all wanting more!
Next we had the delight of welcoming the band Blackout. This was to be the bands first major gig and what an outstanding show it was! With songs Blackout, Saviour, Motherland, Mental Welsh Bastard, and R.I.P. from Squadron. The time had now arrived to take a two minute silence to the life and times of Andrew Stinko Lewis. The whole crowd inside and outside all faithfully observing the silence. Which gave us all a moment to think about why we were here. This was followed by a sea of salutes to mark our respect to the fallen warrior. Before the next band a collection bucket was passed around throughout the crowd to give money to the family left behind from Stinkos departure from this realm. Over £800 was raised which truly befits a comrade deeply missed!
After a short break Brutal Attack bounced up the stage. Giving us a splendid heart-felt filled set. Starting off with Embers of Yesterday and Ocean of Warriors played out as ballads! Truly fantastic! Next came As the Drum Beats, with its more than appropriate lyrics can the rain wash away ., then RAC, Under the Hammer, White Pride White Passion, Always Near, Let it Burn, and ending on Alright Now! With a few young kids up on stage with Brutal Attack, gave us all a reminder that we are all fighting to secure a White future for us and our children's futures!
Then before the crowd had the slightest time to cool down came the white guitar warriors of Whitelaw. Who after a quick shuffle played all our favourites of We Get Nothing, Pride and Dignity, Fetch the Noose dedicated to paedophiles the world over, Take the Salute, and Kick in the Reds. As ever the band from Bennydorm did everyone proud with their top-notch performance.
To end what had been an awesome display of musical talent and White Unity Jon Latvis from the former band Rahowa played a couple of ballads of Rahowas Victory Day, and Skrewdriver's Snow Fell. Then all too soon time was called for the evenings entertainment to come to an end. A fine memorial concert, full of fine comrades in unity, all there to pay their own tribute to a man taken from us in the prime of his life. With the thoroughbred of British bands from the stables of Blood and Honour UK all honouring Andrew Stinko Lewis.
You Were the One. This song is dedicated to the memory of a fallen warrior, Andrew "Stinko" Lewis, our friend, our comrade, you fought a heroic battle mate, but your mortal soul has been taken from us, words cannot express the sorrow we feel, things will never quite be the same without you, you will always belong in our hearts and through your music, a real Celtic warrior, you truly were the one.....