Vini Reilly needs cash!

UPDATE Jan. 4:

An anonymous person posted the link:

Fans rally round Durutti Column star Vini Reilly - BBC News
Fans of 1970s post-punk band The Durutti Column have rallied round to help frontman Vini Reilly after three strokes left him unable to pay bills.

Excerpt:

Reilly's nephew Matt posted an appeal on the Durutti Column website saying the influential guitarist had "hit a bit of a rough patch money-wise".

Fans sent £3,000 and Matt posted a new message saying Vini was "ecstatic".

"Enough has now been donated to ensure that he can pay off all of the backlog of rent that he owed," he wrote.

"He's asked me to pass on his huge gratitude to you all and let you know that no further donations are needed.

"He's explained that going forward he should be able to afford to pay his rent, but the debt relates to the period after he had his three strokes but before he was assessed for disability allowance.

"It has been a stressful time for Vini, with the constant worry of knowing that he couldn't afford to pay his debts and that could mean being evicted from the place he rents.

"But he says he now feels like you've lifted the weight of the world off his shoulders."




Posted on the official Durutti Column Twitter presence by Vini's nephew Matt Reilly:

https://twitter.com/DuruttiColumn

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Helping Vini Reilly ...

I've previously posted this on Facebook, but copied it over for those who aren't on there.

My uncle - The Durutti Column's Vini Reilly - has hit a bit of a rough patch money-wise, and is currently struggling to cover basic outgoings such as rent, food, electricity, etc.

Some of you have mentioned that you'd like to make a donation to Vini, which is incredibly kind, so we've been working out the best way to do that.

As Vini doesn't have internet access, I'm going to use my PayPal account to receive any donations and forward them to his bank account.

We looked into the PayPal situation and found out that using a donation button, as we’d previously hoped we might, results in fees being taken by PayPal even if they are personal payments.

So it seems the best way to do it is for people to just send a personal payment to my Paypal account, simply using my email address – [email protected] - as the ‘person’ receiving the money.

It also seems to be better to pay using your bank account rather than credit or debit cards, as that results no fee being charged.

Otherwise, it seems that about 5% of what people pay may be deducted in fees by PayPal.

Hopefully that all makes sense – the link to PayPal is: https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/send

Any donation, no matter how big or small, is very gratefully received.

Thanks in advance

Matt Reilly

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Anonymous

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Unbelievable. On the twatter page it says he needs money to pay his 1200 quid a month rent. How about moving to a cheaper place?
 

Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
Very sad news, even if Vini has been out of the music business for a long, long time - but why beg on Facebook? If he can barely afford the essentials he should do what other unemployed people have to do and go down to the local Jobcentre.
 

Amy

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Kewpie

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Re: Vini Reilly needs cash

Very sad news, even if Vini has been out of the music business for a long, long time - but why beg on Facebook? If he can barely afford the essentials he should do what other unemployed people have to do and go down to the local Jobcentre.

Couldn't Vini ask a local venue such as Cornerhouse / Night and Day / Deaf Institute to have a gig?
 

mozmal

Beastly Little Parasite
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This is indeed sad news. I can't believe that a talented and unique musician like Vini Reilly can't get work within the music industry.
 

Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
Re: Vini Reilly needs cash

Couldn't Vini ask a local venue such as Cornerhouse / Night and Day / Deaf Institute to have a gig?

He had a stroke and he can't really play anymore, so I don't think that would be feasible. Even if it were, I don't think a Vini Reilly gig would sell enough to cover the £1,200 plus utility and food costs. In truth, I don't know anyone who would even recognise his name. It's staggering to me that someone who once touched the fringes of fame and found plenty of work as a session musician is now so poor that even rent is a struggle. Did the work dry up so dramatically? Johnny Marr survived on session work for decades but he's never been poor - he still lives in the same house he bought 20 years ago.
 

Kewpie

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He had a stroke and he can't really play anymore, so I don't think that would be feasible. Even if it were, I don't think a Vini Reilly gig would sell enough to cover the £1,200 plus utility and food costs. In truth, I don't know anyone who would even recognise his name. It's staggering to me that someone who once touched the fringes of fame and found plenty of work as a session musician is now so poor that even rent is a struggle. Did the work dry up so dramatically? Johnny Marr survived on session work for decades but he's never been poor - he still lives in the same house he bought 20 years ago.

Ooops, I didn't know he had a stroke. :(
 
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He had a stroke and he can't really play anymore, so I don't think that would be feasible. Even if it were, I don't think a Vini Reilly gig would sell enough to cover the £1,200 plus utility and food costs. In truth, I don't know anyone who would even recognise his name. It's staggering to me that someone who once touched the fringes of fame and found plenty of work as a session musician is now so poor that even rent is a struggle. Did the work dry up so dramatically? Johnny Marr survived on session work for decades but he's never been poor - he still lives in the same house he bought 20 years ago.

*Shakes head*
''Johnny Marr survived on session work for decades''
Yes, it must have been hard for the millionaire Marr to survive doing ''session work'' all those years!
Marr's royalty cheques per year will have been greater than Reilly's royalty cheques during his entire career.
 

joe frady

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Pity he can't get his hands on all those 'Viva Hate' royalties. Cos he did co-write all of it of course....
 

Mozza220559

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Can't he flog his guitars off if he hasn't already, they must be worth a good few thousand at least plus all his equipment, if he's apparently had a stroke and cant play anymore why doesn't he just sell them. 1200 quid for a months rent is ridiculous, he needs to get.off his boney arse and get a proper job.
 

Amy

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*Shakes head*
''Johnny Marr survived on session work for decades''
Yes, it must have been hard for the millionaire Marr to survive doing ''session work'' all those years!
Marr's royalty cheques per year will have been greater than Reilly's royalty cheques during his entire career.

You’re right, of course… but whose fault is that? Durutti Column never really ‘hit the heights’ of fame in the first place, and they went down with the good ship Factory in the early 90s. That means Vini has essentially been doing nothing but sit on his arse in Didsbury for twenty years and live off whatever earnings he made in that period, supplemented by a bit of session work. What ordinary person would be afforded the luxury of doing that? And who would be lazy enough, given a place in the music industry, to rest on their laurels for so long and wait for the money to run out?

My comparison with Marr was misjudged because the Smiths reached a far greater audience and he could have comfortably retired on that alone – but God, even Andrew Ridgley isn’t begging on Facebook for rent money, and he’s probably the biggest also-ran in the industry.

Every review of Reilly I’ve come across has been confused and undecided about him; some called him a lazy chancer who happened to be in the right place at the right time for a few years, others said he wanted the work and never found the right audience. It’s sad to see anyone struggling to live, but he’s not a victim of anything other than his own laziness.
 

Cornflakes

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Since it's still the Season of Goodwill and so forth, could we maybe turn the empathy up a notch? Sure, maybe he needs to look in the window of Manpower to see if anyone's looking for a disabled guitarist, maybe he blew it all on the horses, maybe he should have thought about a pension sooner. Whatever. I'm pretty sure he doesn't deserve the ignominy of having to sell his possessions to get by.

Given that there's an international audience here, why doesn't everyone send an email to their local indie radio show requesting a Durutti Column track? If enough people did it, the royalties would be maybe not a king's ransom, but a meaningful amount compared to £1200 for a set of headphones.
 

21punksalute

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Morrissey is the one who should be coming to his rescue. He's the one always bragging about how he's so gentle and kind. He hates the greedy Royal family but I'm hard pressed to recall him donating to any cause whatsoever. What does he have to spend his money on besides his boyfriend and making signs telling us he's the 'real poet laureate' ?
 

Kewpie

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For your interest

Morrissey is the one who should be coming to his rescue. He's the one always bragging about how he's so gentle and kind. He hates the greedy Royal family but I'm hard pressed to recall him donating to any cause whatsoever. What does he have to spend his money on besides his boyfriend and making signs telling us he's the 'real poet laureate' ?

In December 2007 Morrissey made a donation to Salford Lads Club.

http://www.morrissey-solo.com/article.pl?sid=07/12/28/1634239
 

dlgladwin

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Just to be clear, the £1,200 figure quoted is for outstanding unpaid rent. That's not how much he pays a month.
 
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