Band's bassist back in the Black

Band's bassist back in the Black

Veteran local band Black Dog Bone are not a band to roll over easily, let alone play dead.

Their bassist, Hamid Ahmad, 63, had his right leg amputated at the knee in April after suffering a disease that doctors reportedly could not diagnose.

But the band play on, with him doing shows while seated. Lead singer and drummer Jatt Ali says everyone in the band, including Hamid, remains committed to the sextet, which was formed in 1972.

On Nov 10, the funk-rockers headline a set at the Esplanade Recital Studio. The show is sold-out.

Jatt, 57, tells Life!: "Everything is going well. Hamid goes around in a wheelchair and will be sitting down and playing bass for the show but he's still the cheerful guy we all know."

Hamid declined to be interviewed. According to Berita Harian, he had developed high fever soon after coming back from a stint as a session musician in Chengdu, China.

He later admitted himself to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where doctors amputated his leg to prevent an infection from spreading.

Jatt says the band never considered getting a replacement bassist as Hamid, a full-time musician, is an integral part of Black Dog Bone.

"The problem was with his leg, not his fingers. As long as he is able and willing, he will always be part of the band."

Jatt says Hamid has a close friend and neighbour who takes him to practices and gigs. After his amputation, the bassist played with the band at a gig at Bukit Panjang Community Club in September.

Their one-hour show, Joget Dan Santai Bersama Black Dog Bone (Relax And Dance With Black Dog Bone), is part of A Date With Friends, the Esplanade's annual festival for senior citizens, which runs till Nov 10.

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