I just want to clarify something here that I know to be very true. First of all, Scott has nothing but extreme admiration for Claudio´s ability as a fantastic percussionist, and secondly, I know Scott for a while now, and I also know that he meant nothing sinister in any way against Claudio. What he said was meant in a fun loving, joking way, with absolute zero malice whatsoever. What he was putting across was that Claudio was one of the great characters of this island, as a person and as a musician, and that he had his moments like we all have, but first and foremost he is, above all else, an absolute loveable genius and anyone
who interpreted what he said in context in any other way must have f*ckall else in their own life to be concerned about, except trying to pick holes in what decent people like Scott say. People talking like this are only trying to hide themselves from their own failures and realities.
Stop talking sh*t and get down to Charlies on Tuesday night and help to support someone we all love as a person, who is in a serious bit of bother.
Here is a small story for you. I went down to Claudio with Andy the other day and Claudio was showing us his budgies, and the paintings he made for his beautiful daughter, and the puppet shows he was making for her as well. He was laughing and joking despite his poor health. He then said to us in his broken English that he was different now, and that his time was for his family above all else, and that he coudn’t and didn’t want to bother having a drink anymore, and that he was a different Claudio now.
The truth is that I saw no difference in him, regardless of what he thought himself. He was still as happy go lucky as ever I knew him, just as mad in the lovely way that he is, and never ever have I heard him say a bad word about anyone. I left his home thinking to myself “what a man, and what a human being”. His energy levels for what he was doing with his family were every bit as strong as any night he ever performed, even in these difficult times. He knows that he is very ill, but he is determined to make the best of any situation that he finds himself in regardless of how serious.
We could all learn a lot from that way of thinking.