9:14am Monday 30th April 2012
By Rachel Blundy
A pub landlord performed for surprised shoppers in a busy high street while suspended from his pub roof.
Oz Bayldon and his bandmate Alan Ashton abseiled down the White Lion pub in Streatham High Road to promote their charity expedition up Mount Everest, which began this week.
The musicians are attempting to reclaim the record for the World’s Highest Gig by singing tunes from more than 18,000ft on the Mera Peak after losing the title to a German band in 2006.
Mr Bayldon said: “[The Germans] won’t better this one. Eventually we will do the top of Everest and they will never beat that.”
The pub landlord, who is hoping to raise £45,000 from the gig, also plans to write an album during the trip and perform one of the tracks for the record attempt.
But when asked what type of music he would pen, he said: “It is just whatever comes out. I am not talented enough to fit a genre.”
Supermodel Elle Macpherson and musician Sting have publicly backed Mr Bayldon’s charity Music4Children, which raises money for orphans in Nepal.
On a YouTube video posted on the World’s Highest Gig website last week, Ms Macpherson describes meeting the charity founder in Battersea Park at his daughter’s birthday party.
She said: “I was so blown away by the commitment and love and dynamic energy he was putting into raising money for these children in Nepal.
“I was really surprised that 100 per cent of the money goes directly to the children and that in itself is unique.”
In a plea for people to donate, she added: “But we really need your help, we need your donations, so please dig in deep. I am so proud to be patron of this unique charity.”
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