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Music shop where Phil Collins bought first drums to close

A family-run music store where Status Quo, Queen and Phil Collins are said to have shopped is to close due to "crippling business rates" and competition from online retailers.

Albert Kauth bought the shop in Heath Road, Twickenham, in 1952, naming it Albert’s Music Shop. His grandson Stephen now runs the store.

Mr Kauth, 45, who lives in Surrey, says that Collins bought his first drum kit in Albert’s and that Status Quo would often drop in.

He announced this week that the store will have to close — claiming competition from online retailers and high business rates were "contributing factors".

Mr Kauth said: "I am obviously saddened as this business has been in the family for three generations. But it has been a long time coming."

Speaking to the Standard, Queen star Brian May recalled visiting the shop when he was young.

He described the "lovely experience" of buying records, adding: "It’s a different feeling from just pressing a button to get a download. I do miss it."

© London Evening Standard, by Lizzie Edmonds and Louise Jury


Phil Collins drum Solo @ Bercy HD Mouhsine Kourfal

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