Spock’s Beard have paid tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who inspired the band’s name.
The Star Trek icon – who played the Vulcan character in the original series from 1966 until 2013 movie Star Trek Into Darkness – died last week aged 83 after a battle with lung disease.
Drummer Jimmy Keegan says: “There was a kind of joke within the band, about having a band named after Spock in the Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror, where the character has a beard and an entirely different persona.
“Other names were thrown around – but there was something endearing about ‘Spock’s Beard’ and so it was kept, and so it is.”
He adds: “The name brings weight. Spock was a special character, and with prog being a very intellectual music style, it was a good fit and still is.”
Keegan’s father, a physicist and engineer, also died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The drummer says: “Spock was his favourite character. We got to meet Mr Nimoy at an event in my youth – he was a delight. He was an absolute artist.”
Referring to Spock’s catchphrase Keegan adds: “He lived long and definitely prospered. Thank you to Leonard Nimoy (and a nod to Gene Roddenberry for creating the character) for leading a long and prosperous life and inspiring millions.
“In some way your spirit will live on in our little band and with all the wonderful people who listen to our music.”