IT’S set to be a fitting finale for a local legend.

After more than three decades as the lead singer of Southampton soul outfit Rufus Stone, Malc Eyers is hanging up his microphone with a final gig at The Brook on New Year’s Eve.

The special send-off will see the acclaimed eight piece soul band perform a two hour set of classic soul music with selections from The Blues Brothers, The Commitments, Otis Redding, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Joe Tex.

One of Southampton’s longest serving and most popular bands, Rufus Stone have been performing constantly since their formation in 1984. On their list of credits are performances and tours with Edwin Starr, Curtis Mayfield, Ben E King, Geno Washington, Jimmy Ruffin and Gloria Gaynor.

In the early days, the eight-piece soul and funk outfit were regulars at The Joiners, but their audiences soon outgrew the intimate venue and they have taken to The Brook stage on dozens of occasions since.

Malc, who performed an impressive solo set warming up for his old school friend Mike Osman during his Trumped show at Mayflower Theatre recently, has been almost ever present for Rufus Stone. He took a short hiatus to recover from a major heart operation and has since performed a number of fundraising gigs for Wessex Heartbeat.

Also the frontman of Strapped For Cash, the band formed with Hampshire Cricket chairman Rod Bransgrove, Malc will continue to perform and make music, but will spend more time at his home in Florida.

He said: “I’ve got mixed emotions. It’s been 34 years of my life. There have been some great adventures, some amazing gigs and I’ve met a few legends along the way, as well as playing with some amazing musicians oever that time.

Very limited tickets remain for the gig.

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