Brummie rock legend Bev Bevan extended an olive branch to Roy Wood, and said he would love his former bandmate to join him on stage at the opening of Birmingham's Town Hall.

The two former pals fell out after Roy was angered by the decision of Bevan and the rest of the original line-up of The Move to tour as "The Move, featuring Trevor Burton and Bev Bevan".

"I've only heard what Roy's been saying through the papers," said former Move, ELO and Black Sabbath drummer Bevan.

"I'm just disappointed by Roy's reaction, and I don't understand his position. He's still very welcome to join us if he wants."

Bevan is in the final stages of organising the Brum Rocks concert, a day-long Midlands rock festival marking the reopening of the Town Hall.

Bevan said he would still love to see Wood at the festival, which also features big Midlands names like Jasper Carrott and Robert Plant, of Led Zeppelin.

"He's absolutely welcome to come along," added Bevan. "The invitation's always there for him to come along and join us."

Wood had previously attacked Bevan for touring under the Move name without his involvement. He told the Birmingham Post at the time: "I cannot believe he is doing this. Imagine if Ringo had gone out and reformed The Beatles behind Paul's back.

"I did all the work with The Move. As soon as Bev had put his drums down he was on a train on his way back to Birmingham while I was in the studio slaving until the early hours.

"At the moment I am trying to get the message across that I am nothing to do with this new 'The Move'. But something is on the cards and Bev Bevan is going to get one hell of a shock."

He added he was considering legal action. The reformed Move will be celebrating 40 years since the release of the single Flowers in the Rain - the first song ever to be played on Radio 1.

The highlight of their tour over the next two months will be the October 5 Brum Rocks festival at the Town Hall.

All proceeds from the evening, which was organised by Bevan's agent, will go towards the Red Balloon Appeal for the Burns Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The Red Balloon Appeal, which is supported by The Birmingham Post, is looking to raise £500,000 for the planned refurbishment of the unit, due to open in October.

Bevan said the Children's Hospital was a subject close to his heart, having been involved for more than two decades. The Heartbeat concert, in 1986, saw a line-up topped by ELO sell out the NEC to raise money for the hospital.

And Bevan said he was just as hopeful for the Brum Rocks event.

"This is a great cause, it's for Children and it's for Birmingham, and it's great to be involved."