A N U A R Y 2 0 0 5
10th January 05
Nothing actually going on today,
but a bit of web re-vamping which required me to put
this page in! So if you have read this page before
the next activity.....sorry to disappoint
you. Hope you had a great Christmas holiday
and new year.
12th January 05
So..... it's back to
"work" today after the Christmas break, and
everybody seemed to be looking forward to it. The
threesome travelling from Liverpool made a bit of a cock
up sign reading wise, which meant we were a bit late for
the sound check which we had scheduled to be a bit
earlier than usual. Crawling through the rush hour
traffic in Leeds, Roy observed..."I like travelling
through towns looking at the industry....... I'd
hate to be involved in it though!". which now gives
us the explanation as to why Roy is a drummer and not a
The Harrogate Theatre is conveniently situated next to
one of our favourite chippies in the country, the name
escapes me, and I forgot to look, but it really is first
class. At the sound check, we had some problems with a buzzing coming
from Eddies side of the stage. All his guitars
were affected and it was taking us an age to track down
the problem. At first we suspected a faulty earth,
but Ade pointed out that Eddie would have got an
electric shock from the mic. if his amp was not properly
grounded. Dirk countered with the observation that
Eddie probably wouldn't have noticed if he had got an
electric shock anyway. We all seemed to find this cruelty
amusing. With the doors due to open in 10 minutes,
it was now becoming clear that the grail of the fish 'n'
chip shop was going to pass us by. I legged over
for a bag of chips (no time for the fish), and shared
the odd one with the band. Meanwhile, the
electrical problem had been lessened, but not completely
sorted..... so we blamed the theatre
electrics and decided to get on with it. As we
were getting changed, John marched through the dressing
rooms with a huge carrier bag full of delights from the
chippy. The smell was wonderful, if extremely
teasing, as this fare was heading for the gullets of
Spectrum and we..... could only imagine what that
fish might taste like.
It was always intended that we would perform the
"'64" show at Harrogate, and so, all the
publicity that was sent out was relevant to that show.
However, the theatre mislaid the 64 posters and had to
be refurnished with the 65 batch, so apologies to anyone
who turned up expecting to see the Shea Stadium set.
The first half of the show went pretty smoothly, but
Dirk and Rick nearly lost it a few times over a couple
of private jokes and the smell of fish on the mic.
Methinks Dirk had snaffled some Spectrum cod and kept
As the second half opened, the fish smell was replaced
with cough sweets. Michelle was aborted after 2
bars of the first verse as Dirk complained that someone
was out of tune. Roy joked with the audience that
he was playing in the wrong key, Rick argued that he was
simply playing with the wrong group.
With the job done and dusted, Dirk set off for a slap up
nosh at the Chinese over the road. The rest of us
set off home with Eddie screaming for food.
Only place open was, unbelievably, a Chinese take away
on the A61. Whilst waiting for the food, we
decided in true "High Fidelity" fashion that
Kate Beckinsale was the current 'top' movie babe, but
had to agree with Jonathon Ross that most of her movies
are shit, even though she's good in them. Perhaps
she should get a better agent! The man wouldn't
let us scoff the chow mein in the shop, so out in the
cold it was. We laughed at the
contrast.... Dirk in a really nice
restaurant.... and us three eating a take-way
perched on a litter bin outside a "late shop"
(where there was a bit more light).
readers only, here is a Real Player file of If
I Fell, recorded at Harrogate tonight.
Click the link just once, the file should play within
a few seconds. Audio quality is compromised with
the compression used for these files. You will
need Real Player on your computer to play them.
Download it for free HERE!
word from Dennis:-
the street, at the back of the Harrogate Theatre, is
Graveley's Fish Seafood Restaurant, 10 Cheltenham
Parade, Tel: 01423-507093. Phone ahead next
visit? Pretty good most times - and very handy to
the Theatre. But for really superior Fish &
Chips, search out Dougie's at 66 King Edwards Drive,
Tel: 01423-530942. (Take-away only) It's
a bit tucked-away in High Harrogate, but remains an
award-winning first choice.
Thanks for a great night out, by the way. Mrs B
and I caught the show from the front row, directly
in front of Eddie. Damn shame about the mic.
crackle in the second half, but you coped very well with
it. Very pro. As for audience response
levels, well...Harrogate is a bit of a stuffed-shirt
town. They seldom let their hair down.
Liverpool is much, much better!
19th January 05
the band gets together for a few days to drink tea, take
the piss out of each other, and bicker about what songs
should be included in the new show. This year was
no exception, and yesterday (18th) saw the first
installment of the preparations for "65 -
Of course, we had a good starting point this year as the
first dozen songs of the first half of our show were
already picked for us by the fabs in their dressing
room, just prior (if Macca is to be believed!), to their
performance on 15th August 1965. The performance
was, of course, the now legendary Shea Stadium concert
in New York, and we will re-create the whole concert
including the two songs that were left off the
documentary film, She's A Woman and Everybody's
Trying To Be My Baby. The rest of the first
half of the show will be made up from material plucked
from Help! and Rubber Soul, but that's as
much as I'm saying at the moment.
Also heard today that the show in Pershore on 19 March
has already sold out, and that tickets for Wimbledon are
moving along nicely.
22nd January 05
Leeds City, Leeds
explain why, but Leeds is a city that we have not
visited that much over the years.
This was what we call a "corporate", a name
given to a gig where we are playing for a private
company party, staff 'do', or awards ceremony. Tonight's
engagement was a bit of all three.
Quotes from the dressing room:
that's not what we do.....is it?"
"Of course we are all prostitutes.....it's just a
matter of how far you open your legs."
"we'll be down as fast as possible..... will take
us about 10 minutes"
"Is this MY wig?"
"I took one whiff at it...... and I
knew it was yours"
"He never let me borrow it..... he said I'd
stretch it too much"
the times, mainly during the first half of the set, that
the dance floor was full, the audience was, at best
apathetic to our performance. Yes.... tumbleweed aplenty
We'd rehearsed the beginning and ending of Dizzy Miss
Lizzy, but clearly, we forgot to rehearse how long it
took to get between the two points. I don't recall
the group looking at each other on stage before, all
saying with their eyes..."how many verses has
knew.....the minute we walked in the room"
"I think it's best not to say anything"
"I got her...... picking her nose"
"One just sat in front of the stage sending
"They thought it was great!"
years....Leeds is not a city that we have
28th January 05
any motorway services these days, and you have to run
the gauntlet of people trying to sell you
something. First it's the RAC, and then
immediately after entering the automatic doors you are
pounced on by one or two young ladies trying to get you
to take on a credit card. Today's lady at
Knutsford, latched on to Eddie and tried to offer him
£100 worth of vouchers for a Spa if he signed up.
When it was explained to him that it was actually a
health spa and not his local convenience store, Eddie
marched off into the shop in disgust. Our lady
quickly turned her attention to Roy and Rick, but she
was going nowhere with her sales pitch, in spite of her persistence.
The exchange was looking like it would get ugly when Roy
politely requested..."Would you kindly stop
prodding me in the chest with your pen"
There was more outrage when Dirk arrived. It
appears that Knutsford services have increased their car
parking charges from £6 to £12. Dirk wouldn't
pay the fee, and we all agreed with him, so we set off
to find somewhere off the motorway to leave his
car. So much for encouragement to be green and
reduce emissions by car sharing. The bastards
penalise you every which way you turn.
We arrived early at Newbury, because we wanted to run
through the songs for the '65 show. Things were
running a little behind, as the theatre were not
expecting us so early and had not finished rigging the
lights. There was still time though to run through most
of the new songs and work out what more work was needed
This 7.45 start show was a sell out, and for some reason
this narrator was feeling, at least apprehensive and at
most, downright nervous about it for some reason.
It's a peculiar thing, the old nerves, they hit you when
you least expect them and there is no particular logic
behind it. Matters were not helped by the fact
that we could see the audience a bit more than usual.
The show went very well, and I think the band had
"a good one" in spite of what we considered to
be a slightly 'reserved' audience reaction. By the
second half, the audience had certainly moved up a gear
and things became more enjoyable on stage. The
only slight concern now was the distance from the stage
to the dressing rooms. Two heavy doors, a corridor, two
flights of stairs (slippery too!), a door with a
combination lock, a snake pit, and the rope
bridge. All of these should have been negotiable
for Eddie's quick change, but I have to confess that I
took no chances with him forgetting the combination lock
number, and shoved a wedge under the door.
After the show, the ridiculously long hike in search of
a chippy proved fruitless, and we had to settle for the
kebab shop, which although tasty and seemingly
nourishing, always seems to leave THAT smell
everywhere. A shower methinks!!
S H O W R E V I E
By Danny B.
Hi guys, I wanna
thank you so much for the best show I've ever
seen!! I've been
listening to the Beatles since I was 5 years old
and I'm 32 now.
I sat down in the 2nd row of the balcony at the
Corn Exchange in Newbury with
the ticket I'd been bought for Christmas, with
my brother next to me, who
adores everything from Help. Being such a big
fan, I was hoping for a good
show but wasn't expecting to be blown away by
it. From the opening Beatle
broadcast and the curtains coming open, it was
absolutely convincing to
me. Just as a stage show alone, the illusion was
perfect. The mannerisms, the
banter. Everything. For a Beatle fan, its
amazing to behold. You were the
Beatles, and that's a very weird feeling indeed!
The songs were tight man!
The kinda form I'd thought The Beatles would
have been in, when playing in
Hamburg. I couldn't sit still!
The highlights of the show for me were too many
to mention all of them, In My
Life was beautiful. and "Kansas City."
HEY HEY HEY HEY!! And, The Ballad of
John and Yoko. How can you pull off Paperback
Writer? It's impossible for it
to sound that good isn't it?
The anoraks among us know that Johnny played
lead on Get Back, but I guess he
didn't feel like it on Friday night eh? :o)
All I can say is. Please please come back to
Newbury soon. I've got a feeling,
it'll be another sell out!! I want to tell every
Beatle fan out there,
that the Beatles are back! Thank you again for a
P.S. On a
personal note, I sing Beatles karaoke for hours
and hours every week.
You have the best jobs in the world.
30th January 05
some bad news this morning. A guy called Mick, who
has come to several of our shows in the south, and was a
regular at Beatle Week, died on Thursday from a brain
hemorrhage. Mick was a great friend of Tony Skeggs and
we always used to have a drink and a laugh with him
after the show. Our hearts go out to his family.