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Sheffield City Hall,
A corporate engagement for Hallam FM's
charity "Help A Hallam Child", in the very
grand surroundings of Sheffield City Hall.
I can't remember the last time Eddie was not with us. At
the moment he is sunning himself up on holiday, but we
have found a replacement in the form of Paul Jones,
currently in his final year at Paul McCartney's
Liverpool fame school, LIPA.
In true Spinal Tap fashion, we got ourselves a bit lost
trying to find the dressing rooms and ended up at the
top of the building, locked inside the upper gallery of
the main hall. While we were waiting for someone
to come and rescue us, we spent the time watching ABBA
magic who were performing on the stage below.
We were on stage after Tony Christie, who was performing
to backing tracks. It wasn't long before he did
what he did for Maria and asked the audience if he was
in the right direction for Amarillo, all the time
throwing daggers at the side stage sound man. It
was time for us to receive a helping of ambivalence from
the guests at the charity ball, many of whom danced away
happily but were reluctant to display much in the way of
spontaneous appreciation at the end of most of the set.
Paul did a great job with us in the Lennon role and we
all felt very comfortable on stage with him. I do,
however, have to confess to feeling like a right old git!
Dirk was heading for the airport very early the next
morning, and was really not impressed that the car
seemed unable to be put into gear as we sat outside the
City Hall. Eventually, I found the gate.
Originally Manchester's Central Station;
then the G-Mex Centre, venue for huge concerts in the
80's; now Manchester Central conference and exhibition
centre,.....and that's why we're here.
This is the last night of the International Aerosols
Exhibition and we are the cabaret to finish of the
event. Karl is standing in for Dirk, and Paul is
in for Eddie again.
40th Birthday party for Simon
Jordan. Just Roy and I, in with Colin from the
Bandits and Andy from The Beatalls. We were booked
as the hors d'oeuvres before the real meat got up to
play for the assembled guests. The menu consisted
of Leeeee John, former frontman with Imagination; Ben VP
of Curiosity Killed The Cat fame; The Specials (but alas
no Terry Hall) and top of the bill (or at least going on
last) Mr. Brian Ferry (of Roxy Music and Brian Ferry
Roy got on very well with Ben VP who shared our dressing
room, and now thinks he is s wonderful chap. We
only played for 30 minutes, but were very well received
by the audience of celebrity, rich and influential.
A welcome cheeseburger in the on-site Fatboy's Diner and
Roy and I were burning off up north before half
ten. We had already seen Brian Ferry's performance
at the sound check, as he played his entire set.
Still got a great voice.
Town Hall, Loughborough.
Dirk is still away, but we have the
lovely Karl with us today. I really have left it
much too long to remember anything about this day at
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