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11th August 04
activity this month after our holidays, was a link up
Radio Interview at Radio Merseyside with Stephen Bumfrey
at BBC Radio Norfolk to promote Saturdays show at
The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton.
Interview was accompanied by our version of Please
14th August 04
Princess Theatre, Hunstanton.
Can't remember the last time we were all in the car
going to a show without using a motorway. But
hey!!! this is Norfolk and its flat landscape is so far
unblemished by these ugly roads so we sit out the
frustration of being stuck behind slow moving "day
trippers" and tractors.
At this point Dirk announced that he couldn't stand The
Hollies, and he explained why as "20 Golden
Greats" was playing in the car. This had a
traumatic effect on Eddie, who had been a lifelong
fan. When he returned home, he would trash his
Hollies collection. Oh Dirk... you know not
what you do!!
After six hours
including a stop for food at a very nice cafe, we
arrived at sunny Hunstanton by the Wash.
Its a fortnight since we've played, but we are a bit
late for an extensive sound check, so we have to make do
with a few half numbers throwing everything into the lap
of the Gods.
Rick plays the first part of the solo of "And I
Love Her" in the wrong key, but apart from that the
show was pretty much business as usual. On stage
was incredibly hot again - Johnsons are making a fortune
out of us this year!
We chatted to some of the audience in the bar after the
show and they were very complimentary about the
performance. It's good to get opinions on what we
are doing right and wrong. Something must be
right, because the attendance was well up on last year,
in fact it was close to a sell out. Eddie treated
us to an extra encoré of "Slow Down",
complete with shoulders.
21st August 04
The Robin 2, Bilston.
This was only our second visit to the Robin and we were
very much looking forward to it cos it's got to be one
of the best club gigs around. The audience
are fab, so we wanted to change the show round a bit as
we only played there in April. Only thing to do
really was to play last year's show with all the 1963
numbers in. Of course, being us, we had forgotten
to remember to rehearse the songs from last year, so it
was a bit of a brush up at the sound check while Ade,
Dave and John made a bee-line for the food that the
Robin kindly puts on for us. When the band finally
got to the food, as Eddie said, "A Bombay shite-hawk
would have left more for us".
The dressing room banter became extremely vulgar before
we went on for the first half, with talk of
"helmets like boxing gloves" and other such
male bonding talk. We are spending too much time
It was a rapturous welcome from the Robin crowd, as we
stormed through most of our 1963 set. Some of it
was "seat of our pants" stuff, but generally
we made a decent job of remembering the "old"
songs. Turned out, though, that we only played 45
minutes, which was a shock. We either played 'em
too quick or we missed a few tunes out.....
must have been the latter. By contrast, our second set was a bit longer than we had planned...90
minutes actually. We threw all sorts in, including
Come Together, which we hardly ever play.
All in all, an in spite of the tremendous heat in this
place, we all had a great time back at the Robin, and
looking forward to Xmas Eve. Who knows....
we may even do a different set again!!
22nd August 04
West Park, Macclesfield.
A Family Fun Day!!.. well it didn't start off as much
fun for us trying to get into the park.... it took
us over an hour, but of course, once we realised where
we should have parked, it was all quite easy.
We were to follow an "It's a Knockout" competition,
and we arrived as it was finishing...just in time to
shake Keith Chegwin's hand... superb!
We played a somewhat disjointed set by our current
chronological methods, but it was well received
considering the audience were about 100 yards
away. This was due to arena in front of us being
used for the RAF Falcons parachute display team, who
were due to descend on the park straight after our final
Nice to see Simon back after his month long sexual
extravaganza, we hope he has some tales to tell!
23rd August 04
Metropole Hotel, NEC,
Ding Dong !! Corporate "do" tonight for
Avon. Audience of 400 women, presumably the ones
who sell your mum all those Xmas presents. I think
we would have been more intimidated by the prospect of
this if it were not for our "Chippendales"
experience several years ago.
<<screen goes all wobbly as I relate the said
We were booked (God knows why) to support the
Chippendales, or some such "male revue" show,
in Morecambe some years back. We didn't know this when
we took the booking.... we just sort of 'turned up'' and
they told us it was this huge hen party. Fellas....unless
you've done it, you can't begin to imagine what it feels
like playing to a crowd like this for the first time.
Anyway.... I digress.....I can't remember, the
exact circumstances leading up to encoré that night,
who's idea it was, or how we ALL agreed to go through
with it, but we ended up singing "Twist &
Shout" in our underpants......... we must have
looked absolute tw*ts. I think the women realised
that we were taking the piss and we went down a
storm. As I recall, the crowd had felt a bit
swindled because they never got to see the "Chippendales"
dangly toilet parts, no matter how much they screamed
and tugged at their thongs! Yeah!... it was a real
eye opener. Stag parties are tame by comparison.
Now you might think that by relating this story, I am
making a comparison with the Avon ladies
tonight.... well I'm not, they behaved impeccably
and there was no hint of the rowdy behavior of the
Morecambe Ladies all those years ago..... never
25th August 04
Metropole Hotel, NEC,
Groundhog Day! Back for the second bunch of Avon
We would like to thank all the staff from Avon for being
so helpful to us on both nights at the Metropole....you
Pleasant surprise to see our ex-equipment manager, Paul
Acky turn up with Dirk. Didn't get any pictures
from these two shows except this one of Acky, but there
is this bonus picture of Dirk on
holiday...... make up your own caption!!!
28th August 04
Whitley Bay Playhouse, Whitley
Good turn out for this show, with numbers well up on the
same fixture last season. Helpful crew, flowers in
the dressing room,... we felt like 4 Joan