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Saturday 5th June 04                                                                                                                                         

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London.

        Simon puts the finishing touches to the stage                     Don't like that Bradley Pitts.......   Too much "acting!"


Friday 11th June 04                                                                                                                                            

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.

The most horrendous journey imaginable today.  In 15 years we have never been late for a gig....but this was about as close as we have ever come.
In spite of more or less arriving and going straight on stage, we did a good show.
The following morning, I strolled around the town of Eastbourne and wondered who buys all the rock that is in such plentiful supply in all the shops.  I have not seen anyone eating rock for years.  Eddie was suffering from the previous nights cocktail of Carlsberg and a particularly malicious doner kebab.  His departure from Eastbourne was delayed for reasons which I am sure you can imagine.


Saturday 12th June 04                                                                                                                                       

Harlequin Theatre, Redhill.

Rick and Roy arrived at the theatre some time before Eddie and Dirk, as explained in yesterdays entry, so were the only ones present for the press call.  The proposed "Abbey Road" mock up photo shoot was abandoned as it would have clearly been a farce with just the two of us.... and anyway....after the last time we did it on the real crossing...I can't say that it is an experience I would have liked to repeat.  Instead, we did some dressing room shots for the local paper. 

Friday 18th June 04                                                                                                                                            

Nailcote Hall, Berkswell.

Back at Nailcote for the first time this year.  This is the only gig we have done that has seen just about every line up of the band.  We have been playing here every year since 1992.  Nice to see Les Hemmings in the audience, and applying some nifty footwork on the dance floor.  And who mentioned it was Macca's 62nd???...  No one...tsh!

Friday 25th June 04                                                                                                                                            

Town Hall, Liverpool.

A corporate gig on our doorstep!!!  and such a beautiful venue, Liverpool Town Hall, scene of the Beatles civic reception for the premier of A Hard Days Night a little under 40 years ago (10 July 1964)..oh...I hadn't realised it was THAT close to the actual date....hmm keeps in with the 40th anniversary concept quite nicely!
So anyway....  like I said, a beautiful place, but the ballroom sounds like an aircraft hangar when music is played, so it was a bit of struggle to get a decent sound.  At least the Fabs only had to stand on the balcony and wave to screaming masses below, the only people on Castle Street tonight were a couple of drunks and a traffic warden making his way home.
Another dental incident for Rick at this gig, who lost a crown about an hour before stage time. 
"A bit Keef Richards dontcha think?"  Roy was more inclined to think it was a bit more Shane McGowan.....  he was probably right!!  Oh yeah!...Roy turned up to tonight with the freshly re-wired Telecaster... so hopefully no more pops and bangs from that little bugger in the Let It Be section of the theatre show.
In spite of the sound problems, we had a great gig and were tremendously well received.  We were followed on stage by the appearance of Gerry Marsden singing "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Would just like to say a big thank you to the staff at the Town Hall, who were all really helpful and looked after us so well.


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