Steve returns from honeymoon. New rehearsals as a three piece with
backing tapes commence at Smithy Brook farm.
More Smithy Brook rehearsals. Journalist Andy Darlington visits during
the day for an in depth interview for "Soundmaker" magazine.
Morning rehearsal at Smithy Brook to accommodate Ian's date playing
with Bill on The Invisibility Exhibition Tour in Canterbury tomorrow.
Mark Hughes from a local fanzine visits the farm in the afternoon to
interview Steve and David.
Take David into Leeds to purchase band equipment - leads, stands and
straps. Also an echo box and a Fender Bassman 10 combo for live work.
Later organise van and collect all the band gear from Smithy Brook in
preparation for a move to London rehearsal studios tomorrow.
Warf Rehearsal Studios, London: Up at 6am and collect David and Steve
before driving to London. The room we are given has no PA in it so
have to negotiate to move. Ian arrives from Bill Nelson gig. Quite a
fraught rehearsal with volume and tuning problems. David smashes his
By the time an audience arrives in the form of Polydor persons Clive
Banks and Billy Keane with Chris Carr, everything comes together and
it is well received by all concerned. Leave at 6.30pm and head back to
Wakefield, stopping for chips en route and almost locking ourselves
out of the van. Unload at Smithy Brook by 11.30pm.
Matter Hatter Studios, Stockport: Kev Moore and I help load gear from
Smithy Brook and drive van to Stockport for a week of live rehearsals
for the band. Have to lug gear up several flights of stairs on
arrival. Book into nearest pub for accommodation. Rehearsal gets
underway in the afternoon.
Matter Hatter Studios, Stockport: live rehearsals.
Matter Hatter Studios, Stockport: live rehearsals. I bring sound
engineer Brian Lyons to listen to a couple of run throughs and leave
him with the band.
Matter Hatter Studios, Stockport: live rehearsals. Early start at
1030. Brian Lyons in attendance until 3pm when I come to collect him.
Matter Hatter Studios, Stockport: final day of live rehearsals. Kev
and I arrive at 3pm and we go through a gear packing routine which we
will have to adopt on the forthcoming dates. This is scuppered
slightly by David's decision to buy a fridge and load that into the
van too. Back to Yorkshire.
David producing one of my other bands the close harmony quartet Limbo
at Amazon Studios Liverpool. Work on 2 masters and two demos with
engineer Paul Lewis. Session complete and return home at 3.30am.
Steve, Ian and David record an introduction tape for gigs at Smithy
Live Date: Bretton Hall College, Wakefield - warm up gig. Arrive at
6pm for soundcheck. Bryan Lyons and his PA are there, plus Kev Moore
has his first try as chief roadie. After the check band go back to
David's, who is the most local, for a meal. When they return there is
a full house. Mingling with the students are lots of ex-students that
we remember from our time here, local musician friends like Ada Wilson
and even a few lecturers. The gig is rough and ready with David
dropping guitars and beers spilling, keeping Kev busy, but it is good
fun and goes down really well.
Live Date: Henry Africa's, Glasgow. Collect the band at 11am. Arrive
in Glasgow at 4 pm, followed closely by Kev and Brian in the van with
the gear. During the Soundcheck it becomes clear that there is going
to be a beer promotion going on during the gig. Curtain up isn't until
midnight. All goes well though. ZZ Top are in the audience having
played elsewhere earlier in the evening, as is Robert Plant who tell
me he thinks "the boys" are going to be huge. Afterwards the band
think that the audience response was a bit muted but the promoter
assures me that he is well pleased and that usually there is no
response from the audience at all! Left the venue at 3.30am. Ian kept
complaining that I was falling asleep at the wheel, but I don't
remember anything about it. Eventually Ian argues himself into the
driving seat although technically he wasn't on the insurance papers.
Arrive safely back in Yorkshire at 9am.
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