HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
lion and royal - navenby
great start to 2018 with a packed show in navenby, which saw us return for our third time in two years to a pub full of locals and friendly faces. some had come especially from lincoln to see us after having seen us in lincoln during 2017 and they were very welcome as we did our best to help everyone shake off the post new year cobwebs and that back to work feeling. setlist included four 'new to navenby' tracks and although speedy was feeling under the weather and jesus was still getting back to his best after the 'aussie flu' that decked him for nearly a fortnight over christmas , we marched through 'free world', and straight into 'figure it out' as a starter which had people on their feet from the first chords ringing out. axle had some great banter witht he crowd and jesus was having a bounce about, more like his usual self. 'sharp dressed man' was well received altough it was at this point chug discovered that being on the left as the crowd sees you was not a great idea as it meant turning backwards to the audience, such was the position of the keyboard. it seemed a good idea when we set up to swap sides so that everyone could see speedy at work but we have all agreed that we won't do that in future and we will stick to our usual formation.highlights of the second set were 'time is running out' (only our second outing for this, which had everyone singing the words back to us. 'wanted dead or alive' and 'beat it' lead nicely into 'joker' for a final flurry of bouncing about then a mock finish for 'paradise city' which has now become a 'band favourite' and crowd pleaser (one we will definately be keeping for a while) with 'Place your hands' for our finale! - on this occasion due to speedy not being 100% and craoky with just his talking voice we opted to finish here rather than die a sad death with 'living on a prayer' - which we will let out to play next time around at Crowle liberal club on 20th Jan.
Crowle liberal club - crowle
First distance outing of the year saw us pull into the car park at crowle, not really knowing what to expect - what we found was a gem of an establishment with its own 't' shaped stage with lighting and a p.a. if you wanted to use it. we opted for our own trusty mackie setup as we know where our base line set up is and we build from that during the sound check to make sure we have the best tone we can get as places vary with acoustics and size. its always best to do this so you can accommodate for the ceiling height, distance to back wall etc etc. as it happens the room was very wide and even longer so we set up with best sound approx 25 feet from the stage, sound checked and had a beer. the punters were great and dancing began two tracks into the first set which was great to see. only criticism of the night was the venue insisting on three half hour sets split by half hours rather than the normay 60 min first set we do and 75 min+ second set. this meant we had to cut a lot of tracks and just when you got going it was time to have a break. we discussed this with the venue afterwards as a proper two sets would have been better for everyone but they insisted "that's the way it's always been, and that's the way it's going to carry on". we will know for next time, although the band are split as to wether we will return if the three 30 min sets are the rule. we much prefer our normal pattern as it keeps everyone interested and when youve built up some momentum you want to keep it going.never the less we enjoyed our excursion. for the record we did finish with livin' on a prayer as speedy's voice was back to 100%
we are delighted to confirm our re-appearance at this years superbikes weekend at cadwell park on saturday 18th August. to say we are excited is already the undertatement of 2018! get your motor running.........
adam & Eve tavern - lincoln
first time outing for us at this well established pub and a first outing for our version of the eurythmics classic 'sweet dreams' which was a resounding success, bringing people into the bar area where we were playing from all parts of the pub. faces were appearing around doorways and through the internal windows which we took as a good sign. First set - absolutely nailed in front of a very full and appreciative pub. second set kicked off with brownstone and we set off like a steam train following it with the Muse track Hysteria which was a nice transition. into the third track of second set speedy had a sudden loss of volume and it was apparent that one of the valves in his trusty fender hotrod had failed reducing the overall output. we had a short break to replace the valve and thought everything was fine but again the issue repeated itself so rather than stop the set again Speedy plugged straight into the sound desk and a quick wander into the crowd by 'chug' to do an 'on the fly' soundcheck during 'you really got me' saw us back up and running - a tale to tell afterwards over a pint. no other issue presented themselves and a double encore of 'paradise city' and 'place your hands' generated cheers and applause from everyone including the landlord who requested a further encore of 'run to the hills' as one of his favourites. We cant wait to return in october as the place and clientelle is exceptional
The Castlegate - grantham
third time at this venue - number one coincided with the funeral of one of their regulars, number two saw someone fall over the steps and knock themselves out, resulting in first responders and then an ambulance - so we were hopeful of getting through two full sets of material to a reasonable sized crowd, and we did just that. Plenty of audience interaction and spontaneous leeping about served us well and as this is granthams 'rock pub' of choice we dropped in a few of our more rocky tracks , resulting in a double encore and a run out for 'joker and the thief' which we hadn't done since january!.
due to severe headcold and a total loss of voice we had to pull out of the birthday event at the navigation on the 28th unfortunately. we practised on the tuesday before and it was clear then that Axle was struggling and that was only the start of the cold and it was to get worse. we had a call on the thursday afternoon and friday to see how progessive it was but it was obvious that if we were to even attempt to play, the vocals would not be anywhere near acceptable and we didn't want to put on a half hearted show, or worse still have to stop half way through - definately a show stopper. The Navigation were brilliant about it and very understanding and we are back later in the year - although our schedule doesn't allow us to put in an extra date unfortunately. we have a few weeks until our 'thank you' gig at Liquor bar for everyone to recover, get better and get well rehearsed - hope to see you there!
Navigation - newark
a return to one of our favourite venues saw a good crowd rock out to some great classics and a few we've not played there before. New to Navigation for this one were 'sharp dressed man' which caused much dancing, a lovely pink floyd style start to the second set with speedys best 'gilmour' impression and a chorus of 'all the small things' set the tone for the evening. no snow either - bonus! we have a couple more dates at the navigation on saturday nights which we are looking forward to and compare to the friday nights which we have played so far.
ferryboat - washingborough
this pace was absolutely packed on what turned out to be a return of the 'beast from the east' at a re-scheduled gig (originally changed becasue of the snow two weeks earlier). As we unloaded the gear into a couple of inches of snow it was clear that it would continue snowing for much of the night but we all agreed that we would give our best and see how the weather was when we finished rather than worry about it at the start. the gig was stomping as we moved through the first set with a first outing for a super new improved 'Foxy Lady' complete with additional Speedy solo, also new to the ferryboat was 'Time is running out' by muse, which went down a treat and had the whole place singing. as we started the second set the snow began to fall even faster. it was noticeable that as the night got later the bar began to thin out as people were getting concerned about actually getting home. ferryboat is on a hill and we could see through the window at the far end of the pub that nobody was getting up it!. a couple of technical issue meant we had to drop 'baker street' but 'Beat it' and 'are you gonna be my girl' more than made up for it and we finished with 'paradise city', 'highway to hell' and the always well received singalong number 'place hour hands'. job well done - all we had to do was get home now! 80% of the band made it with 20% sleeping on the bass players couch after failing to negotiate waddington hill in a rear wheel drive. c'est la vie!
Castle Inn - coningsby
aimmee and crew at the Castle Inn never disappoint. if you are near this little gem at any point it is worth a visit (Trooper on draught). it had been a while since we were at this cracking pub and they love a bit of 'grunt' so into the setlist went 'slither' - a band favourite, a little dirty but an awesome song to play. the best bit for me (Chug) is the total silence just before the solo - half a second of complete magic that doesnt appear in anything else the band plays. (Have a listen to the original recording - now its been pointed out to you you wil never not hear it ever! Our version of 'sweet dreams' got everyone singing and there were a couple of blokes just shaking their heads in disbelief at the speed of the lead guitar, to the point of bowing down at one point - love it!. we are back later in the year and hope to have maybe one or two of our own original tracks to drop in and see how they are received.