january 2018

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%


breaking news!

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.........


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