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Current page: Concert Diary 2007

Current page: Concert Diary 2007

Concert Diary 2007

P8, Terborg - 12th May

Linda Simpson writes - Sorry for the delay - it's all a bit busy right now and it's a bit hard to keep up - but we're doing our best!!

P8 was recommended by a friend; we've never played there before so we didn't know what to expect, but we were a little concerned that they wanted us to play so late. It doesn't bother us, but we wondered whether our usual audience would prefer to see us a little earlier.

We arrived, on time, at what looked like a small bar - wrong! The place was a total labyrinth - there must have been 6 or 7 different rooms and bars and we were playing behind the main bar in a nice room with a stage.

Wim and Henny

There was a bit of a strange atmosphere when we arrived. The PA that was going in was giving problems, part of it wasn't working and the technician, who was meant to be somewhere else by then, was not a happy teddy. Eventually he left and Wim came to set up our sound.

It turned out that the gear was hired in, it was in a poor state and poor Wim had to try and sort it out. Several channels didn't work, one side of the stereo kept packing up and without Wim touching anything it kept feeding back at incredible volume. We were having a hard time because feedback can blow your eardrums out (literally) and it certainly doesn't help when you're about to play.

Eventually Wim brought it under control enough for it to be used. I don't think the sound was great but that was certainly not his fault. Erwin, the promoter, was very apologetic; he had hired the gear in good faith - I just hope he refused to pay for it.

Once the sound was set we relaxed a bit and had chance to talk with the other people there. Robbert, the DJ (who also did the lights for us) was just great - he even played all my requests (mostly Rolling Stones). We had a nice curry for dinner. Matt's Mum and Dad (Ina and Henny) came in and we had a chat before getting changed and preparing to play.

It was, as we had feared, a little late for most of our audience, but for the ones who did come we gave a performance that came from somewhere else! It was as if our lives were about to end - I have no idea why it's like this sometimes but when it happens we enjoy it just as much as anyone else. It was fun and invigorating. We had praise indeed from Henny and Ina who said it was the best gig they had ever seen us play.

As you can see from the photo it was pretty smokey too - so the photo didn't come out too well - but that's rock and roll. Paul Stewart did his thing and got a round of applause for dancing across the floor. The audience were just great because, although quite a few of them were used to seeing rock acts in the place, they listened didn't talk while we were playing.

There were some familiar faces and we'd like to say hi to Bart, Dorothea and Jet - thanks for coming.

After we'd finished we went into the bar for a couple of drinks before going home. We met Martin, a guitar player himself with a great reputation. Lotte kept the drinks flowing and Erwin was effusive. In fact we were surrounded by a great bunch of people, they couldn't have been nicer and, although it was perhaps not exactly the ideal place for us to play, I hope we can go back at some point.

At 3:30 am it was time to hit the road again. I'm not sure what time we went to bed but I was still reading my book at 7am; Paulo Coelho - 'The Zahir' - it's very good.

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