The Harrow 16/11/2007

“5-4-3-2-1”

Pictures are here

So, not only were we offered a slot at the Glastonbudget festival but we were actually asked to play the launch night at The Harrow pub in Thurmaston. It was a fantastic night with ourselves, The Librarians and the Ded Hot Chilli Peppers (a Red Hot Chilli Peppers tribute act) playing to a packed pub.

We made a few changes from the set-list that we played at the Glastonbudget showcase and we even played a couple of covers. There were two reasons for this. Firstly, since it was Children In Need night, it made it the 6th anniversary of the first ever gig that Ant and I had played together so we played Money (That’s What I Want) which was one of the first songs we played back in the days when we were a covers band. Secondly, it’s always good to play a couple of songs that the audience will actually know.

That meant that we also played the garage band classic, Louie Louie and I ended up doing what every singer has done since the song was first written – making up the words as I went along. That was supposed to be the set closer but, as we were packing up, Will came over and asked if we could finish with a Rolling Stones song for him and the Glastonbudget guys.

Being the modest types that we are, we didn’t really want to play an encore and we were also wary about upsetting the bands on after us but Will was insistent. So, despite the fact that we hadn’t played in three months and hadn’t practised it in even longer, we had a go at Honky Tonk Women. So, with Ant dragging the chords out of the back of his mind and with Stu on cowbell we played our first ever encore.

All of which left the set looking like this:

I’m On My Way
Money (That’s What I Want)
All I Want
Rip It Up
I Wanna Be Retro
I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do
T-Shirt Hero
While You Wait
Louie Louie
Honky Tonk Women

Even Rip It Up was a late addition to the line-up after we were told that we could play for longer than 30 minutes. Also, our promoter Will said that he really liked it so we added it. Anyway, despite an iffy PA, it was another good performance and we were really feeding off the energy of the crowd.

Afterwards we were asked to film an interview for the Glastonbudget website. Ant and Stu declined the offer and so I had to do it on my own. They did over encouragement by flicking v-signs and laughing at me though. Unfortunately, by that point in the evening I’d had quite a lot to drink as you can see from the resultant video (unfortunately, in the intervening years, it appears that the video of my interview for Glastonbudget has been removed from the internet.Needless to say I was very drunk and kept saying how brilliant it was that Leicestershire has something as fantastic as Glastonbudget and that I couldn’t wait to play. In fact, I think I even bigged up the council at one point!)

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