The Pavilion 03/07/2009

“When I was younger, so much younger than today”

I love chatting to Will, our main promoter, before our gigs, he always seems to have a new scheme for the band. This time, his idea was to get Stephen Hawking into the band. Now I know that he “appeared” on the Pink Floyd track, Keep Talking, and Radiohead used that Hawking-esque voice on Fitter Happier, so clearly the man has form. However, I’m not sure he’d fit in with our current acoustic set-up. We might have to go electro to accommodate him. Another problem is that I can see the posters now. They’d start out as “the sixth circle”, then it would be “the sixth circle featuring Stephen Hawking”. As we got bigger it would be “Stephen Hawking featuring the sixth circle and then finally just “Stephen Hawking” and we’d end up just being his backing band. Although as long as we get top billing over the puppet show, I guess I could live with that. Anyway, when we finally got on, the set-list was as follows:

Everything I Do
She’s His Girlfriend
You And Me
On Top Of The World
Help!
All I Want
I’ll Get By
While You Wait

One of the best things about playing at The Pav is the wide range of fare that they have on offer. This mean that Sarah could buy half-time oranges for Anthony and I, and then bring them to use on stage when she joined us half way through the gig. After munching our fruit, her first task was to sing lead vocals on a new song, Help! by The Beatles. We’d picked it at our last rehearsal after trying to find another song for Sarah to sing. After going through it a couple of times at rehearsal, we were all pretty happy with it. Sarah then spent the rest of the week listening to it on her own. However, there’s always a sense of nerves when you play a new song for the first time, especially when it’s a cover and it’s likely that everyone in the audience knows it. With that in mind, we had the track on constant rotation all the way to Leicester, clocking up some 20-odd plays. It all proved worthwhile though as it went pretty well. We listened to something different on the way home, you can have too much of a good thing.

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