Welcome to the first autumn tour blog written by band manager Keith Pipe
Thursday 4th September 2014 – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham:
After a couple of great festivals at Colne and Weyfest in August the eagerly awaited Autumn 2014 tour commenced at a city and venue the band had not played before. The show was the first of three with Danny Bryant and his band.
Load in to the venue was fairly straight forward (not always the case at some venues!) and the sound check was a smooth affair with the crew keeping everything under control. The overall sound was very good if a little loud, The venue reminded me of those smallish music venues in Holland with a capacity of about 400 and a balcony upstairs.
Show time was brought forward a bit earlier to accommodate a strict 10pm venue curfew and the band played a storming 45 minute set finishing off with their own version of Jack Bruce’s “Theme from an Imaginary Western”.
All in all a great start to the tour.
Friday 5th September 2014 – The Citadel, St. Helens:
A nightmare of a journey to The Citadel amongst traffic jams on the M62 reminded us all of the song “Motorway Of Madness” a firm favourite in The Mentulls set list.
The Citadel, another new venue for the band, was an old Salvation Army building and dates back to 1861. Management and staff provided a warm welcome for the band and were shown to the dressing rooms prior to sound check. A very well organized venue, one of the best.
A very appreciated crowd made for a great evening and many of the crowd took time out to talk to the band after the set with one very pleasing review in “Liverpool Sound and Vision”.
The usual overnight motorway closures made for a long journey and arrived at home at almost 3am in the morning!
Soundcheck at St. Helens
Before doors open at St. Helens
Saturday 6th September 2014 – The Arc, Stockton:
All the band members have visited this venue in an audience capacity to see great musicians such as Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Uriah Heep, Michael Schenker and Virgil & The Accelerators.
It was nice to play a local gig which is quite rare these days. Early technical problems meant the show was now to be at the more intimate Theatre rather than the main auditorium. Despite some initial concerns whether the small PA system would cope these were soon displaced during sound check.
The sound proved worthy of a larger venue and the band roared into “Silver Bird” and the packed crowd responded to give arguably the best show of the tour so far. Danny Bryant asked guitarist Andrew Pipe to join for a jam later on in the evening and proved to be nothing short of amazing.
So, week one of the tour has surpassed all expectations and it has been an honour to support Danny Bryant and his band who have all been so welcoming.
Andrew jamming with Danny Bryant