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I was amazed to find Emma there at all really, as less than two weeks ago she had been in HOSPITAL having her APPENDIX out! Such dedication to ROCK is, of course, to be applauded, but CRIKEY! When my brother had HIS appendix out he was in bed for WEEKS!
He didn't have to cope with PROMOTION worries either, as it turned out there wasn't a bass amp there after all, and there was a FLURRY of activity as... well, the soundman just DI'd the bass and all was well. Also one of the acts hadn't turned up - he said he'd get there about half ten - this sort of thing ALWAYS happens at gigs, but I wouldn't like to be dealing with it just after MAJOR SURGERY!!
Come about nine o'clock it was time for me to hit the stage, so I went and did THIS:
The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
My Boss Was In An Indie Band Once
Don't, Darren, Don't
Hey Hey 16K
Do The Indie Kid
We Did It Anyway
I thoroughly enjoyed myself - I played requests from the audience, and the entire crowd was singing along and dancing to the whole thing! ALL RIGHT there were only four people there (Emma, Andy, the girl from the door and the soundman) but STILL: in these situations I am always reminded of that bit from "Backbeat", where Mr Big From Big Records arrives and sees The Beatles MUCKING ABOUT, and thus they BLOW their first Big Chance. The key lesson is to DO IT PROPERLY in all circumstances, and I hope i DID do. I'm entirely USED to doing these sort of INTIMATE gigs, tho it was the first time in ages I've done one fully plugged in and microphoned up. It actually made me quite NERVOUS, with the LIGHTS and amplification and everything, but i RATTLED through the songs and, as I say, the audience went WILD for it. They were the BEST!
Slightly oddly the other band who WERE there (and had bought a couple of friends) DIDN'T come downstairs at any point during the set. I don't call this "ODD" for reasons of TASTE - they could hear me from upstairs in the bar, and I guess see me on the screen if they wanted - but for PRACTICAL ones. Surely if you're doing a gig without a HUGE crowd you'd at least go and see the other acts so that they would feel obliged to see you? For all they knew I could have been Mr Big From Big Records, in DISGUISE!
It didn't really matter tho, as I'd hoped anyway to get off home early, as tonight I have a ROCK appointment in Cambridge, and at my GRATE AGE doing TWO late nights in a row knacker me out! THUS I was able to give HUGS to most of the audience and thank then for a slightly odd, but really rather enjoyable evening. I love doing gigs, gigs are GRATE!
posted 7/6/2012 by MJ Hibbett
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Glad it went ok. I was supposed to be DJing betwixt the bands but ended up in BED with FLU so cancelled a mere few hours before, for which i am still SUFFUSED with GUILT.
posted 7/6/2012 by James
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