- November 2005
Just back from Granada – and still trying to recover from
the Piorno Rock experience! The “mañana syndrome”
was never more apparent than on this weekend. A catalogue of
hold-ups starting with the hired equipment arriving a whole
day late (resulting in only 1 day’s rehearsal), missing
equipment (one of my own keyboards had to be couriered in from
England at the 11th hour) the show running an hour and a half
behind schedule – no time for a sound check, and no transport
arranged to get us back to the hotel after the show!
Under those circumstances Andy put on an absolutely sterling
performance – having not played with us for 11 years and
having no drum monitors to mention for the majority of the show!
All of us encountered technical problems so if anyone reading
this was witness to the event – please be a little forgiving,
I know it wasn’t the best performance we’ve ever
done but I hope we managed to hold it together sufficiently
to give the audience a decent show.
On a lighter note,
it was great to have Andy back – almost like being reunited
with a long-lost family member. Phil, Andy and I were all on
the same flight out and there was much reminiscence and laughter.
The backstage banter was just like the old days – ruthless
repartee ricocheted across the dressing room – it was
every man for himself!
Pete was in good spirits and showed remarkable restraint given
the fact that we were imprisoned in the dressing room for two
and a half hours before our performance with copious amounts
of beer and some strange local brew at our disposal. Vinnie
was, as always, the consummate professional, overcoming jet-lag
to put on a blistering performance, and thanks must also go
to one of our incredibly overworked technicians, Andre, who
not only had to look after Vinnie’s guitars but ended
up having to sort out all the problems with Pete’s bass,
my keyboards and Andy's and my monitors, whilst encountering
total indifference from the Spanish in-house crew who must have
been direct descendants of Manuel from “Fawlty Towers”.
Check out the photos hot
off the press to see Mr Parker at the helm of the tubs once