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was the first concert of the year for Sue and me. I had always wanted to go to
a show at the Eel Pie club, a quite famous rhythm and blues place from the 60s in Twickenham, UK.
They only do shows at this place every other Thursday. We arrived about 25mins
before they start the show at 21 and got a beer. No real English beers at all
on tap or in the fridge, a shame.
Blues Club is made up of a lot of local guys including the drummer and keyboard
player from Dire Straits (Guy Fletcher and Danny Cummings), William Topley (The
Blessing) on vocals, Robbie McIntosh (Pretenders, Paul McCartney) on guitar,
Peter Hope-Evans (Pete Townshend) on harmonicas and jews harp.Alan Rogan played the bass.
place was about 60% full and pretty packed around the upper floor of the bar.
There were some young kids that were totally into it but overall it was an over
60 crowd!! The band played two sets of about an hour each, mixing blues
classics with a few originals. The first set was mostly all short tracks
3-4mins long and not a lot of smiling and joking around but the 2nd
set opened up with a Canned Heat track and that got the place really going and
they had a lot more fun with this set and did a lot more solos on all the
instruments. Guy also played a lot of lap steel and fewer keyboards. Peter was
very dominant on the harmonica though, sometimes too much. Just one song with
out massive harmonica for every moment would have been nice. Great version of the classic song called
44..It was a fun night and a few local
stars showed up like Pete French (Leafhound) and Mick Avery (The Kinks) as
well. Fun night… All pictures by Jennifer Noble. Thanks.
It has been 5 years since Sue and I came to stay with my
friend Silvana to see Pothead and interview the band. Berlin is usually quite
cold in January so Sue decided not to come this time. Sure enough it is -2C and
some snow on the ground. The Friday show is not sold out but the Saturday show
is. The band released the Jackpot album
since the last time we saw them and Pottersville as well. I guess they will
play some new songs and probably different sets each night. We will see.
Silvana and I arrived about 10mins before the show was to
begin. She saw some of her friends and I ran into Helmut (Berlin Record Dealer).
I had a foto pass so I could take some pictures during the first 3 songs. They
were actually not caring so I could take anytime I wanted but I took mainly
only shot from the first 3 songs. The stage was pretty cool and they had a few
movies now and then. This was the first time for me to see them with the new
drummer Robert. The band was all dressed in matching shiny suits. Brad’s was a
bit too baggy and he looked like Andy Warhol in Charlie Chaplin pants with a
Les Paul! It was a new fresh set from 5 years ago including some songs from the
latest record, Jackpot and quite a few from Pottersville as well but they went through the classics
like Funkenbus, Henry and Mabel, I’m a Sinner (Which causes the lady next to me
to cry), Black War, Chess, Indian Song, etc..I just love this band. Great grooves, great songs… they were clearly
having a really good time even though Jeff and Brad keep their distance, only
crossing the front of the drum riser a few times. Biggest smiles were the small
mistakes.. I think they played about 2hrs. The place was ¾ full. The show
tomorrow night is sold out.
Approx. Set List (I have the list and it has 39 tracks but I
know for sure they did not play all these in this order)
Trouble With Pothead Intro, Burnin’ Blue, Rock Child, Stand. Stadium,
Satisfied, Wild Weed, Tacoma. Fire, New Chapter, C’Mon, Constantinople, Chess,
James, Rock On, Allison, I’m a Sinner too, Bombay, Funkenbus, Emotion of the
Potion, Toxic Fluid, Remember, You should Try that, Black War, Rock Satellite,
Frame in your Mind, Could not Deal, Tiagiato, Henry and Mabel, Indian Song
We hung out for a while and had a backstage pass to meet the
band. There was about 25 people crammed into a small room and a lot of smoking.
I could not hang out in there so stood in the hall way with the security guy
waiting for them to come out. Siggi (their Manager) told me Jeff was in the
hall so I went out and chatted with him after he finished talking with some
fans.We eventually got to the real
backstage and I met Brad. We had a great time talking and he was in a super
political mood, so we talked a lot about the USA and the election, etc..At the end of the night we made a personal
bet for 1€ to meet next year at this time to see who was right about the next
president!It was about 2:30 when
Silvana and I left. She had hung out a lot with Markus and his girlfriend.
Markus, played drums with Pothead many many years ago and has been a long term
friend of the band.It was a great
just into the concert and it was snowing a lot outside. The place was really
full and much warmer than the night before. Brad and the guys looked the same
and his voice was really great tonight.The band played the same concert as the night before as far as I could
tell except instead of ending with Indian Song, they came out and played two
extra songs after Indian Song. Y Road was maybe one of them.Anyway, we hung out and they were playing
great classic rock through the PA, Stones, AC/DC, Golden Earring, ZZTop so
there was still a party going on. I noticed Jeff just people watching from near
the stage but behind the barrier so I went and chatted with him and then the
owner of the Niagara bar, an old friend of the band (and Silvana also knows
here well) came over. We talked about their new suits, etc..Eventually we ended up at the backstage
party, which seemed like fewer people on this night. I was able to get Brad to
myself for about and hour and then Jeff came in and Robert the drummer) and
then it was the whole band plus Silvana and Yvvone (?). Robert left pretty soon
after, perhaps he could not follow the stoned conversation or did not find it very interesting. It was so fun to talk to
these guys about the early history of the band (I want to write a book on
them), their new studio, the band stating to do jam records,the USA, marijuana, politics, religion.. Brad
is quite well read but he also makes a lot of stuff up that is really far out,
just to fuck with you (I hope)… a crazy storyteller….. what a blast.. We left
at 3:30 in the morning…So great to see
the guys. Special thanks to Siggi their hard working manager. See you again next year...