|The Shining Hour Gig 12.10.02|
|Supporting C.L.A.R.K. at Schick & Schön, Mainz, Germany|
played a surprise solo gig - my first - on October 12th 2002 in Germany.
It was a surprise because even I didn't know I was going to play until
a few hours beforehand! I was in Germany spending the weekend with Hanns-Christian
and he suggested that I support fellow Apricot band, C.L.A.R.K. who were
playing at the Schick & Schön in Mainz. After giving it some
thought, I decided to play five songs and had an hour's practice before
leaving for the gig! I was quite nervous before the gig started. I went
on about 10.40pm, sat on a high bar stool, plugged in the acoustic guitar
I borrowed and played the following songs:
Three songs from 'Postcards From Home', one from 'Wait All Summer' and a new song (Limits). I made a few mistakes, forgot a few words but generally it went quite well and, for once, I could hear my vocals and I think I sang quite well. C.L.A.R.K. followed and played their brand of Summery guitar-pop. They are a very good band and also a bunch of very nice blokes. I think their live sound is even better than their fantastic album. They use a vibraphone live played expertly by Martin Lutz and what a wonderful sound it is too. Thanks to Axel (vocals/guitar) and Martin (drummer) for encouragement and allowing me to play with them and to Hanns-Christian for perfect mixing on the desk.
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