WORK IN PROGRESS!
22nd February 1987
We’d been getting radio plays in France, so played live in Tours in Mid-France – a gig organised by JD Beauvallet who now edits the France music magazine ‘Les Inrocks’ (and promoted It’s Jo and Danny in Paris in 2000).
Live at The Forum in Tours.
Champagne backstage afterwards!
Rudy in the studio.
Rudy decided to leave the band at this point and head off around Europe busking. His last Bluetrain gig was supporting The Bodines in Western Super-Mare. Our musical paths would cross again a few years later though.
So, we were on the look out for a new guitarist.
He came in the form of a Californian living in London, one Mark ‘Frank’ Nemetz.
Mark would get the coach down from Hammersmith to Camberley to rehearse. We were still living in Surrey and I was lucky enough to be at my parent’s house in Frimley Green, where we were able to rehearse and Mark could stay over. My Mum ran a large nursery school from the house and we were a big family, so the vibe was always fantastic there.
We had a photoshoot on the roof…
and in the garden….
Like Rudy, Mark played a Rickenbacker guitar. He also used a classic Vox AC30 amp.
We played at The Buzz Club (of course).
We supported The Mighty Lemon Drops at Guildford University.
We played the Glastonbury Festival in 1987. Rodney Allen (who had played The Buzz Club a few times) was booking bands to play the Cinema Tent and we were asked to play. We had a wild weekend! Just about made our slot on time – running backwards and forwards through the mud to get our gear set up. I’m fairly sure Kev played the set with his muddy wellies on!
We toured Scotland, supporting The Pastels in Edinburgh. No pics of that i’m afraid. I think these are mainly of Dundee. We certainly had a good time!
We had French TV come along to a gig we played with label-mates, 1,000 Violins at The Green Man pub on the Edgware Road. (Don’t know if the pub name help to inspire our festival name!).
We put out an appeal to get people to come along to the gig, via the Adrian Creek column in the Camberley News – which is also writing about 1,000 Violins playing The Buzz Club.
Here from that night is ’Some Greater Love’ – unfortunately Danny is hidden behind the PA speakers!
So….here’s where Mark, without a visa had to head home to California.