let it be said that John Otway is anything other than a true entertainer, and all around good egg. It was so nice to hear the guy play, and see him do his Theremin/Two handed guitar stuff. Not to mention the old coat hanger mike-holder trick. Singing Rolf Harris' 'Two Little Boys' With an SM58 magically bobbing in front of his mouth like he was Ali Bongo had me completely destroyed, tears flowing.
I hadn't seen John for about a dozen years, not since the days of the old 'Breedon Bar', and it really was a distinct pleasure to watch him perform.
I think it's pretty safe to say that 'The Maniac'
had a fantastic time playing a support slot with John. It was nice, as a band still in development, to only have to cover about 45 mins to 1 hour. It meant we could pick and choose stuff from the current repertoire, and not just play everything we know!
This is the aftermath of Jim playing drums on a gig. As you can see there is a small bag full of stick totalities, and enough raw kindling to start a forest fire. The guy is a TOTAL ANIMAL. Some say it has to do with when he played with U.F.O. but I happen to know he was just as dangerous in his own right before he ever got to play with that bunch of ROCKERS... Jimi, hurry up and buy your new kit FFS!, you doing the gigs on my little Pearl is making me SCARED!
Is it safe to say we all had a fantastic night of music, mayhem and madness? You're goddamn right we did! Those that were there will not forget in a hurry! Rico Ajao... hey man, when I last saw you, you were a babe in arms! And yet somehow, there you were at the smoker's table, looking like a young and skinny version of your dad. Jeeezus but the time flows so fast, now that we're all in 'the quickening'
. Bring it on!
L&P 'the freak' xx