LISTEN TO THE BAND
It has always been my belief that when you go to listen to a band, you go to listen to a band. You don’t dance and that has never been a problem for me because I can’t dance anyway!
When the gig started, probably because of what Pete had said to me earlier, I found that I was inwardly willing the band to be rubbish. For his band to impress me after that would not be easy so I was just waiting for them to fail.
After about 20 minutes of their performance, I realised that I had not spoken a word at all. To say that they impressed me would be a massive understatement.
The first thing that hit me was the clarity of Pete’s voice, together with the fact that it was actually possible to hear him when he sang.
At that time most bands seemed eager to play their instruments with as much volume as possible, regardless of whether or not the vocalist was singing.
Usually, if you could hear the vocalist you could never understand any of the lyrics that were being sung. There was also no doubting the fact that the members of the band could play their instruments very well.
Midway through the gig they performed a version of Voodoo Chile, by Jimi Hendrix, which was Robin’s opportunity to shine (photo) and he was superb!