HITMAKERS TOUR - 5TH MARCH 2004 - ROYAL SPA CENTRE, LEAMINGTON SPA
arrived at the venue early in the hope of meeting up with Norman
before the concert. We spotted Cliff
and Chris Farlowe
through the stage door, managed to get Chris’ attention and he came and
said hello. It wasn’t long before Norman came up from the dressing room
and we joined him and Dave
in the Newbold
across the road for a drink and a chat, after which we made our way back to
the theatre to purchase a programme and Chris’ new CD “Rock’n’Roll
Soldier – Anthology 1970-2004”
before taking our seats in the front row!
Norman Beaker Band
for this tour consisted of Norman on guitar, Dave
– keyboards, Paul –
– sax, Russell
(who plays in Damian’s band Akasha)
on bass, and Bob
from the Rebel
was the compere for the evening and first introduced Cliff Bennett. He sang ‘Knock
and then asked the audience if we knew what the B-side of that single was;
he said the prize was dinner with Chris Farlowe but unfortunately I didn’t
know – in fact, no-one did! It was ‘Slow
which he sang followed by ‘Got
To Get You Into My Life’.
He gave a terrific performance even if he did have to take a short break
between songs to get his breath back and, as he said, to wait for ‘the
lights to come back on’!
Dee took us upto the interval with
and also included a medley of ‘In
the break we renewed acquaintances with Bob from the Rebel Rousers and were
introduced to Russell Milton, the bass player, at the bar.
opened the second half of the show with a cover of Soul
from a new album which also features the other artists in the show. This was
followed by the Tremeloes
hits ‘Even The
Bad Times Are Good’
Me) Number One’,
and Dave Dee joined him for ‘Silence
as a tribute to the late Alan
He also sang a song from a new album which he said will be out either early
summer, mid summer or even Christmas!
Farlowe closed the show and was, of course, the highlight of the evening for
us. He performed
(written for him by Mike
the Small Faces
hit ‘All Or
‘Ain’t No Big
On Shaky Ground’
and, naturally, ‘Out
was an extremely enjoyable concert. Norman was thoroughly enjoying singing
the ‘60s songs although he said he wasn’t old enough to remember them
first time round, ha ha!!
spoke to Chris, Cliff, Chip & Dave in the foyer afterwards and then
joined Norman and the boys, along with tour manager Danny
for a drink in the Newbold Bar.
are now looking forward to seeing Chris & the N.B.B. at Alexander’s,
on 1st April and meeting up with our good friends Pam &