d'Or Music aka Mike Lance promoting music in Brighton for over 20 years
- still at it !
JORGENSON & FRIENDS ~ UK TOUR ~ SEPTEMBER 2001
& 9/9/01 ~ Days Six and Seven -Stockport and Brighton
On Sunday morning we had to get up really early to make an interview
in Brighton by 2 pm. Brighton is about a 4 1/2 hour journey from Stockport,but
with roadworks and traffic you can never tell. We made good time getting
to Brighton,but once there had a bit of a nightmare. I called the radio
station to get directions,but no one was at the switchboard. As we headed
into town the traffic got worse and worse. We finally were running out
of time and asked a cab to show us the way to the station. He did, but
when I got up to the intercom at the door I was informed it was the
wrong station! So we got back into the van, and headed back where we
thought it might be, only to stop for directions at a convenience store
to find out we had the wrong street name as well! Finally we did make
it to the station, and fortunately it was not too late to have a bit
of an interview on air.
then headed over to the Greys, where the evening's show would be taking
place. It is a very small venue,and we had to be creative with setting
up gear to take up as little room as possible so as not to take up too
much room away from the audience! This show had also been sold out for
a few days and we had lots of friends coming down. After getting set
up we were fed another stunning meal at the Greys, and the friends started
arriving. We had the chance to visit with Charley and Hattie Webb,who
had come down with their brother Brad and parents Graham and Mandy.
We got a message though Graham that John Mahon and some of the other
Elton John Band members were going to try and come done after a taping
that afternoon in London,but unfortunately couldn't work out the transportation
and had a very early call the next morning.
venue rapidly filled up and we got into the first set,with only inches
between us and the audience! We were happy to see some friends came
al the way from Luxembourg to see the show! We again did away with any
semblance of a set list,and just went with the moment selecting the
songs for the set. After a brief break,we did our second set,inviting
Hattie Webb to come up and play a number with us on her Irish harp.
She is an excellent harpist,and the crowd loved this extra musical treat.
started to go into a long solo intro for "Mystery Girl" but
got diverted and played a bit of "Man Of Mystery" and "Apache"
and ended up playing a full length version of "Little Wing"
instead. I do feel thankful often at the way the rest of the band can
just follow me no matter how many left turns I take! Too soon it was
time to finish up,and while signing a few CDs I heard a familiar voice
and looked up to see Tam Johnstone! I was very pleasantly suprised,a
Tam had told me he would not be coming to see us until Thursday at the
100 Club. As fate would have it,someone brought his dad Davey's "Smiling
Face" album with Tam's photo as a baby on the cover. I had to capture
the moment when Tam then signed the cover photo of himself from many
also got the chance to meet Brendan Sando who has created my website.
It was great to meet him face to face and to let him know how much I
appreciate his work on the site. Too soon we had to load up the gear
for a drive up to London,where we will check in late to the hotel,thus
avoiding the Monday morning traffic.
we arrived,we found that the van wouldn't fit into the hotel parking
structure,so I will have to get up at 8am to feed the parking meters
each 2 hours-so much for the sleep in I had planned for Monday! I guess
sleeping will come when we get home...!