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My upcoming Newcastle Arena gigs... a kind-of diary thread

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Slumming it then like last time? 😉

 

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Stage wasn't cleared in time last night, so early (9am) start this morning. I've got my backline in place but we'll not be able to make a noise for a while yet.

In the meantime.. bacon.

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34 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Tickell

Any relation to the wonderful Kathryn?

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22 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

Stage wasn't cleared in time last night, so early (9am) start this morning. I've got my backline in place but we'll not be able to make a noise for a while yet.

In the meantime.. bacon.

 

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I love, love love that Maruszchawotsit! If I ever plumped for one that's pretty much the spec I'd go for - well, maybe dots not blocks... gorgeous!

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1 minute ago, TrevorR said:

I love, love love that Maruszchawotsit! If I ever plumped for one that's pretty much the spec I'd go for - well, maybe dots not blocks... gorgeous!

It’s gorgeous. And that fat humbucker is going to get a hiding during one of the songs...

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2 minutes ago, Jakester said:

Who’s on drums? I’m sure I recognise the face but can’t place the name..

It’s Ray Laidlaw.

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I'll tell you what, no idea if you're any good on the bass (😉) but you're a great photographer. 

What's the story behind your choice of head? I kind of expected to see the other HB. 

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4 minutes ago, stewblack said:

I'll tell you what, no idea if you're any good on the bass (😉) but you're a great photographer. 

What's the story behind your choice of head? I kind of expected to see the other HB. 

Thank you 🙂

The WB-100 was always just a loaner / demo, on the understanding that it would have to go to someone else at any time.

Had I had it, I would have used it but the R-400 is wonderful too. I'm happy with either.

(I've got the Maruszczyk Bass Tank head under the stage as a spare, which is actually a rebadged Handbox)

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1 hour ago, wateroftyne said:

 

In the meantime.. bacon.

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on the health food diet I see ;) 

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8 hours ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Is the full show from 2018 available anywhere?

Yep, it's on DVD 🙂

After a few delays, it's nice to finally play the set in the hall. It was all pretty relaxed, and we had time to iron out a lot of the bumps. 

We finally got to see the lighting today too, even if it was just ticking over. It's going to be insane. Apologies for the photofest.

This is my shout mic button. I can press this at any time and discreetly ask the nice chaps on monitors to turn the guitars down 😄

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Amp. Yum. (Box on top is LR Baggs Venue DI)

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Guitar corner..

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Rhythm section... centre of the stage where we should be 🙂

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FOH

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More cameras

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The video department. 

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The lights are on...

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The sirens of Scotswood... they sing like angels.

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Chris Cowie (Assistant Director) and Geoff Wonfor (Director). Between them they've done The Beatles Anthology, Top of the Pops.. all sorts.

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Really enjoying this thread, but not as a musician!
 I loved the photographs of rehearsal, especially where you could see all the cable runs to the wedges etc. Straight runs, no trip hazards, cables looped. I know it's a bit sad, but I really notice stuff like that. It means the sound guys care about the band and doing a proper job. I have to tell the kids who help out at church that while it makes no difference to the electrics if the cables are a rat's nest and the stage is a mess, it does make a difference to how the musicians feel, and therefore to their performance. If the talent know the crew care about them, it's one less thing they don't think about.

More FOH and kit pics please  - And concert pics too of course!

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50 minutes ago, Richard R said:

Really enjoying this thread, but not as a musician!
 I loved the photographs of rehearsal, especially where you could see all the cable runs to the wedges etc. Straight runs, no trip hazards, cables looped. I know it's a bit sad, but I really notice stuff like that. It means the sound guys care about the band and doing a proper job. I have to tell the kids who help out at church that while it makes no difference to the electrics if the cables are a rat's nest and the stage is a mess, it does make a difference to how the musicians feel, and therefore to their performance. If the talent know the crew care about them, it's one less thing they don't think about.

More FOH and kit pics please  - And concert pics too of course!

“A neat cable is a happy cable!”

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3 hours ago, wateroftyne said:

 

...and Geoff Wonfor (Director)....

I never knew he was a director. I thought he just took care of the money, and his partner Steve Twofer looked after the show 

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22 hours ago, wateroftyne said:

 

Chris Cowie (Assistant Director) 

I remember Chris from when he cut his teeth on the Tube and the like, doesn't look like he's changed at all

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Cheers, man! I’ve just crawled into bed after being at the Arena since 4pm. Running through stuff again mainly for camera placements. A few of the tunes have specific bass bits, so - for once - I have to make sure I’m in the right place at the right time.

There’s been a few (good) surprises today production-wise The stops have really been pulled out...

Now to try and sleep. 9am band call...

 

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Right.. more pics from yesterday.

MD Alan Clark.

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Drummer Ray Laidlaw

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Ray & Pete

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Accordionerist Shona Newey

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The video team

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The gallery - Geoff Wonfor & Chris Cowie's domain...

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