04-03-2014 – Exploding Tambourine Extraveganza

Hey folks

This’ll be a short one, I’m afraid, as it’s late already and I keep having to inconvenience myself for work at the moment… Bah!

Still, a weekend full of the usual rawk’n’roll weirdness, madness, and deaf and destruction; including this week the tragic loss of our auxiliary percussion equipment; consisting of a tambourine which Lou plays in one of the songs (I can’t for the life of me remember which one); and which, on Saturday was lent out to a particularly enthusiastic audience member at the Golden Fleece in Bath; “Bring it back, mind”, Lou warns him.

Alas, she forgot to say “in one piece”.

Thus it was that, as we thrashed into the “good bit” of AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” (i.e. the bit with the rubber duck solo in it), there came a loud crash from the back of the pub, as our chum had been playing the tambo so vigorously that it actually exploded, raining little bits of metal and plastic over everybody. I was actually quite impressed.

The poor drunken lad was genuinely quite upset by this turn of events; even more so when his other half spotted him from across the pub, gave him a Good Telling Off, before hauling him up to the front (I couldn’t swear to it, but I think she dragged him along by his ear) to Say Sorry To The Band Properly. Alas, I was unable to keep a straight face for this part of the proceedings.

Anyhoo, we’ll be back next week – although slightly more challenged than usual in the tympani department – as follows:-

Friday 7th – Tap & Barrel, Swindon
Never been here before, but it’s Swindon, so we know what to expect*.

Saturday 8th – Brewer’s Arms, Cirencester
Again, to the best of my knowledge, we haven’t been here before. But, if we have – well, here we are again.

So, this week we’ll round off with a question for any of our gigging muso or gig-attending chums out there. We’ll print the best answer next week.

We’ve managed to explode a tambourine. But what’s the most impressive musical destruction feat you’ve ever managed : seen?

(Note: Pete Townsend, you are excluded from this competition).

Square on, and night night


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