Sunday 6th May, and we are booked to play BMAD again. Its always been great and once again all the REOFFENDERS are pumped up expecting a great gig and also a great day out.
After a rollocking gig at The Bolton in Brixham the night before, Morph and Hoov made it to Paignton just in time to see some of the afternoon entertainment. Indeed, we were looking forward to the afternoon as the BMAD stage was to be graced by a whole load of our MySpace mates...
First up - Bates Motel - I like a rock band with a fiddle player and with Bates Motel we got that plus a whole lot more. They did some fantastic original material and I was hooked. After their show it was great to chat afterwards. Then we had to shuffle some cars around and get some food and I forgot to buy their CD. I shall be putting that right thanks to the power of the internet.
Second Up - The Cadence - we caught up with The Cadence a few months back when they were at the Village Inn and I was looking forward to see them on the big stage. What a great vibe they put out for a lovely Sunday afternoon! Faultless performance and Lil' Pete standing tall in his big hat. We had a good little dance and a sing along too (which helped to warm up the voice a bit). Always a pleasure to see and meet the Cadence.
Next Up - The REOFFENDERS - Tim on the sound warned me that the system would feedback badly if I went to climb up on the speakers (I'd hoped to do that) so I stayed at ground level for this one. We rattled through Ever Fallen in Love to soundcheck and this worked nicely to bring the folks in from outside. Nice to see some lads down the front from Plymouth who caught us previously at the Hub with the Sex Pistols Experience. Then we were off for an hour of running up and down and generally doing that REOFFENDERS thing. Highlights for me were the wonderful singing and chanting from the crowd - an excellent rendition of "Psycho" from the massed BMAD choir, and the final chant of "Brit-nee, Brit-nee" which is not something you'd expect to hear at a biker festival ;o)
And then as quick as it started I was off. I was under time pressure to get my kids back to their mum's so I rushed off in true popstar fashion hardly getting the chance to say goodbye or indeed hear Morph.
Headliners - Morph - I'm sorry I couldn't stay to watch but Heather and Paul were most mightily impressed, so I'll leave it to her to blog about how good they were. No doubt I'll see them perform soon as I know Heather want to see them again.
160 miles later I reconvened Morphy-Richards and Indesit and Hinari to catch SQA live at the Lime Tree for what turned out to be the BMAD aftershow party. And what a thunderin' good rock show that was too...
All the BMAD team for working so hard to put on another fantastic weekend and especially Radar for leading on the music and kindly inviting us to play.
All the people who said nice things to us after we played. Especially the ones who thought I was ten years younger than I really am ;o) - its the make-up and the glass of ferret semen I drink each morning
Steve for coming down so soon after his operation on his leg (!) and graciously letting me "have him" during Toxic
And the sound and lights teams who did a grand job
(ok ok its sounding like a friggin Oscar acceptance speach now)
Hoover and out x