Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

August Gig 13/19 - Butlins, Minehead

So this week the REOFFENDERS share the bill with X Factor's Ray Quinn, girl group "Hope", the Redcoats own "Ultimate Star Performer" show and Girls Alouder. So its a quality line-up, so we'd better be good!

We watched the Redcoats show tonight, especially to watch Redcoat Pete doing his "Cosmic Girl" number. He's been great fun backstage every week, so it was great to see him do his thing. There's a competition to see which Redcoats go to a grand final, so best of luck Pete for that one.

I should be really tired, but I felt fired up for this one...and then... Paul plays the opening chords to Pretty Vacant the band crash into the song, Hoover walks up to the mike and grabs it in true punkrock beligerent style... the radio mike slips from my hand, falls to the stage and damn-near slides off the stage... aargghh... Heather thinks I've kicked over a water bottle until she realises that I'm not singing, just grubbing about on the floor for a microphone...

Actually I only miss half the first line, but the family on the front row have a good laugh with me!

I love jumping off the stage and performing in the audience. Its always great to connect with the people out there in the dark and I think they're a little shocked when the show literally comes to them. Its certainly one of the benefits for the band playing the late-night slot as it would be impossible to do it earlier in the night as lots of small kids crowd the stage and it'd be too dangerous to jump off at those times.

Then its over for another week. We strip off the stage clothes and then load up the van. Suddenly there's girls running up to us. Finally, we think, someone fancies Paul! "Is that Ray Quinn's car?" "Is he still here?"...just for a minute we can pretend they wanted to talk to us...

...but five minutes later a couple stroll up and shake our hands. "Thanks for a great show", they say, "we thought you were the best act on tonight. We loved it!"

And there it is. Everybody had a good night, there really was something for everybody! (except maybe Katie, who was a little disappointed she didn't see Same Difference this week!)

Miles on the van today = 110
Total miles in August = 1337
T-shirts sold in August = 12

Hoover x


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