We had a marvellous night last night at the Rock Gardens, a new venue in Weston-super-Mare. And bloody brilliant it is there too! They haven't been open that long but they're very committed to having live music, and really nice people too.
It's a big venue with a stage and drum riser - lovely! Katie was a particularly happy bunny! Not only did she get a drum riser but she got to use her Chad Smith snare which in most venues is too loud. It cracks like a MOFO and sounds gorgeous.
There was some rather impressive spikes and mohawks in the audience which had me a bit nervous - would we get bottled off if we did Britney? By the time we got to Seasons in the Sun though, aforementioned mohawk was bobbing up and down in time to our silly dance. Hurrah!
There was lots of comedians in the audience, heckling in a panto like stylee. It gave Hoover some good banter and he was on top form and using his wireless mic to the max. Bully was running around like a mad thing all night, I thought we were gonna have to get the defribulator out again! There were so many songs that I wanted us to play but couldn't fit in without ending up doing a four hour gig and killing the rhythm section! It was great to have such a captive audience who sang along with everything.
It's the first time that we've had a good stage area but using our own equipment which was really nice for me because I could control the lights. Does it make a difference to the audience? I dunno, but hopefully it adds to the overall performance. We enjoyed it so much that Paul resurrected the balloon bursting ritual, resulting in some nasty balloons scar.... but how rock n roll eh?
We stayed for a couple of games of pool after we'd packed away while the landlord kindly sorted out some chips for us! Wicked! Everyone was soooooo friendly and loving it, we had an absolute ball. We're back there in October and have been booked already for a couple of dates next year - a nice venue to add to our list of favourites.
Cheers to everyone who turned up, we'll see you (and all your mates) next time :-D
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