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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Monday, May 31, 2010

Tracy Saves the Day

I got a call from Madge at about 4pm on Saturday to say that his wife had been taken to hospital and therefore he wouldn't be able to do the gig that night. Obviously some things take priority and I promptly phoned the Black Horse and texted the rest of the band to say that it was cancelled.

Then Rob texted me to say, "Could Tracy do it?"

Tracy Toshiba just happened to be visiting from Brighton this weekend, to see her boyfriend - a certain Mr Indesit. I gave her a quick call and we ran through a list of songs to see whether we could put a set together. The answer was yes. Only problem was, she didn't pack her drumkit! Silly girl!

So I spent the next hour and a half trying to find a drumkit that we could borrow. Our good friend Dave came up with one! Dave works with Ben from Go Green Monkey and Ben was happy to lend us his kit. Hurray for Ben!

So after a frantic couple of hours, we turned up at the Black Horse to set up and play the gig. There were a couple of moments where we realised that we'd changed the arrangement of a song since Tracy left us 3 years ago but it was amazing how well she played 30 songs that she hasn't performed since then!

Ben got up on stage to play Basketcase with us which was cool, and nice that he actually got to play his own kit! Rob was on form as he and Hoover kept a comedy show running throughout the gig. It seemed like a who's who of Exeter bands in the audience and as a result had the feeling that we were amongst friends.

The next day we played at the Otter Inn at Collaton Raleigh. We had a marquee big enough to cover the band equipment and the weather fortunately stayed good. They had a great setup at the pub with a nice beer garden, BBQ and about 10 different real ales - which obviously we had to try.

The landlord had been nice enough to offer his garden as a camping area, complete with shower/toilet for us to use, so that we could enjoy the evening in style.

Great pub, great audience, and loads of kids doing air guitar! LOL

Thanks to everyone who came to see us this weekend, that was a lot of fun!

p.s. we're glad to hear that Mrs Madge is back at home. Hope you're back on the Blossom Hill soon me dear :-)
Best wishes from all of us


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