a bit of the old 'Calais' spirit
Hi and first off, Rollin'Stoned
would like to send a really big thank you to all who have braved
arctic wastes, dug yourselves out of the perma-frost and unsurpassable
drifts over the past month to come and support us.
We've been pretty intrepid ourselves,
a brief sortie to France that had been scheduled for Les Stoned
turned in to something of a marathon. With the port of Calais
apparently down to its last serviceable gang plank, an armada
of ferries had been backing up in the channel all week causing
huge delays - of course Bill reckoned this was nothing and that
in his day disembarkation meant putting your instruments above
your head, jumping unquestioningly into the briny and, up to your
neck in it, wading ashore under enemy fire, but then Bill's day
was pre-living memory, let's face it he'd run the risk of failing
an audition for the part of "The 2000 year old man" on the grounds
of over qualification.
Anyway not wishing to disappoint
our French fans and have another student street riot on our hands,
we set forth a day early. In the event, Ellen McArthur could have
given us a head start and still nipped around the globe in the
time it took. But make it we did and the wildly enthusiastic audience
of 500 plus who attended our gig in Lievin made it more than worth
the trouble. Arc en Ciel is a really nice venue and the staff,
organisers and sound crews all did a fantastic job and looked
after us all extremely well.
Back on the home front, a TV crew
have been filming Byron for yet another documentary on the mystery
surrounding the death of Brian Jones. Apparently the case is being
re-opened - well that should help the clear up rates for the East
Sussex Constabulary. Of course while Byron is loving all this
attention, nobody, gets a look in the bathroom because he's constantly
in residence washing his hair, Keith has christened him "Timoptea
Tim". There is more shooting scheduled for next week at some of
the real locations, so if you live in the Cheltenham or Cotchford
Farm area you may get lucky and catch "Brian Jones" on walk about.
News for those of you who have
e-mailed asking when we're playing in Essex next, we have an upcoming
gig on April 23rd that has been listed as a private function on
the website. The venue is the Great Hall at Bancrofts College,
and we have been told there will be tickets for sale to the public.
Check our website www.rollinstoned.com for details.
Looking ahead, the year is beginning
to shape up with some interesting events on the horizon, we're
back at the 100 Club on June 30th with a special to mark another
Brian Jones anniversary (sadly, the way the dates fell, we were
unable to arrange a gig on July 3rd this time but we still wanted
to make an effort to acknowledge this event, rock history would
have been very different without his contribution). Further ahead
in August the beer connoisseurs amongst you can have a ball at
Olympia where we are appearing for Camra's August Beer Fest, make
a date in your diaries for August 5th
Well that's all for
now folks, got to allez before Mick signs us up for another dodgy
time share deal on a Chateau.
Everybody chantez avec nous... We love you
Passez le bag pour le sick. le Ed