This was a gig we had been looking forward to for some time and it turned out to be an excellent night. Sunday at The Stables is never a good time for a good gig so the small number of punters (approx 70-75) was not
a major problem and everyone seemed to have a good time.
The band played two 45 minute sets (house rules at The Stables) which included some excellent BB&THC classics and even though vocalist Lisa Mills was
suffering from the flu she gave an astounding performance ending the first set with a powerful and soulful ‘Piece of My Heart’ that made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
After a 20 minute break for
refreshments and merchandise the band were back, opening with a belting version of Take Off. The rest of the set was excellent with Lisa Mills seeming to summon up some hidden power, with her voice now showing no
signs of any illness and the set ended with a truly magnificent Ball and Chain that even Janis would have been proud of..........again, another ‘hair standing up on the back of your neck’ moment of glory.
band seemed to enjoy the gig and were not phased by the small audience, instead taking it all in their typical laid back Californian stride.
The icing on the cake was a 60’s style lightshow, arranged by pOoTer with Sam Andrew earlier in the week and served up by Bedfordshire’s answer to Mark Boyle (or Bill Ham), Neil Rice and Geoff Blindt from Opti (unofficially known as The Whacky Brothers), aided and abetted by pOoTer. Both the
band and the audience loved the lightshow which peaked with a barrage of effects, shot from a Solar System and a bunch of other projectors and overlaid with Neil’s now legendary display of liquids, delivered via
overhead projector and Clock Face bowls that looked totally awesome as Ball and Chain peaked.
An excellent gig with punters commenting on the lights, the band commenting on the lights and us all going home
with coloured hands......
Ok, here are the photo’s we promised you.....yes I know they are nearly all out of focus, this is entirely my fault, seeing as I took them
all !! I don’t really have an excuse, just call me inept!!