Glitz Blitz and 70's Hitz UK
Photos by: Katrin Wagner, Linda Welch
Phil, Rob and Peter during "La Cumbia"
Rob, Grant and Phil during "The Old Nickelodeon Sound"
Rob, Phil and Grant during "Karma Chameleon"
Rob and Phil at the Nickelodeon
Rob during the "Sailor's Hornpipe"
The "Full Monty"...
The "Full Monty"...
The "Full Monty"...
The "Full Monty"...
A Glass Of
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
Vera From Veracruz
Girls Girls Girls
The Full Monty
A breath of sea-air before the show...
Linda, Rob and Katrin
Linda, Grant and Katrin
We held up the "Get 'em off!" sign during the "Full Monty. Everyone laughed, but unfortunately nobody did it... :-(
Get 'em Off! - A concert review by Katrin Wagner:
Concert number 65:
I have spent a couple of marvellous days in England thanks to SAILOR fan Linda who is not only one of the greatest SAILOR fans but also a fantastic host and driver (;-))...
On the afternoon of 17 March Linda and I drive to Bournemouth for one of the shows of the "Glitz Blitz and 70s Hitz" UK tour. The weather is great, so that we first check out the lovely beach together with Rob. A little later Rob and I go for a nice walk around the town, where we discover not less than one poster promoting today's concert!
At about 6 pm Linda and I quickly drive to one of her friends to get changed for the concert. This time we are wearing the blue and white 1974 SAILOR outfits. Then we drive back to the Pavilion Theatre and meet Linda's friend Lesley. James wants to join us too, but as he comes straight from work and there's a lot of traffic he can't make it in time for the beginning of the show.
The concert starts at 7.30 pm with SAILOR. Unfortunately, the Pavilion Theatre is only about half full (but that's no surprise, as there seems to be a lack of promotion in the towns AND there has been a similar tour with The Rubettes, The Sweet and a different third band in the same towns and venues last year!), but the people who are there have lots of fun and enjoy SAILOR's performance...
The SAILOR set is short but very good, as is the sound, and of course we do our best to have fun in the front row, shaking the maracas and holding up various posters which make the boys laugh. Our special surprise comes at the end of the show, after the new introduction for the "Full Monty" during which Rob plays an entertaining version of "Sailor's Hornpipe" where the old Nickelodeon bursts into life... We hold up a big poster saying "Get 'em off!" during the "Full Monty". All four SAILORs seem to consider this as very funny, but unfortunately nobody does it... shame!
After a great but much too short SAILOR set it's time for the Rubettes. Their performance is really great too, as usual, and we enjoy it very much. Afterwards we go to the entrance hall of the theatre for a quick meet and greet with both bands, during which we get the chance to talk to the four SAILORs and take some photos.
A little later we go back into the theatre to see the performance of The Sweet. I haven't seen them for more than 7 years, but they are still as good as they've been then, and once again we really enjoy their set and sing along as loud as we can.
There is no meet and greet with The Sweet after their performance, as they have to pack their things to get to another concert in Germany for the weekend, and all SAILORs have left Bournemouth and are on their way home except for Grant and Michelle, who are staying in Bournemouth with some friends and kindly ask Linda, James and me to join them for a drink before we drive bachk home... Marvellous!
Katrin Wagner, 22 March 2005
A concert review by Linda Welch:
What a great show! All of
the 3 bands keep getting better as the tour continues and the gig
at Bournemouth Pavilion was superb. The front row held the
'party faithful', complete with sailor jackets and maracas and,
despite a grumpy old git a few rows back who didn't understand
that you just HAVE to get up and dance when SAILOR come on stage,
and who complained that he'd paid good money for his tickets and
wanted to SEE the bands, the audience had a wonderful time.
(Grumpy old git didn't get up to dance because I don't think the
glue on his hairpiece was strong enough to keep it in place....)
Rob had said that he was collecting souvenirs to hang/stick on the Nickelodeon as a souvenir from each gig and, during a walk on the beach earlier that afternoon, was looking for something 'tacky and nautical'. Katrin suggested that anything from my house would do (so I have a tacky house, eh, Katrin? ;-) ) (comment from the webmaster: no, I meant nautical! ;-)) but in the end what looked like a sailor rucksack joined the flags and other souvenirs for the Bournemouth appearance. Rob, watch out for nautical souvenirs flying your way at the next show I'm attending! (Basingstoke on 2 April - a mega-shipment of Nautical Tat is on its way from Ebay!)
James McC had to work that day and didn't get to the theatre until after the set was well underway and, being a true gentleman, didn't want to disturb the audience to make his way to the place we'd saved for him in the front row. My friend Lesley, a SAILOR 'virgin', and frighteningly eager to dress up in my spare sailor jacket and hat, echoed what everyone in the audience seemed to think... the show was far too short - 35 minutes. It wasn't enough time for the boys to finish off the "Full Monty" (despite the 'Get 'em Off!' banner Katrin and I held up!) although rumour has it there may be a surprise version of the "Full Monty" at the last show of the tour...
There was a chance to say hello to our boys and the Rubettes - as usual, a great show from them with their marvellous drum session - during a short break before Sweet played their set - full of 'Happy Birthday' chords for Steve, their keyboard player, who was notching up another year on Friday... He didn't mention how old he was going to be - any guesses?
Phil, Pete and Rob were driving back to their respective homes that evening, but Grant and Michelle were staying locally with friends, so Katrin and I joined them for a drink after the show before heading back to Southampton, our ears still ringing from the proximity of the amps... now, 5 days later, my hearing is just about back to normal. Pardon?
Real life calls and I have to put my 'sensible head' on for the next 10 days or so ... but Basingstoke, the next gig and the 'nautical tat' is looming, so watch out for another review! Any Sweet fans going? Let me know and I'll bring some spare hats for you!
Pictures to follow when the film is developed.... Not got into the digital age yet!
Linda Welch ©