Silver 60s Tour 2006
DAve Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
February 26th to May 7th 2006
Southend-on-Sea, March 11th
Review by Sandy
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Please also see the complete Tour Wrap-up and the Thank You Note from the Band
In early March I caught up with the band to finally see the Solid Silver 60s show live - it was fine timing, they had accustomed themselves with the tour set and were still fresh after just a dozen shows. In spite of the low temperatures outside they were in a happy mood and firing up the audience each night.
"Always this boring wait…"
time until the beginning was filled with the usual preparations and
Right: Beaky just won´t stop playing - anywhere
|Left: the glamorous life of a rock´n´roll star - coffee out of plastic cups...||
Tich tuning his new guitar - a lightweight PRS Std24
from Tich´s new guitar they had also brought new suits with them - for
the tour they had decided on uniformly dark trousers with colorful
jackets and even gaudier shirts !
For the show itself they introduced a new medley consisting of two classic rock songs from the Who and Led Zeppelin
to make the audience happy:
It´s Show-time !
|The Dozies went out second after Wayne Fontana who had been supported by the Pacemakers. Due to excellent preparations and two drumkits on stage no changes had to be made so the breaks were marginal.||Left: The moment when the lights turn on first time, the boys still keeping up the suspense, standing with the back towards the audience|
during his solo part in "Hideaway"
with Dave already asking the audience if they want to see something special …
"You really think that´s all he can do with that guitar ?"
showing Beaky what he expects: to see Tich push his guitar down to the
"So what do you give me for doing that, eh ??"
|After this strong intro that woke up the audience they performed another one of their so well-received covers - the old Diana Ross hit "You keep me hanging on"|
|Left: Dave trying to hide - but his micro gives him away !||
the band´s multi-vocal harmonies are phantastic
The voice from the background
Right: Finally Dave brought it forward - the bullwhip for "Legend of Xanadu"
|Mick watching if everyone ducked away, while Dave is already circling the whip over his head - this always is a special moment|
|Right: Tich must still be trusting Dave´s abilities with the whip, staying so close...|
but during the guitar solo he dared to run alongside Dave again
Left: the creative backdrop of the tour
|Trying to get a shot of Dave actually cracking the whip is not easy - but you do hear it very well out there in the front||
atmosperic illumination for "Stairway to heaven"
|Together with "Pinball Wizard" this formed the new medley, which actually got a high repsonse from the fans all through the tour||Below: A nice sight - the boys closing ranks for the start into Pinball|
|Dave doing a phantastic vocal job during the medley, really rocking the audience||
with Mick adding some contasts
|Tich and Beaky were also doing an excellent job on guitars since both songs are quite a challenge musically|
nice addition to the show - Dave joining Mick in the back
and finally the audience was joining in for "Bend it" ...
|At last Tich was pushing his guitar down on the elastic strap - and now we knew why he did not want to do it in the first place ...||... that leightweight axe shot back up like a rocket...|
|Right after their show they went back out to the merchandise booth giving the audience a chance to have everything signed||And the fans were enjoying this opportunity a lot during intermission|
trying to talk someone out of buying other people´s CDs ?
Some fans even had the chance for a group shot
|When that was done they had to walk through the cold to return backstage||
"Now who the hell got the key to this door ?"
|While PJ Proby and Gerry & the Pacemakers performed the Dozies enjoyed a break to get something to eat and relax a bit for the second show that night||And then it started all over again: Opening the matinee|
|Left: Some strange noises coming from the amplifier||
a disappointed Mick being told that he´s not the sexy member
|"Legend of Xanadu" again with Dave and Beaky chasing each other||more atmospheric lights during "Stairway to heaven"|
So this was a long but excellent evening, and for their rocking performance the Dozies got standing ovations of course. After a drink and some small talk they all retired early though, since they had a tight schedule of shows still ahead.
More about the tour: see the complete Tour Wrap-up and the Thank You Note from the Band
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