UK September/October 2002
Recently, Scotty did 9 shows in England
and one in Wales
. These shows started
with the Eddie Cochran festival on
Sept. 28, 2002
, and went through the BMG party at Le Café Paris in
Oct. 17, 2002
. These are some notes about
As usual, his band was headed up by Peter Pritchard on bass and
Grundy on keyboards. Pete
has played with Scotty in the
and also in other European countries and even in the
U.S. with Scotty since 1992. Liam
has been with Scotty since 1999. Pete and Liam also booked
and road-managed the tour, which Scotty said was the best-arranged and
most fun of any tour he has done…thanks, guys.
The drummer was Jimmy Russell, who has worked also with
and in the
since around 2000. Jimmy is
the one we love to tease…. The second guitar was David Briggs,
who could be the first guitar in any band he played with.
Dave is great, and he is also writing a piece for the next
NOW DIG THIS magazine in
U.K. about the tour. The
singer this trip was Paul Ansell, who is a singer on his own, but
has such a knowledge of Elvis material that he was able to add so much
to each show just telling the audience about the songs as well as
singing them so very well.
to Ebbw Vale in
. Look on a
map….that’s a long ride!
We traveled for most of the trip in a Mercedes van and hit all
we were to meet a beautiful young woman who was an extremely
skilled black and white photographer.
Karen McBride has decided to make B&W her medium, and
the pics she made were so artistic, and I just loved the one of
Scotty’s hands and guitar…..a combination of technology and
experience, or maybe beauty (the guitar) and age (the hands).
She has given us permission to use these on the website.
She was also at the last show in the
, and the job she did was out of sight.
If you need a good black and white photographer in
she is at www.karenmcbride.com.
Photo by Karen McBride©
Photo by Karen McBride©
We stayed in a beautiful hotel there, and we can
never go back. That is just a hilarious story that I’d better not tell
on the Internet. We
also met the couple who are the backbone of the group Magna Carta.
They are Chris and Linda Simpson.
Linda had sent me an email some time ago saying that Chris
was having a significant birthday (I won’t tell the number) and his
only wish was to meet Scotty Moore.
We did not know them at the time, but we told them that we
were going to be in
later this year and invited them to come to one of the shows.
They came to
and they were just a great couple.
They stayed over and talked for some time after Scotty
finished autographing, and we really liked them. They live
in a beautiful part of
, and I hope we can go back someday and visit them at their home.
When we went to South Shield, it happened to be the day of the
half-marathon, and the streets had been blocked off for the runners.
We spent about 2 hours going around a detour
Pete Pritchard at Piccadilly Circus
We have for several years known the people at
NOW DIG THIS, and Trevor, Howard Cockburn, and Gordon Minto and
his family (who have visited us here in the
) were all there. That show was
like old home week.
When we went over to
, Pete surprised me on the way and stopped at
. He knows from previous
visits that I am a history nut who loves to come to
more than anyplace else just for the history of the place.
Pete, David Briggs, and I went into the historic site and
saw it as close as possible with the little chain barriers around it.
I would have loved to go and put my hands on the stones
and feel the vibes, but that is not allowed.
It was such a beautiful day, and the whole scene was just
what I had wanted it to look like…..a real memory.
We had been to Ebbw Vale before in 1999 and had done a show at the same
theater. The people there
are so gracious to us. The audience
is so quiet when the guys are performing….they clap, but they do not
dance nor yell out to the band. But
they are so respectful of Scotty, as if he is not a rock and
roller, but a historical artifact. After the show, almost everyone
stayed and got an autograph and were so warm and welcoming to
Scotty…and one even had a picture he made of me on the last trip!
The show where the audience had the most fun was the show in north
) at the
Club. It was the last show
in the Tour and the guys were pretty tired, but that crowd was
there TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! Ritchie
Gee, the owner, had been promoting it since Scotty had done a
show there on June 4, and the crowd was READY FOR HIM! Everybody
there stood and danced to every song and sang every word of every Elvis
song done. There is a
picture of the guys at the rehearsal, and Pete said this was a
typical English gig…the speakers stacked on empty beer cases.
Rehearsal at the Tennessee Club
We had a great time on the tour, spent several days in
after the Tour, and did a show for BMG put together for Scotty by our
good friend at Gibson International, Pat Foley.
In passing, I might mention another good friend from
. His name is Jacques Vroom
(a Texan!) and he flew to
twice during the tour to see shows.
He is either Scotty’s greatest fan or just out of his
mind! Thanks, Jacques!
Scotty at the Tennessee Club October 11, 2002
photo© courtesy Deke Martin