Paris France 2002
In June Scotty did a show in Paris
for the Elvis fan club
there. Two of the Band
members were from the later Elvis TCB band, Glen D. Harding, and Jerry
Scheff. We had been to Paris
before, Scotty twice and me once.
Scotty, Glen D. Hardin and Jerry Scheff
Jean-Marie and his wife were our
hosts. He is the president of the fan club, and although his wife
does not speak English and Scotty does not speak French, they LOVE each
other. We had a most
wonderful time there, I got to see my friend Sandrine again, and we were
treated like royalty.
Ms. Jean-Marie and Scotty
The show itself happened to fall on the president’s fortieth
wedding anniversary, and he closed the show singing “One Night With
You”. Scotty said he
sang so great that next time he does a show there, he wants Jean-Marie
to do the entire show as the vocalist!
We also saw Patrick again. He
is our friend there and runs the Elvis boutique in Paris
for the fan club.
After the show, we boarded the Chunnel Train to go to London. We did not want to
have to deal with the problems of both Charles DeGaulle airport and
Heathrow in London
, so we went by train. It
was the neatest trip! If you
get a chance, take that ride sometime.
We could even take the wine with us which was given to Scotty by
a little man who was a fan for many years who did not speak
English, but brought Scotty a tie and some wine. If someone translates
this for him, please thank him for the wine…we thoroughly enjoyed it
with Pete and Stella Pritchard at their home in
the very night we got there!
We were met at Victoria Station by Pete, Ritchie Gee, and a van driver
who broke every law (both speed and otherwise) between the station and
our Hotel in Southgate. By the time we got there,
Scotty needed the wine to calm him down after the wild ride.
Queen's Golden Coach
The show at the Tennessee Club was a riot….almost literally!
The show was sold out before the date, but so many showed
up without tickets that Ritchie Gee just kept packing them in.
That place is the greatest venue you can go to with a rock
and roll band. The people
just come to dance, sing and have fun.
The dressing room was a locker room (this is a golf club when the
shows are not going on) that smelled just like a locker room, and the
backstage was the gravel outside the door that led to the big showroom. That
was all that we saw….the rest was full of happy people.
When Scotty did the next show, we got a letter from a fan from
who we had met at Sun Studio asking
for backstage passes at the Tennessee Club.
I wrote him back and told him there WAS no backstage!
He came to the show anyway.
This was the shortest trip to
I have made. Scotty just had
the two shows, one in Paris and one in London, so we were there
and back in less than a week. It
was too short to get jet lag, and neither of us was the worse for the
wear when we got home. It
was short, but it was one of the best we have had…it was with old
friends and new ones and we were treated great!