There was one gig that changed a lot of things for us,
like, money. We were playing Sheffield
University, supporting The Who. We
played our set, which went really well. They were
then due to do their set, but the social secretary, a
Geordie called Dave Robson, asked if we could carry on
for a while, as Pete Townshend hadn't arrived yet.
We did surprisingly well again, considering the crowd
were all waiting for The Who! The trouble
was, Pete Townshend didn't turn up at all!! We'd
done ourselves a lot of good, our money tripled and the
word went round.
I still chuckle when I think of something that happened
earlier that day. Id been talking to Roger
Daltrey, and he suggested we go for a drive around town
to see if we could find a cup of coffee somewhere.
So, we got into his car (a Bentley, if I remember
correctly) and off we went. The trouble was, as
soon as his driver pulled up outside a cafe, Roger would
open the electric window on the car, wait until someone
recognised him, and then, quickly wind the window up, and
tell the driver to drive on, because hed been
spotted! He also asked me to have a word with Keith
Moon, on his behalf, saying Keiths a big fan
of yours, hell listen to you. Tell him Im
alright as a bloke!
On the 21st April 1963, we supported the Beatles at the
'Pigalle' nightclub on Piccadilly, London. This was
a great gig. They had just come from Wembley
Arena where they had received best group award
or something, and also dicovered that their famous Beatle
suits had gone missing!. We did our set to open the
show, and while we were playing we could hear the Beatles
clapping behind the curtain at the back of the stage.
'Lon' Lyons our rhythm guitarist, thought it would be a
great idea to pull back the curtain and let everyone see
the Beatles - wrong! The audience went potty and
that was it! Dumb move!
Watching The Beatles up really close was
amazing. My wife Pat was with me on the side of the
stage, no more than 5/6 feet from George Harrison.
They were great! Earlier that evening we'd sat in a
pub just outside the club, with Ringo Starr. He
seemed to be a bit of an outsider at that time. He
said that he hadn't been with them for long and didn't
really know them too well. The rest of the Beatles
stood talking to Gerry Marsden and Sounds Inc. at the bar.
August 4th, 1964, saw us supporting the Rolling Stones.
This was for the Marquess of Bath and took place on the
steps of Longleat House in Wiltshire, in front of
thousands of people. Probably the first major outdoor gig
in the 60's. It was great to be on this show.
This was the first time anyone had seen crowds like this
before, or at least, we certainly hadnt! I
cant say I thought much of the Stones
performance, it seemed very sloppy, their timing was all
over the place. I didnt find them at all
friendly in the shared dressing room, in fact
I think they thought they were a bit too important to
talk to the likes of us! Mick Jagger was too busy
looking after Jean (or was it Chrissie?) Shrimpton, to
even say hello.
Ghostly looking shot of ‘TR and the Castaways’, with the ‘shipwreck’
painted by Graham Scott’s dad! Probably Barking Town Hall, 1964.
Martin Shaer, Tony Rivers, John Perry,
Pete Swettenham, ‘live’in Newquay, Summer ‘67
TR with Beach BoWhat a blast! Supporting ‘the Beatles’,
at the Pigalle nightclub in Piccadilly, London.
It was April 21st,1963 and they were at
No.1 in the charts with ‘Please Please Me’.
Supporting ‘the Rolling Stones’
at Longleat House, Wilts. Summer 1964.