An assortment of Liquorice Allstars gathered at Deva Road Studios last Saturday to rehearse for the upcoming Hilbre Court gig. Nick “The Drum Doctor” Lauro; Gaz “Funkmeister” Hill; Andy “Kitch” Kitchinson”; and yours truly, Gary Stewart “It’s My House So I Get To Sing The Songs I Want To Sing” Smith.
The guys all arrived at 6pm, guitars in one hand, bottles of wine in the other. We left Nick to set up his kit while we adjourned to the kitchen and cracked open a bottle of Malbec. A short while later, we cracked open a second and moved up to the studio, gave Nick a top-up, gave the guitars a tune-up, and set about the task of working our way through the two dozen possible candidates for the set list (Hendrix, Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, if you must know).
It was all jolly cordial: we sat round the dining table with a home delivery curry (4 popadoms, 3 mains, 3 sides, 2 plain naan, 1 pilau rice, if you must know), drank several bottles of wine, and talked about the good old days. We breezed through the twenty odd songs without a hitch or a harsh word, and all left feeling happy and confident in our abilities and looking forward to the forthcoming gig.
If all band rehearsals were as easy and enjoyable as this, I’d be in a band.