- Belgium: 17 August 2002
Vlaardingen - Bilzen - Vlaardingen 410km.
Last time I saw the Full Band was in 2001 Bodelwyddan - Wales,
so It was time to see them again. We, Nienke and Me, arrived in
Bilzen just after 6:00pm, beautiful weather and we set down on a
table at the marketplace waiting for Petra Köser from Germany.
The festival was organised by local sponsors. Onstage at 7:30pm
a local band, Captain Caveman. Follow up with
"CCR Revival Band" a great performance from this
coverband. Then onstage "Shocking Blue" with
leadsinger "Marisca Veres" and not the original
bandmembers, great to hear all those hits from late sixties and
early seventies including "Venus" . Now it's time for
Mungo Jerry, a show for almost one and a half hour with very
good fibrations. The audience was full power, clapping,
foot tapping and singing with great enthusiasm. Ray gave's me
"Gooseskin" when he told the audience "My good
friend from Rotterdam is here" pronounced to me.
Most of the songs were extended versions,Brilliant guitar and "Slide guitar" playing from Tim Green. Most spectacular was
the 'round 12 minuts during "In The Summertime" a few
versions mixed in a beautiful life version, including the
"Shaggy vocals" from Mick Frampton. (Great Miki!)
Ray put us on the gueslist and after the gig we're backstage, I
"bought" one of the security's with a plectrum from
Mick and after that there was no problem to get into the
artistroom with my wife "Lady Rose" Nienke (and Petra
Köser from Germany) Nice chat with all the bandmenbers and
ofcourse some beers, photo's and signatures, First time I met
Eliot Cohen, Ray's Producer for many many years,
Ray signed my copy of "Boogie Up" (South Africa 1984)
and made a correction on the backside of the sleeve, The song
"Bland Affair" is real named "Island Affair"
TY Ray. Ray and Eliot saw this album for the very first time. In the meantime the festival was going on with "The
Three Degrees" but we saw nothing from the're show because
were chattin' with the bandmembers backstage.
From "My Girl And Me" :
"The night's nearly day as I drive
her back home to her Ma"
Back home at 4:20am. Thanks Boy's for the great performance.