So who was on? Only the legend that is, John Otway, from his own press release:-
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.
From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister’s Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar.
A visit to a fortune teller would have a profound effect on the young Otway. After gazing into her crystal ball, she confirmed that Otway would indeed be a star and would have success with a blonde-haired musician. Otway took this prediction very seriously and teamed up with Wild Willy Barrett (the only musician he knew who fitted the fortune teller’s description). In 1972, the pair released their first single. Gypsy/Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner. The single would be the first of a string of flops, but it did capture the attention of The Who’s Pete Townshend who offered to produce a number of tracks for the duo.
As this evening was a 'The PAD Presents' it was only right and proper that the support for the evening was Bedford based Liam Burke who, quite appropriately, opened with a song about Danny's Bar (At Esquires in Bedford), Liam had to work hard to warm up the audience who were of course there for Mr. Otway and by heck he did a great job, his quirky humorous songs and his great banter with the audience won him a good few more fans that night I'm sure (You can count me as one).
So, this night John Otway was solo, no band, just him ably assisted by his 'Roadie' Deadly who does a wonderful job acting as the butt of many of John's jokes and comments.
|Not just a roadie!|
John & Liam
Since the sad demise of the Nightingale
we've adopted The Vic for pints of real ale
before any great gigs at Club-85
one of the best venues to stay open and alive
playing an essential and vital part
of supporting liver music in North Herts
Saturday the 2nd of February
saw Peter, Chris and me
at The Vic for a pre-gig rendezvous
and some sneaky Peaky Blinder's as you do
and there we witnessed a young couples 'accident'
two full glasses of beer, wobbly table, over they went
and the beer went everywhere
it was a smashing event to see and hear
we shouldn't have laughed but we did!
So on to Club-85 and the night's entertainment
it was one of those nights that I'm so glad we went
Bedford's own Liam Burke opened the show
extremely funny don't you know
fresh out of Esquires and Danny's Bar
his quirky humour could go far
and he did a great job warming up the crowd
who were waiting for John Otway and talking too loud!
|Liam Burke who did a great job kicking off the evening|
Solo Mr. Otway took to the stage for the first of two great sets
he was on top form one of the best shows I've seen him do yet
we had "The Hit" and a host of other popular songs
the hard core fans, including us, all sang along
we laughed, we clapped, we cried,
and there was a great crowd there at Club-85
|John Otway with his unique guitar!|
After a short break the 2nd set was underway
we had "The other hit" and so much more I have to say
there was the ladder of course for, "You ain't seen nothing yet"
at least two encores, how much better could things get?
Well he ended with the head butt song
and so here do I.
|The Ladder, you ain't seen nothing yet!|
Cheers m'dears, until the next time.