ZorDead - Live at the Garage
Last Saturday we played probably our last gig as Z or Dead in Halley's equivalent to a stadium, The Garage.
Loading the tourbus with essential supplies
Transporting all the gear took two sledges and a gang of roadies...
Mark sound checks
The garage is a great venue with much better acoustics and loads more space than the Laws. Having set up and checked levels, we sat round hoping the familiar (crap) Halley weather wouldn't put off the crowds.
Build it, and they will come
But they did come! As people drifted in the gig opened with a fresh mix from DJ Tom, complete with glowstick and dancers getting everyone in the mood.
DJ Tom warms up the crowd
Jim raving into his 22nd birthday
Come Zed time, we opened with some Bryan Adams and soon had some spectacular dancing from Dave. I was laughing so hard it was all I could do to keep playing!
Over the last few month we've worked hard on increasing our setlist, adding some U2, Oasis and Who. With tounges firmly in cheeks, we also played The Wind Of Change - our new Power Ballard!
At the end of the second set, Mark came back on with his homemade slide guitar for a fantastic poultry-themed set including Little Red Rooster and Free Bird. He's been playing pubs for years and is damn good.
Mark wow's the crowd with his solo set
Some of the crowd, being wowed
We finished at midnight with what else but Slade's Merry Christmas and headed back, happy that although we may never play together again (as Alex leaves on the first ship), all the winter's practice and persistence was a success.
(Thanks to Joe for the colour photos)