October 2th 2002 --- Pictures by David Amendolara Reviews by David & Staf Pypen
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Review by David Amedolara
Went to the Spirit of 66 in Verviers yesterday to see
the John Lawton Band in action. I got everything i expected, and WAY more :-)
Review by Staf Pypen
Wednesday October 2th 2002, a promising evening in Verviers, Belgium. The doors of the "Spirit of 66" were wide open. The odeurs of the beer and the music invited us in. In fact, we all came to see them, The John Lawton Band. When I came in, I stumbled on a young man, Dave Amendolara and his father, Franco. At a table near the doors, sat Iris, John's lovely wife, greeting me as if we were friends for a long time and it was the first time I met her. John was backstage, getting ready to start the concert. Still sad i missed him there. Anyway, the club could contain a crowd of around 200 people, yet only 40-45 turned up. In my opinion, that's the best amount to have a great time. And we had a great time. The concert started around 9 o'clock. I'm sorry, not to have written down the titles and the order in which they were played, but the sound of the music and John's voice makes you forget to be consequent. John's voice still created that feeling in me, as it did in his Heep-days. Love that sound. They planted a concert there, never to be forgotten.
Steve Dunning, the bass-wizzard, played a little guitar too (a little ?) He knows where his strings are and how to play them and the public.
Benjy, looking like a Muppet-character, knocked his drums into the far east. Or was it the west. Never mind, great drummer and i could tell by the way he played, he loved it every second.
Erol Sora, the smaller version of Ritchie Blackmore, but as small as he was, he was great in what he did there on stage and he moved me even more than Ritchie did in Vorst Nationaal, back in the eighties. No doubt. Never spoke a word to Ritchie, but i did to Erol.
Leon Lawson played his keys as if he was still with the Michael Schenker Group.
He disapeared from time to time in the smoke that came from under his keyboard. He did a litlle bass too, imagine, a 5-man band with three guitarplayers, two bassplayers, one drummer, one keyboard'er and five singers. Oh, and one harmonica player. Did I forget something ?
John, well, John is a man who will stay the way he is for the rest of his life. A good man, not too proud to come down that stairs and shake hands with us, common people.
Me and Dave had a great talk with the guys after the gig. They are all great to talk to and laugh with. We had a few drinks, got ourselves a CD or two, signed by them, had another drink, changed email addresses. . . . .
I promised John, I'd be there the next time, he came to Belgium and I'm sure I will.
It was getting late and I was getting ready to go home, but not before I got a big hug from Iris, telling me to take care. You can guess, I've been taking care eversince. hahaaa.
See you John, Erol, Leon, Benjy, Steve, Iris, Dave, Frakke, Jelle, Francis, . . . .
Let it ride, let it ride
Let it slip, let it slide.
Ride the night away.
Let it ride, let it ride
Let it slip let it slide
'cause i'll be comin' back to stay.