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So just an update if you think we have been a bit too quiet. So far we have written a bucket load of songs and need to wittle them down to a few dozen. This is in preperation for the next album which will be recorded in the new year. Some new exciting gig dates have been on the table and will also be announced in the new year. So for now we are just kicking back and enjoying the last few weeks of the year.
If nothing else, it was actually quite amusing during our last show in Littlehampton when we went through the rigmarole of Billy introducing the band members to the ‘crowd’ during the end of the penultimate song. Not least because the only other people in the room by then were our girlfriends and one other bloke. Luckily, as England were playing football on the telly that night, there were a few more present at the start; but by the end of the night there were fewer people there than you’d probably expect at Gary Glitter’s funeral.
We’ve had an unusually quiet year so far, although nearly all the shows we’ve played – notably The Amex and Lewes Con Club – were excellent fun and very well received. We have some decent and exciting projects in the pipeline though, and extra live dates will almost certainly appear in the calendar as the year marches on.
Last month the Bad Billy Band also sadly parted ways with our keyboardist, Beany. We had a fantastic few years with him part of the line-up, notching up 70 gigs and playing at some great venues. He decided the time was right for him to move on (and, presumably, that he couldn’t face playing ‘Tavern Tales’ for a 71st time), and as such we wish him the very best of success in the future.
For the rest of us, in the words or Dr John, time marches on. Next up, Lancing Football Club on 16th of May.
Rehearsals are now well underway working on the new material we’ve been writing over the winter break. For the months of November, December and January, we locked Bad Billy away and left him to feverishly tap away at his typewriter, day and night, until he came up with something new for us to play this year. To our great joy/horror, he emerged with over ten album’s worth of material for the band to learn. No pressure then, cheers Bill.
Last week, a majority of the band met up for the first time together to work through and rehearse some of our favourites, which are by now coming along very well.
Beany had elected to bring his ‘blow’ keyboard instead of a normal keyboard so he could get over on the train. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when he described this strange new instrument to me on the phone, but it turned out to resemble something like a shisha pipe with keys on it, and sounded a bit like an accordion when he blew into it. The songs ended up sounding something a cross between rock music and a French cafe scene. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the effect.
We’re looking forward to getting the full band together next week to put some more practice in on these new numbers, and hoping to get at least one or two match-fit for our slot supporting the fantastic Junkyard Sons in Lewes on the 27th.
Also, we are delighted to announce two more gig dates to the list, The O3 Club in Littlehampton on 27th March, and The Duke Of Wellington in Shoreham on 14th August.
Moving in next door to a known and established music venue and then complaining about the noise is like moving into a sewage works and then complaining that it smells of excrement.
Worthing’s Bar 42 has recently been hit with such a charge, joining a long list of music venues to suffer such a fate. But, with a little funding to provide more soundproofing, it can be saved.
The Bad Billy Band have a special affinity with Bar 42, as I am sure many other local bands do, having played there more times than we have kept count. For over two years we also hosted a monthly residency, ‘Tavern Tales’, which saw us grow from fledging, nervous unknowns, all the way to confident, established unknowns.
This venue, being the only one in Worthing to provide a stage and platform for original bands, is not only desirable to be saved, but also imperative if the town has any commitment to supporting local artists.
Please follow the link below to read more about the plight of Bar 42, and to see how you can help the cause;