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"I went to The Mathew Street Festival on the Sunday. We couldn't get in the Cavern because it was packed out but there was a good sounding Beatles group on in there. We made for the Albert dock for the Merseycats stage, but the wind played havoc with the sound. It was bouncing everywhere and at one point sounded like three drummers all starting at different times.. shame! There was a duo on doing Beatles numbers and good harmonies, but backing tracks? Vocals on the track's too.
I stood next to a guy who said, "They didn't have all that gear in the old days." It got me thinking what we didn't have..?
Multi effects units
Locking trem systems
Crap jack plugs
Stands with lyrics on them
Electronic drum kits
Good cheap guitars
Good cheap amps
Guages of guitar strings
Stage power supplies could be either 5, 13, or 15 amp
Speakers with horns
Tuition on the net for free
Recording studios in a box
I could go on..
I have watched The Merseybeats on Youtube playing at the 2011 Mathew Street Festival and it is excellent - says something - dont you think?
A long time ago, along with and Colin Ashton in The Two Of Us, we played with them at Earlstown Catholic Club. They came on stage and BANG!!!! their pa blew up. We told their roadie they were welcome you use ours, but it was nowhere near the output of their rig. Also our pa was on stage, and they had a mixer guy. 'No problem,' he said. 'Thanks.' They did a top spot and I was really chuffed how pro' they were - it never bothered them using our gear.
About two years later I went to see them at the Mill At The Pier in Wigan when they were in a show with Brian Poole.. Using their own gear they were really outstanding.
Later in the evening a pint of bitter and a brandy and coke arrived. 'I've not ordered these?' I said. 'No,' said the waiter. 'Mr Crane sent them over and said thanks for lending us your pa.' How good was that !!!! I was made-up that he remembered me. I had a good chat with him afterwards - great guy..
Mitch Michinson: September 2011
"We too went to Mathew Street Festival last Sunday and we saw the Merseybeats
five-piece consisting of two originals - Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley. Tony Crane's son was on keyboards and occasional lead guitar - he's a good musician - and also with them was an *unknown bass guitarist.
Best band Ken Eden and I enjoyed was Dizzy Lizzie - A Thin Lizzie tribute. The harmony - guitarwork was absolutely brilliant. They next appear at the Zoo Bar, St Helens on Fri 04 Nov 2011."
Alan Turner: September 2011
Re:- Alan Turner's small piece on The Merseybeats at The Mathew Street Festival 2011. The Merseybeats were a five piece band on stage that day. The 'unknown' bass player is Bob Packham who has been with them for 37 yrs. I'm pretty sure there was a drummer at the back there, which would account for the total number of players being five on the day? YEP ! There he is in one of the photies !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lou & Kate Rosenthal: September 2011
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