Excerpt from Steve Harley’s Online Diary
“Holt was special. Beautiful setting: an amphitheatre in the woods around Gresham’s School. A thousand souls (sold out many weeks in advance) prepared for all elements that might get thrown at them. It had poured the day and evening before, so the track downhill to the backstage area was slippy, but the weather stayed fine for us; clear, blue skies and a cool, dry evening for the show. I saw many anoraks with hoods. Not needed after all! Mona and Lisa Wagner were with us, on stage with us for the first time. What a debut …
“They looked fabulous with their mad hair and big smiles and sang and played like hard-nosed professionals. Lisa took a surprise guitar solo (I pointed to her and encouraged her without rehearsal) during a dynamic hush in “Riding The Waves”, and she delivered a musical and dynamic piece for at least 32 bars. I was proud of her, and I bet her mum and dad were, too, as they watched from the arena.“I like young people and I love to see them break through, experience something new and special. The girls will be a bonus around us old blokes in November!”
Wow! We can only say: What a day …
We too had a fantastic time in Holt and playing the first show with Steve was truly a highlight of our career so far. He really has a one of a kind ability to connect with the audience and turn a gig into a highly memorable event. He’s not just about singing songs, he’s all about telling stories, pulling the listeners in and giving them a unique, personal concert experience. It was fascinating to watch him, and we can and will learn a lot from him!
We are incredibly flattered by the write-up on his website and can only say that it will get only better with every show. It was a great way for us to get into the swing of it and to play the songs with the band for the first time. And what a band! We are proud to be part of all this and are looking forward to the next few months immensely.
For all of you in the UK who weren’t sure yet if they should buy tickets for one of Steve’s shows in November: You should! Go ahead and book asap! Tickets are going fast, so treat yourself to an unforgettable night.