The Rapiers don't smash guitars, spit at punters down front, fire laser beams or trot out other noisy attractions.
They do, however, remember The William Tell Overture "at the gallop", once a crowd-pleasing, breathless closing staple of their live set. For me, it was merely a distant rumour, retired for good; over 16 years of live Rapierwatching I'd never witnessed its spectacle.
Saturday, a blue moon rose in the Buckinghamshire sky. Before the show came the whispers: Yes, they were going to have another go, the first in seven years; furthermore, it would be Nathan J. Hulse's first attempt ever.
And it happened.
To cap their Silver Anniversary concert, after three sets and 43 numbers, Dave Lawes, Neil Ainsby, John Tuck, Colin Pryce-Jones and Nathan summoned a last drop of petrol and raced headlong into a manic version of this forgotten number, high-stepping, scurrying back and forth across the stage, leaping on the final chord.
Rapiers are go, indeed.