"A truly magical evening, a fantastic 25th."
That's how Dave Lawes summarised The Rapiers' Silver Anniversary concert the morning after, adding tongue-in-cheekily: "We have just recovered from doing The William Tell Overture, our last number, for the first time in years!"
On a serious note: "Colin, John, Nathan, Neil and I would like to express our gratitude to all our friends and fans who made the effort to attend the show (completely sold out) and to the musicians who made a special trip to support us: Bruce Welch, Jet Harris, Mike Berry, Billie Davis, Danny Rivers, Roger Cover, Bill Bonney, to name but a few."
What about the future? Believe it or not...
"We have already spoken about our 30-year anniversary as being the next milestone," Dave said. "Don't know what we'll do for that yet, but God willing we'll all still be here."
AND ON BASS GUITAR: Nathan J. Hulse (with camera) and Neil Ainsby check Dave Lawes, John Tuck and Colin Pryce-Jones rehearsing with legendary ex-Fentone bassist Bill Bonney—bow down, this man played on giant early '60s tracks like "I'm a Moody Guy" and "The Breeze and I". Bill flew from his home in Canada especially for the show, joining The Rapiers in their opening set for instrumentals "The Mexican" and "Just for Jerry", plus Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else".
GATHER ROUND: Colin, Bill B., Dave, his wife Alex, and Neil admire Pipeline Magazine's Summer 2004 Rapiers special backstage at the Amersham Rock 'n' Roll Club.