Danger lurks around every chord change for Rapiers running on a tight-turn stage while doing Rossini justice. Just ask Colin Pryce-Jones, who recently admitted how close he came to calamity during the band's opening set closer, William Tell Overture, at September's Shadowmania 2008 at the Lakeside Center, Frimley Green, Surrey.
"I hadn't really looked until we did the number how close I was to the edge of the stage, and of course it's pretty dark out there where the audience is," he says. "When I turned to the left and started to do our gallop, I naturally took off at full pace—only to spot that I was in great danger of running straight off the stage and into the audience!
"I don't know how I did it, but I just managed to pull up in time without wobbling; because of course with a number like that you have to keep a firm grip on the position of the guitar and what you are doing.
"At our 25th Anniversary Concert at Amersham we had the side walls of the stage to work off, but at Lakeside you could end up in the audience with a huge crash!"
You be the judge whether Colin courted fate; frankly, from the comfy safety of my office, I don't see it. However, I've sourced three (!) differing angles of his near nightmare, courtesy Shadowmania attendees Richard, Gillian and Kitty. Two are YouTube-posted, the third a Windows Media Player file.
From stage left (1):
From stage left (2):William Tell Overture
From stage right, elevated: