Now in their 29th year as rock 'n' roll crusaders for all that's way, way cool about early '60s Britannia pop, Merseybeat and Shadows-styled instrumentals, The Rapiers—"the best '60s band since the '60s"—are truly worth flying 5,000 miles to see, hear and dig.
My resistance is low for Los Paramors lead guitarist Marcelo Panzoni's delicate take on Colin Pryce-Jones's arrangement of Amazing Grace from Guitar Heaven. Using a Tascam Guitar Trainer MP-GT1, Marcelo digitally tunes out Colin's lead then adds his own dreamy echo and guitar.
In other Rapiers tribute, I'll remind you that Marcelo's combo regaled us in November with their finely polished (suave, if you like) version of Robbesque.
Yeah, so who's coming to my birthday party on 9 May 2009?
As you know, I'm booking the best rock 'n' roll USD and GBP can buy, namely Colin, Neil, Dave, John and Nathan J. These lads promise a Saturday night (and hopefully a Sunday morning) to remember at the Amersham Rock 'n' Roll Club, also known as White Eagle Hall, also known as the Polish Club, on lonely Raans Road in Amersham, North London.
How do you order tickets? Read on.
Start at the ARNRC website. A caveat: All tickets must be paid for in advance. The Club does not hold tickets for payment on the door, "as our shows are now regularly selling out and it is a case of first paid, first served".
Pay by credit card. Contact The Record Shop Ltd, 5 Woodside Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6AA. Phone: 01494 433311 (Graham or Rich).
Pay by check. Make payable to "The Polish Club" and send your order for tickets with a stamped addressed envelope and your phone number in case of queries to: Ian Hamilton, Manager, The Polish Club, Raans Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 6LX. Phone: 01494 727173.
Pay by cash. Over the counter ticket sales are available from both The Record Shop Ltd and the Club.
Finally, contact Maestro Ralph Gowling on 01494 874916 if you have any problems or questions about tickets.