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.
CALLING ALL BEAT-INCLINED LONDONERS: Only 48 hours to Friday's Beat Bonanza benefiting cancer research with Rapier Neil Ainsby and former Rapier Brad Dallaston joining ex-Kaisers Matt and Johnny in The Rave Men, at London's Boston Music Room, 178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park. Tickets only £8.50. Details here.
Jot it down as the first ever co-mingling of two beloved combos, truly brothers in British '60s Beat. Plus you'll get to witness (Shazam!) our Neil handling lead guitar duties, surely worth the price of admission. During breaks, Rapiers and Kaisers producer Liam Watson spins sides. And there's a twist contest. Sounds a right gas.
Perusing our lads' busy 2010 spring calendar, I spy the appropriately heralded Hit Parade Heroes with John Leyton and Jet Harris on tap Saturday, 6 March at the Thameside Theatre, Grays, Essex, a fine double-header dose of early '60s Pop Britannia backed by The Rapiers.
Tickets: £18.00. Box office: 0845 300 5264.
Here's hoping currently sidelined Jet makes that date.