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.
Images from The Rapiers' Dutch sojourn include a photo call backstage with production manager Yvonne Hageman, mixing and stage gear, plus a dressing room shower doubling (take your sci-fi pick) as a Star Trek transporter or Dr. Who Dalek.
Alas, being away from England for eight solid weeks precludes either Neil Ainsby or Dave Lawes from handling rhythm guitar duties.
Solution? Call a Shadmaster!
Standing capably in is Rogier van den Oever, ex-member of Pipeline '61 and currently in The Shadmasters, based conveniently in Holland. Decked out in Rapier burgundy and black finery, he's third from left between Colin Pryce-Jones and John Tuck, courtesy this snap from Nathan J. Hulse.