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.
"Quote o' the week" honours to super trooper Nathan J. Hulse.
"Just looked at the latest YouTube clips [William Tell, FBI] from Leipzig, Germany. You'd never guess that I was throwing up less than an hour before we began our show. I felt so ill, I even had a bucket on stage, just in case. Luckily it wasn't needed."
Nor would you gather our lad's dire straits from this collage at McCormacks Ballroom, courtesy the livereggae MySpace site.
The video cupboard runneth over with live glimpses of the show-stopping William Tell Overture "at the gallop". Here are the latest, seen through a sea of hands, boppin' heads and "We're with you!" raving at McCormacks Ballroom in Leipzig, German, last weekend.
Continental skymen Colin, Neil, John and Nathan missed the red-carpet whirl of the Telstar film premiere Saturday night at the London Film Festival because they were stomping at the Ballroom Bash in Leipzig, Germany.
"William Tell featured in our set," says Nathan, rhetorically wondering, "Is this becoming a standard encore for us?" I say take a Gallup Poll.
Rounding out other travel particulars: "Colin ate well; Neil never went to bed, instead opting to stay out and party with '60s beat music and other sounds (Motown, Northern Soul)... Our hosts were very nice. Andy, the driver for Colin and John, explained how in the years before the Berlin Wall came down he would have been 'taken away' for his punk hairstyle."
People Take Pictures
Before all the mach schauing, the lads posed for Nathan's camera on the Leipzig Airport tarmac ("Neil's proudly showing his priority boarding pass"), in front of the minikin terminal and near an appropriately dilapidated, abandoned bunker.