Monday, august 24, 1992, The Skatalites day-off | The Skatalites Euro Tour 1992, day-off, France

Time to say goodbye to The Skatalites

At 8 AM I went to the Hotel Le Dauphin for the last time.

Spontaneously I was invited for breakfast by the hotel manager (he knew me already, I was quite more in that hotel, than mine). I was sitting at the table with Rolando Alphonso and Lloyd Brevett.

My Amsterdam poster was signed by all the band members.

Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with Cary Brown and Lloyd Brevett signature, Saint-Nazaire 1992
Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with Dion Knibb signature, Saint-Nazaire 1992

After a while I changed to the table with Tommy McCook, Luis Bonilla and Nathan Breedlove. All three of ’em at the same table haven’t signed my poster from Amsterdam yet. So I asked them to fill the gaps. Luis and Nathan signed with a smile.

Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with Nathan Breedlove signature, Saint-Nazaire 1992
Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with Luis Bonilla and Rolando Alphonso signature, Saint-Nazaire 1992

Tommy just left the table before sign in. So I walked behind him to the lobby, where I asked him to sign.

Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with Tommy McCook, Lloyd Knibb and Devon James signature, Saint-Nazaire 1992

Finally the poster was finished:

Skatalites tour poster from Amsterdam with signatures, Saint-Nazaire 1992

I also gave Tommy McCook the 7inch of Don D Lion, which is a strange release on Trojan.

Tommy McCook Dan-De-Lion / Eastern Standard Time, Trojan 7inch signed by Tommy McCook
Tommy McCook signature on Don-De-Lion 7inch

He also found it very strange, because these are two Don Drummond compositions. He wanted to keep the single, but said, it might get broken, so he left it to me.

Then a shake hand and gone. I went to my hotel and then to the railway station, where I found out, that the next train is leaving not before 3 PM. While I was waiting, I wrote most of this diary. Then I took the train to Paris. In Paris I was almost lost. I took a very poor hotel and left Paris the next day without doing anything, it was too heavy for me.

Oh, by the way, my diary looks very strange, doesn’t it?

Diary cover of the period from 1992 to 1993 including The Skatalites and my travel to Beirut
Tour rider for The Skatalites Euro Tour 1992

The finish for the Skatalites was:

Tuesday, August 25, 1992

In a short drive The Skatalites went to the Nantes airport to fly to London (AF 3550).

The next day on the rider is:

Sunday, August 30, 1992:

Flight London-Brussels SN 602

and then flight Brussels-New York SN 541.

The show at the Robey in London is on the rider cover, but inside the rider is nothing about that show. I don’t know, if there was another show on this tour or not.

By now I will close this tour blog, but in october I will post some memories of the Skatalites Tour of 1997, which is 20 years ago, and it was my only performance with The Skatalites on stage. Be patient. (c)

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