October 19, 1997, France, Plouneour Trez, Les Hesperides

Fourth day of the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour

The breakfast in Rennes was as small as all the other ones so far on this tour. Brevett is a lot talking in monologues. The feeling in the crew is not that easy as it should be. It’s too much moaning about this and that. I don’t know who is talking shit, but nobody is on the same line. The way to this wonderful place was all through the nice Bretagne.

On the way in the Bretagne, 1997 (scan from my fotoalbum of the tour)

The club here is great. It’s more than a club, there are about 3 or 4 houses built together. One is a restaurant, another is the venue, the third is a backstage and the fourth house is the bar. It’s really outside of nowhere. But the club was a real cult club for all the reggae bands. There are year sheets with the who’s who in reggae to demonstrate who took that long way to play this place. I’m truly impressed.

Wall of the past shows (Burning Spear, Max Romeo, Big Youth and really every famous Reggae act was in this place!), Les Hesperides, 1997

We’re playing soccer on the street just in front of the club. I shot the ball right into the graveyard and had to climb over the grid. It was a shot to the deaths. Later it was Shay helping Bill over the same grid (because the door to the graveyard was locked). Nathan came a long as well. The diner started with a fish soup and tuna with a potato and a tomato plus rice. The dessert was two slices of an apple in strawberry souce with a lemon ice. Lester Sterling told me, he was the writer of Junior Jive and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Church of Plouneour Trez, where we played soccer, 1997

The warm-up band wasn’t too bad. But sometimes I don’t like these almost “Rastas” who only toll respect to the Lloyd & Lloyd & Rolando & Lester and ignore the rest of the Skatalites. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is…

Shay with Bob Marley on the wall, Les Hesperides, 1997
Between backstage and venue, Doreen Schaffer, Shay, Lloyd Brevett, Les Hersperides, 1997
Backstage with Barney, Rolando Alphonso, Lloyd Knibb, Will Clark, Devon James, Les Hesperides, 1997
Lester Stering backstage under the nice poster of The Ethiopians, Winston Jarrett, Mighty Diamonds tour, Les Hesperides, 1997
Lloyd Brevett with Willi Dixon’s wall painting outside the venue, Les Hesperides, 1997
Rolando Alphonso showing his Academy Award medal (Grammy nomination for Hi-Bop Ska 1996) at soundcheck, Les Hesperides, 1997
Soundcheck Bill Smith and Rolando Alphonso, Les Hesperides, 1997
Soundcheck Lester Stering, Lloyd Brevett, Nathan Breedlove, Les Hesperides, 1997
Soundcheck with Rolando Alphonso and Lester Stering, Les Hesperides, 1997
Soundcheck with Nathan Breedlove and Will Clark, Les Hesperides, 1997

I haven’t found anything about that club. That’s why I guess it doesn’t exist anymore. Sad. But the Skatalites played a very hot gig in this place!

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