October 24, 1997, France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie

Last day on the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour for me

The way from Nancy to Strasbourg isn’t that far, so we arrived early.

Bill Smith, Lester Sterling and Will Clark on the road to Strasbourg, 1997
Programm October, La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997

La Laiterie still exists: artefact.org

Ska-Festival at La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997
Flyer La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997
Outside La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997
Inside La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997
Inside La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997
Marcel et son Orchestre and The Explorers two warm-up bands at La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997 (scan from my foto album)
The Skatalites at La Laiterie, Strasbourg 1997 (scan from my foto album)

On this page is all the text that I have written about that day. Because it’s maybe too small, I type it here again:

Tonight is a kinda Ska-festival with three bands. Two of them from France (The Explorers and Marcel et son orchestre) plus The Skatalites. Two years ago I was already in Strasbourg to dance The Skatalites, but then it was Pauline Black and The Selecter to open the Ska-festival. La Laiterie is still the same.

Shay wanted to bring me to the train station to go home in the afternoon. I replied I want to stay and enjoy the party. The Skatalites had no hotel in Strasbourg, because they had to drive overnight to Marseille. So I had to organize a resting place for the night. I met a lady from Germany, but that was no real choice. Marcel et son orchestre had 10 beds in a hotel, but they were only 9 members, good luck for me. I finally asked the Skatalites, if it would be possible, if I play with them on stage in Berne on the 9th of November 1997. Lloyd Brevett said, I should let take some pictures. And Nathan said very spontanously to play the flute on Confucious. I was thinking of Rockford Rock, but I found it finally easier to play on Confucious. Thanks to the wise decision from Nathan the wise man.

The party was great. Marcel et son orchestre was very funny. I’m still thankful, that I was able to sleep in a proper bed. I woke up early in the morning and left the hotel, before the band was awake.

The group has a large history (see Wikipedia in French) and they still have a website. Ok, it’s not everybodys style, but they have a lot of fun…

2 thoughts on “October 24, 1997, France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie”

  1. Sad your role in the Ball Of Fire tour had ended. Their and our loss! Well chronicled Claude, I’ve enjoyed it all very much. Thanks for your photography and your attention to detail. I look forward to reading it all again!

    1. Oh, thank you Brian. My life was so completely different and it wasn’t easy to find my place. I’m looking forward to the 9th with a lot of beautiful photographs from a good photographer (not like me :-)).
      Plus there is still the tour from 1995 to be published in 2020 (or maybe next year ;-))…
      Meanwhile I’ll try to restore the recordings from the shows that I already have documented. I’m just not sure, if it’s a good idea to give it in this form. But why not?

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