The Ball Of Fire tour continued
After Berne, I had no contact with The Skatalites and the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour until tuesday 26th of November, when the tour was in Paris, where I meet them for the last show of the tour.
Stuttgart (LKH), Erlangen (E-Werk), Leipzig (Connie Island), Hamburg (Fabrik), Dortmund (Live Station), Den Haag (Paard), Cean (La Fonderie)
And then The Skatalites went for the very first time into Africa. La Reunion is a french island close to MadagaSKAr. That was a great moment specially for Rolando Alphonso, as he told me later.
Island of La Reunion (20th to 23rd of November)
A few days in paradise and then back to the final shows in Paris at New Morning.
The Skatalites with special guests TJ Tobias & Claude
What a great day to think about… today, it’s 20 years ago, but I’ll never forget this day for sure.
Continue reading November 9, 1997, Switzerland, Berne, Bierhuebeli
Ball Of Fire 1997 Euro tour without me
From the tour rider (I’m not sure, if this was the final plan):
Marseille – Sete – Barcelona – Madrid – Bilbao – Toulouse – Grenoble – Torino – Milano – Piacenza
And then from Piacenza to Geneva and finally Berne, where I met the band again and joined The Skatalites with my flute. To see some pictures and listen to this show, come back not before 9th of November 2017, exactly 20 years after the real event.
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.
Continue reading October 24, 1997, France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Second last day for me on the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour
I have a single room (I don’t remember why). We’re in the Hotel Ibis in Nancy. Because Shay was with the both Lloyds in Paris, I have seen the rooming list and I wasn’t on the list, but a name of an old friend of mine. It was a bit strange for me to see this, without knowing about it. I mean, I knew, I have to leave the tour in Strasbourg the next day, but I didn’t know why. Now, I realized, that I was out and another was inside. But I wasn’t angry, it’s the way it is. Life goes on…
Continue reading October 23, 1997, France, Nancy, Jazz Pulsations
Seventh day on the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour
This morning Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett left us togehter with Shay for a trip to Paris to give interviews and stuff.
Continue reading October 22, 1997, France, travel day
Sixth day of the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour
At the breakfast I was talking with Lester Sterling about Peter Tosh. Lester told me, that Peter Tosh used to call him “Mr. Sterling”. Later, when Tosh was famous, Lesters brother Keith Sterling was in the Tosh band, so they met again. Tosh didn’t recognized Lester, so Keith introduced him to Tosh. And Tosh said: “Hello Lester”. That’s how things are chaning.
Continue reading October 21, 1997, France, Tourcoing, Le Grand Mix
Fifth day of the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour
From the bretagne to Rennes it was the same way back.
Continue reading October 20, 1997, France, Rennes, L’Ubu
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.
Continue reading October 19, 1997, France, Plouneour Trez, Les Hesperides
Third day of the Ball Of Fire 1997 tour
Already a day-off.
The drive today wasn’t too far:
So there was plenty of time to walk through the city. But it was weird. I almost get lost, because I had no address with me. I had no idea, in which hotel we were settled. But with good luck I refound the hotel. In the evening there was a very strange thing happening. I saw as many birds as I never have seen before and ever since. Thousands of thousands of birds, all over the place. On the roof tops it was black and the trees, they were almost breaking under the weight of all those birds. I felt like in Alfred Hitchcocks Birds movie. And it was terribly loud. Do you remember these sounds in the movie? Scary!