£21 for a Saturday night ticket to see the best tribute band on the circuit. Now that’s entertainment.
Two Blues Brothers, two powerful backing lady singers, and a seven piece band. That was the entertainment on a February Saturday night at the south coast Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome Theatre.
All the songs from the movie, plus many more, displayed the versatility of the performers. Not one bad note throughout, but they were loud notes. From the back of the stalls all was clear, no hearing loop necessary. The two lead male singers stayed on stage dancing and singing throughout, movements in unison, wearing the trademark black hats, shades, white shirts, and loose thin black ties. Did they change their outfits at half time? Who knows, they look the same all the time. The girl singers had costume change after the interval however.
The two Blues Brothers interacted with the audience, at some stage dancing with the better looking young ladies. It’s not easy climbing down from the stage, but, hey, they’re young and athletic.
Two guitars, keyboard, drums, and a rhythm section of trumpet, trombone and sax. They call themselves the Chicago Blues Brothers, are the official tribute act, with many awards.
All eleven come from Yorkshire, travelling to Eastbourne and back in a day. No rush to get away, they stayed to chat in the foyer to the audience afterwards. They may be booked for another Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome date in 2015. The recent large enthusiastic audience will ensure more ticket sales.
Very few writers earn more than £10,000 annually. Harry is one of the poorer ones. He is no longer middle-aged, as he knows no-one who is getting on for 140. Literary success has come with an attempt at maturity – failed both – but marital stability with Pam has more than compensated.
He is an accomplished speaker, talking on a variety of topics, including how not to run a hotel, buried secrets, and what’s it worth. See Harry The Talker. He has five published books, see Harry The Writer. He is Eastbourne’s only licensed sight-seeing guide see Harry The Walker. He has a daily blog see Harry The Blogger. The only site not purchased is www.harrytheeverything.com but that might come, who knows.
He was a London funeral director for many years, then started Cheam Limousines in 1990, selling some thirteen years later. Arriving in Eastbourne in the Summer of 2003, Harry and Pam first bought a small guest house, then a large hotel, which proved to be disastrous because of their business partnership with a moron from California.
He now walks, and talks, sometimes both at the same time.