This is the moment we were all waiting for......instruments all tuned..........nerves outwardly under control.......Ronnie leads-off, picking the first few notes of their signature tune Runaway, and, as if they had done it every day for the last 37 years, the band filled in behind and in just a few bars were right in groove......maaan!.......what a sound.........I was in the back pouring drinks from our cooler when it started.........immediate goose bumps.......I closed my eyes real tight and was back behind the PaP Club stage.........I just couldn't believe how well the boys got back in to the tune, and how much it sounded like I had heard it only yesterday....I remembered every note.....which little fretboard run would come next...... I looked at the faces of those listening and in some way every single one of them remembered something from their wonderful PaP past.....this solemn moment didn't last long as a clatter of spontaneous applause rustled briefly through the crowd and we were firmly back in the sixties........thanks guys for a wonderful day......from left sitting Ronnie Fortune, standing at back with base guitar Sid Johnson, center stage in red shorts Hugh Robertson, foreground in denims Stan Soodeen, and on the trap set, the guy who added the great "TEMPOS 37 years later" theme Trevor Pollonais.
Thanks to Stan for pointing out that I had left out word or pictures with Gerald Kenny, one of the Tempos bunch way back when.....well here he is on the keys helping to bring things together. Gerard in fact very kindly lent the reunion his family home, contributed heavily to the organizing and of course added some depth to the music...thanks Gerald sorry about the late start.....only had one pic with you in it and that was with the base guitar so didn't think of putting it in.
Here (pic above) the boys kick-off with their first calypso of the day Mr.Benwood Dick......."Tell yuh sister to come down here ah have something for she, tell she is Mr.Benwood Dick the man from Sandy Grandy, she know me well, she give already oye, she must remember me oye, go on go on tell she Mr.Benwood come". Once again, right in to the groove just like it was yesterday....and the crowd loved it all.........Ronnie and Hugh rejoice that moment when it all came together, and Sid takes a quick listen to himself and his recently restored original Fender amp and wonderful original old base guitar.
Hugh and Stan enjoying the moment and wondered if I was trying to get a picture up their pants leg....just trying to capture the moment guys.....a point in time never to repeat itself.........frozen in my lens forever.......for others to enjoy.......thanks guys....as I lay there kinda wished I was playing myself.....it felt really great. The old oilfield fan, bare fluorescent bulbs, and celotex roof above provided a nostalgic and surreal air of the past........memories of the Youth club.
Trevor beams out from between his drums, from the place that he enjoyed the whole day. His dressing up of the drums with the band's name and reference to the theme of the occasion was a sincere and thoughtful thing.............thanks Trevor and family. Trevor's enthusiasm and drive went a long way to making the day the success it was......thanks again!!
The man who made it all happen.....Sid enjoys playing his old friend again, and I can tell you the old refurbished amp and the old Beattles style base guitar rewarded us with flawless and crystal clear sound....they also had a ball....probably wondered why we took so long. Thanks Sid, quite an experience and a wonderful day.