U.K. Subs 1997 Tour Journal by Nicky Garratt

Day 25

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01. A Massive Return
02. Set List

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01. Day 01
02. Day 02
03. Day 03
04. Day 04
05. Day 05
06. Day 06
07. Day 07
08. Day 08
09. Day 09
10. Day 10
11. Day 11
12. Day 12
13. Day 13
14. Day 14
15. Day 15
16. Day 16
17. Day 17
18. Day 18
19. Day 19
20. Day 20
21. Day 21
22. Day 22
23. Day 23
24. Day 24
25. Day 25
26. Day 26
27. Day 27
28. Day 28
29. Day 29
30. Day 30
31. Day 31
32. Day 32
33. Day 33
34. Day 34
35. Day 35
36. Day 36
37. Day 37
38. Day 38
39. Day 39
40. Day 40
41. Day 41
42. Day 42
43. Day 43

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We checked out of the hotel at 12 noon and the valise brought the bus around the front with Charlie in it. I left to find a bank, walked around Canal Street area for a while then proceeded to the club, a second night at Coney Island High. We rehearsed with Carly during the soundcheck. She did ok, this was going to be Alvin’s last show on the tour, it was very sad. As the crowd poured in, another packed house, we realized a guitar was missing! The Varukas were one of the opening bands, the guitarist was very kind in telling me I was his inspiration to play in a band, and if it wasn’t for the Subs he would have never gone to Europe, USA or Japan. That was nice of him to tell me that.

Our show was great! Totally different from the previous night. Charlie was sober, really on form. When he’s like this he puts to shame most front men in their 20’s, and he’s well into his 50’s. The show was chaos. We played with all the energy that we had in the 1970’s. The audience was the best of the tour so far, with even a half naked blond woman  jumping all over the stage. When we were breaking down the gear, Drew ran up to the stage with the missing guitar. It had been in it’s case sitting in the middle of the floor through the entire show. Two Subs fans turned it in after the show.

Charlie’s UK agent, Steve Toxin, came along and we drove out of Manhattan in heavy rain and I slept in the bus.

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