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gig report / The Indelibles hit the road at the St Andrews pub Sun. 13.5.18

1) Broc wins the position to get the one light that's actually pointed at the stage 2) Axe-man Mike smirking (MG) 3)The band and Di Calder with featured guest artist Keaton
Mike Rudd's Indelibles' finally baptised at a down-at-heels favourite
14.5.18 - I was looking forward to the Indelibles' long delayed inaugural gig and where better to celebrate than at the St Andrews pub, Spectrum's happy hunting ground for so many years? Well, just about anywhere as it turned out, but I'll get to that later.
I was (slightly) anxious as it's been quite some time since the chaps and I have graced any stage together and we've barely seen each other since the Spectrum*plus gig in December last year. Broc, my Seville neighbour and Indelibles' bassist as you'd know, popped over on Friday for some revision and it was probably just as well, as the songs we didn't look at were the ones that I got muddled in.
Being the first official Indelibles' gig I'd also revised the standard songlist and it seemed to work out OK on the day. Just in case you haven't received any of my emails recently, the band formerly known as Spectrum has now been rebranded as Mike Rudd's Indelibles. The Indelibles' brief is to play Mike Rudd stuff from my very first band, Chants R&B through Spectrum, Murtceps, Ariel, WHY, The Heaters et al to the present day - a sort-of Mike Rudd tribute band if you like. Some people have commented that this is an ingenious move, and I'm also thinking this is a good thing.
It leaves Spectrum as the special event band that it should be and as it used to be known as back in the day. The first gigs for this special version of Spectrum (augmented by Brenden Mason as in the Spectrum*plus gig last year) are a couple of shows double-billed with our 70s' mates, Madder Lake, the first in July at the Sooki Lounge in Belgrave, and the second at the new Satellite Lounge now housed in the Village Green Hotel. (I like the idea of exclusively working Lounges!)
But, back to the St Andrews' gig. Sadly, as suggested earlier, all was not right at the St Andrews pub. It was Mother's Day and we've done them before at St Andrews and there's always been a healthy crowd on hand. Not so this time. Then I started hearing talk about there being no beer on tap (!!!!) no red wine, not the usual choice in the lunch menu, and even if they got the order right some orders not arriving for two hours, no toilet paper etc. Just as well there wasn't a big crowd!
Despite the small crowd and sundry other disappointments it was fun just to play together again. It was also another step along the way to stardom for drum prodigy Keaton Robertson when the band accompanied him for his drum solo spot for the first time. We were pleased to see that some of our regular St Andrews people turned up and personally I was very happy that my son Chris and the Dorrington contingent were in the room amongst some other wonderful friends.
On the way home, Maria and I dropped in on my bro' Dick (of Toolbox fame) and noshed up on his fabulous sea-food risotto and Mary's fresh-from-the-garden salad - not forgetting the lovely Central Otago pinot-noir. A very pleasant and civilised way to end to a somwhat disappointing day overall.
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