Event: SAILOR In
Location: The Stables Theatre
Photos by: Malcolm Knowles, Mike from www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk
Henry, Grant, Phil and Oliver
SAILOR receive award from Aylesbury Friars Club
Henry, Phil, Oliver and Grant during "La Cumbia"
SAILOR during "La Cumbia"
The "Full Monty"...
The "Full Monty"...
Henry, Grant and Phil - announcement for "Con Te Partiṛ"
A Glass Of Champagne
Blame It On The Soft Spot
One Drink Too Many
Give Me Shakespeare
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
Stay The Night
Just One Of Those Days (Oliver solo)
Traffic Jam (Oliver solo)
Vera From Veracruz
Girls Girls Girls
Mack The Knife
The Full Monty
Con Te Partiṛ - Time To Say Goodbye
Before and after the show:
Carol, Eileen, Malcolm and Sarah
Eileen and Malcolm together with Oliver
A concert review by Mike from www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk:
waited over 30 years to see SAILOR since I first heard
Trouble and after a few near misses, finally got to see
the band and in my present home town. It was everything I
hoped for and proved memorable for me personally.
"Time to say goodbye" - A concert review by Malcolm Knowles:
Eileen and I
attracted plenty of looks as we arrived at The Stables in Milton
Keynes but for us a SAILOR gig isnt a SAILOR gig unless you
dress up. Thankfully, Sarah arrived a short while later ensuring
we were not the only fans in our SAILOR gear.
The news had reached us earlier in the week, that this was to be Ollies last gig, so we knew it would be a special evening. And so it proved to be. SAILOR took to the stage for the first part of the show and launched into "Glass of Champagne" with all the enthusiasm we have become so used to. "Blame it on the Soft Spot" followed and the crowd were already singing along. After the usual cultural experience that is "Shakespeare" we arrive at my personal favourite, "The Old Nickelodeon Sound". Despite the absence of many of the European fans who can normally be relied upon to lead the audience participation, Grant had no problem in getting this entire room waving their arms throughout the song. This was an audience containing many friends and family members of the band and they were all clearly there to enjoy themselves.
Henry was in a chatty mood and, having thanked the audience for coming, most of them by name, we moved onto "Harbour" (thanks for the gold doubloons Henry). Again, the audience did their bit by trying to shout "Harbour" in all the right places (not easy!). After a beautiful version of "Stay The Night" we were then treated to the highlight of the evening two acoustic numbers performed by Ollie. The first, "One Of Those Days", was lovely and the acoustic version of "Traffic Jam" that followed was an absolute gem. Had Ollie not been leaving this would surely have become a regular feature of the set. "Vera" drew the first half to a close Phew!!
"Girls Girls Girls" started the equally lively second half. The band rattled through their three non-SAILOR numbers before getting back to basics with "Secretary". Despite one or two struggles getting the ties off, "The Full Monty" was a lot of fun and we all applauded Dee Dee Wilde (ex-Pans People) who originally choreographed the piece and was in the audience. Apparently it is 10 years old now amazing how quickly time passes.
Another nice touch to the evening came when a gentlemen from The Friars at Aylesbury (a long established UK venue) presented the band with an award to acknowledge their association with the venue. In fact there is a nice quote about the place from Phil on their website at www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk.
And so, we reached Ollies final moment. He walked to the front of the stage and sung "Time To Say Goodbye" with more meaning than ever before. It was a stunning moment. Ollie has an extraordinary voice and SAILOR fans' loss will hopefully be the world of opera's gain. Good luck Ollie. Youve done a fantastic job and well miss you. I guess we couldnt expect you to have stayed in your dads old band forever!
After the show, the guys mingled with the audience and were happy to chat and pose for some pictures. As always, Eileen and I had a fantastic night and were still singing SAILOR songs as we made the short journey back to our hotel. As you would expect the band were not saying much about their plans to replace Ollie. The only thing I did establish is that the show will go on and thats good enough for me.
Happy Christmas everyone!!!!!!!