The evening’s entertainment started before our dinner as we went to see Byron Johnston in Carmens. Before the show started as we were early I had a Jaipur beer.
This was a solo guitar performance that took in flamenco, classical as well as rock guitar music.
He played music from Carmen but with a Jimi Hendrix like slant. I was amazed at how he stretched the strings of the guitar for this piece.
Next he explained how he was going to multi-track the next piece live on stage, He laid down the bass, a drum track and then a rhythm guitar track. Each of these were layered on top of each other. By now I had recognised Eagles’ Hotel California.
The recorded overlays were then used as the backing track for the lead guitar. After this performance I did buy a copy of his CD and learnt that his guitar strings were nylon…
Dinner and then a show
Dinner was in the Peninsular and was tomato soup, steak and kidney pie and a Rocky Road sundae.
Rather than go to the quiz we went to see ‘My Generation’ by the Headliners in the Curzon Theatre. This was a show that we had seen before. The show came to an abrupt end at 10.55pm when the curtains came across the stage and the houselights came on. We decided to leave rather than wait for a restart. We subsequently learnt that there had been a power failure backstage.
Back on our balcony I was once again watching the flashing red lights on wind farms as Aurora passed by in the late evening.