Words aren’t entirely adequate to describe the sheer wonder of what happened next, all we can say is that there was rapping—at astonishing speeds to boot—and a spontaneous refrain of “funky monkey”, and that all requests for the making of noise were more than adequately fulfilled by an enraptured audience.
We love weddings. No, like, we REALLY love weddings!
Everyone is happy (aka drunk), they have had a wonderful day (been drinking) and are looking forward to a fantastic party (getting more drunk). Inject some Strutts magic and you have yourselves a partaay people!
There were so many reasons why we were looking forward to this gig. 1. we had a stage, 2. a full lighting rig and 3. the added bonus of telling all our friends and family that we had a gig at Eden!
After setting up and sound checking to the youngest audience we have ever encountered (they made us feel like rock stars!), we sat tight waiting for the big ‘first dance’ moment, and trying to calm Tom’s vertigo on being sat so close to the edge. After their first dance (and lots of smooching, of course) we kicked in with a bit of Crazy in Love to remind everyone that it was time to put those boogie-shoes on and get on down with the bad thang … and boy did they!! Men, women and children jiggling and a wiggling all over the place!
Top song of the night had to be ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars, which everyone seemed to know the words to … and it was very appropriate! [cue more smooching].
The one thing that Rich and Carla had to do (which we will never be paid enough to provide!) was add some serious romance. Man are those two in luuurve!!! It was magical. Many congratulations from The Strutts. We love you all x
PS: Tom survived
Ooh, grown-up stage!
Ooh, grown-up light show!
Backstage area, AAA passes, rider, kick-ass sound system … yes, it was hard not to think we had finally cracked the big time. “Where were you?” I hear you cry. Well, er, St Ives actually. Windy, rainy, flooded St Ives… but man it was good!
We were chuffed to bits to be asked to come and support Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel at the Kevewi BIG Night Out at the Guildhall. It was everything we hoped it would be; made even more special by the fact we were celebrating Fraser and Benji’s birthdays! Both of whom were driving, and well, we don’t really drink before performing anyway, so the extravagant rider went a bit left at the traffic lights and we ended up toasting their health using a kettle, some teabags and a plastic glass full of milk from the kitchen! Cornwall’s ultimate party band? Fuelled by tea.
Sound check happened (which IS actually news, as it was a toss up between that and the sound engineers getting dinner!). Quick blast of Cee Lo and off to get ready; bit of lippy for Lucy, and Alan puts his hat on – boom – we are stage-ready!
To say we loved this gig would be an understatement. To say we REALLY loved it is still a smidge too modest. The crowd was amazing, and the feedback was phenomenal. It was also a real pleasure to be able to check out the other bands on an amazingly varied bill.
Well done to the Kevewi team; cracking show! Looking forward to coming back and doing it all again soon.
Truro, we have three words for you. Wow, wow, WOW! You guys rock! Take one rainy night, a great venue and five funky groove doctors and you have the recipe for an explosive night … or so it would seem!
Despite the wintery January weather and the fact that roadworks made Truro town centre harder to pass through than Mordor, you just kept coming! By the time we launched into Crazy in Love, even standing room was a premium and you were chomping at the bit to have a boogie!
We got the best call-backs yet on Hey Ya (“Ice Cold!”), and Call Me Maybe was a total dance floor winner, but the award for top song of the night – with a reaction that would have done credit to the original Pharrell video – goes to Happy which undoubtedly stole the night … and made us very happy indeed!
The party continued through Rock Your Body, Domino, Locked Out Of Heaven and into Mr Brightside, climaxing on an encore of Don’t Stop Believing. I think there must have been a few Glee cast members out there … certainly some great singing! There was no stopping you!
Total stonker of a night people. Thank you.
(William IV, if you are reading this, we would like to come back PLEASE!)