Chances R >> Band Reunion 14th November 2005
On Monday 14th November 2005 the 'classic' Chances R line-up of Jason Allen, Paul Jolliffe, John Bidder and Roy Harrill convened in a small practice room at Firebird Studios in Bristol for an uprecedented rehearsal. Precisely 10 years, 10 months and 9 days had passed since all four musicians had been in the same room - the farewell gig at Bristol Fleece & Firkin on January 5th 1995.
Using instruments that had been largely borrowed, hired and blagged, Chances R eagerly tore through a substantial chunk of their set over the course of a loud and sweaty 3-hour session. Understandably, after a decade of inactivity, the band were at times a little ropey, but all four members had an enjoyably nostalgic evening and expressed an interest in repeating the exercise whenever time allows.
Both Roy and Jason played guitar - the band tackled a few of the later 5-piece era songs without keyboards. Part of the session was recorded on Minidisc, though the sound quality of the recording was generally poor. Of the 16 songs attempted, Kingpit, One And The Same, Radar, Built On A Landslide and Hurt You The First Time seemed to shine the most.
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