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1: TVE Musical Express 2.12.81
With John Cale, Andy Summers,
Zanna Gregmar [keys], Pere Colom [bass] and Miguel Figuerola [drums]

 

2-6: Palau BlauGrana-2, Barcelona, Spain 3.12.81
With Zanna Gregmar [keys], Pere Colom [bass] and Miguel Figuerola [drums]
video courtesy of Ian Carpenter

7-9: TVE Spain 1987
with Pere Colom [bass] and Tony Vasquez[drums]

10: Shaw Theatre, London April 1992
with Claudia Pujol [keys], Marcelo fuentes [bass] and Quique Villafaña [drums]

11-14: 'Tal Cual ABC TV Spain
14 April 1988
with Marcelo fuentes [bass] and Tony Vasquez[drums]

Content includes:

© Ian Carpenter

© Roy Wood


"I was gigging regularly with Kevin in the late 60s/early 70s the gigs would be totally unpredictable and that's what attracted me to his music in the first place I guess - the fact that there was no set pattern to what would happen. I recall one gig where I was soloing and spotted Kevin gesturing me to end the solo so I stopped and Lol Coxhill said 'why are you stopping?; I pointed to Kev and Lol shouted 'oh don't take any notice, you carry on!' Since two or three others were also soloing at the time I stepped away!"

- John Altman


 

Let There be Drums!

'Starvin' Marvin Siau has unearthed a marvellous clip of Kevin Ayers from Belgian TV in 1982.

For some unaccountable reason, the members of his touring band decided to play musical chairs with the instrumentation. This resulted in Ollie being reunited with his first love, the drum kit . Whilst girlfriend Zanna Gregmar does a Hendrix impersonation with his Gibson SG guitar.

"Kevin would play on any piece of wood that 's in tune and to save time in between gigs play on the same gear as the band before, " says Marvin.

"It encouraged me to play without pedals on an odd instrument in uncomfortable circumstances sometimes, see how long I would hold out, hihi, learned a lot from that!"

Bassist Bolle Gregmar recalls: " We all switched around on the instruments vecause Ollie didn't care to pose for a guitar solo he wasn't actually playing, so He's on Drums, Zanna on wicked Guitar, and Pedro Colom [bass player] on keyboard and me [drummer] on bass.

We did the whole thing in one real take and one rehearsal. wish it were better quality. but This is a fun moment in the Bruxelles TV station. On that same Billing were The Jam and they did A Town Called Malice. There was a guitar incident with a forgotten Rickenbacker 12-string for Paul Weller and he refused to even play Kevin's 6-string Rickenbacker which was offered. So the result was that Mr Weller performed in the video sans guitaire."

 

"Playing with someone like Ollie makes the whole tedious process of going out on the road worthwhile."

- Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers memorial

Kevin Ayers memorial plaque laid in the churchyard at Deia, Mallorca, 16 August 2003

The incription along the bottom reads, "Well, that was something, as opposed to nothing."

Rainbow Theatre, London 1.6.74
Best bits released as June 1st 1974 album. Remainder poor quality


Hyde Park, London 9.74
May I

Shouting In A Bucket Blues
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Didn't Feel Lonely
Whatevershebringswesing
[Interview]
We Did It Again (with Gong)


Nottingham University 11.74
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Didn't Feel Lonely
Lady Rachel
Interview
Sweet Deceiver
Guru Banana
Observations
Whatevershebringswesing
Stop This Trainl


BBC Radio (Rock On) 11.11.74
After The Show


Manchester Free Trade Hall 15.11.74
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
When Your Parents Go to Sleep
Didn't Feel Lonely
Lady Rachel
Interview
Guru Banana
Sweet Deceiver
Observations
Stop This Train
Falling in Love Again
Don't Be Cruel


Paris Salle Wagram 24.2.75 [Radio]
La Ville De Paris
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Hat Song
[Interview]
The One Chance Dance
Dr Dream Theme


BBC Radio 27.3.75
Shouting in a Bucket Blues


Hurrah's Club, New York 24.4.80
Banana Intro
Didn't Feel Lonely
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Stop This Train

Everybody's Sometimes
Supersalesman

Why Are We Sleeping
Idiots
That's What You Get Babe
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Animals
Ballad of Mr Snake
Beware of The Dog
See You Later
Falling in Love Again

One of the rare live shows with Ollie playing a Gibson Les Paul Junior with an extraordinary 'violin' tone.


Trax, New York 9.5.80
Didn't Feel Lonely
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Stop This Train

Everybody's Sometimes
Supersalesman
Why Are We Sleeping
Idiots
That's What You Get Babe
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Animals
Ballad of Mr Snake
Falling in Love Again
See You Later
Take Me to Tahiti
The Hat Song

The other rare show! Not as good sound as Hurricanes. Only known live versions of Take Me to Tahiti and The Hat Song

Hurrah's Club, New York, May 1980
Photo: TF

It was the Gibson Les Paul Junior guitar , pictured here, that was responsible for the extraordinary 'violin' tone[previously assumed to be a Fender Stratocaster] present on the New York recordings.

New York, New York


'The Teddy Bears Picnic'
Romareda, Zaragoza
3.
10.81

Animals

Everybody's Sometimes

Feeling This Way

Ghost Train

Goodnight Irene

I Don't Depend On You

M16

May I

Shouting In A Bucket Blues

Stranger In Blues Suede Shoes

Supersalesman

There Goes Johnny

Why Are We Sleeping

A rare recording from this period of their career. Featurig Zanna Gregmar on keyboards and vocals and Ollie in spectacularly heavy form!

Listen out for Ollie and Kevin's extraordinary and inexplicable rendition of The Teddy Bear's Picnic at the end of Animals.

"The Zaragoza gig in March was among the first gigs with Ollie & Zanna in my two years working with Kevin. The TV special with John Cale & Andy Summers was towards the end of the year. During '81 we did quite a few gigs in Spain including a bullring in Alicante with Dr. Feelgood, the Teatro Martin in Madrid with the Sex Beatles, the Magic in Barcelona and quite a few in Mallorca." - Ian Carpenter


Venlo 6.4.82

Africa

Animals

Everybody's Sometimes

Howling Man

May I

Shouting In A Bucket Blues

Supersalesman

Champagne & Valium

Why Are We Sleeping

German Radio broadcast 11/3/82. Very good quality 'audience' recording. This show has been issued as abootleg CD Sweet Dreamer - so DON'T buy it! - listen online to better quality versions here


Barcelona 1986
Poor sound - not worth listing


Deià, Parke Municipal 30.8.86
Why Are We Sleeping
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Big Bamboo
Didn't Feel Lonely
Animals
Shouting in a Bucket
Steppin' Out
Everybody's Sometimes
Flying Start
Supersalesman
Stop This Train
Do What You Feel Like
Cocaine Blues
Flying Start


Rotterdam De Lantaren 1.3.88

Another Rolling Stone

Didn't Feel Lonely

Everybodys Sometime

May I

Shouting In A Bucket Blues

Steppin Out

The Best We Have

 

The only track of note from this concert. A quite staggering funk version with an incredibly inventive solo building to a wonderful `chickin pickin' climax. Remainder not worth listing


Amsterdam 4.3.88
Poor sound - not worth listing


Aachen 13.3.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Didn't Feel Lonely
Saturday Night
Another Rolling Stone
Everybody's Sometime
Supersalesman

Animals
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really M
arcel?


Tilburg 6.3.88
[Poor sound - not worth listing]


Zeche, Bochum 8.3.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Didn't Feel Lonely
Steppin' Out
Everybody's Sometime
Supersalesman
Animals
Stop This Train
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel


Munich 10.3.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Didn't Feel Lonely
Steppin' Out
Saturday Night
Another Rolling Stone
Everybody's Sometime

[Supersalesman]
Animals
Stop This Train
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel


Hamburg Fabrik 16.3.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues

Didn't Feel Lonely

Another Rolling Stone
Everybody's Sometimes
Supersalesman
Animals
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel

'Smile a while" says Kevin as Ollie launches into his May solo. And he does. Extradodinary guitar throughout, especially on 'Shouting' which is upre musical plate spinning and even a snatch of Sabre Dance in 'Lonely'

Leiden, Holland 19.3.88

May I.mp3

Shouting in a Bucket.mp3

Stepping Out.mp3

Another Saturdaynight.mp3

Everybodys Sometime.mp3

Super salesman.mp3

Animals.mp3

Why Are We Sleeping.mp3

Stop This Train.mp3

Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes.mp3

Am I Really Marcel.mp3

Cocaine Blues.mp3

Didnt Fee Lonely.mp3

A rare complete Am I Really Marcel together. Elsewhere, Ollie throws the Superstition riff into Didn't Feel Lonely.

Recording courtesy of Joerg Reinicke


London, Queen Elizabeth Hall 28.3.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Saturday Night
Everybody's Sometimes
Champagne & Valium
Stop This Train
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel
Why Are We Sleepin
See You Later
Stepping Out
Animals
Don't Fall in Love With Me


Kyoto or Mido Kaikan Hall, Osaka
19.12.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Steppin' Out
EveryBody's Sometimes
Decadence
Supersalesman

Animals
Champagne & Valium
Why Are We Sleeping
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel


Fukuoka 23.12.88
To be documented


Tokyo 21.12.88
May I
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Steppin' Out
Everybody's Sometimes
Champagne & Valium

Supersalesman
Decadence
Animals
Why Are We Sleeping
Stop This Train
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Am I Really Marcel
Don't Fall in Love With Me
Stop This Train

Poor sound for most of the recording, but one track [Champagne & Valium] that contains what must rank as one of Ollie's finest ever solos! Tokyo show is Included in the bootleg CD Spanish Troubadour

Japan


Marcelo Fuentes: Bass
Tony Vazquez: Drums

Amsterdam, Paradiso 3.4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting In A Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
Steppin Out
Thank You Very Much
There Goe Johnny
EveryBody's Sometimes
Supersalesman
Ghost Train
M16
I Don't Depend on You
Stranger in Bliue Suede Shoes
Irene Goodnight (yes, really!)

Stop This Train


Paris 4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
Thank You Very Much
There Goes Johnny
Everybody's Sometime
Supersalesman
Ghost Train
I Don't Depend on You
Why Are We Sleeping

Concert review


Still LIVE With Guitar
Rennes
9.4.92

Animals

Everybody's Sometimes

Feeling This Way

Ghost Train

Goodnight Irene

I Don't Depend On You

M16

May I

Shouting In A Bucket Blues

Stranger In Blues Suede Shoes

Supersalesman

There Goes Johnny

Why Are We Sleeping

The obvious companion to the album Still LIFE With Guitar. These live versions are DAT straight off the sound desk (wonder how that could have happened!). Especially notable for the very best 'May I' solo of all - acknowledged by Kevin as The Ollie Halsall Experience! ['Goodnight Irene' is actually from the Amsterdam Paradiso but added to complete this superb show.]

© Roy Wood


Bordeaux 4.92
May I
Steppin' Out
Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues
Supersalesman
I Don't Depend On You
There Goes Johnny
Why Are We Sleeping
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Ghost Train


Cheval Blabc, Shiltigheim, Strasbourg 14.4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
There Goes Johnny
Everybody's Sometime
Supersalesman
Ghost Train
I Don't Depend on You
Stranger in Blue Sued Shoes
Why Are We Sleeping
Thank You Very Much
Two Goes Into Four


Dortmund 21.4.92
Poor sound - not worth listing

VIDEO


Bonn, Jazz Galerie 22.4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting in a Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
Thank You Very Much
There Goes Johnny
Everybody's Sometime
Supersalesman
Ghost Train
I Don't Depend on You
Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
Why A
re We Sleeping
Stop This Train

Again, basically the whole show but particularly Don't Depend on You. I'm not ashamed to admit to the odd tear during the final notes of the solo on this now exquisitely ironic piece. Not as good a sound as Rennes but my favourite concert overall. By the way, how many of you geetar players have managed to master the deceptively simple riff in Here Comes Johnny.

Concert review


London, Shaw Theatre 28.4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting In A Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
Thank You Very Much
Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues
Supersalesman
Ghost Train
I Don't Depend On You
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Why Are We Sleeping

Concert review

VIDEO


London, Shaw Theatre 30.4.92
Feeling This Way
Shouting In A Bucket Blues
Animals
May I
Thank You Very Much
There Goes Johnny
Everybody's Sometime And Some People's All The Time Blues
Supersalesman
I Don't Depend On You
Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes
Why Are We Sleeping
Stop This Train
Two Goes Into Four

Concert review


Claudia Pujol: Keyboards | Vocals
Marcelo Fuentes: Bass
Quique Villafañe: Drums

The Elderly Brothers!
Richard Skinner Show (GLR)
30.4.92
I Don't Depend on You
May I
Rare acoustic duo session by Kevin and Ollie


More Elderly Brothers!
VARA Fm, Hilversum, Netherlands
2.4.92
M16
There Goes Johnny
Thank You Very Much
Goodnight Irene

Thanks to Jorge Souto Bartolomé


For more information about Kevin Ayers, please visit:

Kevin Ayers' official site

Why Are We Sleeping

Facelift magazine archive

Claudia Puyól's website

 

Excerpt from Belgian pop music TV program "Tienerklanken" (Teen Voices) 1975

Full video here

 
Quique Villafañe
 
Tal Cual TV guide

I was the drummer in Kevin Ayers' band on the 1992 Still Life With Guitar tour and had the privilege of playing with the great Ollie, although it wasn't the first time I played with him (before that, we did a Spanish TV video and some concerts in Spain with Kevin Ayers' band).

Ollie played awesome during the tour, I couldn't believe my ears.The band sounded great most of the time (there was Claudia Puyó on keyboards and vocals and Marcelo Fuentes on bass). Roy Wood, the road manager, recorded all the concerts. Unfortunatly, the tapes were stolen in Paris, while we were having dinner at a restaurant. [The Archive does hold some of the recordings courtesy of Roy Wood - Ed.]

Ollie was such a humble person, he never used to talk about himself or the people he had played with. Actually, I learned all about his career after his death.

We got along very well. He used to come every time we played in Madrid with Claudia's group (Los Románticos de Artane). Kevin's tour finished in London (Bernard Shaw theatre). I remember Ollie (and us) singing some daring lyrics to a famous opera leitmotiv, during dinner at a London restaurant.

 

A couple of days before coming back to Madrid, Ollie took Claudia and I to an Indian restaurant and after that he called a taxi and took us to see London Bridge and Tower Bridge. It was late at night and there was nobody around. It was a foggy night and the scene was very oneiric. Ollie told us about the 1666 Great Fire of London. I think it was his way to say goodbye to us, although he wasn't aware of it.

We were so shocked when he died, we couldn't believe what was happening, we had had great moments playing together during the 30 day tour. Now I can say I feel better sharing these memories with Ollie's fans. I'm one of them.

Quique Villafañe, Madrid 2012

Besides his work as a teacher at the Escuela de Música Creativa, Quique is working in a project with his own compositions, mixing instrumental music, mixing and rhythms from North, Central and South America.

www.myspace.com/quiquevillafane

 
Musician who earns little
 

 

Musician who earns little
 

MUSICIAN WHO EARNS LITTLE

A "misunderstanding" between two friends led to them each being fined £5 when they appeared before the Canterbury magistrates on Friday. Kevin C. Ayers of 4 Russell Drive, Swalecliffe, pleaded guilty to carrying an unqualified passenger on his scooter whilst a learner driver, and Nigel H. Stoneley of 57 Westcliffe Gardens, Herne Bay, admitted aiding and abetting him.

They were stopped by the Police at Rheims Way, Canterbury, on January 12, when both admitted that they had provisional licences.

Ayers told the court that he agreed to give Stoneley a lift after asking him if he had a licence. Stoneley had said that he had. Stoneley agreed but said that he had told Ayers that it was provisional licence,

 

although Ayers may not have heard that, "I though he had a full licence and we just misunderstood each other," he said.

Ayers, who is 20, told the court he was a musician.

The Deputy Clerk (Mr. S. Solly): And what do you earn as a musician?
Ayers: Very little - but I write as well.
Mr. Solly: And what do you earn as a writer?

Ayers: Very little.

The Kent Herald newspaper
24 February 1965

Thanks to Barry King for finding this little gem and to Martin Wakeling for publishing it in the magazine Why Are We Sleeping. And thanks to Kevin for making me laugh.

   
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