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January 12th, 2016


08:19 pm - Heroes

I join everyone here in remembering the unique creativity of David Bowie. Like many, I thought the Goblin King was gorgeous, and his Glass Spider tour stop in Auckland in '86 was my first concert.

Only ten days before his death we played both China Girl and Heroes in a set of only 21 songs. Heroes is usually our grand finale. Only last week I learned to play Modern Love, and the day before his death bought the sheet music to learn Let's Dance. His songs are his legacy to us all.

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January 3rd, 2016


04:04 pm - New Year
Trying this again...

The band made the front page of the paper prior to the New year's Eve gig at the Blenheim street party.
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Blenheim band Watt4, from left, guitarist Ged Carr, keyboard player Fred Wiseman, drummer Peter Stowasser, vocalist Toska Bayly and bassist Penny Wytenburg prepare to rock out at the Ignite New Year's Eve celebrations in Blenheim.

The organisers had hired professional sound and lighting engineers, so we had all manner of lights and strobes and a smoke machine... the works. We played 10 to midnight, starting with a rousing rendition of Gimme Some Lovin', and counting down to midnight with... you guessed it... The Final Countdown. Cheesy, huh? As the fireworks display went off, we played Auld Lang Syne, traditionally at first, then morphing into our own rock version complete with full out guitar solo by Ged. It was a blast!

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12:56 am

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We made the front page of the paper!

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October 7th, 2015


01:47 pm - Party time!

Wahoo! Just found out Watt 4 have the contract to be feature band for the New Year's Eve party on Picton foreshore. This is THE big local event at New Year with a fireworks display at midnight and all sorts of activities all evening. Last year 9000 people turned up to party! Sure beats the 50-100 at the club we usually play at!
Better start practising! :D

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June 24th, 2015


12:33 am - Watt 4
Here's Watt 4 performing Crazy Little thing called Love by Queen



and All Right Now by Free
(check out the short bass solo near the beginning of the guitar solo!) We'd only added this song to the set list a week or two earlier, and this was the first time we'd played the whole thing right through.


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June 22nd, 2015


12:54 am - Watt 4
I finally worked out how to post a video clip! Here's our band, Watt 4, performing Wild THing on Saturday night at the local Combined Clubs bar.


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April 30th, 2015


01:49 pm - Band update


Well, Watt Four is up and running. We have done two gigs now, in Feb and April at the licks Combined Clubs venue with two more booked for June and August. Not the best of venues, lots of oldies who go home pretty early, but I did a good job of rounding up an audience from friends, workmates, and even patients! They all seemed to enjoy the night. We are looking at trying to get a regular pub gig, but need to find somewhere suitable, as our retro 60s to 80s party songs probably won't appeal to the younger set. Playing the gig was a bit nerve-racking the first time but awesome fun as well, and by the second time was a breeze. Practices with the guys are great fun, and we all get along swimmingly. The boys and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new bass, a Fender Custom Shop Adam Clayton signature Jazz bass, which should sound great for our type of music... And of course, when I play U2 at home. It's the very same bass Adam will be using for some songs in concerts on the upcoming U2 tour and that he used for the latest album.

The house has roof trusses now, so well under way, and we are off to Sydney and the Hunter Valley wineries tomorrow for a week. Yay! :D

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March 16th, 2015


01:53 pm

Eagles concert Saturday night was awesome! Unlike many other performers as they hit the late sixties there was no loss of vocal or guitar playing ability. They sounded as good as they did 30 or more years ago and put on a bloody good show. The narratives by each of the band members interspersed between all the well-loved songs was informative and entertaining, and the guitar war between Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey was brilliant. The DVD of the concert is on my Xmas list!

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March 14th, 2015


09:36 am

Well, the Happy Hour crew arrived in Auckland last night for the Eagles concert tonight. Had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant last night then walked back to the hotel, which happens to be just up the road from our Prime Minister's residence. So we decided, let's go and visit John! Or have a nosy at his house, at least. We may or may not have been wandering down his street, talking loudly and, er, farting (hubby!) at 0030 this morning... Must say the box hedging and conifers in front of house are looking splendid! Got a fabulous view of the harbour all lit up at night from the wee park at the end of the street.

Roll on tonight and the concert. J and I have seats right up the front, the rest are up in the side stands. Should be awesome!

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