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(proving that security doesn’t have to be expensive)
Astoria Ballroom, Oldham. 12th February 1963.
Unusual to see John singing on stage right.
They didn’t formalise the John Left Paul Right stage set up until June 1963 for some reason. From then on, it was only due to bad mics or something, like the 1964 NME concert that made them change around.
that’s my kind of audience
(lopsided gender ratio)
Actually, it’s Paul left, John right. When discussing stage directions, you always go with the audience’s point of view.
And what’s that around the neck of the Hof, up by the headstock?
It looks like a room key
“I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition the seating layout was in”
Is the room swirling around like a vortex
why do the audience members keep changing?
Is this a dance floor event?
I’m completely sober
and I’m allergic to vertigo…
As with most things there are always two sides to a story/coin/opinion/etc.
In a previous life, before I got a “real job” like my dear old Dad kept insisting I do, I was a roadie. Apart from loading and unloading hundreds of heavy road cases from big trucks, one of the things I remember well from the dreaded/wonderful rock’n’roll life is that stage directions can be given from two points of view: one is from the audience’s position looking at the stage and the other is from the performer’s (or roadie’s) position standing on stage facing the audience. Hence… stage right means to the right as seen from the performer’s point of view which also happens to be to the audience’s left.
Even more cryptic theatre speak: downstage refers to the front of the stage near the audience and upstage refers to the back of the stage. But upstage is not the same as backstage. Go figure!
Of course I meant @mcarp555… apologies!
Pete – no offense taken!
I’ve had a lot of friends in the acting biz, and they’ve always referred to it from the audiences’ POV, so that was the basis of my comment. Roadies may indeed do it the other way round, since they don’t interact with the audience. Actors do, so it would be logical for them to defer to what the viewer sees.
And upstage would be towards the back of the performance area, as the audience sees it (again), but backstage would be the regions beyond what the audience sees. Usually in most theaters this would be behind the backstage curtain. If you’re behind the curtain, you’re backstage. In front of the curtain, upstage. At the front edge of the stage (where in the old days the gas or arc lights would be), close to the orchestra pit, you’re downstage. All tied into how the audience see it – up/farther away; down/closer.
Upstage, downstage, backstage, we are both saying exactly the same thing. The point I am making is that the expression “stage right” refers to, always has & always will, to the right of the stage from the performer’s (actors included) POV.
Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blocking_(stage)
I think the use of “House left” and “House right” as mentioned in that article clarifies things immensely. I graciously defer.
I still would like to know what’s wrapped around the neck of the Hofner. It’s not a key – that’s something (or part of someone) off in the distance.
I was only kidding about the key…
if it really was a key…
there would be a bunch more
you know the rest)
This might be guitar-strap-impersonator night…
(check John’s entry)
I just noticed the ‘cage’…
I think the promoter may have sold some extra seats…that didn’t exist
Venue employees onstage?
…one of them is probably the boss…
even so, just plain unacceptable.
(So what…the humidity gauge popped…that’s not a riot!)
A 6-string mongoose named Ricki-Backi-tavi just got loose behind the stage…
(now, we need the cage)
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