Drum head.

21 Responses to “Drum head.”

  1. stephenmcg says:

    This picture appears as a header on a really good site brother malcolm,albert hall.JAne in the audience for Radio Times.

  2. mcarp555 says:

    So were the “Dakotas” the first ‘tribute band’? They do a remarkably good impression, I must say.

  3. Keith Bratley says:

    I’ve always liked this picture on the other site.
    What a pity, once again, nothing survives from this performance.

  4. Kwai Chang says:

    That’s like hanging Mickey Mouse from the hour-hand on Big Ben…
    is anybody in Westminster going to notice?
    Now, the box on stage is more than audacious…(foldback monitor?)

  5. henry_the_horse says:

    Harrison must have broke a string on his main guitar.

  6. henry_the_horse says:

    Must have broken.

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    A percentage of the population has a plectrum on their person right now…
    but, doesn’t anyone carry an extra set of strings?
    If you wanna see me do my thing
    baby, tune my string.
    Nice solo…
    I love an open G-string.

  8. Jorge says:

    Ha ha, very cool!

  9. Tammy says:

    Mr Horse, thoughts on the mystery box, some sort of primitive fold back?, or did the Fabs just get a home delivery of KFC?.

  10. Tammy says:

    What is the story of the lack of Ringo drums?, maybe half their equipment was still in transit, inc George’s guitar?.

  11. Tammy says:

    Is this the night Paul met Jane for the first time?.

  12. philalban7 says:

    ‘Merseybeat Showcase’ at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon April 25th 1963. More here…http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2162356/Beatles-pictured-discovered-performing-Croydon.html

  13. mcarp555 says:

    This would have been around the time that Ringo and Brian ordered the first Ludwig set from Sound City in London (which was not delivered until May 12th). Perhaps his Premier kit was deemed no longer fit for purpose, so he used the Dakota’s set. It’s also possible that in order to keep time between bands to a minimum, it was agreed that everyone use the same drums (and possibly amps; since the Beatles would probably have had the best, the other bands used theirs).

    As for the box, it wouldn’t surprise me if it wasn’t a PA speaker for the microphones, aimed at the audience.

  14. mcarp555 says:

    You can see in the link supplied by Phil, that in one of the shots, George is using the Gretch Duo-Jet, so he probably did break a string mid-show. And the mysterious box is blank on the side facing the band, so it’s not a monitor or light or any other obvious thing; I still think it’s a PA cabinet.

  15. Kwai Chang says:

    (Quick! Give me that box…)
    Obviously, emergencies can sometimes require emergency measures.
    There is a big hole in the stage and one of the singers is nearsighted…
    they’re still trying to catch Paul’s grandfather.
    Steptoe And Box

    My favorite rock group is from Dakota…Mount Rushmore

  16. mcarp555 says:

    You mean that place with the stoned Presidents?

  17. Lizzie says:

    This is really interesting! Thank you for the link, philalban7. I’ll never get tired of saying how much I learn on this blog!

  18. Kwai Chang says:

    Thanks for the link.
    Two of the pictures clearly show a lead to the box. This picture doesn’t show it. Maybe it really is a low-bid pa system. Perhaps the bass player was tangled briefly and call for the blighter to be disconnected. Maybe even a feedback sort of problem. Did Mal unwittingly leave the announcer’s portable speaker plugged in and cone damage ensued. Static singing away at mid range.
    Actually, I was hoping to find evidence of photoshop…like brushing out the DAKOTAS moniker off of the box(poor man’s tom-tom case…to match the grocery bags[suitcases]).
    Sharing? You’ll notice that NOBODY ever got to borrow Ringo’s drum head.
    (I want to believe that it was Brian’s decision)

  19. Since 1963 says:

    Fantastic photos. Notice that Paul’s “boots” aren’t really boots, but shoes. The bottom halves match the tall Chelsey boots of the rest of the guys’, but his aren’t tall and “Beatley”. Wonder why.

    Actually, I wonder why I even wonder why. LOL

  20. mcarp555 says:

    “NOBODY ever got to borrow Ringo‚Äôs drum head”. True dat, and I agree that would be the kind of detail Brian would obsess about. But if this was in that window of time before the first Ludwig kit (w/the logo), sharing would make more sense. Especially if the Premier kit was no longer good enough.

    Throughout ’63, as the band rose in fame (and upgraded equipment), sharing would probably start to be discouraged.

  21. stephenmcg says:

    oops a week out,though i have seen above captioned as AH,it made sense as loads of artists ,shared drums(unlike the arangement at NME 65,where theres about 6 risers on stage )and these are low level ,Ringo(as in thomas tank) shunted to side.

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