GEORGE THE RESIDENT GHOST

OK, slightly late to be writing about last Saturday’s show, but better late than never…

After a hectic week (I am also in the pre-production phase of recording my own album), we headed to the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove, where we already knew we would have a memorable evening.

The Artrix is a lovely theatre, just right for Dreaming of Kate. And with a nearly sold out show, we were already looking forward to performing. As usual, we had some delays and unforeseen circumstances, so we were behind schedule when our special guest of the evening Andy came along to rehearse. We normally don’t do requests, but in this case, we decided to make an exception. He had asked us if he could propose to his girlfriend during the show. We told him he could only do so if he would be part of the show, since the whole show is heavily directed and choreographed. Jerney and I ran through his part with him on the stage, before he had to rush home to not make his girlfriend get suspicious.

Many of Britain’s theatres are said to be haunted, but none of the ghosts have hit us harder than the resident ghost of the Artrix. The stage manager told me they suffered a lot from unexplained technical issues, and that they had even named the ghost. His name is George.

By showtime, we got on stage, I got into position, and then suddenly a random track started playing over the PA, shocking us all. A little bit thrown off guard, we started Wow, I started singing, and my mic didn’t work. I know what a pain it is for the band to stop that song halfway through without creating an utter mess, and that Jerney doesn’t have a lot of backing vocals on that song. I decided to get the microphone from her stand and finished the song, closely looking to see if sound engineer Ben would come over to the side of the stage (which he did). I put the microphone back into the stand, turned to guitarist Liam and said “Liam, play a solo”, then rushed backstage.

After having fixed the sound, I got back on stage and went on with the set, as if nothing was the matter. At least I tried. These things always ruin your concentration or flow a bit, and it always takes a while to get back into the proper flow.

During Strange Phenomena, I could see Andy excusing himself to his girlfriend as planned. A member of staff escorted him from the foyer to the side of the stage, where he put on a trench coat, hat and mask (we didn’t want his girlfriend to instantly recognize him). Before The Wedding List, he took the chair, moved it to the proper position and sat down on it, just like Jerney normally does. I shot him during the song, and he ‘died’ as rehearsed on stage. At the end of the song, I got into the audience. Andy took off his mask and asked his lady to come to the stage with me. She was mind blown, and said yes in front of the whole audience!

After that moment, George seemed to leave us alone, and the rest of the show went quite smoothly (apart from Bobby’s chair falling off the band’s riser). The audience was amazing, and once again it was good to see everyone so happy after the show.

2 comments

  • Annette

    Annette

    Thank you so so much for allowing Andy to propose during your fabulous show!! I honestly had no idea and was taken completely by surprise, didn't recognise him for one minute on stage!!!! Your generosity in incorporating the proposal into your show was amazing. It will be an evening we will never forget. Thanks again and can't wait to see you all when you're next in the area. Annette xx

    Thank you so so much for allowing Andy to propose during your fabulous show!! I honestly had no idea and was taken completely by surprise, didn't recognise him for one minute on stage!!!! Your generosity in incorporating the proposal into your show was amazing. It will be an evening we will never forget. Thanks again and can't wait to see you all when you're next in the area. Annette xx

  • Andy

    Andy Stourbridge

    I can only echo what Annette has already said, thank you so,so much and come back soon, you were fabulous!

    I can only echo what Annette has already said, thank you so,so much and come back soon, you were fabulous!

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