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"Automatic shoes give me 3D
vision and the California blues."
Telegram Sam - Marc Bolan.
T.Rextasy, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 30th September 1997 -
[Pictures taken and scanned by Fee
Warner. Thank you very much Fee!]
Mark McL and two Japanese fans
=== Review by Paul ===
Just recovering from last night. Had a really fantastic time.
Got to Cambridge about 6.40 p.m. to find a large queue
outside. Just like 1972 et all. I was surprised when we got
inside to find it was such an impressive arena. When Danielz
came on he looked more like Marc than ever and a huge cheer
went up when Rolan was spotted in the Box seats.
The evening just got better and better. First Andy Ellison
joined Danielz to sing Desdemona. Then a Marc Tribute singer
from Japan appeared. He was cool. Then Mark King from VH-1
appeared to tell us it would be shown on Friday evening on
VH-1. He then sang Metal Guru. Next Mickey Finn came on to
accompany Danielz on Spaceball Ricochet. Then Rolan came on
and SANG Dreamy Lady. Really great. Got a fantastic cheer
from the fans. Then Paul Fenton on Drums, Jack Green and
Mickey came back on and it turned into a big party with
everyone on for the last numbers (including Rolan).
By the time the second encore was played (Hot Love, of
course) everyone was filled with emotion. Mickey Marmalade
did a great job and the fans gave him a great hand. Just as
we were all leaving Rolan came back on stage himself and said
he wanted to thank everyone for coming and his Mother sent
her love and would be over next year. He said he would be
back with his own Group next year singing. Everyone was
nearly in tears at the simple gentle emotion of the man.
Got home 3.00 this morning so just recovering.
Keep a little Marc in your heart
Mark McL and Andy Ellison
=== Review by Rob ===
One word - AMAZING!
Okay, I'll give you a few more than that, if you want.
BLOODY AMAZING. Basically, it was one of THE best gigs I have
ever been to. I walked in and thought, "Oh my God,
it's Marc on stage!" There was old Marc lookalike (!
- hell, he was Marc on the night!) giving it his stuff and it
was just amazing! Incredible! Stupendous! The sound was
outstanding, the replication faultless. I was completely
Unfortunately I missed most of the first part of the gig
(listen, I was in The Eagle and my mates assured me they
wouldn't start the gig until 9ish.) Not true! I caught a
few tunes, including Mark King doing a great rendition of
Metal Guru and then it was time to hit the bar _again_. Phew,
2 more pints later, the music sounded even better. But hey,
I'm getting ahead of myself. You'll be pleased to
hear that there were no 'trophy-sellers' there, well,
if you don't include Marc's old Road manager trying
to flog old 'book bound' memories and poetry of
I did my best to find you other tillers who went to the gig -
if you did! I didn't find any of you, although I did
approach several people saying, 'Mike?'
'Mark?' 'Jorgen?' and getting very weird
looks. Hey, and then you try and explain your error and say
that you're from an Internet chat group and you get even
Anyway, I soon realised the company I would be keeping would
be with my mates - not a bad situation - so we hit the
dancefloor, drinks in hand and got rocking. Hey, the pints
got spilt everywhere when 'Marc' came back on but I
didn't care! Things were already a little mad in the
crowd and just got madder when a very sadly dishevelled
looking Mickey Finn came on to do.....God, what did they do?
Spaceball Ricochet! That's it. It was amazing, and just
seeing Mickey in the flesh was incredible! However, seeing
how bent over and withered he has become was quite, I
don't know, upsetting I suppose. Hey, kids.....don't
The second half of the gig was just a gas. Fenton and Green
came on, John's Children came on, Rolan came on, a
Japanese Marc Bolan lookalike [Info from Danielz: his name is
Akima] came on! Basically, they got the whole lot of them on.
No Bill Legend though. That was a shame. With the music being
played faultlessly and all these 'heroes' of mine in
front of my very eyes, I was in seventh heaven! Incredible.
It truly was. And also, and this was amazing, Mickey started
to grow back into his old role of rock star; got more active,
bolder and 'aware' of the crowd. He even had a joke
with me! Yeppie, he offered me his tambourine he was playing
and then, as I reached out amazed, he snatched it away,
wagged a finger and laughed. Top moment.
I was very impressed with Rolan. I had a kinda grim view of
the young lad - felt he was kinda using this whole scenario
to further his own career. But he was very humble and
gracious in giving praise to his father. That was nice.
So all in all, an excellent night. I did consider hanging
about outside the stage exit to try and get backstage, but
felt it was a private moment for the 'old band' and
not really deserving of gleeful fans like me. So I went and
got trollied in '5th Avenue' nightclub and so rounded
off a perfect night.
Guys, it was great. Wish you could all have been there, but I
toasted you all on the final and second encore of the night;
Mark McL and Fee
=== Review by Fee ===
Hi there Tillers,
Its Thursday morning and I've just come down after
Cambridge. I had spent the day working at Cambridge Uni. Like
you Paul I got home at 3 am. So it was a loooong day!!!! but
too hyped up to sleep. then work Thursday!
As Mark McL and Rob said, it was great. The depression which
had been hanging over me since before the 16th went. It was a
time to celebrate. Rolan being there was too much. I was
We met an amazing little Japanese guy who was so pretty.
Corkscrew curls, Purple flairs,' Annello and Davide'
button-bar-type shoes, leopard print shirt. Wow. He and his
girlfriend spoke almost no English. They had flown over from
Japan for the gig. Wow. The language barrier prevented
anymore conversation. Except that when he saw my tattoo he
shouted "Gandalf" (because it is Elvish runes as
Mark McL has already said). I never did manage to find out
why his girlfriend kept pointing at one area of my t-shirt
and laughing. She could (or would) not tell me. I can only
think that it was because it said '50th birthday
30/09/97, but who knows'.
Nuff, for now,
Keep a little Marc in Your Heart
=== Review by Jorgen and Helena ===
So I am back at the front of my dusty screen after a very
active and joyfull time. The trip to England was a 100%
success, but we nearly didn't make it. Our flight was
cancelled without any explanation. Got another one in a hurry
and missed about 1 and a half our in Cambridge because of
that. Helena and I did get a room fairly fast and when we had
showered and enjoyed the tax-free whisky (Oban single malt),
we went to "the Eagle". I said "the Lion"
to the taxi driver, but he strightened me out. At the Lion,,,
sorry, the Eagle I spotted Mark almost right away. Fee turned
up a few minutes later. (Thanks for the drinks, Fee!)
After a nice chat we went to the excange for a real treat,
Being rather cynical, I was puzzled by how moved I became.
The sound was so convincing and the musicians played with
such enthusiasm, it was impossible not to surrender. When
Andy Ellison joined the band for "Desdemona" I had
my personal climax. Talked with Andy between sets and he
seemed to enjoy having a fan in Sweden. Altogether, a very
nice event, free of exploatation.
The day after I was sitting with a silly smile on those open
deck tourist busses on a Cambridge tour. We had a very
relaxed trip home in the afternoon. One little incident: I
got body searched at Stansted. Luckily they didn't find
"D-D-D-Desdemona, lift up your skirt and
Jorgen & Helena
=== Review by Mark McL ===
Where to start eh? Well as the red king said, "Start at
the beginning and go on till you reach the end, then
Got bored at work so left for Cambridge early. Walking from
the station I passed a man walking the other way wearing a
T.Rextasy T-shirt. We smiled a knowing smile at each other
with a little nod of the head.
Then I was stopped by a man wearing a suit but, instead of
collar and tie, a Trex T-shirt. He asked directions to the
Corn Exchange and I like a good boy scout produced my map of
Picked up my ticket and was at the Eagle by 5:00. Thought I
would start as I meant to go on so had a pint of lager. Sat
and read my copy of Empire (UK film magazine) waiting for a
steady stream of strangers to accost me.
Fee was the first, then not long after Jorgen and Helena
(forgive me if that is wrong I am terrible with names).
Another pint of lager. At the bar I was pleased that I
immediately recognised the delicate tattoo on Fee's right
forearm as a rune from LOTR. It turns out to be Gandalf's
rune and above it her husband's name in runic. We talked
of all the large legends we knew. After glow-worm talks we
headed for the concert.
Rob is right, it is a nice venue. Small enough to have that
intimate atmosphere. And no merchandising. A mixed blessing
as a memento would have been nice.
[Info from Danilez: There were in fact some items that were
being sold just for the evening, i.e., Alfie O'Leary was
selling some photos that Mickey had got printed up.]
Time to buy another lager and then into the hall. There are
only a couple of boxes up on the right and Fee immediately
spotted Rolan. There is a big T.Rextasy logo above the back
of the stage and all the gear laid out. The lights dim, a man
introduces T.Rextasy with a few word on the nature of the
occasion and onto the stage bounces Danielz. As Rob said he
is an amazingly good lookalike, you could almost
Whoops. This is my stop.
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