It was our 4th show at The Beacon, Wantage and we had been working really hard to make this show a night to remember. We had lots of new things planned. Tonight would mark our first performance of our very own Zoots song written by lead guitarist Ben Jones, it would be the debut of The Zoots animation intro, the second time Jamie played the piano live on stage, the first time Harriet would sing two songs for the *and* we had some new costumes to show off. People had come far and wide to see the show, our super family fans and cousins; Ben, Vicki and Amy had driven 2 hours to be there! Our friends Amy and Ian and our super young fans Zara and Kaiya had driven from the other side of Bristol.
We arrived in good time, and we’ll drummer Simon give you a tour of the venue.
The Show started with an excellent animation made by 16 year old student Tom West (pictured with his sister Hannah below). Tom worked for over 500 hours to get The Zoots introduction animation ready for the show. Please see the video below for a sneak preview of the animation and few clips of the rest of the show.
Clip of the animation by Tom West and a few clips of the first half filmed by Andy Shaw.
We started the set with our own song Z.O.O.T.S written by our guitarist Ben Jones. We had been recording it the week before and we were all very excited about performing it for the first time. Here is the blog about how we recorded it. Following the debut of our theme song, we launched in the wicked drum solo for Wipeout. Special thanks to Andy Shaw for the photos.
Ben then performed Apache by The Shadows!
Harriet was on hand to sing Boots are made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra.
Tommy was performing double bass for some of our Sounds of the Sixties show! Tommy is doing so well considering he has only been playing the double bass since last September.
Our lead guitarist Ben Jones had taught one of his students Sam Shepherd to play a guitar instrumental of Eleanor Rigby as part of the show. Sam did an excellent job and got the biggest cheer from the crowd. It was amazing how composed he was! Well done Sam and well done Ben for teaching him so well. Special thanks to Sam’s family who drove him all the way from Trowbridge to perform with us.
Jamie performed on the piano for the first time at a public show, playing ‘Let it Be’, as Harriet changed into her Union Jack dress.
Please read the Blog on The Zoots at Beacon, PART TWO to see what happened next!
Many thanks to George from JT Productions on Sound and Jack and Felix on the lights. Thank you to Matt, Fiona, Sez and all the staff from The Beacon.
Thank you to Mandy and Andy for running the Merchandise and taking loads of photos,
Thank you The Zoots ; Harriet, Ben, Tommy and Simon.