Sunday, 17 June 2012


Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, or rather, those remaining members who now call themselves 3 Bonzos and a Piano, were playing at the Fire Station on Windsor yesterday.

We've been there before:  it's a tiny venue,  just a couple of hundred seats. We saw a small ad for the Bonzos a few days ago, and wished we had seen it earlier as we would have got tickets.

Last time we saw the Bonzos (still without Viv) was at the Shepherds Bush Empire (SBE), about 6 years ago. Back then they had the likes of Phill Jupitus and Adrian Edmondson touring with them, taking the part of the sadly missed Viv. I was too young to have known them first time round (they started in 1962, before I was born), but I knew that DH liked them, I had seen they were touring and I got us tickets for his birthday.  They were really good, the SBE was packed and there wasn't even elbow room.

On Saturday afternoon, returning from the village Carnival, I decided to just take a look to see if there were any tickets left.Even if we got rubbish seats, it would be better than no seats at all.  To my surprise, and delight, there were!  So, we trundled off to see them.

This time they didn't have any celebs to take Bob's place, and they were still great.  We had the bonus of having Vernon Dudley Bowhay Nowell (another ex Bonzo) in the lineup as well.  The tiny venue made it a bit cramped for their on stage antics and changeovers,  but it made for a really fab experience for the audience.

They are doing just a few shows at small venues, presumably to get them ready to perform at Camp Bestival.

These guys must be in their 70s now.  I don't have their energy and dexterity at mine!

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