It was a long journey down, with Green travelling 40 minutes before he’d even picked Red up for the gig and at least another 2 hours to Shildon, there was a lot of travelling ahead. Discussions were mainly about taking the band forward and the next steps of Electro 80’s future and then, shortly after they passed ‘Vano Chrome’ on the motorway, the conversation turned to food. A call to Wetherby services (which was reminiscent of a WWII military installation according to Red) was called for – mainly for soup and pasties – to keep the energy levels going!
It was now around 8pm and the band had over an hour to kill before being able to show the people of Shildon, just exactly why they are known as the UK’s Premier 1980’s Electronica Tribute Band. Green was again thinking of food and was soon heading off to the local chip shop. Two bags of chips were consumed by usual suspects, while the Man O’Chrome technicians ‘enjoyed’ a chips and gravy between them, Blue didn’t partake in any additional nourishment, but did enjoy a pint of lager in the dressing room while the others were eating.
As if things hadn’t been bad enough, a thick fog had descended everywhere while the band was on stage. Blue had decided to go cross country in an attempt to reach the M6 and Red’s version of keeping Green company on the long drive home involved a lot of snoring and nonsense talk. The Man O’ Chrome technical team had decided to stay overnight in the camper van to monitor the well oiled robot – everyone was safely back home or tucked up in bed by 4am. Welcome to a taste of life on the road.