Busy, busy day

Emmett Stapleton

Saturday 25th June was a challenging day for The Fraudsters. Extreme gigging. TWO gigs in one day. Because Dave was responsible for this abherration, it was he who had to drive the van.

It was gonna be a doubly tough day because all the band had been on humungous booze-ups the night before – either at The Tofu Fighters gig in Sale, or at The Posh FC End of Season Do.

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The Blog ‘bout Belfast Bob’s Birthday at Bowden Bugger Club...

Emmett Stapleton

BEING a thoroughly professional outfit, The Fraudsters’ preparation for this 40th birthday party encompassed a “research session” with the Birthday Boy himself at his house the week before the gig. After Bob had cooked some delicious burgers on his barbeque, we talked about the forthcoming party and how he wanted us to play it. It was Bob’s mate Gillo who later summed up the discussions by saying: “I tell you what, there’s nothing better than sitting in the sun, drinking beer, talking sh**e with a bunch of di**heads!”

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Lisa and Ben’s Wedding, Stanley House Hotel nr. Blackburn...

Emmett Stapleton

DURING THE JOURNEY up the M61 to this latest nuptial gigscapade, THE FRAUDSTERS were watching the DVD of Fawlty Towers in the tourbus. The hotel we were playing at was very far from being like Fawlty Towers however – what a beautiful countryside setting in the rolling Lancashire moorlands. And what a posh place it was too. In fact, when we arrived we had some trouble being allowed in as we were wearing our roady-ing scruffs and they didn’t believe we had anything to do with the wedding. Eventually we convinced them we were the band, but they kept us at arms length by telling us: “The wedding breakfast has only just begun. Please stay in your van. We will come and get you. Do not come in here again!”

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