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Embroidering The Truth by David Brown

I pride myself with having stayed loyal to the band for over 20 years and like many a fan out in the great globe of ours, think they improve year on year. The Minehead 2005 Convention was simply the best so far for me. Once again I met some great people, experienced some fantastic music and created huge memories.

Embroidering The Truth by David Brown

Driving down to Minehead with a fellow fan Rupert Parsons, having experienced 3 gigs on the Marbles Tour, I was really anticipating the full Marbles package: Genie, Only Unforgettable Thing and Ocean Cloud, all of which have individual significance for me. The support acts were warmly welcomed by the amassed fans, I particularly warmed to Bella and her pure and simple delivery of moving and personal songs, and Pineapple Thief were excellent.

The Marbles night came and went with the band reflecting accurately the depth and musical content of what must be regarded as a classic rock album by any discerning fan. The incredible sense of elation filled the entire hall.

The second day commenced with an early morning walk to the headland point, where the images on 'Popular Music' had been crafted. The superb weather that bestowed the resort really made all the difference this year and queuing for the evening performance was almost pleasurable! The final night was for me on a par with the Marbles set, fantastic stage set up and lighting gave the whole show a deep feeling. Just ahead of the Band taking to the stage h appeared over near the right of the hall, so I took the opportunity to say hello and get a couple of photos. One thing I have done since becoming a rock fan was always to state the fact through decoration on my jeans or jackets. Twenty years ago sew on patches were the norm and still are in some cases, but I always tried to be slightly different in embroidery! Yes you heard correctly: sewing and without any female intervention.

The worst time at a concert was after Monster of Rock with ZZ Top when leaving the gig I got my leg gauged open behind a concrete post, loosing loads of blood, but most importantly ripping my jeans, embroidered with the Jester from 'Real to Reel'.

Anyway h commented on my version of the Afraid of Sunlight artwork, taken from Carl Glover's design the for original cover and did no more than call the great man over and introduce me. Needless to say, I had to also have a photo with Carl as without him the idea and hours painstakingly trying to reproduce his masterpiece wouldn't have happened. What a way to start the final evening of a great and memorable convention. Well done Lucy you did us all proud again and thanks Carl for the mad photo!

First posted on the Web UK website in 2005.

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