Art rocking night
On November 25 2004, me and my friend Robert entered the Truman Brewery
Boiler House in London. It was
impressive to enter the place on a red carpet they had kindly put on
the floor for us. The place was beautiful and the walls were
largely covered by
the paintings of the rocking subjectivist, Bernard de Souzy. Actually,
the whole subjectivism is his creation. Fortunately he had been able to
capture some of the spirit of rock and roll into his
paintings. And they certainly absorbed some more during the night!
When the night was young, me and my friend went around watching the
paintings and staring at the gorgeous ladies. We also met other great
the White boys, Charles and Simon. Eventhough both are white, they are
not related. We were also lucky enough to meet Gene Simmons from
Kiss. This time he fortunately kept his tongue in his mouth. Charles,
author of Richard's biography, was actually there at work. He
introduced Richard to the people in the way only he can: Hear the man
with the voice that makes Pavarotti sound like a squeaky mouse!
Finally it was time for the legend, the Architect of rock and roll. He
entered the stage looking good, eventhough he was only nine days short
of being 72. He started with Good Golly Miss Molly, followed by
Directly From My Heart, Blueberry Hill, Bony Moronie, etc. The greatest
surprise was Pledging My Love. I
listened to it carefully, and I could hardly believe my ears, it was so
beautiful. I cannot even recall hearing him do that before. Richard
played close to 90 minutes and here is the approximate set, not
necessarily complete nor in the correct order, though.
After the show Charles was kind enough to invite me, Robert, and Simon
backstage to see if it was possible to meet the legend. However,
Charles was the only one of us lucky enough to succeed. The rest of us
waited a while in the cool of the night until one of the organizers,
Chris, came. Quite surprisingly, he introduced himself to me, but poor
me, I just stood there quietly in astonishment. Unfortunately he was
denied access to the dressing room, too, and very soon Richard left the
- Good Golly Miss Molly
- Directly From My Heart
- Blueberry Hill
- Bony Moronie
- Jenny Jenny
- Old Time Rock And Roll
- Keep A-Knockin'
- Bama Lama Bama Loo
- Tutti Frutti
- I Got A Woman
- I Saw Her Standing There
- It's Only Rock And Roll
- I Saw The Light
- Pledging My Love
- Long Tall Sally
More pictures of Richard, Bernard, Gene, and the event
on Bernard's pages at www.artrocks.com.
Click on launch
report and see photos. My invitation.
I want to express my gratitude to the people making this great night
possible. Thank you Bernard, Chris, Steve (especially for the trouble
you went through to get me the invitation), Charles, and Richard. And
the rest of you who I cannot name, thank you to you, too.