of 5th - 11th March 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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midnight on Thursday, local time, here in Pattaya
by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 15th March 2018
Happy Times in Jameson's.
Lionheart - Second Nature.
Lionheart were first formed in 1980 after Dennis Stratton was unceremoniously dumped from the ranks of Heavy Metal Monsters Iron Maiden, for listening to the wrong sort of Rock Music whilst on tour and trying to bring some melody into the Maiden's sound. Upon landing on his feet he quickly looked around for band mates to form a new group. Lionheart were formed from various other musicians who all had their names up in lights followed by the bracketed (Ex-Tygers of Pang Tang. Ex-Liar etc.) Not perhaps the best of omens. Although Steve Mann on Guitar and Rocky Newton on Bass proved to be a useful additions. At first the line up changed almost every gig. But the line up finally became more reliable and the band changed direction from heavy metal copyists to a more melodic rock sound aimed at the American market. They finally got a recording deal and went into the studio to record their debut album a wonderful collection of strong melodic rock called Hot Tonight (1984.) Despite World Tours being organized with many major acts of the time it just never came together in sales or recognition and despite a small, but devoted fan base, the band was kicked into touch in 1986 after six years of not really getting anywhere.
The Band stayed in touch over the years as they pursued other projects. But then out of left field the band were offered a chance to reform and relive what former glories they had at the Rockingham Festival in 2016. The Key three players were more than up for the chance and with the addition of Clive Edwards on drums, who had been in past editions of Lionheart and new Singer Lee Small they played the Festival and stormed it. It felt too good to just let go. So more tours were set up and a brand new album recorded. (It is like watching a scene from the magnificent rockumentory Still Crazy only these guys are for real.)
This is it Second Nature. It is selling slowly, but building as new markets open up. A tour of the United Kingdom as dual Headliners with Airrace could just be the pivotal flick of the switch.
Second Nature we all hope will be second time lucky.
Although thirty three years have passed it is obviously a follow up to Hot Tonight. Superb jousting guitar work, sublime multi vocals, and a rock solid Rhythm Section. The songs are of obvious quality and cover a wide spectrum of their chosen genre. After the atmospheric opening of Prelude the Band slot into the driving beat with four class rockers. All perfectly suited to be played in stadiums and in 2018 one can only hope they will be heard at the major festivals all over the world. There are also some powerful ballads, like Every Boy In Town and a superb Instrumental called On Our Day which really allows the guys to stretch out. Heart Beat Radio is driving rock played to perfection with great melodies. The whole album is brought to a unique conclusion by Reprise finishing the album off in style.
Any Rock fan with a sense of melody should go and get this treat of an album and put that spring back in the step in the New Year.
Dennis Stratton – Guitar and Vocals.
Steve Mann – Guitar and Vocals.
Rocky Newton – Bass guitar and Vocals.
Clive Edwards – Drums.
Lee Small – Vocals.
Give Me The Light.
Don't Pay the Ferry Man.
Angels With Dirty Faces.
On Our Way.
Every Boy In Town
Time Is Watching.
Written By Mott The Dog.
Mott The Dog Can be found relishing this type of music at Jameson's The Irish Pub, Soi A.R, North Pattaya.
PATTAYA CRICKET CLUB BACK TO WINNING WAYS IN EASTERN SEABOARD CRICKET LEAGUE
Pattaya Cricket Club played Kerala at the Thai Polo Ground in their latest round of the Eastern Seaboard Cricket League.
After two successive league defeats PCC were desperate for a good
performance and a win. Having lost the toss and been asked to bat PCC were soon in trouble as wickets tumbled early to the lively Kerala opening bowlers. However, the run rate was good but when Venky ran the PCC skipper Simon Philbrook out for nought the score was 68/6 and the prospect of a competitive total looked bleak. The despondent Venky was joined by the reassuring 6 feet 9 inches presence of Bernard Lamprecht and the pair began to rebuild the innings. Bernard picked up singles regularly and Venky interspersed some wonderful clean hitting with the ability to identify the fielder who could not catch. The partnership had reached 61 when Venky
misjudged a fielder and was caught for a very good 69. Bernard (30no) finished in style by hitting two consecutive sixes back past the bowler from the last two balls of the innings to give PCC the momentum they needed and post a competitive 149/8 from the 25 alloted overs.
The PCC bowlers had been bowling too short in previous games and a game plan to bowl full and straight was adopted from the start. With a defensive field set the onus was on the batsmen to take on the bowlers. The bowling and fielding was exemplary as the Kerala batsmen were restricted to only 22/0 from the first 5 overs of Andy Emery and Lee Standen. Peter Gangur and Nishant maintained the pressure and once again it was Peter's flight and guile that broke the deadlock. Although wickets did not tumble as the required run rate soared PCC were always in control of the match. Slowly but surely as the overs ticked by it became evident Kerala were not going to win
the game and eventually wickets began to fall, particularly when the PCC spinners of Peter and Tiz spun their magic and took 4 wickets between them. Kerala finished on 104/6, losing by 45 runs. Venky was named deservedly as man of the match.
PCC's next fixture is at St Andrews International School as part of a social 8-a-side tournament on Sunday 18th March.
PCC would like to thank the club sponsors PSC, Amigo Group, Retox Outback Bar, Macallan Insurance and Aegis International and encourage anyone with a passion for the game to join the club by visiting the club website www.pattayacricketclub.com or the Facebook page.