CAMEL FANS ~ Farewell Tour Feedback
Feels like I've been given a knighthood! Poor Susan; when I arrived at the Milton Keynes concert the first thing I heard when I walked through the door of the foyer was her voice - she was going spare since there didn't seem to be enough presence on the Merchandise stand. What could I do? I reintroduced myself to her and she walked me over to the stand and I just took my jacket off & got stuck in with the selling opportunities. It helped that I had been drafted in officially to do the same at Verviers, so I'd had plenty of practice. Payment was a bottle of Carlsberg I libertated from the fridge, since by the time we had finished the bar had closed!
Was a bit fraught afterwards, since we had to do a stocktake, count all the money and make everything tally, and I nearly missed my train back to London.
Anyway, I keep trying (& failing) to get down to an account of my travels (& travails) with Camel.
£46 for a copy of the Snow Goose single - who'd have thought it.
Susan Hoovers Tribute to James:
"James attended 18 out of 19 European performances! During this time, he endeared himself to the band and was affectionately dubbed The Cameleer. James helped in so many ways, not least during the selling of merchandise when the venue's seller did not show up. I personally recall being quite overwhelmed at The Stables, in Milton Keynes, when James appeared, promptly rolled up his sleeves, and got to work. We will remain ever grateful for his kind heart and his tremendous support. James is an Honourary Member of the band now and, if there ever is another tour, James Evinson will be at the top of every guest list.."
I was at the first show of the Farewell Tour at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz California, and the final show at The Corporation in Sheffield. I'm the one in the green shirt with the glasses in the Sheffield picture. I remember meeting Susan in Santa Cruz, and telling her that I was hoping to catch one of the Euro shows. She replied .. "I really hope that you do too, that would be fantastic". I got the chance to speak to her again after the Sheffield concert near the concession area, and she remembered our conversation in California a few months prior! I'm really looking forward to seeing the Catalyst dvd. Both shows were absolutely stunning and I'll always remember being able to attend Camel's final British concert of their 2003 tour.
Thanks for the responseand kind comments - unfortunately
this was the only one. I have another photo of my life long friends
Ian & Jane, taken inside the venue just before the show started.
They are a little older than me (I'm
The shot sums up the passion and intensity of
it all for me. During the show a bloke from Liverpool at the side of
me was telling me how he couldn't even begin to describe how he feels
during the closing bit of Unevensong, with
I sent a very long e-mail to the official Camel
website straight after the gig. Vocals might have been a bit dodgy due
to Andy'd cold, but for pure emotion I found the evening quite overwhelming.
Many memories as I stood and
Anyway, thanks for letting me recount a few memories. Till whenever next.
Link to Steve's Picture: The shot sums up the passion and intensity
Thanks very much for the update on the site and your recent mail. Sorry I haven't mailed earlier.
I managed to meet Andy and the rest of the band in the pub prior to the sheffield gig and managed to get all of the bands autographs (which was nice!) and a quick chat prior to them having their meal.
It was a pleasure to meet you at the Astoria gig and yes I did make the Sheffield gig which was even better than the Astoria gig. The venue was small but it didn't matter, we even had the guy shouting out for Mystic Queen again!
The Yorkshire crowd were really up for it even to the point that the band HAD to come back on for a second encore. I just had to go to what probably is the final Camel gig.
Anyway I've taken quite a few pics and I'll try and sort out a couple of decent ones to send to you.
Regards Andy Reed
|I seem to
have forgot how good Camel really are.
After seeing the band play their last concert in Sheffield.(which I heard about by sheer chance).
Which was indecently an experience I will hold dear for a long time.
Anyhow,from that, I thought I'd better update my Camel collection.
I bought a NOD AND A WINK.
I don't think I have enjoyed listening to a record as much since I first heard "Larks Tongues In Aspic" Oh back in the early 70s.You know that fantastic childhood experience when you hear some thing special(do you remember that)
Definitely no post purchase cognitive dissonance here.
The problem I now have, is I cannot stop playing the thing.I have been totally sucked into the, dare I say almost spiritual/happy atmosphere that is felt.(sounds a bit hippy that eh!) sorry
I have read some of the other critical reviews on this site and ,well all I can say is listen to it some more.
It is a genuine classic record of momentous proportions.
Andy thanks very much,but I think I will have to soak myself in some Fripp or Meola just to get your bloody songs out of my head.
Well done and please tour again your not too old..you look it but your not.Do Harrogate next time it's better than that grotty dump in Sheffield
Shane "Camel" Carlson
Hope you didn't get too pissed off with my text
messages and v/msgs leading up
So much to tell you...
Having arrived in Amsterdam, my mate (Harry -
who is Dutch) and I decided we'd
Soon afterwards, Colin arrived so we collared
him for a brief chat and some
A quick "pit-stop" at the Hard Rock
Cafe Amsterdam - which is just round the
I also met a Brit (James) who was attending 18
of the 20 European dates! I told
Finally the doors opened and we were in the warm...followed
by a quick dash to
The show started at 9pm with Lady Fantasy...I
won't go thru the rest of that
The Dutch crowd were left screaming for more...what
a great venue The Paradiso
After the show, we hooked up with Dennis again
and a couple of other fans that
I've got some great live show photos as well
as some after show shots with Andy,
On the way home I said to Harry that if I died
that night...I would have died a
Back at Harry's, even though it was after 2am,
I sat in bed viewing my digital
I remember waking up at 06:15am in the morning
with a huge smile on my face...I
Both Harry and I (along with the other 1,000
fans at The Paradiso) had a truly
Allan, my advice to you if you want to get to
meet Andy is - be patient. They
Anyway, take care and I'll send the photos over to you very soon.
Rajaz response: This guy is totally
obsessed with Camel, he makes me feel like an amateur. ALL THE BEST
I have been checking back to the site ever since the Astoria gig, to see the new images you have put on, you've done a great job, I've really enjoyed seeing the images of the band performing elsewhere on the tour. I'm hoping all went well with the recording of one of the gigs on this tour, have you heard anything as to what show was recorded etc.. I recently brought 'A Live Record' on CD, and was really pleased to find a few bonus tracks had been added,which are live recordings mostly from Rain Dances, which I had not heard before, I was really pleased to her First light, being played live, which I had not heard live , except for a glimpse on new the new DVD, my favourite though is Unevensong, which is given a different sound with Mel Collins being in the band at that time. Please let me know if you have heard anything about a possible new DVD of the Farewell Tour etc.
Thanks again for all your hard work,
Rajaz response: Sorry Martin I have heard nothing about the Farewell tour DVD yet but if you register for the e-beast at camelproductions.com you will get any news as soon as I do.
Please allow me to introduce myself: I'm a man and for over 30 year a camel fan!
Full of shame I have to admit that the first time I saw CAMEL play at their farewell tour overhere in Holland, Maastricht to be more specific.
This was realy a blast from the past for me, and to be honest: I could not stay without wet eyes.....
What realy struck me was a song I never heard before. After asking Camel Productions I understand that this song is called For Today, a song I must have played when I am done with this life and went off for another...... Hopefully many years from now ofcourse!
I am very affraid to ask you this, but is it possible that you put a little piece of MP3 on your tremendeous site?
Still alive and kicking Gerrit from Holland.
Rajaz response: Hi Gerrit, there are already some MP3 demo's on the site including one of "For Today". You will find a link to them on the "Albums" page.
Hey Allen Caught the second show at The Bottom
Line in NYC-One of the
Rajaz response: Hi Tom, it would be great if you could send me your pictures I do not have any yet of the US tour.
Mimi "Latimer" Sánchez
Thank you again for your wonderful page!!!. Now I want to write you a simple comment about the letter "Never let go" by Shane C. and I just can say that it is very exact about the feelings of a Camel fan and it made me cry.
I hadn´t the chance to go to Europe to see them for the last time and can you imagine the way I feel??...
I had two tickets in the front line of the two nights of concert here in Mexico City, I was absolutely crazy of hapiness...but a tragedy took place as you may understand and everything was sadness...
But in the middle of this sadness it´s really nice and helpful to find people like you and all those that have written in your site.
Receive a big hug from a "camelian sister" and thank you again. To have a place like this is invaluable.
Mimi "Latimer" Sánchez
Rajaz response: Hi Mimi, sorry you could not make it to the Farewell tour I know there are many other disappointed Mexican fans as I did meet Rudolfo Vera from Mexico City in London before the Astoria concert.
all Camel Fans
whereever you are. Just wanted to say that I saw a fantstic farewell gig last night (18.10.03) in Bonn. The venue was crowded and camel made a great set.
So, who is able to see them on the farewell tour don't miss them it was a great evening last night in Bonn. Where the hell did Andrew find this dynamic powerful drummer ???
All who are looking forward to the following concerts in Holland, Belgium and England who'll see/hear a great concert.
Regards from Cologne/Germany
Rajaz response: Gerd, you were absolutely right it was not to be missed.
i just liked to tell you that i've been to Barcelonas camel concert and it was breathtaking . Andy seems a little bit tired , he did not play the way he used to but he was great....... all of them was great exept for sherpenzeel he was like playing on his own a lot of effects and no feelings like he don't belong to Camel. i didn't like him that's my opinion i've tooked some nice pictures of the band if u like i could send them to you
take care bye
Rajaz response: Many thanks for the pictures Abdo.
all at Camel Productions
I've just returned to the UK after visiting my Father in Torrevieja, Spain and taking in the gig at Murcia.
The venue didn't have air conditioning and by the time the gig started the sweat was just pouring off everybody.
Despite this what a FANTASTIC gig, althought the venue was about 75% full the atmosphere was brilliant. The Spaniards were shouting Maestro ....... Andy and every song was met with ecstatic applause.
The highlights for me at the show were :-
Just one small favour to ask - would it be possible
to schedule in Watching the Bobbins for the final part of the tour !!!!!
I hope the rest of the tour is going well and I can't wait till the 28th
Best Wishes Andy Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
Ians feedback from the concert held at the Trenton War Memorial building on Sunday June 29 where Camel headlined the second day of the NEARfest weekend event.
I recently saw them on their farewell tour and
they simply blew me away - I
I should say that the stand-in keyboard player was out of this world. I love my synths and this guy can play. Moreover the energy and passion he exuded from his playing (and he is talented make no mistake) just went through you. Frankly having seen him play it would be tough to imagine a line up without him.
Best regards, Ian
Love the website. Been a Camel fan since the first album. I was at the early show at the Bottom Line last Saturday night. After waiting close to thirty years to see Camel live, I finally had the chance. I flew up from South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) just for the show. During the set, Andy mentioned Camel's last New York gig prior to Saturday night was twenty eight years ago at the now closed Academy of Music. I grew up on Long Island and frequented the Academy on many a night. Unfortunately, I never remember Camel playing there.
As expected, the set was incredible. Andy obviously enjoys playing live. Denis Clement was amazing on drums. (I guess most Camel fans now know Denis took ill and the Atlanta and Mexico gigs have been cancelled. The band really seems to be somewhat snake bitten ). As reported in a prior e-mail, Tom Brislin did a great job on keyboards. He added some youthful exuberance and is most definitely a true talent. The crowd was very into it and cheered wildly with standing ovations after every song. Audience members shouted out thanks to Andy for coming to New York. As he left the stage, he said "Farewell New York." Hope he changes his mind.
By the way, the Farewell t-shirts are way cool (black with a logo highlighted in purple), in my opinion, the best of all the Camel t-shirts previously available. Anyway, keep up the good work. Hope to see you at a future Camel show.
: Dave Pagden
Second Encore: (dedicated to Pete Bardens)