We rehearsed without Michael, our singer, tonight. (He's in Bordeaux, lucky fellow).
We needed to do some speed drills, and hone a few intros and ends - so we worked through 41 songs, focusing on how we start them, any tricky changes or aspects of arrangement, and reminding ourselves of what the cues are. We put in a good shift. We also re-sequence the draft set - 21 songs plus another 8 or so that are on the bench.
Volume levels were good tonight, ears not ringing now. So I can enjoy a blast of Charles Mingus with my glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
4 rehearsals to go - next few will be proper work, lined up as for a gig, bumping in to each other and blasting through the set, bumpless changeovers.