“The show in Liverpool is still the most memorable of my life “ – Arthur Lee
In May 1992, Arthur Lee of Love played with Shack as his backing band (line-up: Mick, John, Iain & Martyn Campbell) at the Academy in Liverpool. Live and raw, Arthur and Shack managed to capture the spirit of a Love performance in the 60’s and was captured on an official bootleg of the gig released by The Viper Label in 2000.
To start with I would like to thank Mark Lynn and Stephane Bismuth. Mark arranged the gig in Liverpool and Stephane introduced me to Michael and John Head or “Shack”. We met in Paris and musically it was “LOVE”!!. Stephane owned a concert hall there, where we rehearsed and I was amazed at how well they knew my songs. When we arrived in Liverpool, the band took me for a walk and showed me where the Beatles first played. The picture of them, from their Sergeant Pepper album, still hung outside the club. Soon we came to the club where I was to play and as we grew closer, I could see a poster that looked like a huge dollar on the front. The picture on the dollar, to my surprise, was a picture of me. When the concert started, I was glad to see young and old enjoying the show. When I wrote “Forever Changes”, I didn’t think about a time period, only about what I saw happening around and it seems those things still are. The show in Liverpool is still the most memorable in my life. The warmth and love of the people there is something I will never forget. Not only did they know all my songs they also sang them aloud as I played. I think they knew them better than I did!! They really made me feel welcome, I was so well liked there. It did not stop at the concert either, when I left the club they followed me!! I slipped into a restaurant and thought I had lost them and began to relax. The people in the restaurant then began to sing what I thought was for someones birthday but as I listened the songs became familiar. They were the songs I had written for my group LOVE. I could not believe it!! It blew me away!! I didnt know what to do, it was better than any birthday party that I had ever had. I would like to thank the people of Liverpool for their warmth and their love. I would also like to thank God for allowing me to share such a wonderful experience.
– Arthur Lee, May 2000
Photograph of Arthur & Mick (The Sorcerer and his Apprentice) backstage in Liverpool by Natalie Gledhill