On August 15, 2007 Scotty gave what he considers to be
his farewell performances in 2 shows aptly titled, "The Last Man
Standing" at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
Scotty and Bucky
Scotty tunes up
For the performances Scotty's UK touring band, commonly
referred to as the Grundy-Pritchard band were brought over to perform
and also the members of Scotty's latest collaboration and project, "The
Mighty Handful" were billed.
Jimmy and Fred
Bucky, Fred, Billy and Steve
With most only arriving in Memphis on the 14th the day
before, their schedule was tight. Around 10:00 AM everyone started
gathering to unload and set up for a scheduled sound check at 11:00.
Each band would perform a 45 minute set roughly for each show, one at
2:00 followed by one at 5:00.
Scotty and Dave Briggs
The Mighty Handful set up and did their sound check
first followed by the Grundy Pritchard band. Scotty, as always,
has been concerned with the proper mix of the band and the sound levels
that the audience would hear and supervised almost every facet.
He's done this from the very beginning and wasn't about to change now.
Bob and Scotty
The Grundy Pritchard band consists of Liam Grundy on
keyboards and vocals, Pete Pritchard on bass, Paul Ansell on vocals and
rhythm guitar, Dave Briggs on lead guitar and Jimmy Russell on drums.
Scotty toured Europe on several occasions over the last few years with
this very lineup. He performed what he considered his swan song in
Europe with them exactly 2 years ago to the day at the
London Jazz Cafe on August 15, 2005.
Bob and Billy
The Mighty Handful was comprised of Billy Swan on
vocals, Bob Moore on bass, Bucky Barrett on guitar, Steve Shepherd on
keyboards, Buddy Spicher on fiddle and Fred Satterfield on drums.
Performing in place of Boots Randolph was Denis Solee who is a longtime
Nashville sessionist and performer and a very good friend of Boots.
Red Robinson emceed both of these shows that were
presented by Darwin Lamm of Elvis
International The Magazine. It was
planned that after Red's introduction the audience at each show would
see a short slide presentation on screen highlighting Scotty's career
and the Darwin would bring Scotty out to address the crowd briefly.
After answering a few questions and sharing a few laughs Scotty asked
the crowd if they were ready to hear some good music and the
Grundy-Pritchard band came out and did their set.
In between sets Gail came out and tearfully spoke to
crowd her regrets at the recent loss of the Handful's friend and band
mate Boots Randolph. She told of his great anticipation and intent
to perform their today and how a performance with him 3 years ago in
Memphis inspired the collaboration of the Mighty Handful. Then as
tribute to Boots she introduced a video of him performing his classic "Yakety
Sax" on the screens while the bands changed on stage .
As the Mighty Handful performed, as a further tribute to
Boots, they ran a short slideshow and video featuring Boots during the
performance of "Reconsider Baby". This was the song performed by
several of that lineup 3 years ago during the
Legends show that inspired the collaboration. Scotty's
arthritis no longer allows him to perform a full set but he came out and
played the last two songs at each show.
Members from both bands joined together onstage for the last number of each show
and did a roaring rendition of "Shake, Rattle and Roll". Scotty's
performing career started in Memphis over 50 years ago and it was only fitting
that he finish it there.
There was a special sale of the
first 1000 copies at the shows in Memphis
during Elvis week that contained an insert pre autographed by all except
for Boots Randolph. For a limited time only,
while supplies last, we are offering the remaining unsold numbered autographed copies for ordering here for
the same price as sold at the show at $20 each. And for just $4.00
shipping per CD we will ship it anywhere, in or out of the country.