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LIVE IN GLENROTHES [1996]
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THE SILENCERS LIVE   CLICK IMAGE

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

I approached Jimme O'Neill, the singer/songwriter of The Silencers not long after we shot Julian Cope and his HMV PR Marketing Gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow. I was looking for more opportunities to film live bands and The Silencers were on tour in 1996 and were keen to have a record of this tour in particular.  Glenrothes was suggested as a location and Rothes Halls to be the venue. 

 

I had to source camera talent from Edinburgh and I gave Phil Gurney another opportunity to expand his showreel material and I had heard of two cameramen named Scott Ward and Will Potter via the Edinburgh Film and Video Access Centre. So, they were all on board after a short meeting.  At the time Edinburgh had a healthy band scene at the time with guys like Hub, Mystery Juice, Annie Christian, and Finley Quaye all performing at Cafe Graffiti at the time so I would always bump into cameramen at these locations.

 

I managed to find 4 x SD Cameras for the shoot from various sources, including Edinburgh's Telford College. The live sound was a concern and I had to make a fine point of getting this right as pictures are pointless without good sound.
               
Task & role included;    
Directing, Producing, Cinematography, Logistics, Budget, Healthy and Safety.
Transport to venue in Glenrothes and back to Edinburgh

Filming of soundcheck and behind the scenes of band.
Hire of Production crew, cameras, tape stock, tripods, and cables.
Post Production Direction with Editor



 

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The track list did not disappoint with a lot of the hits from the band accumulated from the 1987 to 1996 were played to a very animated audience in Glenrothes. Track list as follows and the duration on stage was 100 x minutes.

SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR

KILLING FOR GOD

I SEE RED

IT'S ONLY LOVE

SYLIVE

NUMBER ONE FRIEND

ABOUT THE SEA

THE COLOUR OF THE MOON

ROSANNE

BULLETPROOF HEART

I WANT YOU

WALKMANS AND MAGNUMS / EXODUS

SACRED HEART

I CAN FEEL IT

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

PAINTED MOON

SCOTTISH RAIN

THE REAL McCOY

THE SILENCERS ARE:

 

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CHA BURNS
JIM McDERMOTT
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PHIL KANE
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STEVIE KANE
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AURA 'MURPHY' O'NEILL
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JIMMIE O'NEILL

Filming concerts doesn't leave much room for creativity unless you have designed motion graphics for a backdrop screen or your the lighting engineers, however the camera angles and durability of the camera operators make this archive event unique and worthwhile. Thanks to Phil Gurney, Scott Ward (R.I.P.) and Will Potter for their hard graft and focus on getting quality material on Standard Definition, these were the days just before HD and 4K broadcast camera resolution.  The sound is exceptional on this recording for sure a highlight of the re-edit of the full hour and 40 x minutes of classic Silencer tracks.

 

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This concert has been re-edited and enhanced for archive asset distribution, we're hoping The Silencers will include this rare material in their forthcoming 40th anniversary in 2026?  It certainly is ideal for documentary material for sure.  The soundcheck material is great also.

 

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There is certainly a lot of great visuals of Cha' Burns who was one of the founders of the band, Cha died of cancer in March 2007. A month earlier The Silencers held a concert at the ABC in Glasgow as a tribute to Cha, and it was called 'The Silencers Burns Night' which was a fantastic night indeed, DVD available online.

 

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