La Route Blanche

This is the third year we have played for the “Carabos” and the second time at this La Route Blanche in Bréville-sur-Mer, which we love both for the acoustics and atmosphere.

The basis of this weekend of fun is a group of like minded bike nuts who love their rock music and having a good time getting together to finish the season off with a bash before the winter sets in.

The weekend starts on Friday evening when everyone arrives at the camp site (no tents, just luxury mobile homes) and meets up for a drink and a chat, this year John our drummer and resident biker encouraged Eric to come along and get his bike out of the barn after languishing there for three years.

Saturday morning starts with a meet at the restaurant for coffee and leaves at 10 am in two groups, old bikes first followed by the newer machines then of into the countryside for a days riding and site seeing.

After John and Eric return to the camp site it’s all hands to the pumps for us to set up and be ready for the evening, as with last year John’s brother Geoff and their guitarist mate Derek Mulley are over being both bikers and rock musicians and help out with the setting up.

The crowd starts to build up around 8.30 and not only the bikers but other campsite residents and we start of at 9pm putting Abattoir back together for a dozen numbers to get everybody in the mood, kicking of with a gentle rendition of Thin Lizzy’s version of Rosalie followed by some classic ZZ Top, AC/DC and Stones songs.

Ian and Paul helped out on guitar and bass, the tremendous crowd were up for it from the off, and began bopping straight away. A rousing “Gimme Shelter” with Ian and Derek trading some awesome solos finished the Abattoir set.


A quick change and we became Bullfrog with our usual numbers blowing the roof off the bar. At the end we were joined by Geoff and Mulley for backing on “Shaking Hands with the Holy Ghost” – combining brilliantly with our singer Chris and an extended version of “Tush” with solos from all three guitarists. We were augmented by Lolo on backing vocals as normal.

We finished with a rip roaring version of “Sweet home Alabama” and “Highway To Hell” to close the show.

As usual it was a fantastic night with the Carabos and we got as much fun out of playing for them as they did dancing like fools and rocking their socks off. We always enjoy playing biker gigs but hats off to these guys and girls, they are the best. We cannot thank Didier and Eric, the organisers, enough for their hospitality and hope to see them again next year by which time our guitarist Eric might have the Harley Davidson that he talked about all weekend.