It was on a Monday morning when the phone rang at the offices of Rock Inc. A tour manager speaking in English dialect told us that his band was looking for a studio in Weert.
They had a gig in Music Center De Bosuil and a few days off before this concert. They wanted to spend this time working on new song material in the studio. The question was whether they could visit us on Wednesday and Thursday. After an explanation of the options and costs, we would be called back.
After a check of the Tawny Owl site, we found out that it was Manfred Mann. So it happened that Wednesday morning the band was with us, supplemented by Eric Coenen on bass. A live set up was realized in the large recording room, where the band jammed on the song ideas of Manfred Mann. Everything was registered in Protools. It was an instructive and interesting day. The musicians left early in the evening. Manfred Mann was satisfied and also booked extra studio time on Friday for drum recordings for a new song, which he had already recorded for the most part in the UK. The tour manager continued to chat in the control room for a while. It was packed with fun band anecdotes.
At one point he handed us a hard drive, with the request that we put all the recordings of that day on it. The drive was attached to our system and then it went wrong. The system went haywire and the screens went black. The damage became apparent after rebooting the system. One of the hard drives, containing the recordings of that day, was no longer readable and gave a fat error. With the thoughts of the other ongoing projects, which were also on this disc, the panic was great. As relaxed as possible, we reassured the tour manager and told them that the disc would be fixed again the next day.
After he had left for the hotel, a campaign plan was made on how we could best tackle this problem. Bart van Geleuken is, in addition to being an engineer and musician, also the IT specialist within Rock Inc. entertainment. The next day he calmly analyzed the problem with the disk and finally managed to salvage the information that had been lost. Eventually Manfred Mann got his shots that day and in exchange for a photo with the maestro, a ride to the hotel, where he got ready for the show in De Bosuil that evening. Show less