Five things we learned in the last 25

Later… with Jools Holland turns 25 this year, after more than 350 shows and more than a thousand musical guests.

To celebrate, the program left her home in Maidstone for a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Among the guests were the Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal and Malian band Songhoy Blues.

The results will be screened on BBC Two on Saturday night, but here are some of the things we learned behind the scenes.1. Taylor Hawkins was playing hide-and-seek

Foo Fighters’ star Dave Grohl (pictured with Jools) sang the first verse of the Best of You in solitary, accompanied only by his guitar, but the rest of the band needed to be ready to jump in at the second chorus.

It was quite easy for the guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Nate Mendel, who waited outside of the stage in the wings. Drummer Taylor Hawkins was not so lucky.

With their kit pressed against the seats, he had no graceful way to enter the stage; and as he lay on the floor, arms perched on his drum stool, for three awkward minutes.2. It is the show of the stars you want to appear in

The gala concert came with a booklet memorial, filled with tributes from facts that have appeared in the Late… over the last 25 years.

“For me it was the path to success,” said Ed Sheeran. “Any person who was on Jools Holland of my circuit was to achieve great things.”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said the program was “unlike any other show,” which he had played.

“The format of the bands of configuration, basically, in a large circle and facing each other, playing with each other, the channels of an environment.”

It is “a very thin line between the camaraderie and the competition,” he added.

Kasabian, however, had an axe to grind.

“Never leave us on our first album and we were devastated. You said they were too strong.”3. A good stage manager is invaluable

The most indispensable person in Jools’s team is the stage manager, running in circles around the arena, keeping out of shot, and making sure that the presenter can see the manuscript reference cards with the details of the next performer.

By complete chance, we were sitting next to the old camera supervisor, who told us that this key member of the crew was none other than Roy Castle, daughter, Antonia.4. The show is totally perfect

Sitting in the house, you can imagine that there are a couple of clever edits to make all the musicians look good, but it is not: The whole show was filmed in a single take, from beginning to end, with only one of resume (we will not say that it was a technical problem, not a vowel!).


What that means is that bands have to sit and see one another – so that we come to see the Foo Fighters, playing along to Van Morrison’s Gloria, and KT Tunstall grooving with the French singer Camille.

Of course, nothing will beat the time, years ago, when we saw Thom Yorke busting moves to a Mary J Blige in the performance, but the joy of seeing that After close, is to see the musicians when they are not “in”.Gallery: Behind the scenes in the Afternoon… 25The A-Z of the Afternoon6 the Grime of the proceedings that are closed Later… With Jools

Some of those moments that could very well do on Saturday night’s show – so keep an eye out for Dave Grohl giving his guitar to KT Tunstall. The singer’s Scottish is a good foot shorter than the Foos’ frontman, so she ends up playing with the instrument slung around his knees.5. Later in the day… could only exist in the BBC

Just before the show, Jools and his producer Mark Cooper said Later… could not exist in any other station,

“This show is really part of the BBC ethos,” said Jools. “Educates, informs, entertains and speaks truth to the nation.

“There is no show like it in the earth. Many of the guests say when they come in [and] only the BBC could do.”

Cooper told the BBC the greatest gift had been to stay out of your way.

“I would like to thank the BBC for supporting this program over 25 years old and doing the most wonderful thing the BBC can do for anyone, which gives us the freedom to do a show that you can be brave and make your own decisions. With luck, that’s what that was.”

Later, the 25 shows on BBC Two at 21:00 on Saturday 23rd September.

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