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Post by: little mester on March 19, 2013, 05:00:24 PM
I'll start by giving my review of Johnny Marr who i saw @ the sold out leadmill in Sheffield last night,we all no or should no hes a guitar legend & didnt let us down but what surprised me was his vocals live, excellent, his own stuff is very old school indie he chuckd a cover of the clash i fought the law in & brought the house down with ths smiths..light that never goes out, bigmouth,& a 10 out 10 performance of how soon is now...defo worth seeing.
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Post by: Dangranger92 on March 19, 2013, 08:46:04 PM
Caught Miles Kane on the NME last month in Birmingham, fantastic high energy performance as always.
Just booked tickets to see him again with Weller and Kasabian at hard rock calling festival.
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Post by: Lisa on March 20, 2013, 08:56:37 PM
I went to see The Strypes on the 15th in Nottingham, brilliant gig so much energy and the music's great, definitely can't complain for a fiver. Would recommend them to everyone!

Also saw Georgie Fame back in October, i was blown away, and since it was a smaller venue it was really intimate too. If you get the chance, go and see him.
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Post by: Jack.92 on March 20, 2013, 11:15:42 PM
Saw Dexy's in Bristol last september - probably the most enjoyable gig I've ever been to. Surprisingly took to the new album pretty much straight away, so hearing it from start to finish in the flesh was brilliant. The whole thing created such a buzz amongst everyone, with the nature of it being a 'show' rather than a gig. Plus I was in the company of Mick Talbot and a few old 'classics'.
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Post by: Monkey on March 25, 2013, 06:58:13 PM
Saw The See See and The Junipers at the 96 Tears Club in Dalston on Saturday, both bands very good. The Junipers LP Paint The Ground is quite a dreamy folksy affair but live they were much poppier - owing a large debt to the McCartney/Harrison elements of that old band. And The See See did a West Coast rock thing. Much harder than some of their records and all the better for it. Like I say, both worth seeing.

Week before I saw Comet Gain and they were their ramshackle selves. Played a few new songs all of which I'm looking forward to hearing again. A few janglers including one which referenced William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin, so naturally enough I was keen on that one in particular.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on March 27, 2013, 12:31:46 PM
I'll start by giving my review of Johnny Marr who i saw @ the sold out leadmill in Sheffield last night,we all no or should no hes a guitar legend & didnt let us down but what surprised me was his vocals live, excellent, his own stuff is very old school indie he chuckd a cover of the clash i fought the law in & brought the house down with ths smiths..light that never goes out, bigmouth,& a 10 out 10 performance of how soon is now...defo worth seeing.

Saw Johnny in the Limelight in Belfast last night, and I echo everything you've already said. Musically, Marr and his band were incredibly tight, and the quality of the vocals was an unexpected surprise. The encore comprised I Fought the Law (good cover), Getting Away with It (decent), There is a Light (brilliant) and a sublime How Soon is Now, which had grown men of a certain age (myself included) on the verge of tears! And he looked good too, great hair and a beautifully tailored 3 button blazer  8)
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Post by: Gordon on March 28, 2013, 12:47:25 AM
Saw The Strypes in Liverpool on 16th March. Brilliant live band. Tickets where only £5. I don't think the will be that price on the next tour. lol.
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Post by: RBsmallfaces on April 01, 2013, 07:25:27 AM
Caught Miles Kane on the NME last month in Birmingham, fantastic high energy performance as always.
Just booked tickets to see him again with Weller and Kasabian at hard rock calling festival.

I'd second that. Whenever I've seen Miles Kane I've never been disappointed! Also looking forward to Hard Rock Calling.

Saw Jake Bugg at Brighton Dome in Feb and would definitely recommend seeing him too.
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Post by: DJ Penny Lane on April 01, 2013, 05:08:22 PM
I caught The English Beat last Wednesday here in Winnipeg, Canada. Great show. They were pretty on point and it was great to see so many Mods, Skins, Rudies and Punks out.. Was fun!
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Post by: Monkey on April 02, 2013, 04:01:22 PM
Saw Jacco Gardner at Beat Bespoke and rather reinforced my view that although talented and with a good ear for detail he isn't quite there yet and the amount of hype Shindig magazine continue to pour on him is way out of proportion. Pretty much everything is the same tempo and lacks much to stick in the head. And as a live "performer" he doesn't offer anything - by the way of charisma or stage presence - you can't get from listening to his album at home.
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Post by: JTH on April 02, 2013, 09:31:05 PM
Saw The See See and The Junipers at the 96 Tears Club in Dalston on Saturday, both bands very good. The Junipers LP Paint The Ground is quite a dreamy folksy affair but live they were much poppier - owing a large debt to the McCartney/Harrison elements of that old band. And The See See did a West Coast rock thing. Much harder than some of their records and all the better for it. Like I say, both worth seeing.

Week before I saw Comet Gain and they were their ramshackle selves. Played a few new songs all of which I'm looking forward to hearing again. A few janglers including one which referenced William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin, so naturally enough I was keen on that one in particular.
Hello my simian friend.Whereabouts in Dalston is the 96 Tears Club?
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Post by: Monkey on April 03, 2013, 11:32:53 AM
Hello my simian friend.Whereabouts in Dalston is the 96 Tears Club?

It's at the Victoria, a rough and ready boozer down Queensbridge Road. Runs more or less monthly I think. Usually has two or three bands followed by clubby thing: psych/beat/garage type caper. Been a few times and like it down there. Free too, which is a big bonus. 
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Post by: JTH on April 03, 2013, 12:50:39 PM
Hello my simian friend.Whereabouts in Dalston is the 96 Tears Club?

It's at the Victoria, a rough and ready boozer down Queensbridge Road. Runs more or less monthly I think. Usually has two or three bands followed by clubby thing: psych/beat/garage type caper. Been a few times and like it down there. Free too, which is a big bonus.
Cheers.The Victoria on Grove Road in Mile End has the odd decent band too(often free)
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Post by: Monkey on April 03, 2013, 03:53:03 PM
Cheers.The Victoria on Grove Road in Mile End has the odd decent band too(often free)

Aye, I pop in there sometimes for a drink.
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Post by: Neil Lee on April 04, 2013, 08:37:59 AM
Not been to many gigs recently but getting out and about again. In next few weeks off to:

Friday April 5th 'New Master Sounds' at Brudenell Social Club
Friday May 5th 'The Strypes' at Cockpit in Leeds

Looking forward to them.
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Post by: Arnaldo Layne on April 04, 2013, 03:13:09 PM
Tame Impala back in November, almost sold my tickets after hearing the 2nd album. Glad I didn't they were superb.
Steve Winwood next up at the Lowry in June. 
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Post by: Fentonwho on April 07, 2013, 11:16:32 PM
Not strictly a gig - Suggs' one man show in St Albans Thursday just gone. Great night - tons of charisma & laughs + some Madness faves augmented by the keyboard player from The Rifles
Fair smattering of other Mod / Skin types there too - St Albans' not seen that much mohair since 1966 ! lol
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Post by: revsin on April 08, 2013, 09:37:42 AM
Last gig was Freedie Notes in the 100 Club, last week, lots of old skool skins the odd mod, over priced beer, as always, but the music was out of this world, Freedie is a true star....
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Post by: Neil Lee on April 08, 2013, 07:06:01 PM
The New Mastersounds... 100 Club last night.

Brilliant. Nothing more to add really!

Saw them in Leeds last Friday and really enjoyed the gig. Sadly had to leave before the end for a family reason.

Thought Eddies beard was a bit dodgy!
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Post by: cba on April 10, 2013, 04:10:06 PM
Last gig was Freedie Notes in the 100 Club, last week, lots of old skool skins the odd mod, over priced beer, as always, but the music was out of this world, Freedie is a true star....
Was a great one, that! Freddie Notes was just a cut above most other original artists that I've seen so far. He seemed to be genuinely happy to play the gig and a great chap too!
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Post by: Bespoke Gent on April 11, 2013, 03:31:20 PM
In the past year I have seen:

The Zombies three times.
Richard Thompson twice.
The ROMLEYS - tons of times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj-Z8MDRyrI
New Order.
The Charlatans.

Got tickets for the WHO & Neil Young in the summer.

M
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Post by: mr_duderino on April 12, 2013, 10:57:38 PM
Saw Noel Gallagher a  couple times last year.  once at O2 (you can see me in the video)  and once at the itunes festival (again i found myself in the footage on youtube).  brilliant, but the smaller venue suited him much better.  he only engages with the first 3 rows!
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Post by: little mester on April 16, 2013, 04:18:56 PM
Seen a crackin young band THE SHERLOCKS a few times ,there own stuff is very good ,they recently played an ocean colour scene after party hosted by steve craddock & they do brilliant covers from the beatles ,stones, right through to oasis ,stone roses ect, they are playing in the Leeds Pretty Green shop sat 20th April.
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Post by: Rickithly on April 16, 2013, 04:48:06 PM
Although I haven't been to many gigs recently, I was luck enough to see Steve Craddock in December (which was an amazing gig) at the 100 Club (It was a suprise from my then girlfriend). I have also seen Georgie Fame in Croydon (though a few years back now) and would echo the comment earlier saying how good that was.

Apart from that, not a lot worth mentioning. I am planning on seeing Martin Rossiter in June and would not mind going to see Suede touring but as far as I am aware they are not venturing down south on the dates currently announced.
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Post by: Rocketman on April 27, 2013, 10:13:02 AM
Just bought tickets for Mott the hoople (ian hunter is genius) , also booked a long weekend in glasgow which includes the who gig (would appreciate any recommends on the glasgow scene). Saw Findlay (very pretty) last weekend at ruby lounge m/c. Got tickets for the Bowie exhibition and plan to visit the blues kitchen Camden also hoping Evan dando/lemonheads do some pre Glastonbury gigs this summer.
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on April 27, 2013, 02:14:58 PM
The last gig I went to was Kraftwerk at the Tate London in February.
T'was brilliant.
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Post by: Woody 64 on April 27, 2013, 06:25:05 PM
Just bought tickets for Mott the hoople (ian hunter is genius) , also booked a long weekend in glasgow which includes the who gig (would appreciate any recommends on the glasgow scene). Saw Findlay (very pretty) last weekend at ruby lounge m/c. Got tickets for the Bowie exhibition and plan to visit the blues kitchen Camden also hoping Evan dando/lemonheads do some pre Glastonbury gigs this summer.

When you up in Glasgow....there's usually something on most weekends.
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Post by: Rocketman on April 27, 2013, 06:41:54 PM
Just bought tickets for Mott the hoople (ian hunter is genius) , also booked a long weekend in glasgow which includes the who gig (would appreciate any recommends on the glasgow scene). Saw Findlay (very pretty) last weekend at ruby lounge m/c. Got tickets for the Bowie exhibition and plan to visit the blues kitchen Camden also hoping Evan dando/lemonheads do some pre Glastonbury gigs this summer.

When you up in Glasgow....there's usually something on most weekends.

Thurs/fri 13-14 June  are our free nights (the who play we'd 12th)
Forgot to add to my gig list  'the specials , manchester Apollo in may .
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Post by: Woody 64 on April 27, 2013, 09:18:54 PM
Pity it wasn't the end of the month as the Mod Weekender is on...I'll look into it and get back to you.

You need any info on restaurants/shopping/sightseeing?
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Post by: Dave E on April 29, 2013, 12:19:51 PM
Last Friday saw The Get Go and The Truth at the Pelton Arms in Greenwich.  Great night all round, The Truth were warming up for their gig at Minehead and were superb.
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Post by: warren on April 29, 2013, 03:27:08 PM
Saw Matt Deighton - (ex- Mother Earth) - play a solo gig a couple weeks ago in North London.   All new material and very good it was too.    Hopefully a new LP will follow at some point. 
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Post by: DenisW on April 29, 2013, 08:37:55 PM
James Taylor Quartet at Ronnie Scotts in March.Fantastic as always.
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Post by: BigShaun on May 04, 2013, 07:16:33 AM
I took my eldest son to his first proper gig last night. The Strypes played at Leeds' "The Cockpit". What a great place and what a gig! Excellent. They were full of energy, tight musically, a few originals and lots of classic covers. Anyone who hasn't seen them should make the effort, especially if early Who, Stones, Yardbirds, Animals is your thing.
On a side note i nearly ran forumite Neil Lee down just before the start, look both ways when crossing please Neil. lol.
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Post by: Neil Lee on May 04, 2013, 08:03:09 AM
I took my eldest son to his first proper gig last night. The Strypes played at Leeds' "The Cockpit". What a great place and what a gig! Excellent. They were full of energy, tight musically, a few originals and lots of classic covers. Anyone who hasn't seen them should make the effort, especially if early Who, Stones, Yardbirds, Animals is your thing.
On a side note i nearly ran forumite Neil Lee down just before the start, look both ways when crossing please Neil. lol.

Christ, I must of been pissed as I don't remember.

Where you at the gig? You should of come over and said hello. I was near the front with Mr & Mrs Paul Welsby, Lee Miller and Rodney Trotter (Jon Marsden).

On a side note great gig, I was very impressed by them.
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Post by: BigShaun on May 04, 2013, 09:23:02 AM
Yeah, I saw you come in with Lee and Rodney. I didn't realise Paul was there too. My lad's only 14 and was a bit unsure of himself so we just stood near the back bar most of the night. I'll come and say hello next time, as i have on many occasions at various Untouchables do's. (though i'm always sober and remember far more than you do, lol)
It was a good gig, they were very, very accomplished.
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Post by: Neil Lee on May 04, 2013, 10:04:23 AM
Yeah, I saw you come in with Lee and Rodney. I didn't realise Paul was there too. My lad's only 14 and was a bit unsure of himself so we just stood near the back bar most of the night. I'll come and say hello next time, as i have on many occasions at various Untouchables do's. (though i'm always sober and remember far more than you do, lol)
It was a good gig, they were very, very accomplished.

I thought we knew each other Shaun. We're you at a do in Hull the other week?
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Post by: BigShaun on May 04, 2013, 12:14:17 PM
No mate, I don't think i've ever been to Hull for a do. I don't get about much any more to be honest, kids and work etc.
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Post by: Neil Lee on May 04, 2013, 12:33:46 PM
No mate, I don't think i've ever been to Hull for a do. I don't get about much any more to be honest, kids and work etc.

Pretty sure I know who you are though.
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Post by: Monkey on May 05, 2013, 08:31:29 AM
Saw The Prime Movers on Thursday. Well, they (Graham Day, Allan Crockford, Wolf) were playing as The Prime Movers but it was a mix of their stuff, some Prisoners songs, a couple of Solar Flares, and Graham Day & The Gaolers. Was most enjoyable. Hope they do some more gigs.
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Post by: Diabolik on May 05, 2013, 08:43:46 AM
Saw The Prime Movers on Thursday. Well, they (Graham Day, Allan Crockford, Wolf) were playing as The Prime Movers but it was a mix of their stuff, some Prisoners songs, a couple of Solar Flares, and Graham Day & The Gaolers. Was most enjoyable. Hope they do some more gigs.

A few dates in the North would be nice!
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Post by: DavidWatts on May 08, 2013, 11:04:20 AM
saw The Strypes at the cockpit in Leeds last Friday and Miles Kane at Holmfirth on Saturday. Both excellent.
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Post by: Dave E on May 08, 2013, 11:41:24 AM
Caught The Supernovas at the Monarch last Friday. Their last gig before they re-launch with a new name, an expanded line up and some new material, some of which they previewed. Sounded good to me.
Got to Mods Mayday on Saturday and Sunday, thought all bands were excellent and a good atmosphere throughout. Squire were particularly good on Saturday night.
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Post by: norm on May 08, 2013, 01:31:27 PM
Went to see From The Jam the other weekend in Warrington. Enjoyable boozy do - had to laugh at how much Bruce Foxton looked like Christopher Walken! ;D
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Post by: Bod on May 13, 2013, 02:22:52 PM
Caught The Supernovas at the Monarch last Friday. Their last gig before they re-launch with a new name, an expanded line up and some new material, some of which they previewed. Sounded good to me.
Got to Mods Mayday on Saturday and Sunday, thought all bands were excellent and a good atmosphere throughout. Squire were particularly good on Saturday night.

Purple Hearts were even better Sunday, also Eddie Pillar turned up to bid them farewell as it was supposed to be their last ever gig. Big thanks to Paul Sawtell who did such a great job of arranging the weekend.
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on May 13, 2013, 03:00:46 PM
Went to see From The Jam the other weekend in Warrington. Enjoyable boozy do - had to laugh at how much Bruce Foxton looked like Christopher Walken! ;D

Ha ha!
Tickled me that.
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Post by: Monkey on May 13, 2013, 07:30:16 PM
Saw the Jim Jones Revue in my local pub on Saturday. Best live band around in my book so was great to see them back in a tiny venue. Did a truly exceptional encore of "Tin Soldier" with Hollie Cook.
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Post by: Jean-Marc on May 19, 2013, 10:07:11 AM
Went to see Jacco Gardner last night. Not bad at all
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Post by: W12mod on May 25, 2013, 02:26:31 PM
Went to see Fay Hallam at the fiddlers elbow last night. Great venue, great gig, good audience which for some strange reason included 2 of the cast of eastenders. Nice to hear a makin time track live after spending a lot of time in my youth watching them.  Support band, the provisos, were good and a bit different. Bands were on quite late so missed trains home. Walked back into Camden and stumbled on a great pub, full of German football fans (mainly Dortmund) , rockabilly's, trendies, a table of skins and a few 60's types. For some reason they had a DJ playing proper mod tunes. Spent a pleasant hour in there before stumbling back to the west end meetings mate in a casino and then getting a £50 cab home at 4am. Top night
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Post by: Fentonwho on May 25, 2013, 04:11:38 PM
Who were the EastEnders actors ? After all the earlier chat on here regarding his clobber was one of them the guy who plays Michael Moon ?! Lol  ;)
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Post by: W12mod on May 25, 2013, 06:36:23 PM
No it wasn't him, it was billy and fatboy (I believe, luckily I am not an eastenders expert)
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Post by: roel on May 25, 2013, 10:16:42 PM
i went to see echo lake. was a nice gig.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on May 27, 2013, 08:26:22 AM
Specials at Pompey Guildhall last night. Good gig in a grand old venue with a lively crowd adding to the atmosphere. Stand out songs for me were Nite Klub, Little Bitch and a rip-roaring Do the Dog. Terry and Lynval on good form with plenty to say naturally on recent events following the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
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Post by: Monkey on May 27, 2013, 09:22:17 AM
Terry and Lynval on good form with plenty to say naturally on recent events following the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Out of interest, what did they say about it?
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Post by: Rocketman on May 27, 2013, 09:42:12 AM
Specials at Pompey Guildhall last night. Good gig in a grand old venue with a lively crowd adding to the atmosphere. Stand out songs for me were Nite Klub, Little Bitch and a rip-roaring Do the Dog. Terry and Lynval on good form with plenty to say naturally on recent events following the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

I also saw the specials on this tour (Manchester) and again the crowd where really up for it but I personally thought that however enjoyable ,without Neville (get well soon) that spark of energy was missing ,  another disappointment was that despite their relatively short set (1hr 40) they had no support band (criminal in the case of a group who themselves evolved with a DIY ethos, that they could not give time to upcoming talent)
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Post by: SuaveCollective on May 27, 2013, 09:55:30 AM
Hi Monkey. From what I gather some idiots attacked a local mosque (although I cant confirm this specifically as I came down from London for the gig) in 'retaliation' for the events of last weds.

Lynval was saying that uniting stretches beyond black and white and also means Christian and Muslim and a varying degrees of the same statement. Terry just said of 'the morons who attacked the mosque was a particularly c***ish thing to do' (sic).

Ironically enough the one low point of the gig (for me)was some t**t in the kebab queue saying that we shouldn't really be buying 'their' food after what happened in Woolwich. He had a Specials Fred Perry on and whilst admittedly pissed, clearly missed the point of the Specials and was probably just as much a t**t when sober!

J

P.S. love your blog by the way. A really well-written and regularly interesting read.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on May 27, 2013, 10:01:09 AM
Rocketman. Agree on both points but was still a good gig all the same. Lynval dedicated Monkeyman to Neville.
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Post by: Rocketman on May 27, 2013, 10:10:38 AM
Rocketman. Agree on both points but was still a good gig all the same. Lynval dedicated Monkeyman to Neville.

And hey little rich girl to Amy ...
Did the woolwich message lead to intro of does'nt make it alright ?
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Post by: SuaveCollective on May 27, 2013, 10:16:10 AM
Yes i think it did...
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Post by: Soulstar on May 27, 2013, 05:59:03 PM
Walked back into Camden and stumbled on a great pub, full of German football fans (mainly Dortmund) , rockabilly's, trendies, a table of skins and a few 60's types. For some reason they had a DJ playing proper mod tunes. Spent a pleasant hour in there before stumbling back to the west end meetings mate in a casino and then getting a £50 cab home at 4am. Top night

The Elephant's Head (the pub, not your hangover ;)) ?
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Post by: Monkey on May 27, 2013, 06:17:58 PM
Hi Monkey. From what I gather some idiots attacked a local mosque (although I cant confirm this specifically as I came down from London for the gig) in 'retaliation' for the events of last weds.

Lynval was saying that uniting stretches beyond black and white and also means Christian and Muslim and a varying degrees of the same statement. Terry just said of 'the morons who attacked the mosque was a particularly c***ish thing to do' (sic).

Ironically enough the one low point of the gig (for me)was some t**t in the kebab queue saying that we shouldn't really be buying 'their' food after what happened in Woolwich. He had a Specials Fred Perry on and whilst admittedly pissed, clearly missed the point of the Specials and was probably just as much a t**t when sober!

J

P.S. love your blog by the way. A really well-written and regularly interesting read.

Cheers. Do feel for bands like The Specials sometimes in the way they somehow manage to attract elements in their audience diametrically opposed to their own politics. I saw them a few years back and enjoyed the gig despite the numbers of pilchards in attendance.

P.S. Thank you.   
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Post by: SuaveCollective on May 28, 2013, 01:44:24 PM
I know what you mean Monkey. I think Weller had a similar issue. When I think back to the TSC days when in between acts we would get a Miner or somebody representing Youth CND and they all got a dog's abuse at best...

... I wonder if it's something that tends to follow the more heavier politicized band?...

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Post by: Pekko on May 30, 2013, 06:23:39 PM
Have been to very few gigs lately. Not mod-related by any means, but yesterday I could´ve gone to see old wizard Todd Rundgren for free through a mate but wasn´t feeling well and didn´t go. Apparently it was really s**t though, was mostly doing his new techno stuff and played some horrible euro dance version of I Saw The Light etc!

Going to a Jazz festival in a few weeks time and will see Bobby Womack, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Winwood, Lee Fields. U-Roy, Michael Kiwanuka, Jazzanova etc there, looking forward to that.
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Post by: Monkey on May 31, 2013, 09:20:32 AM
Saw Art Brut on Wednesday. Not all their records bowl me over but their gigs always do. They make it look like being in band is quite simply the best, most enjoyable thing in the world, and every gig is their first/last.
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Post by: Lewblooze on May 31, 2013, 11:25:40 AM
I'm off to see Nick Waterhouse next Saturday, will report back about it...
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Post by: Dave E on May 31, 2013, 11:58:13 AM
Saw The Specials on Wednesday night in Brixton, they sounded good but they I felt it missing something without Neville. Atmsophere seemed good too, think that helped carry it through.
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Post by: Jack.92 on May 31, 2013, 01:44:36 PM
I'm off to see Nick Waterhouse next Saturday, will report back about it...

Been listening to his album a lot lately, shame he's not playing more UK dates at the minute!
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Post by: PAUL D on May 31, 2013, 02:58:38 PM
Saw Georgie Fame a couple of weeks ago. Very good, he's still got it! Mostly soul & jazzy stuff, which is what I obviously wanted, but he did skate over the Flamingo years a bit too quick for me. Looking forward to The Strypes on the 21st.
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Post by: philx on June 06, 2013, 10:25:04 PM
Just got back from Johnny Marr in Southampton . Excellent. Hes also playing the wrong end of the M27 if theirs tickets left.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on June 07, 2013, 08:14:37 AM
Just got back from Johnny Marr in Southampton . Excellent. Hes also playing the wrong end of the M27 if theirs tickets left.

How was he vocally? Saw him in Belfast earlier in the year and he was surprisingly good in that respect, but he absolutely murdered 'Bigmouth' on Jools Holland the other night!
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Post by: philx on June 07, 2013, 06:44:51 PM
Just got back from Johnny Marr in Southampton . Excellent. Hes also playing the wrong end of the M27 if theirs tickets left.

How was he vocally? Saw him in Belfast earlier in the year and he was surprisingly good in that respect, but he absolutely murdered 'Bigmouth' on Jools Holland the other night!
For someone who not a vocalist he was pretty good. Some good banter with the crowd as well. Seems a sound guy.
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Post by: Martin G on June 08, 2013, 07:50:51 AM
Saw Elvis Costello during the week at Royal Albert Hall. Typically excellent performance from him and the band. A sort of mad greatest hits thing with people called up from the crowd to spin a massive wheel of songs. Good laugh too with some nice banter from Elvis and the participants. Saw him quite a few times as a kid 30 years or so back but he is still as strong as ever. Off to QUADROPHENIA at the O2 next week as well. Seen The Who a good few times over the last 30 years but not for a while so wanted to be sure I saw them at least once more before they do jack it in for good. Live bands have always been my big thing since seeing people like The Merton Parkas and The Chords and of course The Jam in the late 1970s. Since then I have seen hundreds of live shows from the likes of Prince to Paul McCartney, The Stones to The Sex Pistols, Neil Diamond to Shirley Bassey. In between the big shows I still go to small clubs and pubs and saw the likes of Aztec Camera, Animal Nightlife and Prefab Sprout back in the '80s. The package tours put on by Kitchenware, Postcard and Respond Records were usually a decent night out too. Recently(the last 20 years) it has been the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, The Moons, The Rifles, Oasis along with quite a bit of film and TV music from guys like Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schiffrin. Really looking forward to The Rutles too in a few months as well. Saw them some years back and Innes and the guys who actually played the music for the album and TV show were just amazing and it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. A bit of diversity I know but for me live music is about the best night out if you have a good crowd and a band or performer really on for it. 
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Post by: Dave E on June 12, 2013, 12:09:20 PM
Been to a couple of gigs these past few days. Friday I went to see Eight Rounds Rapid at the Enterprise in Chalk Farm, cracking new wave with a punky R&B edge in a sweatbox of a room. Saturday was working with Squire and The Lambrettas at the 100 Club. Great set by Squire, always a more punchy sound live than comes across on their records while the lambrettas played Beat Boys In The Jet Age in full then a set of singles and classics and sounding very good too. Topped off with The James Hunter Six last night at the 100 Club, a bit of a homecoming of sorts. Great set from a band that are simply cookin' at the moment.
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Post by: charliebravo69 on June 12, 2013, 12:24:46 PM
Really like Eight Rounds Rapid, great sound, look a bit static on stage from youtube clips I've seen. Wilko Johnsons son is the guitarist isn't he?
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Post by: Dave E on June 12, 2013, 01:07:44 PM
Really like Eight Rounds Rapid, great sound, look a bit static on stage from youtube clips I've seen. Wilko Johnsons son is the guitarist isn't he?

I quite like the fact that the singer is static and seemingly quite non plussed by it all. Simon Johnson on guitar moves around a little but it almost staionary compared to his father, then again who isn't? Definitely worth seeing.
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Post by: charliebravo69 on June 12, 2013, 02:09:27 PM
Hopefully they'll play up the midlands/north west sometime soon. Looking forward to their next ep
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Post by: Dave E on June 12, 2013, 03:48:48 PM
Hopefully they'll play up the midlands/north west sometime soon. Looking forward to their next ep

They have a proper vinyl single coming out soon!
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Post by: charliebravo69 on June 12, 2013, 05:08:54 PM
yeah saw that on their facebark page a week or so back
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on June 13, 2013, 08:10:57 AM
The Who in Belfast on Monday night as part of the Quadrophenia tour. Stunning, simply stunning; the visuals, the music, the band, all superb! Quite emotional, too; the tributes to The Ox and Moonie put a lump in my throat. Only negatives for me were a very subdued crowd (strange for Belfast) during the early part of the gig, and some over-zealous stewarding. I mean, ffs, who sits down at a gig??  >:(

If you've got tickets, you're in for a treat!!  :)
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Post by: Lewblooze on June 13, 2013, 12:35:06 PM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...
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Post by: Spectre on June 13, 2013, 12:56:29 PM
Mannequins uk. The Spitfires, Small Talk and The Get Go. Enjoyed seeing these bands and the material they wrote and played etc. worth checking out if there near you in the future. I always try to check out new bands.
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Post by: Jonny on June 13, 2013, 06:10:02 PM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...

Was the new track called Sleeping Pills? In my opinion better than anything on the album.
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Post by: Jack.92 on June 13, 2013, 07:14:46 PM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...

Was the new track called Sleeping Pills? In my opinion better than anything on the album.

Been listening to Sleeping Pills (and the same live session) quite a lot lately on youtube, love it!! Agree there Jonny I do prefer it to the album tracks but still a good listen overall
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Post by: Lewblooze on June 15, 2013, 10:56:06 AM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...

Was the new track called Sleeping Pills? In my opinion better than anything on the album.

Been listening to Sleeping Pills (and the same live session) quite a lot lately on youtube, love it!! Agree there Jonny I do prefer it to the album tracks but still a good listen overall

Not that one, although that was in the set.. The name still escapes me! Get down to London sometime Jonny lad :)
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Post by: Soulstar on June 15, 2013, 01:57:00 PM
Stone Roses at Finsbury Park, last Saturday. I really don't like big gigs - and I hadn't been to a "festival" type gig since Weller in the 90's - but I was offered this as a freebie.

Anyway, they were great. No one was expecting Ian Brown to have become a vocal virtuoso - he didn't need to be, as he was more like a choir master with 90% of the crowd singing every word (and guitar, drum , bass riff ;D). Johnny Marr was alright. PIL weren't. 

The Roses were brilliant but that's deffo the last big gig for me. The organisation was God-awful. Not enough toilets - nothing new there but really not enough - blokes, then girls queuing 20 deep to piss against a fence / skip / beer tent / food stall (!) because the queue for the "real" toilets was 2 hours. The whole park then became a cess pit with people coming a cropper all over the place - way beyond the humorous stage. For the price of £55, then £4.50 for a plastic pint of rubbish it just all seemed a bit wrong.

I thought it must be my age but most people on the way home (8 miles away - 4 hours!) shared my feeling of being well and truly rinsed.
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Post by: Monkey on June 15, 2013, 03:36:28 PM
Saw Charles Bradley last night. There was some discussion on here about his merits (or otherwise) but he put on a good show. Kinda spilt between a funky JB thang (although he did the occasional JB style move it wasn't as hugely derivative as it might've been) and a deep soul thing. Was a proper soul gig in my opinion and his (latest) LP has grown on me a lot recently.

Haven't seen that film about him that was on BBC4 yet but will watch later this weekend.
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Post by: Diabolik on June 15, 2013, 04:11:23 PM
Stone Roses at Finsbury Park, last Saturday. I really don't like big gigs - and I hadn't been to a "festival" type gig since Weller in the 90's - but I was offered this as a freebie.

Anyway, they were great. No one was expecting Ian Brown to have become a vocal virtuoso - he didn't need to be, as he was more like a choir master with 90% of the crowd singing every word (and guitar, drum , bass riff ;D). Johnny Marr was alright. PIL weren't. 

The Roses were brilliant but that's deffo the last big gig for me. The organisation was God-awful. Not enough toilets - nothing new there but really not enough - blokes, then girls queuing 20 deep to piss against a fence / skip / beer tent / food stall (!) because the queue for the "real" toilets was 2 hours. The whole park then became a cess pit with people coming a cropper all over the place - way beyond the humorous stage. For the price of £55, then £4.50 for a plastic pint of rubbish it just all seemed a bit wrong.

I thought it must be my age but most people on the way home (8 miles away - 4 hours!) shared my feeling of being well and truly rinsed.

I haven't been to any of the Roses recent gigs, but saw them a few times "back in the day" so to speak. I just thought it would be full of E'd up Mancs my age, all trying to desperately recapture their youth and convince "the kids" that Spike Island was the best gig ever! Then I was given a ticket to one of the opening night showings of the Shane Meadows Stone Roses film.
It's an excellent film, and all the way through I was thinking, "maybe it was a big mistake to miss the Heaton Park concert after all". Then, right at the end, there was a shot of the massive crowd from a helicopter above, and all I could then think was, "I bet the the queue for the toilets was long" and "I bet it was awful trying to get out of that gig!" It must be an age thing!
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Post by: Robin_Wick on June 15, 2013, 05:38:51 PM
Saw Charles Bradley last night. There was some discussion on here about his merits (or otherwise) but he put on a good show. Kinda spilt between a funky JB thang (although he did the occasional JB style move it wasn't as hugely derivative as it might've been) and a deep soul thing. Was a proper soul gig in my opinion and his (latest) LP has grown on me a lot recently.

Haven't seen that film about him that was on BBC4 yet but will watch later this weekend.

I was there too! Really enjoyed it. Flat crowd, though - how can you go to a soul gig and not dance?  ???
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Post by: Jonny on June 15, 2013, 07:18:42 PM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...

Was the new track called Sleeping Pills? In my opinion better than anything on the album.

Been listening to Sleeping Pills (and the same live session) quite a lot lately on youtube, love it!! Agree there Jonny I do prefer it to the album tracks but still a good listen overall

Not that one, although that was in the set.. The name still escapes me! Get down to London sometime Jonny lad :)

Was actually in London for the date of the Jazz Café gig, assuming you went to the 8th of June show!
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Post by: Woody 64 on June 15, 2013, 07:41:23 PM
Saw Charles Bradley last night. There was some discussion on here about his merits (or otherwise) but he put on a good show. Kinda spilt between a funky JB thang (although he did the occasional JB style move it wasn't as hugely derivative as it might've been) and a deep soul thing. Was a proper soul gig in my opinion and his (latest) LP has grown on me a lot recently.

Haven't seen that film about him that was on BBC4 yet but will watch later this weekend.

Watched it last night....enjoyed it,gonna get the album...his voice ain't perfect but he's got soul,JB impersonator or not.
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Post by: Woody 64 on June 15, 2013, 07:46:57 PM
Stone Roses at Finsbury Park, last Saturday. I really don't like big gigs - and I hadn't been to a "festival" type gig since Weller in the 90's - but I was offered this as a freebie.

Anyway, they were great. No one was expecting Ian Brown to have become a vocal virtuoso - he didn't need to be, as he was more like a choir master with 90% of the crowd singing every word (and guitar, drum , bass riff ;D). Johnny Marr was alright. PIL weren't. 

The Roses were brilliant but that's deffo the last big gig for me. The organisation was God-awful. Not enough toilets - nothing new there but really not enough - blokes, then girls queuing 20 deep to piss against a fence / skip / beer tent / food stall (!) because the queue for the "real" toilets was 2 hours. The whole park then became a cess pit with people coming a cropper all over the place - way beyond the humorous stage. For the price of £55, then £4.50 for a plastic pint of rubbish it just all seemed a bit wrong.

I thought it must be my age but most people on the way home (8 miles away - 4 hours!) shared my feeling of being well and truly rinsed.

They are playing in Glasgow today and I now wished I had got tickets,especially with the Scream supporting.Like you Bill I cannae stand the festival type things anymore..I would have splashed out a bit more and got the VIP area briefs. Getting old mate. :)
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Post by: Rocketman on June 15, 2013, 07:49:39 PM
Just returned from a end of week break in glasgow , they had some big concerts there this week ....the who, Neil young ,stone roses etc....
Saw the who do quadrophenia and it was a fantastic show with a movie/backdrop that was almost as good as the music.  They where supported by vintage trouble who certainly held their corner with a blistering half hour set. So much so that we went to see them again the following night at their own (smaller) gig . The front man ty Taylor is sensational so much energy,great voice/dance moves and supported by a great band. Lots of references to stax and joe tex , they finished the show in the crowd for a meet and greet.  See them if you can.
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Post by: W12mod on June 16, 2013, 05:56:45 PM
Just got back from the iow festival (missing last day). Weller was very good, great band and a solid set. Played a good mix of stuff in a high tempo second half that got everyone going. Personally disappointed with stone roses, although not exactly my thing. Dragged out quite few tracks to fill their time.  Hipshaker tent was, as always, a great place to be. Very impressive if you haven't been It has so much decoration that is 60's/mod/ska etc. Has a very good vibe. Didn't get to see some of the smaller stuff there as spent all day drinking in town. Quite a few mods around - braver than me in their dessies as weather wasn't perfect. Girlfriend is a big killers fan and begrudgingly agreed to see their set and as although again not my thing did a very good set and were proper headliners. Not much else that I thought was of interest. We go every year but think this will be the last, can't stand all the sleepness nights with people maiking noise all night (i know its a festival thing)and also can't handle drinking all day. Love the iow though and will be back in August. Shame hip shaker won't be doing the rally.
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Post by: Lewblooze on June 16, 2013, 08:05:46 PM
Well... Nick Waterhouse lived up to expectations for me - must say his Gibson/Fender Twin Reverb sound was real nice, muddy & trebley in the right places. He even did a cover of Dolly Lyon's "Palm Of Your Hand" & the classic "Voodoo Working".
Backing band was bang on too, he introduced a new tune which I forget the name of now - but his set was otherwise made up of his album material...

Was the new track called Sleeping Pills? In my opinion better than anything on the album.

Been listening to Sleeping Pills (and the same live session) quite a lot lately on youtube, love it!! Agree there Jonny I do prefer it to the album tracks but still a good listen overall

Not that one, although that was in the set.. The name still escapes me! Get down to London sometime Jonny lad :)

Was actually in London for the date of the Jazz Café gig, assuming you went to the 8th of June show!
It was that date indeed mate... Fancy a trip down to Essex on July 20th?...
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Post by: Dave E on June 17, 2013, 08:22:36 AM
Just returned from a end of week break in glasgow , they had some big concerts there this week ....the who, Neil young ,stone roses etc....
Saw the who do quadrophenia and it was a fantastic show with a movie/backdrop that was almost as good as the music.  They where supported by vintage trouble who certainly held their corner with a blistering half hour set. So much so that we went to see them again the following night at their own (smaller) gig . The front man ty Taylor is sensational so much energy,great voice/dance moves and supported by a great band. Lots of references to stax and joe tex , they finished the show in the crowd for a meet and greet.  See them if you can.

Saw both shows at the O2 this weekend and yep, The Who were fantastic. And was very impressed with Vintage Trouble too, very good front man and solid band.
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Post by: Fentonwho on June 17, 2013, 05:55:10 PM
The Who last night - glorious ! I've been a bit poorly lately & this proved to be the ultimate pick~me~up. Ditto re Vintage Trouble too - the closest you can get to Stax Revue nowadays
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Post by: SuaveCollective on June 17, 2013, 08:41:51 PM
Saw The Who Quadrophenia tour at the O2 last night and I can't make my mind up... The first half was the Quad album in it's entirity which was a little curates egg for me. The filler backing-tapes between songs seemed to slow the impetus down a little and Roger's voice seemed to struggle (although his dedication of one song to hayfever sufferer's may be the reason why) however the mixing in of Keith Moon from old footage into bell-boy and John Entwhistle's insanely fast and complex bass solo in 5.15 were truly exceptional moments.

The second half a run through of mainly 70's biggies (baba o'reilly and Won't get fooled again etc) was better and a slight but necessary increase in volume (is it me or are modern gigs quieter these days... I was deaf for two days after seeing The Prisoners once!) and increase in attack improved things greatly!

Good gig, great in parts but have seen The Who in better form!
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Post by: Monkey on June 18, 2013, 04:52:43 PM
Saw Siouxsie Sioux last night - marvellous - but I'm struggling to think of "mod" angle to it.

She did "Dear Prudence". Some or all of the Gallaghers like the Beatles = must be mod. Phew, done it.

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Post by: Red Steve on June 18, 2013, 07:16:59 PM
^^^
Very good. I live in a very Happy House and a good friend of mine lives in Israel  ;D
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Post by: hipshaker on June 18, 2013, 07:59:34 PM
Cheers for that ........ i was going to post in here about some relevant acts we had on in the hipshaker lounge. both new signings to acid jazz ...... charley macaulay who has the most fantastic voice and her sound is a little like the brand new heavies. and new street adventure, great soul sound and very distinctive "english" sounding vocals. and ..... general roots, great reggae band from london recommended to me by boogaloo tramp. they had the hardest slot too ....... on at the same time as the stone roses were on the main stage. i really enjoyed their set.

we had a couple of tribute acts too that one or two of you might like to seek out (i appreciate most here won't obviously). the smyths and noasis, the tent was rammed for both ..... and the noasis liam really does think he is liam ...... as i was to see when he almost got chucked out by security after being at the festival for about 3 minutes!!!!



and ................ the only main stage act i got to see ...... teh boomtown rats. they were excellent. started with i never loved eva braun .... included looking after no 1, like clockwork, someone's looking at you, mary of the 4th form, i don't like mondays (i had a full on shiver when that started for some reason), she's so modern ....... and ended with rat trap. they were probably really the first band i got really into when i was about 13. their first two albums are excellent!

Just got back from the iow festival (missing last day). Weller was very good, great band and a solid set. Played a good mix of stuff in a high tempo second half that got everyone going. Personally disappointed with stone roses, although not exactly my thing. Dragged out quite few tracks to fill their time.  Hipshaker tent was, as always, a great place to be. Very impressive if you haven't been It has so much decoration that is 60's/mod/ska etc. Has a very good vibe. Didn't get to see some of the smaller stuff there as spent all day drinking in town. Quite a few mods around - braver than me in their dessies as weather wasn't perfect. Girlfriend is a big killers fan and begrudgingly agreed to see their set and as although again not my thing did a very good set and were proper headliners. Not much else that I thought was of interest. We go every year but think this will be the last, can't stand all the sleepness nights with people maiking noise all night (i know its a festival thing)and also can't handle drinking all day. Love the iow though and will be back in August. Shame hip shaker won't be doing the rally.
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Post by: little mester on June 19, 2013, 08:12:07 PM
THE WHO...last night sheffield arena....quadrophenia + all the classic hits with footage of the late great entwistle & moon on giant screens ...need i say more!!
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Post by: Spectre on June 20, 2013, 04:03:21 PM
Sunday was, the Who at the 02, i don't think i ever want to see the Who ever again. : ) I don't think they will tour again after this, who knows. For me, i have my memories, and want to keep those alive.
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Post by: Rocketman on June 20, 2013, 05:07:24 PM
Sunday was, the Who at the 02, i don't think i ever want to see the Who ever again. : ) I don't think they will tour again after this, who knows. For me, i have my memories, and want to keep those alive.

Did you enjoy the show ?
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Post by: Spectre on June 20, 2013, 09:25:49 PM
Sunday was, the Who at the 02, i don't think i ever want to see the Who ever again. : ) I don't think they will tour again after this, who knows. For me, i have my memories, and want to keep those alive.

Did you enjoy the show ?

Yeah it was good i just want to let that be my last time seeing them. I went to the US to see them, open air same show that rocked. : )
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Post by: revsin on June 21, 2013, 08:03:20 AM
Saw the Who saturday, thats the best Ive heard Roger in recent years, outstnding show and the support act, Vintage Trouble, top marks goes to them.
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Post by: JTH on June 21, 2013, 11:23:37 PM
Cheers for that ........ i was going to post in here about some relevant acts we had on in the hipshaker lounge. both new signings to acid jazz ...... charley macaulay who has the most fantastic voice and her sound is a little like the brand new heavies. and new street adventure, great soul sound and very distinctive "english" sounding vocals. and ..... general roots, great reggae band from london recommended to me by boogaloo tramp. they had the hardest slot too ....... on at the same time as the stone roses were on the main stage. i really enjoyed their set.

we had a couple of tribute acts too that one or two of you might like to seek out (i appreciate most here won't obviously). the smyths and noasis, the tent was rammed for both ..... and the noasis liam really does think he is liam ...... as i was to see when he almost got chucked out by security after being at the festival for about 3 minutes!!!!



and ................ the only main stage act i got to see ...... teh boomtown rats. they were excellent. started with i never loved eva braun .... included looking after no 1, like clockwork, someone's looking at you, mary of the 4th form, i don't like mondays (i had a full on shiver when that started for some reason), she's so modern ....... and ended with rat trap. they were probably really the first band i got really into when i was about 13. their first two albums are excellent!

Just got back from the iow festival (missing last day). Weller was very good, great band and a solid set. Played a good mix of stuff in a high tempo second half that got everyone going. Personally disappointed with stone roses, although not exactly my thing. Dragged out quite few tracks to fill their time.  Hipshaker tent was, as always, a great place to be. Very impressive if you haven't been It has so much decoration that is 60's/mod/ska etc. Has a very good vibe. Didn't get to see some of the smaller stuff there as spent all day drinking in town. Quite a few mods around - braver than me in their dessies as weather wasn't perfect. Girlfriend is a big killers fan and begrudgingly agreed to see their set and as although again not my thing did a very good set and were proper headliners. Not much else that I thought was of interest. We go every year but think this will be the last, can't stand all the sleepness nights with people maiking noise all night (i know its a festival thing)and also can't handle drinking all day. Love the iow though and will be back in August. Shame hip shaker won't be doing the rally.
That's fighting talk about The Rats.Glad you enjoyed em.My older bro was a big fan so I know all the songs mentioned.(Did they do Diamond Smiles?)
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Post by: Rocketman on June 22, 2013, 06:03:28 PM
Saw Siouxsie Sioux last night - marvellous - but I'm struggling to think of "mod" angle to it.

She did "Dear Prudence". Some or all of the Gallaghers like the Beatles = must be mod. Phew, done it.

You could have also referenced 'Helter skelter'  Beatles song that triggered Charles manson's atrocities .
(Saw a band in my local do a great cover of this last night )
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Post by: Lewblooze on June 24, 2013, 07:31:15 AM
The Strypes @ Islington Friday night. Maximum r&b as per usual, I do enjoy their version of 'I'm A Hog For You Baby'.
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Post by: Dave E on June 24, 2013, 12:12:49 PM
Nine Below Zero and Eddie & The Hot Rods on Friday at The Garage Islington. Hadn't seen the Hot Rods for about 2 years glad to say they were on fine form and NBZ played more of their earlier stuff, still get a tingle when they play Ridin' On The L&N.
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Post by: PAUL D on June 24, 2013, 02:44:39 PM
Went to see The Strypes at Islington Academy on Friday. Brilliant! Never seen a band with so much energy. And at that age too , they have  stagecraft and bags of charisma. And they can play!
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Post by: Lewblooze on June 24, 2013, 02:57:19 PM
Anyone off to see Tame Impala tomorrow? Really looking forward to it myself.
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Post by: Monkey on June 26, 2013, 12:57:37 PM
On Saturday I saw a bunch of bands from the 80s: Mighty Mighty, Brilliant Corners, Blue Orchids, BMX Bandits and The Primitives. Enjoyed them all but The Primitives were a class apart.

Last night I witnessed Damo Suzuki (ex-Can) do a completely improvised set where bands Toy and Listing Ships (who didn't know each other) played/jammed for over 75 minutes whilst Damo made up stuff over the top. Was quite impressive in it's own way (as unlikely as that sounds).
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Post by: Dancress on June 27, 2013, 10:09:02 AM
On Saturday I saw a bunch of bands from the 80s: Mighty Mighty, Brilliant Corners, Blue Orchids, BMX Bandits and The Primitives. Enjoyed them all but The Primitives were a class apart.

Last night I witnessed Damo Suzuki (ex-Can) do a completely improvised set where bands Toy and Listing Ships (who didn't know each other) played/jammed for over 75 minutes whilst Damo made up stuff over the top. Was quite impressive in it's own way (as unlikely as that sounds).

I saw The Primitives a couple of years back in Coventry, they were very good indeed!

Off to see The Strypes tonight in Wolves, and I'm looking forward to this one.
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Post by: Diabolik on June 27, 2013, 01:10:49 PM
On Saturday I saw a bunch of bands from the 80s: Mighty Mighty, Brilliant Corners, Blue Orchids, BMX Bandits and The Primitives. Enjoyed them all but The Primitives were a class apart.


Oh wow, Mighty Mighty, that's a real blast from the past. I loved them at the time. I seem to remember they made it on to the C86 Cassette given away with the NME, along with an early Primal Scream and a pre "baggy" bandwagon jumping Soupdragons. It was a great compilation of the "jangly" Indie bands of the time that tape. I must look it out now you've got me feeling all "misty-eyed" Monkey (if I can find it and a cassete player to play it on :)!!)
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Post by: Dave E on June 27, 2013, 03:41:54 PM
John Lee Hooker Jnr at the 100 Club on Tuesday, pretty good gig with a tight band, straight down the line blues band with a twist of funk. Played  Boom Boom and Dimples , made reference to Jimmy Reed, a funky cover of Hi Heel Sneakers and a Bo Diddly influenced song among the set. Nice guy too, very appreciative of what UK fans did for his fathers career back in the 60's.
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Post by: Monkey on June 27, 2013, 03:57:40 PM
Diabolik > Mighty Mighty are fairly new to me. I only discovered them recently via a double CD of their stuff called Pop Can. Was very pleasantly surprised by them. Hardly made a duff song as far as I can hear. Really like them. (Full gig review on my blog if you're interested - link below).
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Post by: GILES on June 28, 2013, 09:07:32 AM
Saw The Strypes in Wolves last night. I was a bit sceptical after all the hype but have to say that they were class.
Loved the rawness of them and the small venue.
Strangely, I was expecting a very 60` R+B sound but thought that they were far more punky than that. Really reminded me of a lot of Dr Feelgood.....which is no bad thing !
Played non stop for an hour, no fillers , just did the business and got off. A lot of over inflated `stars` should learn a lesson.
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Post by: Dancress on June 28, 2013, 11:30:57 AM
Saw The Strypes in Wolves last night. I was a bit sceptical after all the hype but have to say that they were class.
Loved the rawness of them and the small venue.
Strangely, I was expecting a very 60` R+B sound but thought that they were far more punky than that. Really reminded me of a lot of Dr Feelgood.....which is no bad thing !
Played non stop for an hour, no fillers , just did the business and got off. A lot of over inflated `stars` should learn a lesson.

I agree, I thought they were very good indeed and tbh I thought the support were ok to, although probably 20+ years behind the time to 'make it'.

But I can see why there's so much hype surrounding The Strypes, they definitely put on a good show (from what I saw behind the arseholes standing in front with their phones permanently filming the show. Should put that in "things that piss me off"
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Post by: GILES on June 28, 2013, 11:46:59 AM
Saw The Strypes in Wolves last night. I was a bit sceptical after all the hype but have to say that they were class.
Loved the rawness of them and the small venue.
Strangely, I was expecting a very 60` R+B sound but thought that they were far more punky than that. Really reminded me of a lot of Dr Feelgood.....which is no bad thing !
Played non stop for an hour, no fillers , just did the business and got off. A lot of over inflated `stars` should learn a lesson.

I agree, I thought they were very good indeed and tbh I thought the support were ok to, although probably 20+ years behind the time to 'make it'.

But I can see why there's so much hype surrounding The Strypes, they definitely put on a good show (from what I saw behind the arseholes standing in front with their phones permanently filming the show. Should put that in "things that piss me off"

Do you know, I was going to say that. Why can`t people just enjoy the moment with anything anymore ? And dont start me on the woman in front of me, f*cking gassing to her husband for the full hour. .............come the revolution this will all be dealt with.
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Post by: DavidWatts on July 12, 2013, 08:04:40 PM
The Strypes in Preston last night... just to echo what's already been said .. an hour of great raw music ... Dr Feelgood came to my mind too ... and that's definately not a bad thing, looking forward to the album in September
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Post by: JTH on July 15, 2013, 12:16:22 PM
Richard Hawley at Somerset House last night.Beautiful evening.Beautiful setting.Beautiful music.
DJ beforehand played 4 action songs back to back which was nice too.
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Post by: Monkey on July 15, 2013, 04:53:12 PM
Richard Hawley at Somerset House last night.Beautiful evening.Beautiful setting.Beautiful music.
DJ beforehand played 4 action songs back to back which was nice too.

All that sounds wonderful.

Enjoyed Ray Davies and Elvis Costello (especially Ray) in Hyde Park on Friday and last Wednesday saw The Lucid Dream in Islington. If you want your ears removed in a psychedelic maelstrom, check 'em out live. Their LP is out in a few weeks. 
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Post by: ianeggbert on July 15, 2013, 09:38:41 PM
Richard Hawley at Somerset House last night.Beautiful evening.Beautiful setting.Beautiful music.
DJ beforehand played 4 action songs back to back which was nice too.

Very envious! I can imagine that was just brilliant.

I saw him last year at Bath Pavilions and he was bang on form as usual
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Post by: JTH on July 16, 2013, 11:45:53 AM
Richard Hawley at Somerset House last night.Beautiful evening.Beautiful setting.Beautiful music.
DJ beforehand played 4 action songs back to back which was nice too.

All that sounds wonderful.

Enjoyed Ray Davies and Elvis Costello (especially Ray) in Hyde Park on Friday and last Wednesday saw The Lucid Dream in Islington. If you want your ears removed in a psychedelic maelstrom, check 'em out live. Their LP is out in a few weeks.
I've never seen Elvis but Ray was brilliant last time I saw him a couple of years back.Did he have the choir for 'Village Green '? Will check out Lucid Dream.
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Post by: Monkey on July 16, 2013, 05:45:53 PM
]I've never seen Elvis but Ray was brilliant last time I saw him a couple of years back.Did he have the choir for 'Village Green '? Will check out Lucid Dream.

No choir this time, just a standard band.
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Post by: ianeggbert on July 21, 2013, 09:22:44 AM
Had the pleasure of seeing Paul Weller at the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire (one of the Forest Live events).

The setting was perfect, the weather was amazing and my carefully prepared picnic was a gastronomic delight!

His set was superb which, along with a majority of tracks from his last 2 albums included a couple of Style Council numbers and several Jam hits, finishing the evening with a rousing version of A Town Called Malice.

His band were as tight as usual including great work from Andy Lewis and Steve Cradock. I will also say that the support band Toy with there own brand of modern "psychedelic rock" were fantastic too

All in all, a great night
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Post by: babyshambler on July 23, 2013, 09:37:35 PM
Just back from seeing these boys in Harrogate..

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The Sideboard Song is up there with my favourite live songs. Chas' son was on drums and did Mickey Burt proud. Gertcha!
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Post by: Red Steve on July 28, 2013, 11:24:11 AM
Saw Quadrophonia last night at The Tunnels in Bristol. Despite a smallish turn out, probably due to the fact it chucked it down all evening, they were excellent. All the usual numbers you'd expect from a Who tribute band, and at the end of the night, those that were there had moved away from leaning against the walls, to the dance floor in front of the stage were really having a great time.

If anyone is in Bristol check out The Tunnels as they have a good selection of bands booked throughout the year;http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/

The club is next to Temple Meads train station and is owned and run by Gareth Chilcott, the ex Bath & England prop. Gareth works most of the gigs, even welcoming you on arrival with a friendly smile. The place has a good atmosphere, better when full, with beer at pub prices, unlike a lot of the clubs in Bristol. Already booked tickets to see Soul Destroyers later in the year, and at a tenner a ticket it's good vfm too.
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on July 28, 2013, 03:41:06 PM
Just back from seeing these boys in Harrogate..

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The Sideboard Song is up there with my favourite live songs. Chas' son was on drums and did Mickey Burt proud. Gertcha!
Yes, I saw these blokes about ten years ago... one of the best gigs I've been to, TBH.
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Post by: Stax on July 28, 2013, 07:01:59 PM
Saw Chas & Dave in Sc**thorpe in April. Absolutely fantastic. As musicians they're second to none and such brilliant songwriters.
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on July 28, 2013, 08:19:48 PM
Saw Chas & Dave in Sc**thorpe in April. Absolutely fantastic. As musicians they're second to none and such brilliant songwriters.
Agreed, they were session musicians before they became famous; were they not involved in this much sampled track by Labi Siffre?
http://youtu.be/xKISdd2mKzU
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Post by: hipshaker on July 28, 2013, 11:22:08 PM
I'm going to rebellion festival in Blackpool in a couple of weeks .... Loads of old punk bands and dome new ones but chaps and dave are on the bill.looking forward to seeing them.

I saw boomtown rats at the iow Fest, I thought they were really good. One of my earliest favourite bands as a kid.
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Post by: Soulstar on July 29, 2013, 09:44:20 AM
Saw Chas & Dave in Sc**thorpe in April. Absolutely fantastic. As musicians they're second to none and such brilliant songwriters.
Agreed, they were session musicians before they became famous; were they not involved in this much sampled track by Labi Siffre?
http://youtu.be/xKISdd2mKzU

Yeah, they've got great musical pedigree. Chas Hodges played for  Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent etc  - not people who'd let their band sleep on the job - as well as being involved with a lot of British "beat".
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Post by: Stax on July 29, 2013, 12:05:25 PM
I love the fact that C&D have been on Eminem and Jay-Z etc records!
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on July 29, 2013, 01:08:49 PM
I love the fact that C&D have been on Eminem and Jay-Z etc records!
He he... Cool innit  :D
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Post by: RBsmallfaces on August 06, 2013, 12:43:23 PM
Saw The 45s (Carlisle) in Brighton the other day after hearing about them on the MC website.
Cannot recommend them enough. Good bunch of lads, who can certainly play their RnB!
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Post by: Mr. B on August 06, 2013, 06:10:01 PM
I'm going to rebellion festival in Blackpool in a couple of weeks .... Loads of old punk bands and dome new ones but chaps and dave are on the bill.looking forward to seeing them.

I saw boomtown rats at the iow Fest, I thought they were really good. One of my earliest favourite bands as a kid.

Are you doing the whole weekend? Be sure to check out Dirt Box Disco while you're there, cracking band.
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Post by: Dave E on August 07, 2013, 08:45:57 AM
Saw Chas & Dave in Sc**thorpe in April. Absolutely fantastic. As musicians they're second to none and such brilliant songwriters.

DJed for them at the 100 Club a few years ago, brilliant night, they had the crowd going bananas all night.
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Post by: JTH on August 07, 2013, 11:55:05 AM
This is starting in just over a week..In the past I've seen great sets from Geno Washingto,Georgie Fame and Herbaliser.
Highlights for me this year are Soothsayers and Carleen Anderson.Oh,and it's all free.

http://www.canarywharf.com/visitus/Arts--Events1/Events/Canary-Wharf-Jazz-Festival/
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Post by: hipshaker on August 12, 2013, 08:06:04 PM
just back from rebellion ...... didn't get to se dirt box disco (didn't see this thread update til just now) .... however, great weekend. highlights for me were:

Sham 69
Ruts DC
Eddie and the Hotrods

also enjoyed loads more ...... channel 3, the pukes, GBH, jello biafra, addicts, cock sparrer, buzzcocks, rezillos ..... literary stage with some good talks, watched good vibrations film, bingo with max splodge and more!

something like 6 - 8000 people in the venue each night i think (6 venues within the venue actually), good atmosphere, reasonable bar prices (£3.30 a pint), free tap water (nice touch) and not a hint of trouble as far as I could see. Obviously mostly punks (old and young) and ex punks, a few skins too. great weekend, hoping to go back next year!
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Post by: Mr. B on August 12, 2013, 09:29:36 PM
Think that's about 6 in a row for me and already booked for next year.  This year was the best yet, loads of highlights -  Argy Bargy, Walter Lure, The Business, the Buzzcocks , Sparrer were brilliant as always, King Prawn, Dirt Box Disco, Army Of Skanks, loved the Pukes as well - it shouldn't work but it does . . . - Sham, Peter Hook .  Thousands of people from all over the world, not a scrap of bother - never is.
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Post by: hipshaker on August 13, 2013, 07:54:01 AM
Someone recommended I see argy bargy too .... But by then they'd already played.

Came across hard skin by accident, thought I was waiting for Chron gen. They were tuning up and I was thinking the Chron gen bassist had let himself go a bit .... Only to realise it wasn't them when they introduced the self "we're called hard skin ... This one is hard skin". Thought they were pretty good too .... saw five or six tracks, reminded me a bit of early rejects.

I flitted in and out of stages a lot too, catching bits of sets ... So much to see.

Caught the end of ed banger luckily in time to hear cranked up really high and where have all the bootboys gone.

Also enjoyed the DJ "mass motivator" playing ska etc 45s after Ruts.
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Post by: Mr. B on August 14, 2013, 07:01:57 PM
That's hilarious mate, mistaking Hard Skin for Chron Gen . . .  ;D

Bargy are excellent, one of my favourite bands. Daryl the guitarist also plays for Sparrer.  Special mention as well for Tyneside's finest , Crashed Out, who always put in a good gig.

Sounds like you need to get sorted for next year, Slaughter & The Dogs are already confirmed.  After my first year I started planning it well in advance as they put the timings and venues up on the website about a month before. Only missed seeing one band that i'd wanted to see this year due to having to leg it back to my digs as the previous nights curry caught up on me. Luckily it's only round the corner.
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Post by: hipshaker on August 14, 2013, 09:34:39 PM
yes .... felt a bit silly, especially as i'd agreed to meet a mate in there to see chron gen. i wondered where he'd got to as well!!

i'm pretty sure we're all going up next year too ...... slaughter and the dogs is a mate's favourite band (along with the dead boys).


i'll definitely research it more next year.

i missed a couple too ....... uk subs and lene lovich, both due to naps back at the b&b, also just round the corner.
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Post by: Dave E on August 19, 2013, 11:45:09 AM
Went to Southend the other Friday for Eight Rounds Rapid's single launch gig. Great to see them on their own patch and quite enjoyed punk covers band Swindle playing Pistols, Undertones, Wire etc covers. Upon leaving was nice to see Wilko Johnson having a drink in the bar too.
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Post by: JTH on August 20, 2013, 08:41:28 AM
Went to Southend the other Friday for Eight Rounds Rapid's single launch gig. Great to see them on their own patch and quite enjoyed punk covers band Swindle playing Pistols, Undertones, Wire etc covers. Upon leaving was nice to see Wilko Johnson having a drink in the bar too.
Was that at The Railway mate?
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Post by: Dave E on August 29, 2013, 12:05:07 PM
Went to Southend the other Friday for Eight Rounds Rapid's single launch gig. Great to see them on their own patch and quite enjoyed punk covers band Swindle playing Pistols, Undertones, Wire etc covers. Upon leaving was nice to see Wilko Johnson having a drink in the bar too.
Was that at The Railway mate?

It was, quite liked the venue though was a bit warm! Back To Zero are playinng there on 9th November.
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Post by: Red Steve on September 17, 2013, 01:51:45 PM
Tickets now purchased..........should be a good night and all for a fiver!

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Post by: Rocketman on September 18, 2013, 09:18:50 PM
Got 3 gigs to look forward to in the next few weeks , graham parker and the rumour , Mott the hoople and half moon run.
Would also like to see small fakers but their tour does not visit nr Manchester.
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Post by: Harry B on September 21, 2013, 01:51:51 PM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
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Post by: JTH on September 22, 2013, 08:20:35 AM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
That was a class gig.I think we may be seeing more of them.
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Post by: Dave E on September 24, 2013, 11:50:09 AM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
That was a class gig.I think we may be seeing more of them.

Gutted to have missed that gig. Hope they do play again but not so sure it will happen..
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Post by: JTH on September 24, 2013, 11:53:48 AM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
That was a class gig.I think we may be seeing more of them.

Gutted to have missed that gig. Hope they do play again but not so sure it will happen..
They said after the encore "Would You Like To See More Of Us" so you never know.
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Post by: Dave E on September 27, 2013, 08:52:17 AM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
That was a class gig.I think we may be seeing more of them.

Gutted to have missed that gig. Hope they do play again but not so sure it will happen..
They said after the encore "Would You Like To See More Of Us" so you never know.

I hope so but I know Richard wasn't so keen beforehand.
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Post by: Dave E on September 27, 2013, 08:55:29 AM
Went to see Barrence Whitfield and The Savages last night at Blues Kitchen in Camden, great set but not too keen on the venue. Hadn't seen him for about 15 years when he last played the 100 Club, great mix of rockin' soul, R&B and rock n roll.
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Post by: Martin G on September 27, 2013, 06:14:17 PM
Went to see French Boutik at a local gig last night. A Parisian band I beleive who have more than a hint of 60s style about them. Not disappointed and will see them again when they are back in London in October. They are doing a short UK tour over the next few days say maybe check them out for something a bit different.
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Post by: MWC on September 27, 2013, 07:45:49 PM
Went to see French Boutik at a local gig last night. A Parisian band I beleive who have more than a hint of 60s style about them. Not disappointed and will see them again when they are back in London in October. They are doing a short UK tour over the next few days say maybe check them out for something a bit different.

Loving their stuff at the moment. What were they like live?
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Post by: Martin G on September 28, 2013, 08:07:29 AM
@MWC.  They were bloody good mate. If you are familiar with them you know there are hints of SAINT ETIENNE and even PROPOGANDA in there but they sounded more than decent live even in a venue that really is about the lowest of low end places you can find but it was a free entry gig in a pub so you have to expect that I guess. Sound was a bit grim and the crowd was a bit of a mish-mash. However what FRENCH BOUTIK have to offer really shone through and they went down well. Some very sharp people in attendance too along with a bizarre mix of teenage students, 'Dad dancing' older blokes, locals and some bonkers Somalians(Ultimately arrested by the Police for fighting!) A shame they never had a chance to play at a better venue with a larger more appreciative crowd. I certainly plan on seeing them again at The Fiddlers Elbow in Camden later this year. Very nice to chat with too. They had badges and CDs and vinyl for sale and took the time to chat to everyone and bands at the lower end of the ladder give people the chance to do that of course.
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Post by: JTH on September 28, 2013, 09:31:57 AM
Looking forward to Corduroy supported by Matt Deighton at Islington Academy tonight !
That was a class gig.I think we may be seeing more of them.

Gutted to have missed that gig. Hope they do play again but not so sure it will happen..
They said after the encore "Would You Like To See More Of Us" so you never know.

I hope so but I know Richard wasn't so keen beforehand.
Ah.Cheers.
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Post by: MWC on September 28, 2013, 11:27:21 AM
@MWC.  They were bloody good mate. If you are familiar with them you know there are hints of SAINT ETIENNE and even PROPOGANDA in there but they sounded more than decent live even in a venue that really is about the lowest of low end places you can find but it was a free entry gig in a pub so you have to expect that I guess. Sound was a bit grim and the crowd was a bit of a mish-mash. However what FRENCH BOUTIK have to offer really shone through and they went down well. Some very sharp people in attendance too along with a bizarre mix of teenage students, 'Dad dancing' older blokes, locals and some bonkers Somalians(Ultimately arrested by the Police for fighting!) A shame they never had a chance to play at a better venue with a larger more appreciative crowd. I certainly plan on seeing them again at The Fiddlers Elbow in Camden later this year. Very nice to chat with too. They had badges and CDs and vinyl for sale and took the time to chat to everyone and bands at the lower end of the ladder give people the chance to do that of course.

Sounds good! I'm based up north so I'll doubt I'll get to see them. I wouldn't mind trying to put them on in Preston but there aren't many bands that will travel from down south let alone Paris.
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Post by: cba on September 29, 2013, 02:35:56 PM
A bit off a tangent, but we had Grandmaster Flash in town on Friday night. If anyone wondered how a former grandee could grace our rural backwater, well, the answer was soon to come... It was naff mainstream hiphop, mixed with Beatles and 99 Luftballons  :o  The only saving grace was Aretha Franklin's Rocksteady, but that had already been spun by the bloke before. I left after five or six tracks and soon found everyone I knew there standing outside, all feeling more or less gutted. Remember hearing the bassline of Rapper's Delight but couldn't be bothered to go back in.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on October 11, 2013, 01:03:45 PM
Charles Bradley in Camden on Wednesday night. A tad cheesy in parts, and some of the yelps, howls and moves are straight out of the James Brown handbook, but he was in great voice and his band are seriously good. Saw a few mods around, but not as many as I expected, to be honest. The crowd got their groove on and lapped it up. He was certainly worth the £25, imo. Great cover of 'Heart of Gold', too  8)
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Post by: W12mod on October 12, 2013, 07:11:30 PM
Went to see The Draytones and The Corderoys at Surya in London last night. Small venue, enjoyed the bands. Poor crowd, felt sorry for the bands, top marks for them to give it a good go.  Wish more people made the effort to get out and see bands.
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Post by: DavidWatts on October 14, 2013, 11:07:44 AM
Paul Weller at Manchester Apollo last night , quality as always
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Post by: MWC on October 14, 2013, 02:13:30 PM
Paul Weller at Manchester Apollo last night , quality as always

Saw him at Preston guild hall on Saturday. He was great as always but the crowd were awful. I'm sure people just turn up now and expect 2 hours of Jam songs. Infuriating. 
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Post by: Red Steve on October 14, 2013, 02:23:29 PM
Paul Weller at Manchester Apollo last night , quality as always

Saw him at Preston guild hall on Saturday. He was great as always but the crowd were awful. I'm sure people just turn up now and expect 2 hours of Jam songs. Infuriating.

I've stopped seeing him for the same reason. Last time I did was 3 maybe 4 years ago in Cardiff. Just a bunch of louts spilling beer over everyone shouting "Going Underground" at the end of each song. Like you said, infuriating and a little sad too.
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Post by: MWC on October 15, 2013, 08:09:22 AM
Paul Weller at Manchester Apollo last night , quality as always

Saw him at Preston guild hall on Saturday. He was great as always but the crowd were awful. I'm sure people just turn up now and expect 2 hours of Jam songs. Infuriating.

I've stopped seeing him for the same reason. Last time I dod was 3 maybe 4 years ago in Cardiff. Just a bunch of louts spilling beer over everyone shouting "Going Underground" at the end of each song. Like you said, infuriating and a little sad too.

There was also a few renditions of "we are the mods". Considering I didn't see any it was cringe worthy. 
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Post by: Dave E on October 15, 2013, 08:46:23 AM
Wilko Johnson, Ruts DC and Eight Rounds Rapid last night at Koko, Camden. Wasn't originally planning on going as didn't want to spoil the memory of the farewell gig in March but was was kindly put on the guest list. Wilko looked fine and dandy and shows no sign of illness which is great and was his usual self, prowling the stage back and for like a loon. Can't get enough of Eight Rounds Rapid though think it may not translate on a bigger stage as well as they come across in smaller venues if you haven't seen them before, enjoyed the Ruts hits but found the newer songs didn't quite go anywhere.
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Post by: Stax on October 16, 2013, 12:51:28 PM
Weller in Doncaster last night. I'll echo the comments of the previous posters and say that he was top notch, and played quite a varied setlist, but the crowd weren't up to much. Very subdued. Didn't seem to wake up until the end when he played Town Called Malice. I sometimes wish he'd stop playing Jam songs again, just so there isn't an audience that is waiting for them and couldn't care less what he's doing in between.
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Post by: GILES on October 17, 2013, 12:28:19 PM
Went to see Weller at Wolves last night. First saw him in 85` in SC.Seen him all around europe.
He was on top form as usual and it was a good set list (apart from from finishing with TCM) bearing in mind he was`nt airing any new material.
However, last night is the last time I will fork out £40 to see him in this country. It was the 4th gig of his on the bounce that I have been stood there with steam coming out of my ears because of the pricks around me . To my right, I had two numpties `trying` to get their phones to work to film him. This lasted for half an hour. The rest of the gig was spent filming him.
To my left, I had a short arse welsh foghorn who spent the whole gig shouting to her boyfriend so that she could make herself heard above the music. The louder the tune, the louder the little f**ker shouted.Her boyfriend then started shouting (continually) `Town called Malice` .....again and again. He then started singing a Leeds song.He then spilt his beer over the girl in front.
He then started singing `We are the mods`. He was wearing a River Island lumberjack shirt and dirty white trainers. f**king tramp.
I`ll keep my powder dry for a nice little euro trip to Belgium or the like.
..........other than that ,I had a good night  :) 
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Post by: detroitmike on October 17, 2013, 02:19:22 PM
^^^ While he rarely plays in my neck of the woods, (Last time he was near Detroit, was "22 Dreams " tour), the crowd seems to appreciate the solo and new material equally as the TSC and Jam catalog.

I think the fact that the Jam weren't as big in the US has something to do with it.
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Post by: BKP69 on October 17, 2013, 05:36:15 PM
Went to see Weller at Wolves last night. First saw him in 85` in SC.Seen him all around europe.
He was on top form as usual and it was a good set list (apart from from finishing with TCM) bearing in mind he was`nt airing any new material.
However, last night is the last time I will fork out £40 to see him in this country. It was the 4th gig of his on the bounce that I have been stood there with steam coming out of my ears because of the pricks around me . To my right, I had two numpties `trying` to get their phones to work to film him. This lasted for half an hour. The rest of the gig was spent filming him.
To my left, I had a short arse welsh foghorn who spent the whole gig shouting to her boyfriend so that she could make herself heard above the music. The louder the tune, the louder the little f**ker shouted.Her boyfriend then started shouting (continually) `Town called Malice` .....again and again. He then started singing a Leeds song.He then spilt his beer over the girl in front.
He then started singing `We are the mods`. He was wearing a River Island lumberjack shirt and dirty white trainers. f**king tramp.
I`ll keep my powder dry for a nice little euro trip to Belgium or the like.
..........other than that ,I had a good night  :)
Was it my imagination or did the support act bear more than a passing resemblance to Hanson?
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Post by: Stax on October 17, 2013, 06:35:27 PM
The worst thing about going to see Weller, or any other band that attracts a lager-loving element, is every so often you get the stench in the venue of rancid farts. It was absolutely disgusting the other night  >:(
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Post by: detroitmike on October 17, 2013, 10:50:27 PM
The worst thing about going to see Weller, or any other band that attracts a lager-loving element, is every so often you get the stench in the venue of rancid farts. It was absolutely disgusting the other night  >:(

That may have something to do with the average age of his fan base.

Just a guess ;)
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Post by: Stax on October 18, 2013, 05:43:27 AM
Possibly, but me and the missus refer to this sort of behaviour as 'Arctic Monkeys' because we first noticed it at one of their gigs years ago.
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Post by: BKP69 on October 18, 2013, 01:25:02 PM
The worst thing about going to see Weller, or any other band that attracts a lager-loving element, is every so often you get the stench in the venue of rancid farts. It was absolutely disgusting the other night  >:(

Thats just Wolverhampton for you Stax
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Post by: BB Sedgley on October 18, 2013, 01:33:19 PM
The worst thing about going to see Weller, or any other band that attracts a lager-loving element, is every so often you get the stench in the venue of rancid farts. It was absolutely disgusting the other night  >:(

Thats just Wolverhampton for you Stax

i'll pretend i didn't hear that Bren!   :)
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Post by: Stax on October 18, 2013, 05:40:54 PM
Not Wolverhampton, it was the dodgy-bowelled patrons of the Doncaster Dome.
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Post by: Rocketman on October 23, 2013, 07:31:39 PM
Rolled back the years last night and went to see graham parker and the rumour at O2 leeds,
Fantastic gig and venue , in his day this guy had songs to rival springsteen , with some great soul and ska thrown in. Superb and all washed down with great beer in Templars.

http://m.youtube.com/results?q=watch%20the%20moon%20come%20down#/watch?v=UdApF2THvt8
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Post by: SuaveCollective on October 26, 2013, 11:34:54 PM
Just spent a mightily enjoyable evening watching From The Jam at Kingston at the AFC Wimbledon ground. All the hits and a great small venue atmosphere. Haven't seen FTJ since the very early days when Rick Buckler was in it and Bruce Foxton wasn't (before Rick took umbrage and left his own tribute band...)

Leaving aside the late 40 year olds chorus of 'we are the mods', the badger shoes being sported by someone (although I do have a picture of me somewhere aged 14 with a pair from Melanddi's) and the suspicion I have that Bruce has been at the Grecian 2000, I have come to the conclusion that From The Jam with Bruce are much better than From The Jam with Rick!

 
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Post by: Stax on October 27, 2013, 03:00:10 PM
Who's drumming now? I saw them a few years ago with Bruce and Rick but the last time I saw them it was the drummer from Big Country but I heard he'd gone back to BC when they reformed.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on October 27, 2013, 04:55:38 PM
Nobody of any significance (not Mark unpronouncable-name of BC) but he was good. Sound wise they were great and very proficient.

Whilst not the real thing of course they are well worth going to see and good value (IMO) for £20.
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Post by: Stax on October 27, 2013, 05:17:39 PM
I couldn't agree more. I've always really enjoyed seeing them. The live dvd they brought out a few years ago is pretty good.
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Post by: stevessexmod on October 27, 2013, 09:56:35 PM
I saw From The Jam in March in Cornwall....A must for Jam fans, however Bruce is not Mod friendly barely spoke to the few Mods n scooterists who turned out on the 20 or so Scooters for the sound check!   
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on October 28, 2013, 10:30:06 AM
Primal Scream in Belfast last Thursday night, brilliant as always. Bluesy Rock 'n' Roll versions of a lot of hits from over the years with a few tracks off the new album. Great after-show in the Limelight, lots of Brit-Pop and Madchester sounds to the extent that my brother and I were asked to leave the premises for dancing on the stage. We expect to go viral any day now!!  ;D
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Post by: Red Steve on October 28, 2013, 11:57:51 AM
I saw From The Jam in March in Cornwall....A must for Jam fans, however Bruce is not Mod friendly barely spoke to the few Mods n scooterists who turned out on the 20 or so Scooters for the sound check!   

Just got a couple of free tickets for their gig in Bristol on Dec 7th. Not seen them before but heard good things, and for a trip down memory lane I'm hoping for a good night.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on October 28, 2013, 12:10:01 PM
I think you'll enjoy Steve - ignore all the cringe-worthy 'We are The Mod's' brigade and just concentrate on the music in front on you and you'll have a good time I'm sure!
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Post by: Red Steve on October 28, 2013, 01:21:00 PM
I think you'll enjoy Steve - ignore all the cringe-worthy 'We are The Mod's' brigade and just concentrate on the music in front on you and you'll have a good time I'm sure!

I was actually going to see if I could hire a parka and a pair of Jam shoes for the evening  :D
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Post by: Lewblooze on October 28, 2013, 05:32:25 PM
Saw Suede last Wednesday (Cliffs Pavilion), went along deliberately not knowing much about their live act.. But came away being very impressed by their current guitarist, think his name is Richard Oakes?
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Post by: Martin G on October 29, 2013, 01:24:27 PM
Saw The Boomtown Rats Saturday night at The Roundhouse London. Never a massive fan but as a kid I liked most of the sort of 'New Wave' bands like The Buzzcocks and The Undertones who I saw back in the late 1970s and early '80s. However my sister was keen on them back then and being a little younger than me never got the chance to see them live until now. Anyway went along with lowish expectations but was pleasantly surprised. They did all their hits and the best stuff from their first two albums. They looked good for blokes all now in mid to late 50s and sounded great. From a night at a gig I wasn't expecting much from I came out smiling which I have to be honest and say is more than I have done the last time I saw Weller who was my real fave back then when he was in The Jam. The crowd were decent which as discussed before goes along way. Lively and 'into it' but considerate to others. Still a few chumps gabbing away and the usual nonsense with camera phones but overall decent enough. It was mad to see people actually hunting around for bins to put their empty plastic glasses in. Never thought I'd see myself posting that!!
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Post by: detroitmike on November 03, 2013, 06:53:19 PM
Saw the Wayne Shorter Quartet, with Esperanza Spalding on vocals and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Shorter was pretty much Hard Bop last night, but Esperanza is absolutely "Hypnotizing"!

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Post by: Adam on November 04, 2013, 04:00:36 PM
popped in to see the very young band the 45's at the Dorset bar on saturday. I was taken aback at how good they were. Really energetic and super tight sound. Great to see such youngsters getting into the Mod scene and doing it so well.
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Post by: Ian_B on November 04, 2013, 07:15:23 PM
popped in to see the very young band the 45's at the Dorset bar on saturday. I was taken aback at how good they were. Really energetic and super tight sound. Great to see such youngsters getting into the Mod scene and doing it so well.

Seconded !!  ;D
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Post by: Lewblooze on November 05, 2013, 08:59:13 AM
Going to see Young Jessie this Saturday at Jukebox Jam, can't bloody wait!
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Post by: Spectre on November 05, 2013, 09:46:49 AM
Going to see Young Jessie this Saturday at Jukebox Jam, can't bloody wait!
Soul from Atlanta that's a top night Lewis. ;-)
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Post by: Dave E on November 07, 2013, 02:33:45 PM
Saw the Fallen Leaves and Len Price 3 at the Half Moon in Putney the other Friday. Len Price 3 were launching their new album and were excellent, good to see a full house in there. Had heard a lot about the Fallen Leaves and was very impressed, good spikey guitar riffs and rather dandy attire, like a punk Creation in some places I thought. So much so that I went to see them again last night at the 12 Bar on their monthly Minimum R&B residency and also caught The Past Tense who I missed seeing at The Half Moon gig. Good tight 3 piece with a good blend of 60's influenced new wave and with a new album on the way too.
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Post by: Jack.92 on November 08, 2013, 05:00:54 PM
Saw the Blow Monkeys last night in Bristol. Support was from the excellent Stone Foundation (who were the actual reason I went), having never really listened to the Blow Monkeys. Can't say enough good things about SF - some really strong sounding new songs to go on the new album too which I'm very eager to hear. Love Neil (Jones') energy and soul and they're great to chat to. As for the Blow Monkeys, I never expected to enjoy their set anywhere near as I did but couldn't help myself! Would definitely go as far to say that this was one of my favourite gigs ever!
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Post by: Martin G on November 08, 2013, 07:24:33 PM
Seen STONE FOUNDATION a few times and always bloody good. Glad their support and the gig as a whole was an enjoyable one. Can't say I can even remember any BLOW MONKEYS stuff but was their singer Dr Robert who did some stuff with Weller many years back? Great when a band take you by surprise though. Nice one.
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Post by: Jack.92 on November 08, 2013, 07:37:44 PM
Yes it's Dr. Robert but not sure about him doing anything with Weller Martin, but then I wouldn't be the person to ask! Yep feels good, pretty much stumbled upon them! 13 quid for two top bands as well, although I'd pay that for Stone Foundation alone every time!
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on November 11, 2013, 09:28:05 AM
The Savages, Sat. night, the Ritz, Manchester... Just awesome.
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Post by: dani4ka on November 11, 2013, 12:09:21 PM
Saw KEITH & TEX in Hamburg on 19.10.
Backing band were The Steadytones, they also did the support as the opening act.
The band did a good job, but these old blokes were amazing! Really created a good atmosphere and obviously had their fun at the stage.
Big plus were the little anecdotes they told from "back in the days" and the medley of songs they've listened to("Wings Like A Dove", yeah!).
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Post by: Monkey on November 11, 2013, 09:43:28 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed Young Jessie on Saturday night. One hip fella.

Somewhat less enjoyable was seeing Tara Milton - ex-Five Thirty/Nubiles - the week before play a few acoustic numbers. He did have some technical problems to overcome but overall was probably under-rehearsed. Will give him another go based on former glories and wipe this one from my memory.
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Post by: BUtterfield8 on November 11, 2013, 09:56:49 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed Young Jessie on Saturday night. One hip fella.


Young Jessie seemed to quite enjoy it too!
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/10807570673_0966592f2d.jpg)

Second time I've seen him & I think he only improves with age!  Band were great too, could have done with a couple of backing singers on You were meant for me for the nah nah bit, but thought the sax made a sterling effort all the same. 
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Post by: Monkey on November 11, 2013, 10:00:25 PM
That's a great photo! Really captures him!
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Post by: BUtterfield8 on November 11, 2013, 10:01:59 PM
Bet his dentist loves him - open wide!
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Post by: Stax on November 19, 2013, 08:12:57 PM
Went to see the Rifles at the Forum last Friday. Second time I've seen them there and both times the sound has been dreadful. Band were good though.
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Post by: W12mod on November 19, 2013, 09:49:07 PM
Went to the Rifles as well, thought it was me about the sound! Excellent crowd, really up for it. Quite a few new type mods, old type mods and everything inbetween. They are a great band - they know what the crowd like and play all the biggies, even though they are the earlier songs. I have tickets for one of their Christmas do's at Boogaloo really looking forward to that, would really recommend them, it's a great small venue.
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Post by: Stax on November 21, 2013, 12:36:50 PM
I'm off to see them again in Leeds a week on Saturday. Bit surprised they're not playing more than two new songs though.
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Post by: detroitmike on November 21, 2013, 01:03:56 PM
Saw the Temples Tuesday night, I was quite impressed... Only did 5 dates in the US this time, so I was lucky they came through Detroit.
Even wanted to buy some vinyl or discs, but they weren't selling any product...
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Post by: ianeggbert on December 02, 2013, 12:08:15 PM
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) performing an acoustic set plus the 30th Anniversary of the classic album "High Land Hard Rain" last night at Drury Lane Theatre in London.

Not Mod I guess but nevertheless one of my musical heroes playing one of my favourite ever albums. It was a wonderful and sublime evening spent with an artist who was enjoying being on stage possibly more than any performer I've had the pleasure of seeing in a long time. A 350 mile round trip and  7 hours in the car but worth every penny - something that is all too often hard to justify with some of today's "acts".

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Post by: JTH on December 02, 2013, 01:50:07 PM
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) performing an acoustic set plus the 30th Anniversary of the classic album "High Land Hard Rain" last night at Drury Lane Theatre in London.

Not Mod I guess but nevertheless one of my musical heroes playing one of my favourite ever albums. It was a wonderful and sublime evening spent with an artist who was enjoying being on stage possibly more than any performer I've had the pleasure of seeing in a long time. A 350 mile round trip and  7 hours in the car but worth every penny - something that is all too often hard to justify with some of today's "acts".
I had a good chat with him at a book event a few years back.I didn't know who he was for the first ten minutes(even though he had a strong Scottish accent and said his name was Roddy)Lovely chap and has made some great music down the years.
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Post by: JTH on December 02, 2013, 01:53:43 PM
Graham Day & The Forefathers in Bethnal Green Working Mans Club on Friday.Outstanding gig.Fantastic crowd.Great support from  The Higher Sate and Aardvarks.
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Post by: Dave E on December 02, 2013, 02:03:45 PM
Graham Day & The Forefathers in Bethnal Green Working Mans Club on Friday.Outstanding gig.Fantastic crowd.Great support from  The Higher Sate and Aardvarks.

Ditto. 
Graham Day and The Forefathers were fantastic.
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Post by: JTH on December 02, 2013, 02:25:27 PM
Graham Day & The Forefathers in Bethnal Green Working Mans Club on Friday.Outstanding gig.Fantastic crowd.Great support from  The Higher Sate and Aardvarks.

Ditto. 
Graham Day and The Forefathers were fantastic.
Great little venue too.Looking forward to 100 Club.
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Post by: Number 6 on December 02, 2013, 05:29:20 PM
Yeah, great gig.  Graham Day is always good value for money and it was nice to hear a liberal dose of Prisoners/Solarflares numbers in the set.  It was great to see The Aardvarks and The Higher State on the same bill – that took me back 20-odd years (though back then it was The Mystreated of course – Marty/Mole being ½ of The Higher State).   No Arthur C. Clark though – which must be a first for the ‘Varks!  Hopefully The Aardvarks will be on top form (with Arfur reinstated?) when they support The Sorrows in January.
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Post by: Martin G on December 02, 2013, 08:15:58 PM
Blimey gutted not to have heard that Roddy was doing that in London last night. Saw Aztec Camera a few times as a teenage lad myself and in fact saw the original outing of HIGH LAND HARD RAIN. Loved almost all of those Postcard bands and saw some of the package tours they put on back in the early to mid 1980s. Glad you enjoyed it though Ian. Good music and skill with a guitar or any instrument is what matters regardless of the 'label'. Also love The Bethnal Green Club as a venue. Saw New Street Adventure there a few years back with the sadly now split band The Brassic. Northern sounds after the two bands and some great dancers as I recall with Dean Chalkley and some of the lads from this NORTHERN SOUL film spinning the discs.
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Post by: Monkey on December 04, 2013, 09:42:37 AM
Certainly agree with all the comments about the Graham Day & the Forefathers, Higher State, Aardvarks gig. Can't remember the last time I went to watch (and enjoy) three bands.
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Post by: MWC on December 04, 2013, 10:53:47 AM
Not mod in the slightest but I went to see The Courteeners on Monday, I've had a bit of a soft spot for them from before their first album was out. There must have been at least 5 fights I saw during the gig. Is this why people go to gigs nowadays? It was like an even s**tter version of Green Street...
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 04, 2013, 11:41:00 AM
Not mod in the slightest but I went to see The Courteeners on Monday, I've had a bit of a soft spot for them from before their first album was out. There must have been at least 5 fights I saw during the gig. Is this why people go to gigs nowadays? It was like an even s**tter version of Green Street...

Similar experiences in the past month at both Primal Scream and Peter Hook gigs in Belfast. Don't know if it's the 'de rigeur' thing to do these days; strikes me it's more likely the case that these, in general, young t*ssers can't handle their drink and/or drugs. And there are, of course, certain bands (don't know if the Courteneers fall into this bracket) who attract an element whose sole purpose seems to be to start bother at gigs. Time for the more responsible gig-goer to be issued with a tazer as well as a wristband!!!
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Post by: Rocketman on December 05, 2013, 08:33:31 PM
Ditto .... Roddy frame/Aztec camera in Manchester this week , he was in sparkling form as always , some great banter especially with edwyn Collins in the crowd. His guitar playing is sublime the highlight for me being the flamenco style guitar solo to 'we could send letters' . Highland high rain is still amongst my favourite albums today , unbelievable that he wrote most of it whilst still (15) at school . I also caught the original postcard tour back in the day at deville's nightclub m/c. With roddy up well past his bedtime.
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Post by: Martin G on December 06, 2013, 08:13:21 AM
Was at The Christmas Tree Sessions last night at Union Chapel Islington. A truly awe inspiring venue with incredible sound. Headlined by Weller with support from The Moons who in their own right are worth checking out. Tim Burgess from The Charlatans with Myleene Klass. (Yep was a bit mad that one!) A few comedians and presenters reading Dickens as the whole event was Christmas themed as a fund raiser for SAVE THE CHILDREN. Rounded off by Holly Johnson singing The Power Of Love with an orchestra and Gaz from Supergrass. (More madness but actually very good!!) However being for a good cause and coming up to Christmas it was a genuinely nice night out.
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Post by: JTH on December 07, 2013, 05:22:53 PM
Was there too.Great night .Gaz Coombes was outstanding and the icing on the cake was Holly.
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Post by: Martin G on December 14, 2013, 04:46:33 PM
Saw Ocean Colour Scene last night in London doing 'Marching Already'. To be honest over the last 15 or so years I've probably seen OCS more than I have any other band or artist so they've set a few benchmarks for themselves. They have certainly had ups and downs and it is a shame they now seem to be having to do these sort of 'revival' tours largely based around a classic early album but nonetheless really were on top form last night and certainly the best I've seen them for a good few years. They have always had a big live following despite record sales often not matching what they did back in their glory days and last night was no exception. Everyone seems to know all the words to even lesser known album tracks and it was great seeing the band glancing and smiling at each other when none of them even had to open their mouths to keep a song going. However as reported here a few times there does seem to be a ridiculous drunk element at gigs nowadays spoiling things with fights, spillage of drinks and not forgetting twonks with camera phones and i-Pads too! Also every three or four songs into the set and you get a huge round of 'WE ARE THE MODS, WE ARE THE MODS' from groups of blokes often with beards skinny jeans and other attire that cannot remotely be described as 'Mod'. Great performance from the band though.
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Post by: Martin G on December 16, 2013, 12:04:28 AM
A back to back post albeit a few days apart! Went to see The Moons at The 100 Club in London. A great band we've seen a few times these last couple of years. Great live performers and Andy Croft is a superb songwriter who although clearly wears his musical heart on his sleeve comes up with modern and inventive tunes and lyrics with some imaginative twists. Great crowd and some very smart guys and ladies in there too. Not really what you could call a 'Mod' band at all but certainly something there to attract guys like us. Decent lad supporting The Moons tonight too. Paul something or other!! Smart dresser, can play the guitar a bit and sings a fair tune. Did a few self composed numbers and then finished off with a cover of the old Jam song Butterfly Collector and then Heatwave by Martha Reeves And The Vandellas. Nice to see a new kid on the scene happy to dig back into some oldies like that. The boy could go far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: ianeggbert on December 16, 2013, 07:36:27 AM
Jealous!

I'm hoping they come down to the sunny South West at some point in the near future as I'd very much like to see them live. That new boy Paul sounds good though  ;)
A back to back post albeit a few days apart! Went to see The Moons at The 100 Club in London. A great band we've seen a few times these last couple of years. Great live performers and Andy Croft is a superb songwriter who although clearly wears his musical heart on his sleeve comes up with modern and inventive tunes and lyrics with some imaginative twists. Great crowd and some very smart guys and ladies in there too. Not really what you could call a 'Mod' band at all but certainly something there to attract guys like us. Decent lad supporting The Moons tonight too. Paul something or other!! Smart dresser, can play the guitar a bit and sings a fair tune. Did a few self composed numbers and then finished off with a cover of the old Jam song Butterfly Collector and then Heatwave by Martha Reeves And The Vandellas. Nice to see a new kid on the scene happy to dig back into some oldies like that. The boy could go far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Dave E on December 17, 2013, 12:55:22 PM
The Blades in Dublin last friday. Brilliant night, the band were fantastic, atmosphere was unbelievable and not one chant of "We Are The Mods" anywhere to be heard. Just gutted I couldn't stay for the saturday night as well.
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Post by: W12mod on December 19, 2013, 01:22:11 AM
Possibly not the most sensible thing to be posting now as its about 0115. Just got back from seeing the Rifles at the boogaloo in high gate. Amazing gig - band didnt come on stage until after 2200. The boogaloo is a pub and not massive at that , being about 4ft away is quite surreal as they played all their biggies. What was even more surreal was that Liam Gallagher was there as well. He stayedfor the gig and was just him and his girlfriend, no entorage - strange for the first 20 mins as it was like he was an animal in a zoo with everyone and their phones. Gig was great, finished at 1130' got the tube had to run at Waterloo, officially missed the last train but luckily some pissed bloke held the train and we managed to jump on. Eventually getting home after drinking far more than I should. happy days
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Post by: Martin G on December 20, 2013, 01:10:26 PM
I've seen The Rifles a few times but never at a venue as small as a pub so that must have been a cracker of a night. Great Liam story too. It's funny because despite all the bad press the fella has had I have two close people to me who met him once at a gig and another at a pub having a beer and both say he was a top guy who smiled all the way through the camera phone stuff and all the rest. It must be a bit crazy being that well known and just going to see a band in a small venue but fair play to him for still being prepared to do it. The Rifles very decent bad too. Great story.
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Post by: mr_duderino on January 19, 2014, 11:10:08 PM
Odd one but "the simon and garfunkle story"  sort of a history come tribute.  Very likable and accomplished musicians and showmen even if Paul Simon looked more like Matt horne from Gavin and Stacey.  And yes.  I took me mum.
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Post by: W12mod on January 25, 2014, 11:01:44 AM
Nine Below Zero - Half Moon Putney.

Great gig last night at a packed half moon.  Band played a great set, lots of great covers and all their classics. Dennis looked very dapper. Quite a few Moddy types around. Putney's a good place to be on a Friday night.
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Post by: Jack.92 on January 27, 2014, 08:55:53 PM
Jealous!

I'm hoping they come down to the sunny South West at some point in the near future as I'd very much like to see them live. That new boy Paul sounds good though  ;)


Only confirmed late last week Ian but the Moons are playing Department S at The Lanes (Bristol) on saturday the 5th of April!
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Post by: Fentonwho on February 02, 2014, 01:00:58 PM
Not my ususal gig but saw "Magic & Loss - The music of Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground" last night in St Albans.
The singer is an old friend of mine and i was there on photographer duty for their website (this was their debut show)
I know next to nothing about Lou Reed but i have to be honest and say that i actually rather enjoyed myself as they were very good !
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Post by: W12mod on February 13, 2014, 11:49:04 PM
The Strypes - Shepherds Bush W12.

This band are superb, was quite worried on. Number of levels that I was going to see such a young band. They just cracked it, it was excellent.

I have seen many bands and they are one of the best. Stage presence,voice, they had it all. Was a top top gig.

Go and see them.

Warped into the high numbers, played Louie Louie as an encore - could sound cheesy but it wasn't .

Brilliant Thursday night in Shepherds bush.
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Post by: OCBD on February 23, 2014, 09:15:45 PM
I went to Jake Bugg in Nottingham on Thursday. It was brilliant. He played a blinder! Lots of Liam Gallagher clones and young kids there who seemed more interested in filming the gig through their mobile phones.

Also, I went to see The Strypes in Sheffield on Saturday. Once again, a brilliant gig and once again a lot of Gallagher and Weller clones. They seem to be taking more of a Punk sound now which I think is a shame. The only thing that ruined it was the amount of drunken bell ends pushing into me and my girlfriend. The embarrassing thing was that most of the pushing came from 40+ old weller clones!
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Post by: Bobby Charlton on February 23, 2014, 09:21:04 PM
I went to Jake Bugg in Nottingham on Thursday. It was brilliant. He played a blinder! Lots of Liam Gallagher clones and young kids there who seemed more interested in filming the gig through their mobile phones.

Also, I went to see The Strypes in Sheffield on Saturday. Once again, a brilliant gig and once again a lot of Gallagher and Weller clones. They seem to be taking more of a Punk sound now which I think is a shame. The only thing that ruined it was the amount of drunken bell ends pushing into me and my girlfriend. The embarrassing thing was that most of the pushing came from 40+ old weller clones!

 ;D
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Post by: Fentonwho on February 26, 2014, 04:06:43 AM
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey at Shepherds Bush Empire - after the beer~drenched bacchanalia of last December's OCS gig at the same venue i chose to sit upstairs for this one ! (Need'nt have worried though as the crowd were here for the music and not to f**k about !)
Support band were The Standard Lamps - daft name but a great RnB threepiece well worth seeing again.
Then Wilko did a 45 min set with his usual band , to be joined later by Rog , Mick Talbot and a very good harmonica player whose name i could'nt catch - they played through all of the new "Going Back Home" album + a 2 song encore (including Can't Explain)
Daltrey's voice was at it's powerhouse best and it was good to see him using his talents on different material
A great night and a dreadful shame that it's probably the last time i'll see Wilko.
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Post by: Monkey on February 26, 2014, 08:25:19 PM
Went to Wilko & Daltrey too. Agree with Fentonwho; good to see Daltrey stepping out of his comfort zone and singing someone other than Townshend's material. Think that kinda ragged R&B probably suits his voice more these days than anything Townshend is likely to come up with. Great to see Merton Mick up there too. Really upped the night when he, Roger and the harp player (didn't catch his name either) came on.
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Post by: W12mod on March 02, 2014, 09:59:19 AM
Went to see Len Price, Galilao 7 and the Sonic Jewels last night at the pipeline in London. Very pleasant evening. After all the rain recently it was a lovely day yesterday so we left early and strolled along the Thames from Waterloo. The bridges and view along that Parton London never fails to remind me London is a great city. Never been to the pipeline but it was a good venue, nice basement with much better sound than the last time we saw Len price at the 100 club. Really good gig, all 3 bands were excellent. Sonics jewels were a real pleasant surprise. Len price were on top form and got everyone going.  Wasn't a bad crowd considering there seemed to be about 3 other mod type things in London last night but these quality bands deserve better support. Mike
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Post by: Soulstar on March 05, 2014, 03:14:47 PM
Went to see Len Price, Galilao 7 and the Sonic Jewels last night at the pipeline in London. Very pleasant evening. After all the rain recently it was a lovely day yesterday so we left early and strolled along the Thames from Waterloo. The bridges and view along that Parton London never fails to remind me London is a great city. Never been to the pipeline but it was a good venue, nice basement with much better sound than the last time we saw Len price at the 100 club. Really good gig, all 3 bands were excellent. Sonics jewels were a real pleasant surprise. Len price were on top form and got everyone going.  Wasn't a bad crowd considering there seemed to be about 3 other mod type things in London last night but these quality bands deserve better support. Mike

Nice one, Mike.
I'd wondered both about the Pipeline venue and the Sonic Jewels - will check both out.
I'm with you on the pre-gig route. Whenever going to Hip City, RnB123 etc, we normally head over the river to Southwark for a couple of pints, then walk back to the venue over one of the bridges. A"livener" in every sense (and hence the ruddy face on entry and exit).
Bill.
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Post by: Soulstar on March 10, 2014, 01:00:09 PM
The Impressions & The Curtom Orchestra, last night in Islington, London.

Uplifting, inspiring and soothing! Just magical.  I'll say no more, in the hope that Monkey will do his stuff in a fitting review.
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Post by: Monkey on March 10, 2014, 05:52:29 PM
The Impressions & The Curtom Orchestra, last night in Islington, London.
Uplifting, inspiring and soothing! Just magical.  I'll say no more, in the hope that Monkey will do his stuff in a fitting review.

Oh no, don't hold back on my account, I wanna hear others' thoughts. (I'm not likely to review in full as have done in the past and everything remains the same).

But you're right, it was truly magical. On my way there I was thinking there was nothing in the world I'd sooner have been doing than going to see The Impressions and watching them (third time now) I was bowled over again. Their songs - the records - speak for themselves but as a live act they've got it spot on. So often old soul acts can be a bit ropey or venture in to cheese territory (medleys, audience participation, "this one's for all the ladies in the house") but they keep they dignity. Pick a dozen of their best songs and do them justice. Amazing.

Also, the fact they stay behind and meet fans, shake hands, sign records etc is another sign of their class. Just to be able to quickly say "thanks" to these people for all the immeasurable pleasure they've given over the years was great for us and hopefully great for them too.   
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Post by: Soulstar on March 10, 2014, 08:14:53 PM
Yes, pure class!

They've been my favourite soul act since I was a kid and to be honest, I was half expecting some disappointment. Couldn't have been more wrong. Voices in superb order, a lovely balance of enthusiasm and modesty - three gents who seemed as happy to be there as the rest of us.
Their references to Curtis were really respectful (although playing "Move on up" was the only choice that felt a bit unnecessary to me).

I think the power of music is too often romanticised these days - but I'd parachute The Impressions into war zones and let their mix of conciousness and music do the talking. True communicators and really affecting.

The band and sound were top notch, too.



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Post by: Dave E on March 11, 2014, 09:23:43 AM
Gutted I missed the Impressions (again!), didn't even know about it untill Sunday afternoon and was struck down with a cold anyway so couldn't have made it along!
Went to the Wilko and Daltrey gig too, great set though couldn't see to much. Everytime i go to that venue I always same next time I'm going in the seats upstairs so i can see. I remember when being 6ft used to be tall....
Saw the Fallen Leaves at the 12 Bar last Wednesday, now there's a band I really like, punk for gentlemen they call their sound, I could call it punk with purple flashes, there's definitely a touch of the Creation in their sound.
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Post by: JTH on March 12, 2014, 09:47:29 PM
Gutted I missed the Impressions (again!), didn't even know about it untill Sunday afternoon and was struck down with a cold anyway so couldn't have made it along!
Went to the Wilko and Daltrey gig too, great set though couldn't see to much. Everytime i go to that venue I always same next time I'm going in the seats upstairs so i can see. I remember when being 6ft used to be tall....
Saw the Fallen Leaves at the 12 Bar last Wednesday, now there's a band I really like, punk for gentlemen they call their sound, I could call it punk with purple flashes, there's definitely a touch of the Creation in their sound.
Didn't buy a ticket as it  'clashed' with me taking the missus to see ABC perform Lexicon Of Love.Discovered looking at tickets Sunday evening the gig isn't for another few weeks.
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Post by: The Laird of Enfield on March 13, 2014, 12:56:35 AM
Went tae see Laibach tonight.


Interestingly totalitarian.


 
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Post by: Lewblooze on March 14, 2014, 12:06:00 PM
Saw The Stranglers, Nine Below Zero supported them at The Cliffs Pavilion Southend. Local venue for me, not a bad way to spend Thursday evening..
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Post by: Rocketman on March 15, 2014, 04:58:53 PM
Saw ' the hosts ' last nite , great show .
They have been locked away in a studio with Richard Hawley and honed a fantastic
(santo & Johnny / Roy Orbison) soundscape.
Some excellent banter with the crowd , hope they get that deserved break.
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Post by: Dr Mod on March 17, 2014, 01:21:32 PM
Saw the 45's in Brighton on Friday night. Very impressed considering they are still too young to legally buy a pint in the boozer they played in (they made do with orange juice and cream eggs). Likened them to Nine Below Zero when Dennis Greaves and co called the band Stan's Blues Band.
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Post by: detroitmike on May 14, 2014, 07:23:46 PM
Just received an email on Weller N.A. dates, and he's doing a Detroit stop.
I know that's not a big deal for you guys in the UK, but he hasn't played Detroit, in must be over 20 years...
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Post by: lammyrider on May 14, 2014, 10:09:18 PM
Went to see de la soul last week,not mod but bloody awesome anyway  ;)
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Post by: Red Steve on May 15, 2014, 09:07:00 AM
Just received an email on Weller N.A. dates, and he's doing a Detroit stop.
I know that's not a big deal for you guys in the UK, but he hasn't played Detroit, in must be over 20 years...

Don't want to put a damper on this, but the last couple of times I've seen him live, I left feeling a little disappointed. As a solo artist I've seen him well over a dozen times maybe more. The last time I really enjoyed a gig was back in 2005 in Bristol...this was the set list then http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-weller/2005/colston-hall-bristol-england-3bde58fc.html

The last few times seem to correspond to a new album release and a lot of the gig was taken playing new material which has been ok but I still think he could be a little more "crowd friendly" with his choice of songs. Not saying he has to play a load of old Jam or Style Council stuff although that always goes down well, but maybe mix it up a little bit more.

One gig at the Royal Albert Hall in London a couple of years back I could have honestly left and went back to the bar...

Just hope his US Tour sees him back on form.
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Post by: detroitmike on May 15, 2014, 02:36:27 PM
Just received an email on Weller N.A. dates, and he's doing a Detroit stop.
I know that's not a big deal for you guys in the UK, but he hasn't played Detroit, in must be over 20 years...

Don't want to put a damper on this, but the last couple of times I've seen him live, I left feeling a little disappointed. As a solo artist I've seen him well over a dozen times maybe more. The last time I really enjoyed a gig was back in 2005 in Bristol...this was the set list then http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-weller/2005/colston-hall-bristol-england-3bde58fc.html

The last few times seem to correspond to a new album release and a lot of the gig was taken playing new material which has been ok but I still think he could be a little more "crowd friendly" with his choice of songs. Not saying he has to play a load of old Jam or Style Council stuff although that always goes down well, but maybe mix it up a little bit more.

One gig at the Royal Albert Hall in London a couple of years back I could have honestly left and went back to the bar...

Just hope his US Tour sees him back on form.

Thanks for the heads up, Steve.
we (Detroit) beggars can't be choosers, though  ;)
Last time I saw him in Detroit , he was touring his first solo album after the Style Council. That's how long it's been!
He played a sparsely attended gig  a couple of years after that (which people who attended could tell he was really pissed about), and the very last time he tried to play here, the show was canceled due to poor ticket sales.
Assuming he's touring his greatest hits record, so it could be a decent mix...
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Post by: Rocketman on June 12, 2014, 11:46:39 AM
Shoreditch richmix ,tues nite. Shane meadows hosting a short films presentation which led onto a live (comeback) performance from his friend gavin Clark (sunhouse) and band.
Fantastic singer/songwriter , hope he gets just appreciation and success this time around.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on June 24, 2014, 08:14:38 AM
Somewhat belated but I went to what must rank as my favourite gig for many years, at what has long been one of my favourite venues - The Half Moon at Putney.

Headlining were Graham Day & The Forefathers (pretty much half the Prisoners with long time partner-in-crime Wolf Howard on drums), ably supported by The Len Price 3 and The Galileo 7.

The Galileo 7 are Prisoners bass man Alan Crockford's side project/band (Graham Day's bands seem to gig oh-so very rarely) and are extremely melodic garage/sixties pop, with multiple harmonies between the 4 of the them (not sure what happened to the other Galileo 3) and a Hammond sound (which I'm a self confessed sucker for at the best of times). The highlight for me aside from their most enjoyable songs was the fact they managed to secure the services of the Vic Spanner of Carry on at your Convenience on bass! Their album False Memory Lane will be my next purchase: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBV6ZqtsC94

(http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsC/3601-3013.gif)  << Galileo 7 bass-player!

The Len Price 3 have been doing the rounds for a number of years and their power-pop music and indeed image (matching boating blazers) is like a blast from the 'revival' past but (to these ears anyway) certainly the better bits - think Basket Case era Green Day meets Squire. They played a great deal of tracks from their new album Nobody Knows including my personal favourites Words Wont Come and The London Institute. They also played old crowd-pleasers such as Shirley Crabtree from the Chinese Burn album ...alltogethernow 'Easy!... Easy!... Easy!...'

The whole album is available to listen to on Youtube but do yourself and the band a favour and buy a copy if it floats your boat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkA6ftcYMpg

The headline act were as you'd expect a full-on sonic experience. The three piece set-up suits their pared back garage sound - no jazz-chords here thank you, we're not at home to any of that diminished-fifth nonsense - just plenty of open and barre chords, major and minor... what else do you need? Graham's vast back-catalogue was plundred judiciously, with plenty of Prisoners numbers in the mix (their latest single - clear-vinyl - no CD - naturally, is a version of Love Me Lies from the Wisermiserdemelda LP from oooh a thousand light years ago), along with the highlights from his many other bands; from The Solar Flares right through to more recent incarnations like The Gaoler's (a blistering 'Begging You'). Propelled along by the the thunderous drums (broken bass-pedals a specialty) and Alan Crockford's driving bass, the songs held a packed Half Moon in (shock &) awe and it was a mass sing-a-long for all the old Faces in the crowd. It's been a fair while since I've leapt about with such gay-abandon, ears ringing and sweating like a garage-band time machine that's delivered me back to my teens.

The final song of the second encore was for a member of the crowd who'd travelled from Durham for the gig (and his request - nice touch) was I am the Fisherman from probably push-comes-to-shove my favourite all-time album The Last Four Fathers. I've had a grin from ear-to-ear on the memories of this gig ever since!

.... and wait for it... all three bands for the princely sum of £13.50... The same bands will be playing again in London in October, so I think a birthday treat to myself is in order... in the meantime I shall dig out the albums again and simply 'dig'... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csdXclZ7R3w

Quite how Graham Day isn't as famous as; say, Paul Weller, I don't know, but judging by his (& the band's) mingling in the bar before and after the gig I suspect that's the way he rather likes it...
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Post by: Spectre on June 24, 2014, 08:28:59 AM
Nice post  SuaveCollective  ;)
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Post by: Jonny on August 22, 2014, 09:33:17 AM
Anyone off to watch Nick Waterhouse in Liverpool next weekend and fancy a pint before hand? (Or just a meet up in Liverpool early evening if you're not going?)
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Post by: Jack.92 on August 22, 2014, 04:45:26 PM
Will be at the Nick Waterhouse gig Jonny, I'll send you a DM.
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Post by: BUtterfield8 on August 30, 2014, 09:21:52 AM
I thought Nick Waterhouse was fantastic. Third time I've seen him and think that was the smallest venue so far!
Really great to see the guy on keyboards JB Flatt there too - he's the musical arranger for the Dig Deeper shows in Brooklyn and supremely talented in his own right. Sadly had to leave just before 11 to go and catch a train - did I miss much?

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Post by: Jack.92 on August 30, 2014, 03:21:52 PM
First time seeing him for me last night and it was spot on! They did an encore but only one song I think. Also the band stayed for a while after for a drink/chat, great bunch of people!
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Post by: Martin G on August 31, 2014, 09:53:13 AM
Went to see Geno Washington last night at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells. Great little venue that was awarded "Best Small Venue Of The Year" recently by NME readers. Apparently it used to be an old public convenience for both sexes but rather than knock it down was refurbished into a venue. We went with a couple we know who were 'Originals' and who have seen him many times over the last 45 odd years but it was a first time for me. Given the guys almost legendary status, perhaps now largely due to Dexy's single, it was a surprise to see him in such a small venue performing to a crowd of no more than 100. However it didn't seem to affect his spirits at all and he was an amazing showman and front man. He ambled into the bar before the gig and to be honest looked more like the caretaker for the venue or something but once he came on stage he seemed a man half his age and took control of the whole evening. His band The Yo-Yos are a trimmed down version of his still active Ram Jam Band. The set erred towards more blues than soul but he did however round things off with a few from the famous 'Foot Stompin' Funky But Live' album and the crowd went mental. The evening finished with a Soul, Northern DJ who even dropped in a bit of Small Faces bizarrely but it was a great night. 
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Post by: Lewblooze on August 31, 2014, 09:56:14 AM
Furthermore to the comments above re the NW gig, one thing that made if for me was fantastic acoustics in an intimate venue. You could genuinely hear every instrument the whole way though & no one's sound got lost in the mix. Good to meet a fellow forum member also. Off to see him tonight in London, will report back.
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Post by: Jack.92 on August 31, 2014, 11:41:12 PM
Furthermore to the comments above re the NW gig, one thing that made if for me was fantastic acoustics in an intimate venue. You could genuinely hear every instrument the whole way though & no one's sound got lost in the mix. Good to meet a fellow forum member also. Off to see him tonight in London, will report back.

Great to meet you and Jonny mate really topped off a great night!
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Post by: detroitmike on September 09, 2014, 10:34:41 PM
Saw Weller last night at St Andrew's Hall, a smallish venue, 1000 people max. really great, energetic show.
He hasn't played Detroit in 10-15 years I'm guessing, so the crowd seemed very appreciative... good mix of material
closed with "Heatwave" ( "couldn't leave Detroit without playing that one") even manage to please one of the people I went with, who was on the fence because he wasn't into his last few LPs...
 
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Post by: Martin G on September 10, 2014, 12:24:08 PM
Last time I saw Weller as a surprise support act to The Moons at The 100 Club he did HEATWAVE so I guess he has been given the taste again of how well it goes down with crowds. It is great he is still happy to play smaller venues still. Is his popularity such that in the US a 1000 capacity venue is the norm for him?
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Post by: Red Steve on September 10, 2014, 12:31:18 PM
Saw Weller last night at St Andrew's Hall, a smallish venue, 1000 people max. really great, energetic show.
He hasn't played Detroit in 10-15 years I'm guessing, so the crowd seemed very appreciative... good mix of material
closed with "Heatwave" ( "couldn't leave Detroit without playing that one") even manage to please one of the people I went with, who was on the fence because he wasn't into his last few LPs...

Glad you caught him on a good night Mike. He can (or certainly was) a little hit and miss over the last 6 or 7 years I've seen him. The gig I saw in Bristol in 2005 was awesome. He played 30 tracks that night and was on stage for just shy of 3 hours! He was smiling and cracking jokes too. Seen him several times since and whilst they've been OK he seemed just to be going through the numbers.

The set list from 2005 was this:

1. Into Tomorrow
2. Peacock Suit 
3. Paper Smile 
4. Hung Up 
5. Mermaids
6. Amongst Butterflies 
7. From the Floorboards Up 
8. Savages 
9. Early Morning Rain 
(Gordon Lightfoot cover)
10. Going Places 
11. Porcelain Gods (which lasted about 15 minues)
12. I Walk on Guilded Splinters 
(Dr. John cover)
13. Up in Suze's Room
14. Wild Wood 
15. The Pebble and the Boy 
16. Long Hot Summer
17. Come On/Let's Go
18. In the Crowd
19. Roll Along Summer 
20. You Do Something to Me 
21. That's Entertainment 
22. Wishing on a Star 
23. Here's the Good News
24. Broken Stones 
25. Foot of the Mountain 
26. Out of the Sinking
27. The Changingman
Encore:
28. I Wanna Make It Alright 
29. Shout to the Top! 
Encore 2:
30. Town Called Malice 

 



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Post by: detroitmike on September 10, 2014, 12:57:09 PM
He seemed to be in a good mood (especially compared to his last visit to the area), the set list from Monday night:

Wild Blue Yonder
From the Floorboards Up
Wake Up the Nation
Come On/Let's Go
Sea Spray
My Ever Changing Moods
Broken Stones
Foot of the Mountain
The Attic
Going Places
Friday Street
Porcelain Gods
Above the Clouds
You Do Something to Me
7 & 3 Is the Strikers Name
Peacock Suit
Start!
Whirlpool's End

Encore:
Out of the Sinking
Picking Up Sticks
Be Happy Children

Encore 2:
Heat Wave
Town Called Malice

Show ran about 90 minutes total...

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Post by: Martin G on September 25, 2014, 12:20:49 PM
Went to see The Moons up in London at Bush Hall last night. Fantastic venue that I have been to before and a decent sized crowd for a mid week with darker nights closing in. Support from a young Essex band The Scarletts were received pretty well. Despite some decent playing and all original set the general tone of the music wasn't really in line with the pretty 'Mod' crowd but for young kids they were decent enough and great of The Moons to give these type of bands a chance to play. The Monrose, an off shoot band of ex MOONS member, were a little more to the crowds taste and reminded me of The Temples another band made up of a couple of ex Moons band members. The Moons themselves played a set surprisingly light of material from their latest album MINDWAVES and kept largely to the popular stuff from the first two albums, Lead man Andy Crofts was a little under the weather and was clearly not the singer he usually is but he battled on with the crowd offering much vocal support to his clearly sore throat. Things never really took off as you would expect as we witnessed something I have never seen in almost 40 years of gig going. The two main guitarists amps both 'packed up' followed closely by one of their foot pedals. Top marks to the band and their soundman who dived here, there and everywhere with leads, and replacement amps and at no point did they leave the stage or stand in silence but it did knock the wind out of things which was a shame. However a great night and proof that even in the face of diversity The Moons can pull it off pretty much. Like I said a surprisingly 'Mod' crowd who may have expected an appearance from Weller given his connection to the band and his surprise support slot with them last Christmas. Guys of our 'persuasion' from teenagers to guys like me in their 50s made up much of the crowd and two generations of 'revival' bands were represented in the crowd by Billy Sullivan from The Spitfires and Chris Pope from The Chords. I'd certainly reccomend The Moons to those on the lookout for a cheap local night out as at a 'tenner' a ticket I couldn't complain and every time I've seen them I have been impressed.
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Post by: lammyrider on September 25, 2014, 01:47:55 PM
 ;D andys a local lad made good
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Post by: mr_duderino on October 13, 2014, 07:15:42 PM
at the risk of getting a lot of abuse...Noel Gallagher anounced a new album and tour today.  saw the last one and was pretty good although I also "won" tickets to see him at the roundhouse, and that was way better as he only really seemed to engage the first 2 rows - and that doesnt quite work in the O2
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Post by: detroitmike on October 16, 2014, 11:39:34 AM
at the risk of getting a lot of abuse...Noel Gallagher anounced a new album and tour today.  saw the last one and was pretty good although I also "won" tickets to see him at the roundhouse, and that was way better as he only really seemed to engage the first 2 rows - and that doesnt quite work in the O2

I was at a show on his last tour at a stop here. Never saw Oasis, but I wasn't that impressed with Noel as a front man...
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Post by: Martin G on October 16, 2014, 12:17:40 PM
I saw OASIS a couple of times on the WHAT'S THE STORY and later BE HERE NOW tours. I liked their music and was very impressed with them live at the time. I know later Liam struggled a bit with his vocals but when I saw him again on BEADY EYE's first tour he had worked hard to get back to scratch. I saw Noel and HFB a few years back too and although a good player and a decent vocalist lacked the 'front man' thing Liam clearly has whether you like or loathe him.
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Post by: Stax on October 16, 2014, 03:57:56 PM
I've heard a few people saying that the tickets and fees for his latest tour are touching £80. I think that is far too steep, but i suppose people are going for the oasis stuff mainly. I doubt that he would've got to arena level so quickly as a solo artist if he had just done his own stuff.
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Post by: Razors on October 17, 2014, 03:50:30 PM
Saw Oasis in the back room of a pub in Leicester, with no more than about 20 people there circa 1993/4.
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Post by: Monkey on October 19, 2014, 06:05:03 PM
Last couple of weeks:

Jim Jones Revue at Kentish Town Forum. Farewell gig. Seen them a lot throughout their lifetime and a better rock and roll band would be hard to find. Absolutely brilliant live. And for a band of greaser rockers there was a little collection of familiar mod faces in the attendance, which was nice to see.

Stone Foundation at the 100 Club. Never heard them before and did find my toe-tapping and head nodding to their Style Council/Big Sound Authority "blue eyed soul". Wish I'd seen them with Nolan Porter a while back as thought the band were terrrific but found the singer a little offputting (bit too holiday camp entertainer, sorry).

The Primitives at the Garage. Great show. Love how their set is half new "reforemed" stuff and half from their original period and if you didn't know wouldn't be able to tell which was which. Also like how they still look like pop stars. Important for a pop group.
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Post by: Martin G on October 20, 2014, 12:21:45 PM
Stone Foundation I've seen a few times and always pretty decent. I kind of know what you mean about the singer but every time I've seen them he is sweating his bits off and really going for it so always top marks for input. Class band as well as noted.

The Primitives were a great band too. Not seen or heard too much of them since they reformed but nice to know it is of the same flavour.

Good round up of gigs mate.
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Post by: Monkey on October 21, 2014, 08:54:18 AM
Stone Foundation I've seen a few times and always pretty decent. I kind of know what you mean about the singer but every time I've seen them he is sweating his bits off and really going for it so always top marks for input. Class band as well as noted.

Yeah, was trying not to be too harsh as unfair to criticize folk for giving it their all, which he was. Just found it a bit "clean" when I prefer my soul more weather-beaten! 
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Post by: hipshaker on October 22, 2014, 09:13:25 PM
Saw Oasis in the back room of a pub in Leicester, with no more than about 20 people there circa 1993/4.

was that the co-headline tour with whiteout?  i saw that tour in southampton at the joiners, about 150 in.

recent gigs for me:

ATV - superb.
Bermondsey Joyriders - good
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Post by: JTH on October 24, 2014, 06:03:25 PM
Saw Oasis in the back room of a pub in Leicester, with no more than about 20 people there circa 1993/4.

was that the co-headline tour with whiteout?  i saw that tour in southampton at the joiners, about 150 in.

recent gigs for me:

ATV - superb.
Bermondsey Joyriders - good
I quite liked Whiteout.
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Post by: Razors on October 25, 2014, 04:27:39 PM
Saw Oasis in the back room of a pub in Leicester, with no more than about 20 people there circa 1993/4.

was that the co-headline tour with whiteout?  i saw that tour in southampton at the joiners, about 150 in.

It was with Whiteout yes.
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Post by: Diabolik on October 29, 2014, 12:46:11 PM
Me and the Missus were Jazzed all over last night!
We went to see Gregory Porter at York Barbican - "NICE!"
Wow, what a voice the man has. Fantastic range and he sings with real passion. His band were extremely proficient and each had the opportunity to display their skills individually, but for me it bordered on the tiresome when yet another Sax solo was crow-barred into the set. Why use one note when you can twiddle about with 15!!
Although firmly in the Jazz Camp, the set also covered elements of Gospel and Soul which really were fantastic in a live setting. If you get the chance to see him live, I'd definitely recommend it.
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Post by: Red Steve on November 04, 2014, 04:35:07 PM
Just picked up some tickets to see Nine Below Zero & Barrence Whitfield & The Savages (both playing at the Fleece in Bristol this month:

http://www.thefleece.co.uk/event/nine-zero-35th-anniversary-show-special-guests/

http://www.thefleece.co.uk/event/barrence-whitfield-savages-special-guests/
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Post by: leeboy on November 04, 2014, 05:47:09 PM
Not a gig as such but going to see the Kinks musical in December, my big 50 birthday. Read good reviews, anyone else seen it?   
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Post by: Martin G on November 08, 2014, 04:30:28 PM
Seeing as West End musicals are being included I guess I can mention MEMPHIS which I saw on Thursday. I wasn't not too keen really especially given the involvement of a member of Bon Jovi in the writing but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. A pretty basic story of a young white guy in mid 1950s Memphis who loves the style, music and attitude of his local black community. They of course don't want him hanging around. His white contemporaries don't like him hanging with the black kids so he is a bit of a loner until he falls for lead lady Beverly Knight who really is an amazing performer and singer. The guy then manages to blag a job as a DJ and uses the opportunity to play the stuff he loves which of course starts to unite the local black and white kids to the dismay of the adults. He becomes a TV show host too with black acts singing and dancing. The show becomes a local hit and he has the chance to go national but is told he has to drop the emphasis on the Doo Wop, Blues and R 'n' B he loves. This runs along with Beverly Knight's characters career as a singer taking off and the conflict it all creates. MEMPHIS is spectacularly staged with amazing dancing and some very decent original songs reflecting the 1950s/early 60s period in which it is set. Certainly worth a look.

Last night we went to The Grand in Clapham to see FROM THE JAM. As a kid I saw The Jam well into double figures from late 1978 until they called it a day. I Saw The Style Council three or four times during their first 18 months or so but gradually fell out of love with them. My memories of The Jam are ones I cherish dearly and have never really wanted to revisit that stuff in live situations preferring to listen to the records. I have seen Weller a number of times and although decent enough just never felt quite the same about him as I did as a teenage lad. So after some cajoling went to see Foxton and his new compatriots in action performing SETTING SONS and a greatest hits set. To be honest I thoroughly enjoyed it. He looked slim and smart and without too close a scrutiny looked much as I remembered him back 30 years or so (Wish I did) Russell Hastings who sings doesn't do a Weller impression rather sing in his own voice and style but which actually isn't too different from Weller's 'Jam' voice. However as we have oft seen mentioned here the evening was marred by a couple of fights, beer flying here there and everywhere and hundreds of balding sweating 50 year old blokes crashing about all over the place as if they were teenagers. Let's not forger the inevitable "WE ARE THE MODS WE ARE THE MODS WE ARE WE ARE WE ARE THE MODS" to round things off. I took my other half as she too was a teenage Jam fan and saw them a few times herself but it was a little intimidating for females as it was a largely male crowd who looked more at home on the terraces than at a musical event but my recollections of gigs back in the 1970s wasn't too different really so I should have seen it coming. However an enjoyable evening.     
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Post by: Red Steve on November 10, 2014, 12:02:30 PM
I saw From The Jam last year when they were in Bristol. As you said a good nostalgia trip, but like you we also had "rent a mob" who felt it was fine to throw beer over others as well as crashing and charging about like mindless idiots, meaning the front of the venue was a no go zone, unless you fancy getting into a fight. Shame the few spoil it for the majority.
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Post by: Martin G on November 10, 2014, 01:24:29 PM
Steve I think for me the two main problems was that sadly it was a majority certainly on the designated dance floor area and also the fact that the bulk of them were certainly around my age and not idiot teenage kids. Funniest of all was a geezer again about 50 dressed like a text book Moddy 'Kid' from back in 1980. Rubbish desert boots, cheap shirt, thin tie, badges and patches all over his parka. There was so much booze being thrown he actually put his hood up!! Then when we left I thought maybe he has a scooter hence the parka.......I saw him at the bus stop opposite. Made me chuckle. Anyway looking forward to a more sober affair next Sunday when we see The Manfredds. Always a decent night out.
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Post by: Stax on November 15, 2014, 08:37:35 AM
The Rifles at the Koko in Camden last night. Excellent as always, but it does make me laugh that the people that chant 'we are the mods' are the most un-mod people in the place.
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Post by: Martin G on November 15, 2014, 09:46:21 AM
I tried for that one but missed out on a ticket. The Moons supported right? Seen them both a few times but together reckon it must have been a blinder. Nice one. Seeing The Manfreds tomorrow night. Always look forward to bit of that. I may start the 'We Are The Mods' chant myself!! 
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Post by: Stax on November 15, 2014, 11:47:56 AM
The Moons supported, but i didn't see them as they kept changing the stage times so i couldn't plan what i was doing properly so i just went for a drink in town first. Andy Crofts was signing stuff at the merchandise stall afterwards though. Have you got a ticket for the Electric Ballroom next year?
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Post by: Martin G on November 15, 2014, 09:28:24 PM
I will have a look at that one thanks for the heads up mate
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Post by: Stax on November 16, 2014, 09:23:45 AM
Three nights at the EB, Friday is all sold out i think, but Thurs and Sat still available. It's a 10 year anniversary thing, so they're doing the first album and the associated b-sides(althought that wasn't released until 2006). Should be good anyway.
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Post by: Martin G on November 16, 2014, 05:46:13 PM
Cheers for that background I will take a look. Thank you
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Post by: Rocketman on November 19, 2014, 10:29:56 PM
Not a gig as such but going to see the Kinks musical in December, my big 50 birthday. Read good reviews, anyone else seen it?
I am there tomorrow (thurs eve) so will provide a review after weekend.
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Post by: Bik on November 21, 2014, 12:22:12 PM
I saw Graham Day & The Forefathers last weekend in Dublin, fantastic gig in a tiny, sweaty venue.

The support band The Freedom 35s were also top quality, heavy Booker T grooves in a top set of original and cover instrumentals.
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Post by: JTH on November 25, 2014, 08:43:49 PM
I saw Graham Day & The Forefathers last weekend in Dublin, fantastic gig in a tiny, sweaty venue.

The support band The Freedom 35s were also top quality, heavy Booker T grooves in a top set of original and cover instrumentals.
Saw them at a tiny venue in Bethnal Green this time last year.Hasn't been bettered since.Welcome back mate.
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Post by: Stax on November 28, 2014, 06:06:02 AM
I went to see From the Jam in Hull on Wednesday. Probably the best I've seen them i think. Also, there was only one instance of inappropriate 'we are the mods' chanting.
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Post by: Red Steve on November 28, 2014, 10:57:48 AM
I went to see From the Jam in Hull on Wednesday. Probably the best I've seen them i think. Also, there was only one instance of inappropriate 'we are the mods' chanting.

Blimey you got off lightly. When I see Jam tribute bands I think that chant is one of their songs that wasn't released!
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Post by: greenstreet on November 28, 2014, 11:29:54 AM
Next friday I'm attending a Long Ryders gig in my town. Last time I saw them live must have been 86 or 87, so we (my wife & me) are eager to see them. Maybe the best group of the Paisley Underground scene (definitely in the top 5) and a mighty fine live band, or so I remember. Besides, their records were the soundtrack of my youth, I know them upside down.

And it's a good excuse to rejoin old friends too  :).
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Post by: Stax on December 03, 2014, 08:05:02 AM
Saw the Who in Leeds last night. Very good gig, but a little sad as i'm fairly certain that's the last time i'll see them. Pete Townsend also appeared to be dressed like someone from the Sopranos.
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Post by: W12mod on December 18, 2014, 01:47:41 AM
Just (literally) got back from the annual pilgrimage to see the Rifles play their acoustic Christmas gig at the boogaloo. Missed my last train home and very glad that ihave taken Thursday of work. Why do they come on so late, we left at 1130 and they were still playing and no sign of Romeo and Juliet! They opened with Local boy, which is my fav ever track and I could have walked out then and been happy. Liam Gallagher was not in attendance this year but the crowd was lively with a mixture of mods/ beardy trendy London blokes/ new Moddy types and a couple of skins.

The rifles are great I love them to bits and singalong to every song. It's pretty special to see them in a venue like this, such a difference from seeing them in a packed Brixton academy with 2,500 people to the boogaloo, which is like being in your local pub.

Not tonight but wanted to mention Point Blank - a mod night in central London last Saturday. Didn't seem to get a mention on here. It was great and good to see Soulstar there. Love being in a place with plenty of smart mods all having a great time? Takes me back. Really good night. Can't wait for the next one.

Mike
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Post by: Soulstar on December 18, 2014, 09:40:53 PM


Not tonight but wanted to mention Point Blank - a mod night in central London last Saturday. Didn't seem to get a mention on here. It was great and good to see Soulstar there. Love being in a place with plenty of smart mods all having a great time? Takes me back. Really good night. Can't wait for the next one.

Mike

Cheers Mike. Yeah, I really enjoyed it too. Decent tunes, really friendly and - sharp as the crowd were - no one "too cool for school". As it should be.
Despite my four day recovery period  :-\ - I'll be back for more.
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Post by: Rocketman on December 28, 2014, 01:16:28 PM
I went to see From the Jam in Hull on Wednesday. Probably the best I've seen them i think. Also, there was only one instance of inappropriate 'we are the mods' chanting.

Blimey you got off lightly. When I see Jam tribute bands I think that chant is one of their songs that wasn't released!
There is a jam tribute band about to tour/visit my neck o woods , anybody seen them ? (link below)
http://thejammovement.com
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Post by: Martin G on January 02, 2015, 01:30:39 PM
Seen a few tribute JAM acts but not those. To be honest if it is local, cheap and cheerful you should go as I find for anything up to a 'tenner' even if they are a bit ropey it is a decent night and you hear some songs you enjoy. I agree the old 'We Are The Mods!' crowd tend to come out in force but that was the case toward the end of the career of the actual band and even back then as a kid I was embarressed by all of that. I remember a couple of the earliest JAM tributes from twenty odd years back. One was ENGLISH ROSE and another from the US called ALL MOD CONS and they were especially good funnily enough. More recently I've seen a few but for me by far the best was THE JAMM but sadly their 'Weller' is seriously ill and undergoing some pretty tough treatment so all the best to him. I see enough 'proper' bands both up and coming and established not to feel snotty about seeing a tribute act here and there but there is a stigma attached to it when you think of a fat Elvis or bewigged Rod Stewart or whatever but like I say go along and have a laugh and a sing along and enjoy it mate. Let us know what they are like
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Post by: Rocketman on January 02, 2015, 01:44:20 PM
Seen a few tribute JAM acts but not those. To be honest if it is local, cheap and cheerful you should go as I find for anything up to a 'tenner' even if they are a bit ropey it is a decent night and you hear some songs you enjoy. I agree the old 'We Are The Mods!' crowd tend to come out in force but that was the case toward the end of the career of the actual band and even back then as a kid I was embarressed by all of that. I remember a couple of the earliest JAM tributes from twenty odd years back. One was ENGLISH ROSE and another from the US called ALL MOD CONS and they were especially good funnily enough. More recently I've seen a few but for me by far the best was THE JAMM but sadly their 'Weller' is seriously ill and undergoing some pretty tough treatment so all the best to him. I see enough 'proper' bands both up and coming and established not to feel snotty about seeing a tribute act here and there but there is a stigma attached to it when you think of a fat Elvis or bewigged Rod Stewart or whatever but like I say go along and have a laugh and a sing along and enjoy it mate. Let us know what they are like
Seems this band are the jamm ! , related .(see link below) Seen the real band many times back in the day . Looking forward to this tribute .
http://www.fibbers.co.uk/live-events/detail/the-jam-movement-ex-the-jamm/
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Post by: Martin G on January 02, 2015, 01:52:39 PM
Perhaps the 'Foxton' or 'Buckler' were members of THE JAMM for a while but I don't recognise them from the times I saw them. Like I say the Weller, who was top notch, is very poorly at the moment. I remember a very large bald 'Buckler' and a 'Foxton' who looked like Jimmy White the snooker player so maybe these guys were part of the band after they had moved on. Whatever though I am sure you will have a good night mate.
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Post by: Monkey on January 08, 2015, 08:12:08 PM
What gigs have I been to? Well, 30 years ago today I went to see The Rage and Makin' Time at the 100 Club.

If you'll excuse the plug, I've written about it (and those times) here:
http://www.monkey-picks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-rage-mod-supergroup-of-1985-aka-my.html.

I'm not a big one for going to see old Mod bands but will make an exception for The Rage and The Scene at the 100 Club later this month (23rd). Interested to hear from others about their memories of that period.
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Post by: leeboy on January 09, 2015, 08:08:10 AM
What gigs have I been to? Well, 30 years ago today I went to see The Rage and Makin' Time at the 100 Club.

If you'll excuse the plug, I've written about it (and those times) here:
http://www.monkey-picks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-rage-mod-supergroup-of-1985-aka-my.html.

I'm not a big one for going to see old Mod bands but will make an exception for The Rage and The Scene at the 100 Club later this month (23rd). Interested to hear from others about their memories of that period.

I saw a band called the Scene in '79 or '80 in a church hall in Luton, did mainly covers if I recall but don't know if they were the same band you saw. Never got to see The Rage but read about them in one of the music papers, couldn't afford to travel too far too see bands then so mainly saw bands in Dunstable at the now demolished California Ballroom or the also demolished Queensway Hall (now a supermarket). Happy Days.
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Post by: Monkey on January 09, 2015, 07:03:56 PM
I saw a band called the Scene in '79 or '80 in a church hall in Luton, did mainly covers if I recall but don't know if they were the same band you saw. Never got to see The Rage but read about them in one of the music papers, couldn't afford to travel too far too see bands then so mainly saw bands in Dunstable at the now demolished California Ballroom or the also demolished Queensway Hall (now a supermarket). Happy Days.

That would've been a different Scene. Unsurprisingly there were loads of them - there are three different ones alone on that new Millions Like Us boxset! 
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Post by: W12mod on January 09, 2015, 11:42:29 PM
What gigs have I been to? Well, 30 years ago today I went to see The Rage and Makin' Time at the 100 Club.

If you'll excuse the plug, I've written about it (and those times) here:
http://www.monkey-picks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-rage-mod-supergroup-of-1985-aka-my.html.

I'm not a big one for going to see old Mod bands but will make an exception for The Rage and The Scene at the 100 Club later this month (23rd). Interested to hear from others about their memories of that period.

Takes me back. Was definitely at two 100 club gigs where the girls took their tops off! I was more into Makin' Time though - had some great times at the 100 club watching them. we all had a crush on Fay Hallam. -like your list of bands from around then. Believe, if my timing is right, we were also into the Truth as well. saw them at the 100 club a few times - literally queuing round the block to get in.  The Untouchables were pretty good live and mega hyped for a very short period, it was a good time for me watching bands. saw the Scene as well, proper smart Mod band, really liked the singles they had out. Travelled around the country quite a bit supporting events in Swindon, Peterborough, Clacton, Bournemouth and had some great times. for me being there for the rise (in our circle) of Makin' Time was pretty special - wouldn't have swapped that for the world.
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Post by: Monkey on January 10, 2015, 10:07:52 AM
Takes me back. Was definitely at two 100 club gigs where the girls took their tops off! I was more into Makin' Time though - had some great times at the 100 club watching them. we all had a crush on Fay Hallam. -like your list of bands from around then. Believe, if my timing is right, we were also into the Truth as well. saw them at the 100 club a few times - literally queuing round the block to get in.  The Untouchables were pretty good live and mega hyped for a very short period, it was a good time for me watching bands. saw the Scene as well, proper smart Mod band, really liked the singles they had out. Travelled around the country quite a bit supporting events in Swindon, Peterborough, Clacton, Bournemouth and had some great times. for me being there for the rise (in our circle) of Makin' Time was pretty special - wouldn't have swapped that for the world.

Yes, was also at that Truth gig at the 100 Club towards the end of '84 when they recorded the Five Live EP.

Makin' Time were definitely the best band around then - and one which were (I think) universally liked. Some bands were too "Jammy" or punky or revival or whatnot but Makin' Time appealed to the live music crowd and those who didn't usually touch that side. You could actually dance properly at their gigs rather than just jump about!

The Untouchables weren't the greatest band but they filled big venues and were good live as you say and cracked - just - the charts and got on the telly and stuff. Thought that might open the door for the likes of Makin' Time but didn't quite work unfortunately. Was a great little period for gigs.
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Post by: Martin G on January 10, 2015, 11:30:20 AM
I think I missed out on what sounds like an interesting period during the latter part of the 'Revival'. I suppose I still 'looked the part' but by and large had drifted away from the bands of the period. I was very much part of that early rise of bands like The Chords and The Purple Hearts so when some of the later bands came along I felt, perhaps as an error in judgement, that I'd seen it all before. I did see The Truth at The Marquee a few times but to be honest wasn't that impressed despite knowing the drummer Gary Wallis fairly well and Dennis vaguely as they were local lads. I was more a club goer and in terms of live bands Animal Nightlife were the band for me who I felt captured an early 1960s London feel of Jazz and soul. For 'Jangly Pop' I was seeing some of the Scottish Postcard bands. If I could go back I guess I would give bands like MAKIN TIME a go. Very interesting to hear these anecdotes.
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Post by: banjo on January 10, 2015, 06:04:22 PM
This thread got me thinking about who I had seen back in the early/mid 80's.
The ones I can recall are the Purple Hearts, squire, long tall shorty,fast Eddie, rye and the quaterboys, the truth, makin time, the prisoners, small world, the rage, agent orange (I think they were ex chords). There's bound to be more but they are lost in the midst of my foggy, flu affected brain.
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Post by: Martin G on January 10, 2015, 06:18:52 PM
For good or bad that early period of the revival was my time and I saw most of the bands you mention. I also saw The Merton Parkas, Secret Affair, Back To Zero too. The Chords were my favourites and probably saw them more than any other bands of that era and they were local to me too so I didn't have to go to far as a kid to see them. The Wellington was a close by so I fell into it all very easily.
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Post by: hipshaker on January 10, 2015, 07:32:36 PM
I think I missed out on what sounds like an interesting period during the latter part of the 'Revival'. I suppose I still 'looked the part' but by and large had drifted away from the bands of the period. I was very much part of that early rise of bands like The Chords and The Purple Hearts so when some of the later bands came along I felt, perhaps as an error in judgement, that I'd seen it all before. I did see The Truth at The Marquee a few times but to be honest wasn't that impressed despite knowing the drummer Gary Wallis fairly well and Dennis vaguely as they were local lads. I was more a club goer and in terms of live bands Animal Nightlife were the band for me who I felt captured an early 1960s London feel of Jazz and soul. For 'Jangly Pop' I was seeing some of the Scottish Postcard bands. If I could go back I guess I would give bands like MAKIN TIME a go. Very interesting to hear these anecdotes.

Animal Nightlife, "Love is the great pretender" was a great track ...... it got played at nights i used to go to in the early 80s (i bought the 12" at the time), mainly "alternative" stuff from the time. I remember seeing the Higsons back then ..... maybe Pigbag too, but I was mainly into punk. Also saw Playn Jayn early 80s who I liked .... again, bought one of their releases .... a mini LP think.
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Post by: Martin G on January 10, 2015, 08:32:25 PM
I recall DC Lee turning out a few times with Animal Nightlife. One particular gig was a 'Midnight Matinee' at the Ritzy Brixton and the buzz was that Weller was due to come on with them as he was of course involved with Dee by then I think but as I recall he only watched the band from the balcony. Andy the singer wore some great gear too and always looked the business.
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Post by: Monkey on January 11, 2015, 12:20:15 PM
I think I missed out on what sounds like an interesting period during the latter part of the 'Revival'. I suppose I still 'looked the part' but by and large had drifted away from the bands of the period. I was very much part of that early rise of bands like The Chords and The Purple Hearts so when some of the later bands came along I felt, perhaps as an error in judgement, that I'd seen it all before. I did see The Truth at The Marquee a few times but to be honest wasn't that impressed despite knowing the drummer Gary Wallis fairly well and Dennis vaguely as they were local lads. I was more a club goer and in terms of live bands Animal Nightlife were the band for me who I felt captured an early 1960s London feel of Jazz and soul. For 'Jangly Pop' I was seeing some of the Scottish Postcard bands. If I could go back I guess I would give bands like MAKIN TIME a go. Very interesting to hear these anecdotes.

I've always felt - and what you say kinda backs it up - is that the "Mod Revival" '79-'80ish was a very separate thing to the "Mod Revival-Revival" (for want of a better phrase) of '84-'86. I'm sure there must have been a few people that stuck through all that time but certainly it felt the later lot (like myself) were too young to have ben involved, or even cared that much for, the '79 era. The passing of time is beginning to clump them both together which isn't really how it was. For both periods I'm sure they were You-Probably-Had-To-Be-There to have much affection for!

As for Animal Nightlife, yeah, I saw them somewhere in the mid-to-late 80s in a West End Club (can't remember the name) - although what I remember most was drinking that Japanese beer Sapporo in those silver cans where the whole top came off. Was very Blitz/The Face at the time!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on January 11, 2015, 01:30:34 PM
Booker T Jones in Belfast last night. My vocabulary is insufficient to properly convey just how special this was. We don't get that many legends appearing over here, but last night I was no more than six feet away from a bona fide one who was in fantastic form! All the classics plus some quite surprising covers (Hey Joe, Hey Yah for example). The band were both tight AND loose and Booker himself made that Hammond sing. He's a very competent guitarist as well, which I, for one, was unaware of. The crowd were treated to a history lesson as Booker regaled us with anecdotes between songs featuring Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy and Keith Richards, to name but a few. I said to the guy I was with that Booker had written, produced or played on some of the finest music ever made and there he was, right in front of us. I'm not a religious man, but this was an almost spiritual experience!

A night that will live long in the memory. That I got to shake the great man's hand, as he happily posed for pictures and signed autographs after the gig, was the icing on the cake  8)
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Post by: Martin G on January 11, 2015, 01:54:43 PM
Gonzo
That sounds like a top class night. Many guys from that sort of era who play still today but who are not in the league of say McCartney, The Stones or The Who but who still get out there and do smaller venues are often the most enjoyable. Guys like the late Ian Maclagan, Geno Washington and even more complete bands like The Manfredds have some great stories that they share between songs and make a really intimate atmosphere of things. The hanging around afterwards thing is fantastic too and goes a long way with people who have made the effort to see these sort of guys. Sounds a brilliant night

Monkey
I think your term a 'Mod Revival..revival' is quite apt. Like I say I was part of the late '78 early days of it all and knew guys who were into it maybe even a year or so before me. By 1981/82 things had begun to sour a little in terms of bands I particularly followed having split up or having changed so radically they were not 'ticking the boxes' that for me they had a few years earlier. The violence had become intolerable for me having once ended up hospital and a local guy was even killed. I had a full time job and a serious girlfriend (who I am still with today) so I found I was picking and choosing what events/gigs/runs I was attending. Still wearing much the same sort of clothes and retaining something of the 'Mod' style I think I still do today but not so 'full on' (Which of course for a 50 year old now is ridiculous anyway) It has to be said that the impact of The Jam, QUADROPHENIA, groups of scooters and parka clad lads on the street was very strong on the slightly younger crowd. I understand fully those who were a touch too young for that 78/79 era to want to get in on it a few years later in the same way as I did for a movement that had largely died a decade before I got involved. The BLITZ thing with ANIMAL NIGHTLIFE audience was funny. When I went to see them regularly there were clearly three groups in the audience. People like me who were 'Moddy types', New Romatic/Blitz kinda people along with street casual/soulboys (or however we want to refer to them) it is strange with such a loyal following they never got bigger but perhaps they were very much a London word of mouth type band.   
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Post by: Soulstar on January 12, 2015, 03:39:24 PM
Nick: Glad that you caught Booker T as he grooved through Ireland. I know what you mean about that "tight but loose" vibe - a rare but beautiful thing! 
Nice that he managed to get a photo taken with you, too.  ;)

Monkey, Martin, Banjo, Mike et al:

Firstly, Monkey; that blog piece is magnificent. Yet another time travel mission that we seem to have been double booked onto! I saw The Rage twice - both at the 100 Club - once with Makin' Time and once with The Gents. That mayhem - proper friendly chaos - is exactly what I remember. I'm not in your photos - but I won't take that personally, as I note that the Godiva girls weren't either (yeah, that was camera bulge eh?)

What really resonated was the bootleg tape from Merc. My mates and my brother used to play that non-stop for what seemed like years. One mate was convinced that it was a gig that we had been at - I wasn't so sure as memory of the gigs and the bootleg soon merged. I can still remember loads of the content - the take off of the intro to "Blockbuster" ("...beware the rocker with the greasy 'air!"...), Hallelujah and announcing a gig at The Plough and Harrow, the next week. I didn't know the names of loads of tracks on there and the lack of "official releases" maintained that. To this day, there is a song of their's that I loved - but never knew the name of(big building chorus into a call like; "Come on now....."  but not the song called  Come on Now). I never found out  but will be looking out for it on the 23rd.

I started work in the August of '85 and used to walk past a wall in Baker St that had "The Rage" sprayed on it, for years. It actually got quite depressing after a few months - it felt like a "scene" that had become really distant.
Which chimed with your chaps comments of the "revival revival". This deserves it's own thread doesn't it? 
Off to work, then I shall return.

Bill.
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Post by: W12mod on January 12, 2015, 10:31:26 PM
All Night Workers - Half Moon Putney.

Who ? Exactly, never heard of them myself either.

Came back all enthused to write about last nights gig but after reading about Booker T it's not on that level.

I really like the Half Moon in Putney, great small proper venue in a nice part of the world. when browsing their gigs saw one for the All night workers - Memphis soul from English band who worked with lots of bands in the 60's. Gave the band a good write up and said everyone would be dancing by the end. tickets only £6 so worth a gamble.

being Sunday thought it would be lucky if there would be more than a handful of people in attendance. definitely wasn't full but a reasonable crowd but many seemed to be connected to the band.

The band were made up of 10 people!!!! four piece brass section, singer, drummer, keys and three guitars- quite a feat to fit that many on the Half Moon stage!

They started and got to say I was mightily impressed. Best described as a Soul Revue they belted out some real classic Soul including Jackie Wilson, Eddie Floyd, Otis etc.

The Band were really tight, great sound and the singer had a great strong voice - really sounded good. we went to the main bar in the intervial and managed to grab 1 minute with the singer. I was looking at the poster that showed them in the 60's andaskedwhich one he was. He wasn't in the picture and told us he joined the band abit later in 1968. He joined for a Rufus Thomas tour and he talked briefly about playing at the Marquee,Flamingo and many of the US air force bases. too quickly he had to get back on stage for the second set.

The second set seemed a bit more up tempo and immediately everyone around us was dancing. I wouldn't say anyone was Mod but imagined that quite a few were original mods. some of them made some pretty impressive moves.

A really good gig - only covers, I think with 1 original track, but everything was executed with finesse and the singer was pretty impressive.

I should have found out more about the band and suppose I could have googled them but it was good to have a pleasant surprise.

the band seem to play close to their SW London roots but if you see the name I reckon you won't be disappointed if you went along to see them.

mike
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Post by: Soulstar on January 25, 2015, 12:44:37 AM
The Scene and The Rage 30th Anniversary reunion at the 100 Club, on Friday night.

I hadn't seen either since 1985 and I don't really go to many "re-formed" gigs. because for me, they tend to take the shine off some great memories. But I loved both of these bands and I wasn't going to let it pass.

The Scene were hard and as efficient as they always were - and although we're all knocking on now,  it was easy to be reminded about how powerful it was to see them as young fellas. Quite a bit of new material as well - which fitted in fine alongside the old. Oh, and a female vocalist, too.

The Rage were the main draw for me and they were just great. As Monkey has said recently; they had such potential for some "commercial" success and this was just confirmed last night. They just had a great ear for a hook and a soulful melody and I found myself remembering words from songs that I hadn't heard for thirty years - neural pathways lighting up like a Christmas tree.
A real "sweet spot" of being good musicians, not taking themselves too seriously and blending the best of musical genres. I'll say no more, because I hope that others will.

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Post by: Monkey on January 25, 2015, 06:20:14 PM
Yep, totally concur with Soulstar about the Rage/Scene gig. Me neither like touching these kinda things but glad I made an exception.

Really enjoyed The Scene. Gary Wood must've been the only person there slimmer now than 30 years ago and was fab seeing him throw those Townshend shapes and moves. I was thinking High Numbers at the Goldhawk watching him and someone on Facebook caught a great b&w photo that near enough replicates the Marquee poster. Good harmonies to their songs which knocks them up a notch from their peers. Think there was only one genuinely new song. At least a couple from the forthcoming EP were ones they did back in the day. And yeah, nice touch of welcome glamour in an evening of mature males with the backing vocalist.

The Rage. Got off to the worst possible start by opening with "Louie Louie". Very badly judged I thought (could've done without any covers from either band to be honest). But, that out of the way, their own songs really stood up well. With only a couple ever seeing release it says something how memorably they've become - still able to sing along after not hearing for nearly 30 years. More soulful than I recalled somehow. In a kinda street-soul way if that makes sense.

Was a slightly surreal and mind-twisting night stood in the same spot, watching the same bands, in the 100 club to when I was a kid. Makes you think about your life - can do without that all that reflective really! But still, like I said, really enjoyed the night.
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Post by: Martin G on February 19, 2015, 07:45:48 AM
OCEAN COLOUR SCENE last night at Royal Festival Hall. An acoustic evening as part of their anniversary tour. Having seen them many times before I am used to the odd acoustic section but never a full gig. Supported in part by a string quartet they pulled things off magnificently concentrating on the more 'Folky' stuff that makes a fair proportion of their back catalogue but including many favourites which to be honest were the ones that brought the biggest applause. A mixed crowd as ever with OCS. A few of our ilk, middle - aged music fans, bearded types in skinny jeans with tribal ear rings and many a silly drunk woman. Many of whom couldn't wait for an odd burst of 'We are The Mods!' which we had to briefly endure led largely by those who don't understand the first thing of our passion judging by the clothes they were wearing. As ever though the audience spoilt it for me. No fights this time but people up and down like yo-yos to the bog or bar, loud talking with no consideration for those around them or on the stage and the constant crappy 30 seconds of footage filmed on a camera phone that is of no use to anyone either now or at a later date. I think I just hate people in general now.
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Post by: Dancress on February 19, 2015, 08:20:36 AM
I agree Martin, I'm going to see Ride in May, in what I think is their second date since reforming, so I think I will have to take a Valium before walking through the doors as no doubt there will be a lot of photos and filming, which will make me incandescent with rage!

As you say, the filming will be less  than useless, so why not just try and enjoy the moment. f**kers!

Ha, that feels better.
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Post by: Martin G on February 19, 2015, 01:27:07 PM
Good luck at RIDE mate. I have a slew of gigs over the next few months which on one hand I am looking forward to as live music is probably my biggest passion. On the other hand however is the despair I feel with the behaviour of so many people who go to gigs these days. Whether it be a small venue with a tribute act, a mid sized gig for an up and coming band or a large venue like last night with an established act you know you are always going to be up against some prat who can't stop gabbing, sodding about with a phone or iPad. chucking beer about, telling their clearly disinterested other half how great the band is and then snogging them or indeed creating some sort of ruckus. A geezer singing his heart out at the top of his voice is no worry for me. Neither dancing and genuinely revelling in the moment but without impinging on those close by because I do just that myself and am in no way a boring old fart who'd rather go to the opera. Its just bad behaviour and lack of care for others, including the performers, that gets my goat.
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Post by: mr_duderino on February 19, 2015, 10:27:28 PM
Here here.
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Post by: Steve McKing on February 20, 2015, 10:14:39 AM
I agree Martin, I'm going to see Ride in May, in what I think is their second date since reforming, so I think I will have to take a Valium before walking through the doors as no doubt there will be a lot of photos and filming, which will make me incandescent with rage!

As you say, the filming will be less  than useless, so why not just try and enjoy the moment. f**kers!

Ha, that feels better.

Ride.
I've been (and played) many, many gigs over the years but when I saw Ride in 1990 it has to be and still remains the loudest gig I've been to... ever.
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Post by: Stax on February 20, 2015, 04:10:16 PM
I can't wait to see them in Manchester but i wish i could've seen them in 1990-91.
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Post by: Dancress on February 20, 2015, 05:34:46 PM
I saw them in 90 & 92 on a few dates each tour. They were/hopefully are amazing live.

I'm seeing them in Manchester too. It looks like a great venue, not one I've been to before.
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Post by: Martin G on February 20, 2015, 06:32:34 PM
Steve! You say you've played many gigs. Interested to hear some of that. I play myself and am always keen to hear a bit of background to other players.
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Post by: Rocketman on February 20, 2015, 09:44:16 PM
I saw them in 90 & 92 on a few dates each tour. They were/hopefully are amazing live.

I'm seeing them in Manchester too. It looks like a great venue, not one I've been to before.
Albert hall is a fabulous venue  ...although the bar is crap/expensive , get the performance times at the door then booze next door at brew dog or Abercrombie.
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Post by: Dancress on February 21, 2015, 08:46:29 AM
I saw them in 90 & 92 on a few dates each tour. They were/hopefully are amazing live.

I'm seeing them in Manchester too. It looks like a great venue, not one I've been to before.
Albert hall is a fabulous venue  ...although the bar is crap/expensive , get the performance times at the door then booze next door at brew dog or Abercrombie.

Thanks for the tip, will do.
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Post by: Martin G on February 22, 2015, 01:30:06 PM
Had a trip to the coast yesterday to Worthing. Small Fakers in a big pub. Lift Off A Go Go DJ sets too. Fantastic performance from The Small Fakers as ever who really do set the bar for 'tribute' acts in my opinion. A few well turned folk and decent dancers too. Majority in Harrington jackets, crops, jeans and Doc Martens. Sort of Scooter rally crowd really but a great bunch who were welcoming to folks from 'Up London' and made for a great evening. DJ set was for me the perfect mix of classic RnB, Northern, Latin, Hammond organ stuff and even standard things like The Who, Spencer Davis and The Eyes to keep all types interested. A 'tenner' too so a great weekend but wish the hotel had been cheaper!
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Post by: Ian_B on February 24, 2015, 03:54:08 PM
Had a trip to the coast yesterday to Worthing. Small Fakers in a big pub. Lift Off A Go Go DJ sets too. Fantastic performance from The Small Fakers as ever who really do set the bar for 'tribute' acts in my opinion. A few well turned folk and decent dancers too. Majority in Harrington jackets, crops, jeans and Doc Martens. Sort of Scooter rally crowd really but a great bunch who were welcoming to folks from 'Up London' and made for a great evening. DJ set was for me the perfect mix of classic RnB, Northern, Latin, Hammond organ stuff and even standard things like The Who, Spencer Davis and The Eyes to keep all types interested. A 'tenner' too so a great weekend but wish the hotel had been cheaper!

I nearly popped over for that
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Post by: Rocketman on February 24, 2015, 05:54:18 PM
I have heard that a production team are currently working on bringing the 'small faces' story to stage (..sunny afternoon..) and that the small fakers are to be involved along with Mollie Marriott .
Investors meetings taking place apparently.
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Post by: Martin G on February 24, 2015, 06:33:48 PM
The ALL OR NOTHING thing has been doing the rounds for a while. The Small Fakers have been part involved but if I am blunt they are too good for it in my opinion. I watched a performance of it in Brighton a few Bank Holidays back and after 10 minutes I'd had my fill and left. Pretty horrible 'Swinging 60s' sort of thing with Danny Dyer as the spirit of Steve looking back over his life with the band type of thing. They did it again in Worthing a year or so back with the lads in the play doing the music rather than The Fakers and a mate went and again said it wasn't up to much. I wish those behind it all the best but it ain't for me really.
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Post by: Stax on February 25, 2015, 10:20:27 AM
On the AON website, ages ago, they were more or less saying it was a done deal and about to go on tour or something. At the same time they were asking for investors. I think any interest in it may have been blown away by the Kinks one.
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Post by: Martin G on February 25, 2015, 01:34:20 PM
The whole musical/play/tribute thing is a mad one. I have a pal who manages a dozen or so box offices in London. He says foreign tourists with little or no grasp on our language will happy see a show with mostly singing if the person selling the tickets does a comic mime of the artist or group like Micahel Jackson's show. A simple burst of THRILLER or BAD seals the deal or LET IT BE The Beatles one with a head shake and a 'She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah' and they get what the show is all about with a giggling thumbs up and a similar rendition in reply in Japanese/German/ whatever. However things like BACKBEAT which was really superb and EPSTIEN for example flopped as aside from real enthusiasts or those who speak English it is a hard sell. The KINKS one has plenty of famous songs and is really well promoted around London. As much as I love them The Small Faces in the big scheme of musical things to the vast majority of listeners are a second tier 60s band behind The Fabs or The Stones or The Who. Similarly bands like maybe The Hollies or The Yardbirds. *Not my opinion of course but in general I think they are perceived as this by most of the public*
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Post by: greenstreet on February 25, 2015, 05:42:15 PM
Good point, Martin, I guess we kind of cheat ourselves with our parallel rock pantheon; in the real world I doubt 5 per cent of the people you'd randomly ask in the street would have heard about the Small Faces or, say, the Zombies. And the worst for them, I really couldn't care less.
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Post by: Martin G on February 27, 2015, 08:58:45 AM
The Style Councillors at London's 100 Club last night. A great night at one of London's most prestigious old music venues. Plenty of Jam tributes out there of course but not TSC so I was keen to see this mob. I was fortunate enough to see the actual Style Council on many occasions back when I was a kid including some of their first at Brockwell Park and BBC Paris Studios so those early days of the band have a soft spot with me. This tribute capture those early days of a 'blazered' Modern Jazz Quartet inspired Style Council and concentrated on stuff from the first album along with all the hit singles. The line-up of 9 musicians filled the hallowed stage and did themselves proud considering they have not been at it together for too long. A bit rough around the edges here and there but nothing horrific and all in all a great night of old memories, dancing and singing along. The crowd was quite a line-up too including Paul Weller's sister Nicky, Gary Crowley who appeared in a few TSC videos, members of The Moons and Jam photographer Derek De Souza all of whom seemed to be beaming when they left. For little more than a 'tenner' I would recommend anyone into TSC to dob along if they come local to you.
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Post by: Monkey on February 28, 2015, 05:25:53 PM
Agree with Martin G. Saw The Style Councillors on Thursday too and thoroughly enjoyed them. Far more, I'm sure, than I would a Weller gig these days or even - dare I say it - TSC back o'er yonder. They certainly never played a set as good as that. Especially liked how the Councillors threw in some "live only" covers TSC did too. Nice touch. The "Paul Weller" chap was excellent and kinda underplayed any too overt Wellerisms. Whole band sounded like a soul revue thing. Yes, I get the argument against tribute bands but honestly enjoyed having a few beers and hearing these songs again - almost with fresh ears. Now back to the records, job done.

By way of a contrast, saw Carlisle band The Lucid Dream on Thursday in Dalston. Fans of Spacemen 3, Black Angels, Verve, noisy feedback drenched trippy headmessing rock 'n' roll should dig 'em. Their first LP was good but the new one is very good. Check out "Cold Killer" on YouTube if it sounds like your bag.
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Post by: W12mod on March 16, 2015, 08:54:50 PM
Went to  'March of the Mods' in Reading yesterday. Was a real mixed bunch of bands playing. The event started at 1300 and went on with Squire headlining and coming on at 2230 so you needed some stamina. Unfortunately after a stag day on Saturday I didn't have the stamina. A real difficult event to organise and hard to judge the ebb and flow of the punters throughout the day.

I really like the flicks and they were kicking off proceedings at 1300. Got there about 15 mins into another excellent set from them. They were on first, it was 1 in the afternoon and they still had people on the dancefloor - says it all really. After their set quite afew people on scooters left, which was disappointing for the Last Fakers who played their own songs and deserved to play to a bigger crowd.

A bit later crowd seem to swell and a covers band went down really well to a lot of people there.

The Turning, another young band came on and had a lot of promise.

The second band I had wanted to see 'the Len price 3' came on at 5 and were excellent as usually 100 mile an hour Medway sound. A really great live band.

best surprise for me was SMAUEL S PARKES, and the day after still can't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed their set. A tribute Northern band BUT with a real stamp of individuality about it. I presume the lead singer is Samuel, who has a great voice and started with a fantastic version of a little misunderstanding - I was mesmerised by the rest of the set. The backing singer was decked out in her Northern baggies and would sporadically dance while on stage or even on the dancefloor and by dance I mean really really dance - not just a shuffle. The band looked the part a mixture of modish looks.

The band have supported OCS and the rifles recently and if your are out and about and they are supporting someone make the effort to see them, really very good.

We left as the next band came on as I was gone, drunk too much and so I missed couple of bands.

I am sure this event isn't everyone's cup of tea but it must take a hell of a lot of work and is for a great cause so I take my hat off to the organisers and the bands for a good event for only a tenner you really had a bargain.

Mike

Mike
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Post by: dazlcfc on March 16, 2015, 09:30:03 PM
Good to hear new bands, so many mods are obsessed with the past when it comes to music, give me a good new band any day.
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Post by: Martin G on March 16, 2015, 09:58:45 PM
Great review W12! Sounds like the event you attended was a mixed bad but with some decent acts. I know Squire of course from my time as a teenage Mod kid back in the late 1970s but they never really shone for me. I have seen Len Price 3 a few times and although as you say 100 MPH and about as full on as you can get they seem a bit over done at times for me. Samuel Parkes is one to watch for definite. I saw him with OCS and will be keeping an eye out for him with his band as a few pals of mine rate him as you do. Like I say a great review mate. 
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Post by: W12mod on March 17, 2015, 05:51:27 PM
Great review W12! Sounds like the event you attended was a mixed bad but with some decent acts. I know Squire of course from my time as a teenage Mod kid back in the late 1970s but they never really shone for me. I have seen Len Price 3 a few times and although as you say 100 MPH and about as full on as you can get they seem a bit over done at times for me. Samuel Parkes is one to watch for definite. I saw him with OCS and will be keeping an eye out for him with his band as a few pals of mine rate him as you do. Like I say a great review mate.

I really was impressed by Samuel S Parkes, which was quite refreshing. The gave out a free EP and we grabbed 2 if anyone wants the spare one drop me your address and I will gladly send it. Although they played covers at Reading the EP is their own material (I think, I only listened once). Cheers mike
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Post by: Monkey on March 17, 2015, 07:23:05 PM
Thanks for the review W12mod. It's my lack of stamina that puts me off even attempting all-dayers, so good effort!

Went on Friday to see Dr Lonnie Smith at Ronnie Scott's. Big fan of his classic Blue Note LPs (plus the ones with Lou Donaldson), so was a smidge disappointed he didn't do anything from those, although his current trio line-up - Hammond, guitar, drums - kinda prevented it anyway. Played mainly latest LP which compromises of almost ethereal atmospheric pieces. Very late night jazz. And seeing as it was in the midnight hour in a jazz club was fair enough. Worked well in that setting of respectful silence. Would've liked him to have whacked in a few meatier solos but still great and to see him up that close - six feet away - was a real pleasure.

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Post by: greenstreet on March 17, 2015, 07:44:45 PM
I'm green with envy, the man is great. In fact, I thought he was dead, so it's nice to hear he's still playin' around. But you're right, a pity he didn't play funkier stuff, I love his late 60s Blue Notes.
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Post by: Monkey on March 17, 2015, 08:39:02 PM
I'm green with envy, the man is great. In fact, I thought he was dead, so it's nice to hear he's still playin' around. But you're right, a pity he didn't play funkier stuff, I love his late 60s Blue Notes.

Aye. In fairness I did see Lonnie and Lou play that stuff a few years back. Were fantastic. And gatecrashed their dressing room afterwards for a chat - proper gents (them not us, obviously...).
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Post by: greenstreet on March 17, 2015, 08:42:41 PM
Now that you mention it, I seem to recall Lou Donaldson played recently in Spain, though sadly not in my town  :(
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Post by: Stax on March 18, 2015, 12:11:02 PM
Weller in Sc**thorpe last night. Great gig as ever and a good setlist. Nothing other than solo stuff though which i assume would've annoyed those who seem to only go to hear Town Called Malice.
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Post by: Rocketman on March 19, 2015, 06:49:22 PM
Weller in Halifax last night , small intimate theatre . Played a fantastic set of mainly heavier guitar led tunes , some great solos especially from steve c . There where a couple of dissapointments mainly the saturns patterns title track (which would probably benefit from a female backing). Paul wore his real stars Jersey ,although I did not get get to see the merch counter. Very good crowd especially those standing .excellant night ahead for any of you attending these smaller venues .
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Post by: Stax on March 20, 2015, 09:03:49 PM
Just noticed the censoring of the Lincolnshire town!
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Post by: Rocketman on March 21, 2015, 09:12:01 AM
Just noticed the censoring of the Lincolnshire town!
do u mean your Sc**thorpe gig review ? (I see it) , brill to see weller at these smaller venues.
It must be 10/12 years since the last time I saw him ,around time of days of speed or illumination tour. I do not go to stadium sized venues.
(Ps - I could even see/ dig the cut of his trousers,I want a pair)
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Post by: Rocketman on March 21, 2015, 11:20:26 AM
Just noticed the censoring of the Lincolnshire town!
Ha ha I got it now . ;)
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Post by: Martin G on March 23, 2015, 01:09:38 PM
The Who at The O2 last night. This was a rescheduled one from December when Daltrey had the chest/throat infection. Came out fighting last night but as he will admit himself he ain't 25 any more and not the singer he was when I first saw him first 25 or so years back. However he goes for every note mostly hitting and sometimes missing but at times he even said as much after the song. Pete doing much 'windmilling' and pretty much playing lead as he used to as for quite a few years I've seen a backing guy doing most of that. A decent supporting line-up as we expect from The Who now to create the sounds we know from everything back as far as I Can't Explain through to "All my songs from CSI" and TOMMY and QUADROPHENIA. As is the norm at gigs of this size plenty of lights and on screen graphics to keep the poor unfortunates at the back (Like me!) entertained. And I was. For blokes touching 70 Pete and Roger can hold their heads up high and look back with pride at a magnificent career. Last night's potted history proved that. Roll on Hyde Park in June.
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Post by: dazlcfc on March 23, 2015, 03:16:19 PM
Yeah saw them in Notts and thought they were brilliant, roger hit all the notes, love reign o'er me was spine chilling, it aamzed me he could still hit that note.  Yet I've seen footage where he struggles, must have seen them on a good night.
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Post by: Fentonwho on March 23, 2015, 05:18:57 PM
The Who at O2 last night , always put on a top show with 100% effort all round. Some nice seldom heard gems unearthed from their archive - So Sad About Us , Slip Kid , and A Quick One (in it's entirety) along with the hits and anthems.
Quite a few mods from across the age range in attendance including 2 young ladies who had nailed the look perfectly.
Roll on Hyde Park in June !
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Post by: Stax on March 23, 2015, 05:38:56 PM
I hope pete has got rid of the jogging bottoms that was his stage attire in december.
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Post by: Rocketman on March 23, 2015, 06:09:47 PM
The Who at The O2 last night. This was a rescheduled one from December when Daltrey had the chest/throat infection. Came out fighting last night but as he will admit himself he ain't 25 any more and not the singer he was when I first saw him first 25 or so years back. However he goes for every note mostly hitting and sometimes missing but at times he even said as much after the song. Pete doing much 'windmilling' and pretty much playing lead as he used to as for quite a few years I've seen a backing guy doing most of that. A decent supporting line-up as we expect from The Who now to create the sounds we know from everything back as far as I Can't Explain through to "All my songs from CSI" and TOMMY and QUADROPHENIA. As is the norm at gigs of this size plenty of lights and on screen graphics to keep the poor unfortunates at the back (Like me!) entertained. And I was. For blokes touching 70 Pete and Roger can hold their heads up high and look back with pride at a magnificent career. Last night's potted history proved that. Roll on Hyde Park in June.
Is'nt the other lead guitarist you referred to his brother Simon ,he certainly played at glasgow. Great to hear they can still put on a show. Did roger have his mug of tea ?
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Post by: Fentonwho on March 23, 2015, 07:34:50 PM
Rog was cuppa'd up ! haha,  and Pete was sporting a nice dark blue Harrington.
Simon was there and played well , but Pete played far more lead electric throughout (think he only played acoustic on "I'm One")
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Post by: Monkey on March 23, 2015, 08:20:11 PM
Agree with all The Who at the O2 comments. Great stuff. Wrote a longer review on my blog but most you've already covered. Roll on Hyde Park now.

One more thing about Pete Townshend's Harrington though - he was wearing it with no shirt underneath, just a selection of heavy-duty silver chains! Craziness!
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Post by: Martin G on March 23, 2015, 10:33:50 PM
Great to see a few more of the crowd here went along last night. Seems we are all much on the same page. Great review on his web site from Monkey too. Nice one mate. Maybe see some of you in Hyde Park!
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Post by: mr_duderino on March 30, 2015, 09:59:12 AM
bit of a marmite one. but judging by the clientele i dont reckon it is just me.  got a couple of the last minute released tickets to see Noel Gallagher at the albert hall on saturday morning.  these same day tickets were behind the choir/stage which was a bit odd  - in really close - you almost felt you were on stage too.   
have to say a blinder of a gig, and an all round good night out...although asanti on tap is evil, but whoever it was buying pints of moet - too much.
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Post by: Martin G on March 30, 2015, 12:16:32 PM
Hi mate yeah those seats are a bit mad aren't they. Never been in them myself but often thought it must be sort of like being with the band looking out at the crowd. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I am off with my nephew to see Noel at Clapham in the Summer and he and pals are off abroad to a festival to see him too. He was way too young for OASIS but over the last few years has gravitated toward the whole guitar/Brit Pop/60s thing which to me for a 19 year old kid for me is fantastic. I'm rwally looking forward to it given your glowing comments.

I saw The Kast Off Kinks on Saturday at a small venue in Tunbridge Wells. A few 'Moddy types' of all ages but largely an average looking older crowd (Yeah even older than me) A fun night with all the classics you'd hope for and admirably performed by ex members of the band from its various incarnations. Only Mick Avory of what can be regarded as 'the definitive' line-up though but John Dalton was in there too on bass. The lead singer/guitarist didn't have the greatest voice if I am honest and the band as a whole were really much like a very decent pub/club covers band but fair play to them being out there keeping it alive on the stage I guess.  However a cheap night with a nice crowd hearing songs I love so can't be bad.
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Post by: mr_duderino on March 30, 2015, 12:57:20 PM
having lived through Britpop the first time, Im a bit of a fan - and its my second outing on the current tour.  be prepared for a good old singalong, but he draws heavily on the new (and indeed the previous) solo albums as opposed to Oasis stuff.  that said this isnt a bad thing and the first album was a cracker, and the new one is growing on me.  all came across well in a live set.  have to say that the smaller gigs are more fun and the larger gigs can attract some idiots who just want to be a PITA.  Festivals should be a different kettle altogether though.
you do get a few champagne supernovas, diggsys dinners and obviously the "new national anthem" (no longer the last encore though, which is strange)
Will keep an eye for the Kast Off Kinks...I keep failing to see Ray Davies and me and a couple of mate are looking for something a bit more local having spunked quite a lot of money on tickets, and missed last trains home recently, so that could be the answer!
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Post by: dazlcfc on March 30, 2015, 05:40:56 PM
having lived through Britpop the first time, Im a bit of a fan - and its my second outing on the current tour.  be prepared for a good old singalong, but he draws heavily on the new (and indeed the previous) solo albums as opposed to Oasis stuff.  that said this isnt a bad thing and the first album was a cracker, and the new one is growing on me.  all came across well in a live set.  have to say that the smaller gigs are more fun and the larger gigs can attract some idiots who just want to be a PITA.  Festivals should be a different kettle altogether though.
you do get a few champagne supernovas, diggsys dinners and obviously the "new national anthem" (no longer the last encore though, which is strange)
Will keep an eye for the Kast Off Kinks...I keep failing to see Ray Davies and me and a couple of mate are looking for something a bit more local having spunked quite a lot of money on tickets, and missed last trains home recently, so that could be the answer!

have to admit I'm a britpop fan myself shhhhhhhh.
Although I was never a big oasis fan, that era still s**ts over current times.  Or maybe that's what everyone says as they get older lol.
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Post by: Martin G on March 30, 2015, 06:56:05 PM
I was keen on quite a few of those bands from that era. I think for me it was a breath of fresh air as a bloke in my 30s who though that decent music was dead and buried to see younger blokes with guitars happy to tell people in interviews that they loved The Clash or The Jam or The Beatles or whatever. There were some bands I wasn't so keen of course like all things but OASIS, BLUR and for me a few bands like CAST were excellent who I saw many times. Mad to think that was two decades back!
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Post by: mr_duderino on March 30, 2015, 08:55:20 PM
Well there was a fair few of "us" there. Studiouly ignoring each other as usual.
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Post by: Monkey on April 02, 2015, 04:15:27 PM
Saw Fred Wesley & the New JBs last week. Pretty good. Funk, jazz, and - dare I say it - jazz-funk.

Kinda pointedly didn't do any James Brown tunes but did a few old JBs classics - Pass The Peas, Gimme Some More - and other bits from throughout his career. Good fun.
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Post by: Trotsky on April 02, 2015, 07:51:28 PM
Well there was a fair few of "us" there. Studiouly ignoring each other as usual.

That is right on point. Its like cyclists all stopped at the lights but not acnowledging each other. What would the world be like if we dropped the 'too cool to chat' malarkey?
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Post by: Dancress on April 06, 2015, 06:13:21 AM
Ride last night at the Oxford O2 Academy 2.

Packed yo the rafters, as you might expect for a approx 450 capacity venue, and their first gig in 20 years.

It was a great set, with all the main players.....Polar Bear, Vapour Trail, Taste, Twisterella, Leave Them All Behind etc. Mark Gardener was clearly enjoying himself, whereas you can never tell whether Andy Bell is having a good time, but I had forgotten what a good guitarist he is.

If you're off to watch them this tour then you're in for a treat! I managed to get tickets for Manchester, so looking forward to that.

On another note, if you're into your shoegaze, which if you've read this far you should be, I saw that Swervedriver were touring too.....very tempted.
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Post by: Stax on April 06, 2015, 02:50:00 PM
Did they do much from Carnival of Light and Tarantula?
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Post by: Dancress on April 06, 2015, 04:29:32 PM
Did they do much from Carnival of Light and Tarantula?

Absolutely nothing from Carnival of Light, and just Black Nite Crash from Tarantula.
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Post by: Stax on April 08, 2015, 08:51:33 AM
I thought they might have slipped Birdman in at least. Black Nite Crash is a great song though.

I saw Sunny Afternoon, the Kinks musical last night. Really good show with some great performances. If the Small Faces one ever gets off the ground I hope the people behind it have been taking notes.
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Post by: Martin G on April 08, 2015, 12:08:41 PM
STAX Glad to hear you like the KINKS musical thing. Despite the concept being a bit naff all I have heard is good things about this one. I need to see it myself. The Small Faces one from what I saw in Brighton a few years back was pretty grim and all a bit 'Swinging London Go Go boots' sort of thing. Any musical based on a primarily '60s band always is in danger of that sort of thing. Be interested to hear how the Kinks one managed to avoid much of that tacky stuff. BTW Booked for Ray Davies in Greenwich in the Summer. Looking forward to it as my one time seeing the real Kinks in action was pretty sad if I am honest.
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Post by: Number 6 on April 08, 2015, 12:55:41 PM
Did they do much from Carnival of Light and Tarantula?

Absolutely nothing from Carnival of Light, and just Black Nite Crash from Tarantula.

No 'How does it feel to feel' then...? ;)  I thought 'The Creation' cover was pretty poor at the time.  IMO their early original stuff was their best before they tried to go all freakbeat and psych..  Still must admit I'm not too familiar with the later LPs so this is a pretty subjective option.
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Post by: Stax on April 08, 2015, 02:02:46 PM
STAX Glad to hear you like the KINKS musical thing. Despite the concept being a bit naff all I have heard is good things about this one. I need to see it myself. The Small Faces one from what I saw in Brighton a few years back was pretty grim and all a bit 'Swinging London Go Go boots' sort of thing. Any musical based on a primarily '60s band always is in danger of that sort of thing. Be interested to hear how the Kinks one managed to avoid much of that tacky stuff. BTW Booked for Ray Davies in Greenwich in the Summer. Looking forward to it as my one time seeing the real Kinks in action was pretty sad if I am honest.

There was some go go boot action, but it was in the context of a totp performance. Nome of the usual swinging London cobblers either. Instead it dismisses that during a scene where rsy points out what it was like for the general population.
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Post by: SuaveCollective on April 19, 2015, 08:47:19 PM
The Spitfires & The Costellos – Friday 17th April – The Loft, Southsea.

The past is yours but the future’s mine…

So sang one of the most influential bands of my lifetime. The ironies of such youthful statements of intent are apparent for all to see. Hindsight is after all the only exact science! It is perhaps sadly no surprise then that presented with two of the finest young bands doing the rounds in England at the moment that the audience that these bands deserve was largely confined to us that were old enough to have bought the Stone Roses eponymous album the first time round.

The aptly named Loft in Portsmouth is a great little venue. Its tight confines are ideal for generating a natural energy. The stage is no higher than a milk-crate and not a great deal wider. Confronting band with audience is a good thing. Fight or flight or simply engage the only choices.

We arrived too late to see or hear The Cartels, but had the absolute pleasure of hearing Southampton’s finest sons The Costellos’ full set and was hugely impressed by their energy and musicality. Those outside the South Coast may not be aware but coming from the ‘Scum’ to Pompey is tantamount to taking your life into your own hands. The guitarist’s mum splashing her pint over my brand new Florsheim suede drivers is similarly treading a fine line indeed, however back to the music…

Where the Costellos succeed is that the song comes first. Their undoubted musical ability is kept in check ensuring the song is greater than the sum of its parts – all great songs have this and all great artists know it!

The Rhythm section is solidly layered, Tomi’s drums anchor the effervescent and nimble bass-player Harry, who’s cork-screw Side-show Bob hairdo, like his playing, is in danger of getting out of hand without it’s weighty assurance. Together though, the rhythm is tight and dependable allowing the dual guitar sonics of Declan and singer George to give the songs the rich melodic hooks that draw in the audience.

Neither guitarist tries to outdo the other, working together to weave interesting and exciting melody and counter-melody lines that lift the songs and the band above run-of-the-mill indie-wannabe’s to genuine quality and deserving of a decent following in their own right. As the set progresses the songs start to gain greater space and depth. The nailed down next-single in waiting is Mould Me a New One which calls to mind the elastic dexterity of some of the aforementioned Stone Roses finest moments. Their jewel in the crown is the magnetic appeal of the lead singer George whose focussed intensity of delivery reminds me of a youthful Ian Curtis.

This band is going places, and you need to get on board! Songs of the strength of Down for the Weekend and set-closer (another sonic-gem) Shine Away are ripe for a good studio manager to make the most of. Their music is far from one-dimensional and its inherent grooves and Mod sensibility is a potent mix that should have a wider appeal.

The future may well be theirs indeed!

The stage is set for the main event. The mixture of tunes played between the bands reminds us of the time when bands had something to say and someone willing to listen. Here tonight are two bands with plenty to say - the danger is maybe that the future will belong to the apathetic - I remain eternally hopeful that such youthful energy and ambition reaps its due reward. The last (whole song) before the band hit the stage, the timeless driving clatter of Town Called Malice remind us all that it’s ‘up to us to change…’

The opening bars of My Generation are thankfully cut short by manager Deabs who takes the stage to implore Pompey to Play Up for… The Spitfires!!!

The stage if anything seems even smaller than before. It’s struggling to contain the roar from the void – this rage against the dying of the light. Almost literally spitting fire, the Watford four-piece tear into opener Escape Me. Their intensity and self-belief a clear statement of intent for what is to follow.

The energy within the band is not confined to mere stage presence, of which lead singer and main focal point Billy Sullivan has it in spades. It is the force of delivery; at times bludgeoning at others stiletto sharp, like an artful boxer there’s jabs and hooks in their arsenal. The fight is tough tonight. Pompey is old school tough and respect is earned not given, but there is generous applause after each song. The Spitfires are a Pompey type band, but they know they have to work to keep this level of newfound respect up – it is no doubt a fight they have at every gig, in old working class towns and cities up and down the country.

Their stage-craft has been honed by recent heavy touring and some prestigious support slots to such heavy-weights as Paul Weller and The Specials and it shows. The musicianship is slick, dynamic and tight… very tight. The syncopated rhythms are spot on, jump-start, shock and awe calls to arms and with the (fairly) recent and now permanent inclusion of keyboards the songs have greater depth. Latest single Stand Down is a fine example of this newer, more rounded sound.

Older singles like Tell Me, Relapse and I’m Holding On are re-invented as a four-piece. The melodies are clearer, the subtle nuances more apparent and demand to be heard in a live setting. Whereas The Costellos would benefit from time in the studio, The Spitfires songs struggle to be confined to vinyl. The songs bark and bite, the tight confines of the stage and the close-proximity of the audience are bedfellows in the most pure of dynamic.

That said, there is deftness of touch, fleetness of foot, shade and light in the mix too. The song-writing, like the sound has gained greater depth, a maturity which bodes well for the future. Stand out tracks like When I Call Out (possibly a future break-through single) and 4AM which has got album closer written all over it - It’s a big song demanding to be heard, with a memorable chorus and hook will have listeners reaching for the repeat button when the album comes out sometime at the back end of Summer.

They finish with a lively chase through another early single Spark to Start, again emboldened by the new sound with heavy Hammond chops and slashes and an enjoyable romp through their one and only cover of The Buzzcocks What Do I Get?

On this evidence they deserve to get a great deal of success.

The music scene is awash with manufactured s**t and reheated leftovers from music past. Talent, young talent like The Costellos and The Spitfires should really herald that the past may well have been theirs but the future, if we just cared to listen, if we just cared enough… the future will certainly belong to these two fine bands!
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Post by: norm on May 07, 2015, 10:51:49 AM
Going to see From The Jam doing That's Entertainment the acoustic set tonight at The Cavern. Not sure what to expect but am meeting up with some mates I haven't seen in a while, so I'm sure we'll have a good boozy do.
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on May 10, 2015, 01:05:42 PM
The Primitives in Belfast on Friday night. Part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, it was attended by a lot of worthy sorts who paid their money but added little to the atmosphere. Also, a lot of punters were there solely to hear 'Crash' and it showed. A shame, because the band were brilliant and, given that they were, in the main, casting pearls before swine, seemed to enjoy themselves. Their whirlwind set (they're not big on chat between songs!) was a great mix of old and new material, 60s flavoured pop with a splash of fuzz and feedback. The band were tight and Tracy still looks and sounds great. Hugely enjoyable gig, shame about the venue and crowd. If they're coming you're way, go see them
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Post by: lammyrider on May 10, 2015, 01:50:23 PM
Saw the strypes thurs night in northampton. Support band redfaces were decent even if they looked like the should of been in bed on a school night, not that the strypes are much older lol first time i'd seen them and they were really good. Only watched the excellent documentary the night before saw was interested in how they were evolving under the guidance/undue pressure from the record company  >:( they showcased a lot of the new album which is out in the summer and the new tracks were really good,moving them on from sounding like a modern day nine below zero (not and insult) and giving them their own sound whilst still retaining the R&B feel. Think its crazy the expectation these kids are under,they should be just out there smashing the gigs and evolving naturally,sadly i guess the fun will be drained out of it for them and they will burn out too soon.
Great gig tho and they are very talented. Crowd was a usually subdued northampton crowd,we are a hard town to entertain  ;) but cant judge a book went down a storm,and i really enjoyed kick out the jams too  ;D even tho my mate thought it sounded like slipknot  :o
Documantary if you've not seen it,well worth a watch.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ft__PS_9aTA
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Post by: Stax on May 24, 2015, 01:23:07 PM
Ride in Manchester last night. Absolutely amazing.
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Post by: Dancress on May 24, 2015, 02:15:16 PM
Ride in Manchester last night. Absolutely amazing.

It was awesome, and what a venue!
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Post by: Dancress on May 24, 2015, 02:25:23 PM
Saw the Primitives on Friday, they were great in a hometown 'ish gig. Thru the Flowers still gets me going. Then Ride in Manchester on Saturday. I saw them in Oxford last month and they were fantastic, but last night was special.

However, two nights out on the bounce, then kids waking me up at 6 this morning and I'm somewhat jaded!
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Post by: Martin G on May 24, 2015, 11:42:36 PM
Sounds like you guys have had some decent gigs these last few days too. Loved The Primitives myself. Not caught them since they've started doing the rounds again so will try and make a date for that. I've had a busy few days. Thursday night The Buzzcocks at The Britannia Theatre Chatham. Saw them a few times as a teenager and have begun to seeing them regular again over the last few years. Steve Diggle and Pete Shelley still out there doing it with gusto and sweat playing all the stuff you'd want them too and new stuff sounding very much like the things they were doing back in the 1970s. Quite a few Moddy types there too funnily enough. As there was of course on Friday at the opening event of Margate's Mod And Sixties Festival. Hosted by The New Untouchables the event kicked off with The Small Fakers who I always enjoy. This time even more so as my God Son was deputising as their 'Plonk'. Did himself and his family proud and the band too. As a TV fan I was headed for Wembley on Saturday for the big DR WHO concert with music from the various eras of the show being played by the BBC Wales Orchestra currently responsible for the music heard since the show returned ten years back. Rounding off a busy weekend tonight was a visit to The O2 for McCartney. I really thought I'd seen the bloke at his best and was just sort of pleased to be seeing him again but tonight he was on top form. Sounding good, looking great and keeping everyone happy. Again quite a few of 'our sort' including Martin Freeman who we saw along with other 'names' such as Ruby Wax and QUADROPHENIA cast member John Altman perhaps better known as Nick Cotton. Still buzzing from another great gig so wide awake. Thorughly enjoyed my last few days but looking forward to a quiet one and a lie in tomorrow!
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Post by: Monkey on May 25, 2015, 09:55:35 AM
Nice to see some love for the Primitives on here. Saw them in Hackney on Thursday. Great. Love the way the old and the new songs blend together so seamlessly.

Saw The Lovely Eggs a few weeks back. Don't like two-piece bands as a rule but make an exception for them. Make quite a noise the pair of them and there's a peculiar kind of leftfield logic to their songs which can sound a bit daft initially until you think about them.

Did anyone catch either Graham Day & The Fourfathers or James Taylor Quartet at Margate this weekend? Odd that I've not seen any comment on either online anywhere.
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Post by: Stax on May 25, 2015, 11:31:03 AM
Ride in Manchester last night. Absolutely amazing.

It was awesome, and what a venue!

I was really impressed with the Albert Hall, looked and sounded fantastic.
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Post by: Martin G on July 05, 2015, 09:15:36 AM
Went to CLAPHAM CALLING yesterday headlined by Noel Gallagher. Aside from The Bunnymen who we actually missed due to some travel problems I hadn't really heard of any of the bands on the bill. Mainly went as my young nephew was keen to go so felt it was a good event for some Uncle/Nephew bonding as I haven't seen much of him this last year with him at Uni. Lovely weather which is always a bonus and Noel sounded great albeit not that loud as we discussed here re THE WHO last week. Half a dozen OASIS songs really were the high water mark for the gig for me but for once a very decent and mixed crowd made the whole affair agreeable. Bonkers to see small children, pregnant women, many folk on crutches or wheelchair bound (who were all very well catered for which impressed me a great deal)  as well as tons of people 'even' older than me. It was more like a large local Summer fete than a 'rock' gig. I think maybe because we were at Hyde Park last week where you literally could not see where the crowds finished. Yesterday you were surrounded by a huge make-shift wall you were offered a sense of confinement and containment as a group. Lots of smiling faces and ice creams and picnics so really not a bad day. I think maybe Noel will get the old 'Dad Rock' label soon given the crowd but he still did the business on stuff like Diggsy's Dinner which did set the place going with some beer throwing at the very front.
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Post by: Monkey on July 12, 2015, 08:59:20 AM
Went to see Mavis Staples at the Clapham Grand last week. Incredible. After about half an hour I was contemplating where to put it in the All Time Top Gigs list. It was pretty high. I do have something of "a thing" for Mavis I gotta say. She has whatever "it" is that connects with me in a very direct and emotional way. Anyway, she was fabulous. Never been to the Clapham Grand before - it's a good place to see people even if south of the river.
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Post by: Martin G on July 25, 2015, 08:24:45 AM
Ray Davies at The Greenwich Naval College last night. Open air, half empty, freezing cold, heavy rain throughout and before, soaked to skin, Ray's voice gone now (By his own admission too), to my ears anyway a holiday camp backing band, mad crowd of umbrella wielding, poncho wearing posh old folk. Did I enjoy it? Bizarrely I loved it!! I saw The Kinks with Ray, Dave and Mick Avory in the '80s and they were pretty poor. No stage interplay with crowd. Ray ranting at the audience, slagging of his contemporaries like McCartney, The Stones etc and an almost total disregard for his magnificent back catalogue. Last night in his older years Ray embraced all the stuff he is admired and venerated for and basically treated the crowd to a dream Greatest Hits set. He struggled most of the time vocally but with everyone singing it sort of didn't matter. With actually quite beautiful renditions of DAYS and WATERLOO SUNSET, which reduced me to tears and I don't mind admitting,  they are now possibly better suited to his current range. However YOU REALLY GOT ME, I NEED YOU, TILL THE END OF THE DAY, ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT and VICTORIA were absolute crowd pleasers. Like I say his voice has had it but to see the guy in person doing those amazing songs live which have quite rightly given him the tags of 'musical genius' or 'songsmith of a generation' or whatever was for me worth it. Only down the road as well so a 10 minute drive and Pie and Mash before made it a great night. 
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Post by: greenstreet on July 25, 2015, 07:03:58 PM
Great review Martin, and I admit I'm a little jealous cos' I love the Kinks and never had a chance to see them on stage.
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Post by: Martin G on July 25, 2015, 08:08:13 PM
Like I said GS I was able to see the 'real' Kinks, albeit without Peter Quaiffe and they were a terrible disappointment on that occasion. However some slightly older pals of mine saw them at the Apollo Victoria in I think '78 and to this day it stands for them as the greatest gig they ever went to. This is coming from a gang who saw The Who with Moon, Led Zep at Knebworth, Wings, The Faces, Cream, The Jam and The Clash along with a host of other top bands many of them at their peak too. It sounds like on their day The Kinks were something pretty special to say the least.
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Post by: greenstreet on July 26, 2015, 09:46:49 AM
The year you mention -1978- was interesting for the band because if I'm not wrong at the end of the 70s the Kinks changed record label and they were re-launched as an arena rock attraction for the USA market, hence the emphasis in the live gigs and a more "metallic" sound. In fact, there's even a double live album from that period (1980) that I bought when I was barely 16 years old and Kinks-obsessed, that still sounds pretty powerful. I mean, they honed their live act and americanized their records so they could get as many gigs as possible. Keep in mind they were still in their thirties, still full of energy.
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Post by: Red Steve on August 25, 2015, 01:22:23 PM
Will do the reviews after the gigs but just got tickets to see The Strypes on the 1st of October & The Spitfires on 14th November (both in Bristol).
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Post by: Adam on September 07, 2015, 09:16:23 AM
"The Faces" .  Amongst a rather terrible line up of other people the evening was finished off by the long awaited reunion of the three remaining Faces.  Only seven songs and quite a few lovely things said about McLagan and Lane who were very much missed.
Not too many people on stage and sounded really good.
Glad I didn't miss it.
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Post by: Fentonwho on September 07, 2015, 12:38:23 PM
Hi Adam , were there any indications {on stage banter etc} that there might be any other appearances ? A date or two leading up to Christmas at the O2 would be nice !
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Post by: Adam on September 07, 2015, 04:03:06 PM
Hi Adam , were there any indications {on stage banter etc} that there might be any other appearances ? A date or two leading up to Christmas at the O2 would be nice !

Hi,
Ronnie Wood did say the words "tour" but I'm pretty sure it was a joke at Rod.  Can't see Rod doing it even though he seemed to have a great time.  Somebody mentioned that he only did this because it tied in with something else he was doing. Shame.  Lets hope so though.
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Post by: Monkey on September 07, 2015, 05:20:01 PM
Hi,
Ronnie Wood did say the words "tour" but I'm pretty sure it was a joke at Rod.  Can't see Rod doing it even though he seemed to have a great time.  Somebody mentioned that he only did this because it tied in with something else he was doing. Shame.  Lets hope so though.

Best we don't hold our breath. This gig was basically them playing a few songs in Kenney Jones' garden for charity. Kenney did say he'd love to do some more but would mean having to do it properly and when managers etc get involved it, obviously, becomes far more complicated (and big business). He didn't sound overly hopefully to me. Would be nice to see them do it though.
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Post by: Ady C on October 26, 2015, 07:31:46 PM
Caught The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on Friday night and he still is the God of Hellfire, albeit sans the burning headdress nowadays.  Still got a hell of a voice for guy of 73 as well; really was a hugely enjoyable night.
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Post by: greenstreet on October 27, 2015, 11:21:40 AM
Caught The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on Friday night and he still is the God of Hellfire, albeit sans the burning headdress nowadays.  Still got a hell of a voice for guy of 73 as well; really was a hugely enjoyable night.

If he did the helmet-on-fire number nowadays he'd probably end up in jail! Glad he's still doing well.
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Post by: Stax on October 27, 2015, 09:02:55 PM
Caught The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on Friday night and he still is the God of Hellfire, albeit sans the burning headdress nowadays.  Still got a hell of a voice for guy of 73 as well; really was a hugely enjoyable night.

Was that at Fruit?
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Post by: Ady C on October 27, 2015, 09:28:34 PM
Caught The Crazy World of Arthur Brown on Friday night and he still is the God of Hellfire, albeit sans the burning headdress nowadays.  Still got a hell of a voice for guy of 73 as well; really was a hugely enjoyable night.

Was that at Fruit?
No, Stax; Shire Hall, Howden.
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Post by: Fentonwho on November 02, 2015, 09:24:35 AM
Last night in St Albans Simon & Oscar (OCS) - a pal of mine (hello Chris) won a competition on their Facebook page for 2 tickets and a meet and greet backstage. Very nice chaps - chatty , funny and engaging , and a great performance of OCS songs played acoustically.
Quite a few other Mod types present too.
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Post by: Rocketman on November 06, 2015, 10:31:17 PM
2 gigs this month both at albert hall Manchester
1= the cribs . Power pop/punk these siblings deliver in spades, absolutely at the top of their game (we felt old in this audience) drove the crowd to a frenzy, Deffo spirit of '77'.

2= richard Hawley. Crooner , (felt v young in this audience) lotta luv for Ric seen him perform (better) previous , a little bit to sincere on the night and did not really get going til late  but worth the entrance fee alone for 'the ocean' magical.


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Post by: greenstreet on November 10, 2015, 09:56:00 AM
Friday evening I'll be attending this guys' gig in a restaurant near my home. Not an enthusiast of the "supper with live music" combo, but it's a chance to take my family out and listen to good jazz. Besides, the fella who plays drums with the trio is a long-life friend of mine, one of the best spanish jazz drummers.

And I've been told the organist, Sergio Albentosa, who I don't have the pleasure to know in person, is a top modernist dj too, so I hope to hear some mod-ern jazz organ classics along the date. Oh, and I love Lou Bennett's 60s records.

(http://i.imgur.com/37AAnKq.jpg?1)
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Post by: Mutley on November 10, 2015, 10:18:37 AM
Looks like it has the makings of a good night GS, enjoy.
Glad to see you are sowing the seed with junior....   8)
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Post by: ianeggbert on November 10, 2015, 05:03:29 PM
Richard Hawley - Bristol Colston Hall, Monday 9th November

Blog Update & gig review here: http://theacousticeggbox.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/live-richard-hawley-bristol-colston.html
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Post by: Diabolik on November 10, 2015, 10:53:25 PM
I caught Richard Hawley in Leeds last week. Quality as always.
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Post by: Mutley on November 11, 2015, 10:55:44 PM
I caught Richard Hawley in Leeds last week. Quality as always.

Saw he is down to play at Other Voices in Dingle, Kerry in December.

This is an amazing music festival based out of a 200 year old church and always punches above its weight with the artists it attracts. You can't buy tickets for any of the performances - they are all giveaways via national print media and radio stations. There are also loads of gigs and events in the many pubs of the town and other quirky venues to be of interest too.

You can see a selection of who has played previously below

http://www.othervoices.ie/artists (http://www.othervoices.ie/artists)
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Post by: greenstreet on November 12, 2015, 10:32:30 AM
Looks like it has the makings of a good night GS, enjoy.
Glad to see you are sowing the seed with junior....   8)

Thanks mate, maybe he'll end up a Miles Davis enthusiast too  ;)
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Post by: Rocketman on November 12, 2015, 12:30:46 PM
I caught Richard Hawley in Leeds last week. Quality as always.

Saw he is down to play at Other Voices in Dingle, Kerry in December.

This is an amazing music festival based out of a 200 year old church and always punches above its weight with the artists it attracts. You can't buy tickets for any of the performances - they are all giveaways via national print media and radio stations. There are also loads of gigs and events in the many pubs of the town and other quirky venues to be of interest too.

You can see a selection of who has played previously below

http://www.othervoices.ie/artists (http://www.othervoices.ie/artists)
Wow that's quite a coup , saw a documentary of amy Winehouse playing there , amazing location . Good luck to anybody in the lottery.
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Post by: Mutley on November 12, 2015, 04:07:30 PM
I caught Richard Hawley in Leeds last week. Quality as always.

Saw he is down to play at Other Voices in Dingle, Kerry in December.

This is an amazing music festival based out of a 200 year old church and always punches above its weight with the artists it attracts. You can't buy tickets for any of the performances - they are all giveaways via national print media and radio stations. There are also loads of gigs and events in the many pubs of the town and other quirky venues to be of interest too.

You can see a selection of who has played previously below

http://www.othervoices.ie/artists (http://www.othervoices.ie/artists)
Wow that's quite a coup , saw a documentary of amy Winehouse playing there , amazing location . Good luck to anybody in the lottery.

I'm lucky enough to have a little bolt hole down that part of the country and was thinking about heading down for the weekend to soak up the atmos if nothing else.....
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Post by: greenstreet on November 14, 2015, 11:55:04 AM
Friday evening I'll be attending this guys' gig in a restaurant near my home. Not an enthusiast of the "supper with live music" combo, but it's a chance to take my family out and listen to good jazz. Besides, the fella who plays drums with the trio is a long-life friend of mine, one of the best spanish jazz drummers.

And I've been told the organist, Sergio Albentosa, who I don't have the pleasure to know in person, is a top modernist dj too, so I hope to hear some mod-ern jazz organ classics along the date. Oh, and I love Lou Bennett's 60s records.

(http://i.imgur.com/37AAnKq.jpg?1)

As Mutley predicted, it turned out to be a great night.

For starters we got a first row table, just in front of the band. In a certain way I feel  it's a disrespect to the musicians to be eating your supper in front of them, so I swallowed my pizza as fast as I could to focus my attention on what was happening onstage. And man, the trio delivered! With a crystal clear sound they paid a due tribute to the great Lou Bennett, not just playing his own compositions, but tunes the organist had in his club repertoire.

Two or three tunes into the show I had my own moment of glory  ;) when my friend Felipe, the drummer, dedicated to yours truly a sharp-as-a-knife cover of Art Blakey's Moanin'. If you closed your eyes you could picture yourself in a seedy club of the chitlin' circuit in New Jersey circa 64. Modernist heaven, folks!

As I've mentioned, sound was spot on for a tiny pizzeria. Spoking to the owner later, he explained to me they'd spent a lot of money trying to build a good sound-proof system and to better the acoustics of the place. The musicians themselves are veterans of the jazz scene and know how to balance their sound rightly, so the sound was near perfect.

The set-list included some standards, some old Lou warhorses (comes to mind Amen) and some hard-bop classics, all delivered with panache and class by seasoned pros. Special mention has to be made to my friend Felipe Cucciardi, a drummer in the mould of Philly Joe Jones or Blakey, with endless resources and unbelievable skills and power.

Besides, he was a master of ceremonies of sorts and interspersed stories about Lou Bennett, with whose's band he spent 7 years playing (Lou was a classic attraction in the jazz clubs of Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia in the 80s). For instance, he told us that the first times he played with the master he was unsure about how to approach the Count Basie's ballad "Li'l Darlin'" (btw, Georgie Fame did 2 great covers) and Lou told him: "Think of a dollar coin, you see the eagle? Well, now picture in your mind this eagle slowly, painfully, laying down a square egg... That's how you have to play, man!"  ;D Not an orthodox way of teaching your bandmates, but the subsequent trio's version of the tune proved that the lesson was well learned. 

All in all a great jazz evening. A shame I had to wake up today to the sad news from Paris, a city that old Lou loved.  :'(

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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on November 17, 2015, 02:12:51 PM
Weller in Belfast last night. I'm sorry to say this was one of the most disappointing gigs I've been to in years; flat, pedestrian, music by numbers, I've never seen a Belfast crowd so disinterested in 30+ years of going to gigs. My mate said to me that PW needs a new band, and he might be right. They're all a bit too comfortable with each other, and even the psych 'wig out' in Paper Chase (the standout track for me, along with Saturn's Pattern and My Ever Changing Moods) felt a bit scripted.

To be fair, the venue (Waterfront Hall) isn't great acoustically, and it was the first night of the tour, but when the most memorable thing about the gig was Craddock's gorgeous jacket, then you know something ain't right. A big let-down, and more than likely the last time I'll pay to see him. 
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Post by: Red Steve on November 17, 2015, 02:24:51 PM
I've been a little disappointed the last couple of times I've seen him, and decided not to bother on this tour. The last time I seem to recall was in Cardiff about 3 years ago and like you it was very flat...even the "Valley Boys" failed to lift the atmosphere. That said I did seem him in Bristol a few years before that and that was a great gig...one of his best. Went on for well over 2 &1/2 hours including 4 encores..he just seemed really happy, cracking jokes etc. Guess he's not getting any younger...certainly looking a lot older and maybe gigging is taking it out of him these days?
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on November 17, 2015, 02:55:41 PM
I've been a little disappointed the last couple of times I've seen him, and decided not to bother on this tour. The last time I seem to recall was in Cardiff about 3 years ago and like you it was very flat...even the "Valley Boys" failed to lift the atmosphere. That said I did seem him in Bristol a few years before that and that was a great gig...one of his best. Went on for well over 2 &1/2 hours including 4 encores..he just seemed really happy, cracking jokes etc. Guess he's not getting any younger...certainly looking a lot older and maybe gigging is taking it out of him these days?

The last time I saw him, might have been 2010, he was brilliant, but what a difference 5 years makes, Steve. I've had this discussion with a few people today and we all agree that he's kicking on in years now, and maybe a little of the fire has gone out. His place in British musical history is assured, but maybe it's time to kick back and enjoy the fruits of his labours, let some young guns pick up the baton
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Post by: Monkey on November 30, 2015, 03:24:41 PM
Saw the Stairs first gig in over 20 years on Thursday in Liverpool. Absolutely brilliant, no other way to put it really. Perfect set list. Think they might do the occasional gig now after that reaction. 
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on November 30, 2015, 03:50:43 PM
Saw the Stairs first gig in over 20 years on Thursday in Liverpool. Absolutely brilliant, no other way to put it really. Perfect set list. Think they might do the occasional gig now after that reaction.

Hugely positive reaction to this gig on social media over the weekend. I doubt they'll stray over here, but maybe some live footage will pop up somewhere
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 01, 2015, 09:00:28 AM
Weller in Belfast last night. I'm sorry to say this was one of the most disappointing gigs I've been to in years; flat, pedestrian, music by numbers, I've never seen a Belfast crowd so disinterested in 30+ years of going to gigs. My mate said to me that PW needs a new band, and he might be right. They're all a bit too comfortable with each other, and even the psych 'wig out' in Paper Chase (the standout track for me, along with Saturn's Pattern and My Ever Changing Moods) felt a bit scripted.

To be fair, the venue (Waterfront Hall) isn't great acoustically, and it was the first night of the tour, but when the most memorable thing about the gig was Craddock's gorgeous jacket, then you know something ain't right. A big let-down, and more than likely the last time I'll pay to see him.

I saw him a week after you and thought it fine . The acoustics I thought were good with the possible exception of Paper Chase which had a lot of sibilance and distortion on it.

The lighting l thought was also very good and it certainly shows how times have changed when I even mention that .

I understand your comments about the band being a bit too familiar with each other but it is always a bit flat when they play songs that the crowd are unfamiliar with. The last time l saw him was 5 years ago and on that occasion his 3rd song was Eton Rifles , which was obviously going to raise the roof . We did get Ghosts and Man in the Corner Shop early on but neither track is as powerful as Strange Town or Pretty Green which were also played at the last gig l went to.

We got over 2hrs of music and having watched him a couple of times on the telly recently l'd say we got his standard package. It is obvious that a large portion of the audience go to hear old Jam songs( myself included) but he isn't as keen on them as us but I did greatly enjoy the likes of Into Tomorrow.

As I mentioned on another thread , I do think Weller has aged in the last couple of tears and certainly now looks older than what he actually is . He should probably quite smoking.

Despite enjoying the show l wouldn't be in a rush to go and see him again . The last time the crowd were still singing That's Entertainment as we left the hall which was then followed by about 1000 people singing "we are the Mod's" but this time the audience left a bit more meekly . .

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-weller/2015/the-sse-hydro-glasgow-scotland-3bf2b4f0.html
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 01, 2015, 09:19:23 AM
Firstly, Simon, glad you got a good one, mate. It's a decent chunk of change to hand out to come away feeling a little let down. It seems this tour has been very much hit and miss. I read a review of the Newcastle gig, which could just has easily been the Belfast gig. That said, I know people who were at that one and raved about it. Perhaps it's down to expectations. The previous time I'd seen him (about 5 years ago also, Wilko Johnson guested), the gig was brilliant, full of energy and the old Weller fire. This time, flat as day old beer. I like the new material, in general, but I'm not sure it makes for great live music. And even the old Jam stuff only just about got the crowd going. Like I said on here or elsewhere, might be time for him to hang up the touring boots. He doesn't have anything to prove.

Agree he's aged, but I'm not going to say too much, as I'm just about to nip out for a fag!!  ;)
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Post by: Rocketman on December 01, 2015, 12:16:08 PM
Saw the Stairs first gig in over 20 years on Thursday in Liverpool. Absolutely brilliant, no other way to put it really. Perfect set list. Think they might do the occasional gig now after that reaction.

Hugely positive reaction to this gig on social media over the weekend. I doubt they'll stray over here, but maybe some live footage will pop up somewhere
I believe they are in session for mark Riley tonight (6 music)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06q70xb
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 01, 2015, 01:07:11 PM
Yes Doc , he has got nothing to prove but I think touring is the only way people like him can make decent money these days plus he has got a few kids to feed. .

Obviously as he gets older you are not going to get the kind of gig we were used to in years gone by . It isn't cheap to buy a ticket and expectations are running high .

The Who still tour as well but Roger's voice isn't what it used to be and neither is Paul's . I noticed that a couple of songs had changed slightly so he didn't have to hit such high notes . I used to always have a couple of beers before a gig but now I don't drink much so it is a bit disappointing when people throw beer into the air at these numbers , something that never happened years ago , but in general , I'm getting older too and maybe a bit jaded because I don't get nearly the same excitement at these things and along with the cost , there are not that many gigs I'd go to now.

Weller probably gets far more air time now than he got at the peak of his Jam days so , I can't see him giving up touring anytime soon. .
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Post by: Mutley on December 01, 2015, 01:57:46 PM
Planning a trip later this month to see Dublin band Beatfink plus an appearance from Eddie Piller at the Mash It Up Club.

(http://s11.postimg.org/9p0mrx47n/12191687_10206962685639345_6926876031626736527_n.jpg)
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 01, 2015, 03:37:43 PM
Yes Doc , he has got nothing to prove but I think touring is the only way people like him can make decent money these days plus he has got a few kids to feed. .

Obviously as he gets older you are not going to get the kind of gig we were used to in years gone by . It isn't cheap to buy a ticket and expectations are running high .

The Who still tour as well but Roger's voice isn't what it used to be and neither is Paul's . I noticed that a couple of songs had changed slightly so he didn't have to hit such high notes . I used to always have a couple of beers before a gig but now I don't drink much so it is a bit disappointing when people throw beer into the air at these numbers , something that never happened years ago , but in general , I'm getting older too and maybe a bit jaded because I don't get nearly the same excitement at these things and along with the cost , there are not that many gigs I'd go to now.

Weller probably gets far more air time now than he got at the peak of his Jam days so , I can't see him giving up touring anytime soon. .

I'd have thought he had his money made, Si, but maybe he's still got bills to pay? I didn't go expecting a Jam greatest hits, or for him to run about like a young fella (judging by some of the comments I heard, others did), it was just the lack of spark that was such a disappointment. It's unlikely I'll go see him again, though I will no doubt buy any new material.

I saw the Who back in 12/13 doing Quadrophenia, and Roger's voice was rock solid. I didn't take in the 50th Anniversary gig for no other reason than I didn't have a spare £80 at the time. Glad I didn't, to be honest; my mate went (him and his missus got free tickets), and he said Rog's vocals were very patchy. That seemed to have been a fairly observation for that tour. In fairness, the guy's near 70, some loss was inevitable. Though I see they have at least one gig lined up in London before the end of the year. Maybe his trout farms need re-stocking??

I could never see the attraction in throwing beer at gigs, particularly amongst a mod crowd. Seemed to me to be at odds with the 'watch the cloth, moth' ethos of the original modernists. A bit like rucking on a beach on the south coast. No self respecting 'face' is going to risk ruining a bespoke suit over a rocker!!
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Post by: greenstreet on December 01, 2015, 04:09:14 PM
Planning a trip later this month to see Dublin band Beatfink plus an appearance from Eddie Piller at the Mash It Up Club.

(http://s11.postimg.org/9p0mrx47n/12191687_10206962685639345_6926876031626736527_n.jpg)

Just seen a crap live recording (a cellular phone, for sure) of one song from a gig in You Tube, a mid tempo number that in spite of the hideous sound is pretty interesting, not your average soul stomper. They seem properly attired too (tho' I couldn't be sure with the dim ambience light).
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 01, 2015, 10:35:17 PM
Yes Doc , he has got nothing to prove but I think touring is the only way people like him can make decent money these days plus he has got a few kids to feed. .

Obviously as he gets older you are not going to get the kind of gig we were used to in years gone by . It isn't cheap to buy a ticket and expectations are running high .

The Who still tour as well but Roger's voice isn't what it used to be and neither is Paul's . I noticed that a couple of songs had changed slightly so he didn't have to hit such high notes . I used to always have a couple of beers before a gig but now I don't drink much so it is a bit disappointing when people throw beer into the air at these numbers , something that never happened years ago , but in general , I'm getting older too and maybe a bit jaded because I don't get nearly the same excitement at these things and along with the cost , there are not that many gigs I'd go to now.

Weller probably gets far more air time now than he got at the peak of his Jam days so , I can't see him giving up touring anytime soon. .

I'd have thought he had his money made, Si, but maybe he's still got bills to pay? I didn't go expecting a Jam greatest hits, or for him to run about like a young fella (judging by some of the comments I heard, others did), it was just the lack of spark that was such a disappointment. It's unlikely I'll go see him again, though I will no doubt buy any new material.

I saw the Who back in 12/13 doing Quadrophenia, and Roger's voice was rock solid. I didn't take in the 50th Anniversary gig for no other reason than I didn't have a spare £80 at the time. Glad I didn't, to be honest; my mate went (him and his missus got free tickets), and he said Rog's vocals were very patchy. That seemed to have been a fairly observation for that tour. In fairness, the guy's near 70, some loss was inevitable. Though I see they have at least one gig lined up in London before the end of the year. Maybe his trout farms need re-stocking??

I could never see the attraction in throwing beer at gigs, particularly amongst a mod crowd. Seemed to me to be at odds with the 'watch the cloth, moth' ethos of the original modernists. A bit like rucking on a beach on the south coast. No self respecting 'face' is going to risk ruining a bespoke suit over a rocker!!

    8)
I couldnae disagree with any of that , Doc. My son reminded me about the beer shower before kick-off but I said we would be okay and first hour or so it was okay. Towards the end a guy in front of me who looked like a Mod , threw his plastic pint tumbler as hard as he could and then looked at me . I just shook my heed. .
There should be a notice saying that people who throw beer are obviously not responsible enough to get anymore. . 8)
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on December 02, 2015, 09:10:06 AM
Yes Doc , he has got nothing to prove but I think touring is the only way people like him can make decent money these days plus he has got a few kids to feed. .

Obviously as he gets older you are not going to get the kind of gig we were used to in years gone by . It isn't cheap to buy a ticket and expectations are running high .

The Who still tour as well but Roger's voice isn't what it used to be and neither is Paul's . I noticed that a couple of songs had changed slightly so he didn't have to hit such high notes . I used to always have a couple of beers before a gig but now I don't drink much so it is a bit disappointing when people throw beer into the air at these numbers , something that never happened years ago , but in general , I'm getting older too and maybe a bit jaded because I don't get nearly the same excitement at these things and along with the cost , there are not that many gigs I'd go to now.

Weller probably gets far more air time now than he got at the peak of his Jam days so , I can't see him giving up touring anytime soon. .

I'd have thought he had his money made, Si, but maybe he's still got bills to pay? I didn't go expecting a Jam greatest hits, or for him to run about like a young fella (judging by some of the comments I heard, others did), it was just the lack of spark that was such a disappointment. It's unlikely I'll go see him again, though I will no doubt buy any new material.

I saw the Who back in 12/13 doing Quadrophenia, and Roger's voice was rock solid. I didn't take in the 50th Anniversary gig for no other reason than I didn't have a spare £80 at the time. Glad I didn't, to be honest; my mate went (him and his missus got free tickets), and he said Rog's vocals were very patchy. That seemed to have been a fairly observation for that tour. In fairness, the guy's near 70, some loss was inevitable. Though I see they have at least one gig lined up in London before the end of the year. Maybe his trout farms need re-stocking??

I could never see the attraction in throwing beer at gigs, particularly amongst a mod crowd. Seemed to me to be at odds with the 'watch the cloth, moth' ethos of the original modernists. A bit like rucking on a beach on the south coast. No self respecting 'face' is going to risk ruining a bespoke suit over a rocker!!

    8)
I couldnae disagree with any of that , Doc. My son reminded me about the beer shower before kick-off but I said we would be okay and first hour or so it was okay. Towards the end a guy in front of me who looked like a Mod , threw his plastic pint tumbler as hard as he could and then looked at me . I just shook my heed. .
There should be a notice saying that people who throw beer are obviously not responsible enough to get anymore. . 8)

Yes, and forfeit the right not to be tazered. Repeatedly!!  ;)
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Post by: greenstreet on December 02, 2015, 11:33:33 AM
I really don't get this spilling beer ritual, specially if you consider the crazy beer prices at your neck of the woods! It's not something you see often at gigs here, it wasn't common even in the wild 80s.
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Post by: Monkey on December 02, 2015, 03:58:55 PM
You should try seeing The Rifles. The sky filled with plastic glasses and warm Carlsberg. And their crowd call 'emselves Mods.
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 02, 2015, 05:50:46 PM
You should try seeing The Rifles. The sky filled with plastic glasses and warm Carlsberg. And their crowd call 'emselves Mods.

It is irrational behaviour and I hate the way ones feet end up sticking to the floor . At least body surfing seems to have stopped , the last time I saw that was at a Who gig 15yrs ago . .

I reckon the Doc might have a point , regarding the tazer. . ;)
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Post by: dazlcfc on December 02, 2015, 06:34:07 PM
You should try seeing The Rifles. The sky filled with plastic glasses and warm Carlsberg. And their crowd call 'emselves Mods.

. At least body surfing seems to have stopped , the last time I saw that was at a Who gig 15yrs ago . .


If you went to some gigs with bands who weren't ancient you would still see it happen. ;)
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 02, 2015, 07:13:23 PM
You should try seeing The Rifles. The sky filled with plastic glasses and warm Carlsberg. And their crowd call 'emselves Mods.

. At least body surfing seems to have stopped , the last time I saw that was at a Who gig 15yrs ago . .


If you went to some gigs with bands who weren't ancient you would still see it happen. ;)

     ;D

 Yes , Let's See body surfing. .
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Post by: Martin G on December 03, 2015, 01:54:35 PM
I may as well get my swimming trunks out then! Weller Saturday and The Rifles Tuesday!

I do know what you all mean though and is something I have long bemoaned! These chumps are just idiots in every sense and are always the first with the old "We Are The Mods...!" nonsense too.
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 03, 2015, 03:12:10 PM
I may as well get my swimming trunks out then! Weller Saturday and The Rifles Tuesday!

I do know what you all mean though and is something I have long bemoaned! These chumps are just idiots in every sense and are always the first with the old "We Are The Mods...!" nonsense too.

When I saw Weller about 5yrs ago , there must easily have been around a thousand singing the chant . Whether they were Mods or not I don't know. .
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Post by: W12mod on December 03, 2015, 08:57:56 PM
I may as well get my swimming trunks out then! Weller Saturday and The Rifles Tuesday!

I do know what you all mean though and is something I have long bemoaned! These chumps are just idiots in every sense and are always the first with the old "We Are The Mods...!" nonsense too.

Martin,

I am at Guildford to see the Rifles on Tuesday (couldn't get Boogaloo tickets).  Be nice to say Hi. I'll be the bald mod late 40's !(as will be half the crowd).

Hoping there will be no beer throwing as it's the acoustic tour - unlike when they supported the who at Hyde Park.

Also hoping to see all the gig as it has a time curfew - unlike the Boogaloo where they come on 10 mins before my last train home!

Cheers mike
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Post by: Martin G on December 04, 2015, 01:54:08 PM
Hi Mike Tuesday's gig is at Tunbridge Wells mate? I've seen them a few times. I got bottled first time (Nice!) and as you say last time was at Hyde Park it was just ridiculous. I saw them do a small invite only thing at Gibson Guitars nears Euston and it was fantastic.  No numpties at all just an enthusiastic crowd of proper fans
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Post by: W12mod on December 04, 2015, 07:25:39 PM
Hi Mike Tuesday's gig is at Tunbridge Wells mate? I've seen them a few times. I got bottled first time (Nice!) and as you say last time was at Hyde Park it was just ridiculous. I saw them do a small invite only thing at Gibson Guitars nears Euston and it was fantastic.  No numpties at all just an enthusiastic crowd of proper fans

cheers Martin - nearly turned up on the wrong day! Now found out its Thursday for Guildford and my mate has the hump as I told him it was the 8th and he has a Christmas do on 10th.

Enjoy Tuesday  - expect a review!

Mike
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Post by: Martin G on December 06, 2015, 08:58:12 AM
Saw Weller last night. Hammersmith whatever it is called now. Certainly in the opinion of myself and my pals one of the most 'fan friendly' sets I think I've ever seen him perform. Half a dozen from his Jam period, three or four Style Council tracks, a smattering from his new album and a sort of 'Weller Greatest Hits' too with stuff like 'You Do Something To Me', 'Porcelain Gods', 'Broken Stones', 'Friday Street', 'Peacock Suit' and 'The Changing Man'. Thankfully very little beer flying but still the usual idiots chucking themselves about with little or no regard for those around them even if that may include women or much older people. Good night though in general. Usual stand-outs set things really going like 'Start!' and 'Town Called Malice' but for me the real highlights were 'The Man In The Cornershop' and 'In The Crowd'.  Aside from members of the audience no complaints!
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Post by: Simon Bond on December 06, 2015, 10:13:22 AM
Saw Weller last night. Hammersmith whatever it is called now. Certainly in the opinion of myself and my pals one of the most 'fan friendly' sets I think I've ever seen him perform. Half a dozen from his Jam period, three or four Style Council tracks, a smattering from his new album and a sort of 'Weller Greatest Hits' too with stuff like 'You Do Something To Me', 'Porcelain Gods', 'Broken Stones', 'Friday Street', 'Peacock Suit' and 'The Changing Man'. Thankfully very little beer flying but still the usual idiots chucking themselves about with little or no regard for those around them even if that may include women or much older people. Good night though in general. Usual stand-outs set things really going like 'Start!' and 'Town Called Malice' but for me the real highlights were 'The Man In The Cornershop' and 'In The Crowd'.  Aside from members of the audience no complaints!

Sounds like a great night , Martin. We didn't get Broken Stones or You Do Something To Me last week , but they are a couple of my favourites. 'The Man In The Cornershop' and  'In The Crowd' were also done well when I saw him but Eton Rifles would have been good especially considering it's current relevance and I would have swapped out Town Called Malice for That's Entertainment purely because I feel that it gets better audience participation at the end of the show. .
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Post by: Monkey on December 06, 2015, 04:12:10 PM
Saw Ronnie Spector at the Barbican last week. A bit cabaret I suppose but a nice evening nonetheless. After each song she sat in big chair and kinda told a bit of story. Like a Ronette Corbett. Sometimes with photos or footage.

In good singing voice and a decent set list which obviously included the famous ones but also You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory and Back To Black, both of which were highlights. Her band made a horrible soulless summer season noise - like a 80s re-recording - but she was lovely, her humour shining through.
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Post by: greenstreet on December 06, 2015, 07:21:01 PM
Is it so difficult (or expensive) for these 60s "comeback" singers to get a decent backing band and round things up? I mean, I'm sure people who attend these gigs prefers an organic sound, not that 80s muzak. Apart from this, it sounds like an agreeable evening.
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Post by: Stax on December 09, 2015, 12:59:55 PM
I went to see the Rifles acoustic gig in York last week. I really enjoyed it and the quality of their songs really came through. Completely different atmosphere to a usual gig of theirs though.
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Post by: Martin G on December 09, 2015, 09:53:25 PM
Well you did better than me last night mate. Gig cancelled! Got all the way to Tunbridge,  hour and half drive, to be met with a locked venue and a small piece of paper pinned on the door!!! Got home to an email and a phone message which I guess is decent enough but I had left before they arrived.
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Post by: Stax on December 10, 2015, 04:28:19 PM
Gutted! Cancelled tonight too. I'd love to go to one of the Christmas gigs at the Boogaloo but it's too expensive this time of year to sort hotels etc.
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Post by: Monkey on February 07, 2016, 09:14:58 AM
For some reason the last four gigs I've seen have all been people performing the work of one artist. I've avoided using the word "tribute".

Saw the Mingus Big Band a couple of times at Ronnie Scott's. They were fantastic. As their name implies, they took the work of Charles Mingus and arranged it in a big band style. Weren't straight copies (most weren't done that way originally) and all added to the overall impact. Was interesting to watch the dynamics of a big band in action too, with how they could still improvise within that setting. Great stuff.

On a smaller scale, the Simon Spillett Quartet played a Tubby Hayes set prior to the film screening at the Regent Cinema on Friday. Enjoyed that too. Again, reckon jazz is far more effective in a live setting than on record, and got a better appreciation of the musicianship of Hayes/Spillett. Not sure how musicians brains can work that fast if I'm honest!

And also saw a Who tribute band (term fits here) at the 100 Club. It wasn't Who's Who, might have been Who's Next(?). Enjoyed Townshend but let down massively by the drumming and the set (mainly early stuff) felt a bit limp in places. Anyway, the real deal next Saturday.
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Post by: Mutley on February 08, 2016, 11:00:08 PM
Just got my ticket today to go see The Beat on the 11th March.
I just know my hips and knees are gonna be killing me for days after this one!
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on February 09, 2016, 09:07:53 AM
Just got my ticket today to go see The Beat on the 11th March.
I just know my hips and knees are gonna be killing me for days after this one!

Which version, mate, Dave or Rankin Roger? I've seen and enjoyed both but, for me anyway, it's not the same without Wakeling's distinctive voice
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Post by: Mutley on February 09, 2016, 04:04:16 PM
Just got my ticket today to go see The Beat on the 11th March.
I just know my hips and knees are gonna be killing me for days after this one!

Which version, mate, Dave or Rankin Roger? I've seen and enjoyed both but, for me anyway, it's not the same without Wakeling's distinctive voice

Yeah I know what you mean Doc. I'm going to the Rankin Roger line up and looking forward to the night out tbh.
They're hitting your part of the world the following night......
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Post by: DrGonzo2411 on February 09, 2016, 04:09:54 PM
Just got my ticket today to go see The Beat on the 11th March.
I just know my hips and knees are gonna be killing me for days after this one!

Which version, mate, Dave or Rankin Roger? I've seen and enjoyed both but, for me anyway, it's not the same without Wakeling's distinctive voice

Yeah I know what you mean Doc. I'm going to the Rankin Roger line up and looking forward to the night out tbh.
They're hitting your part of the world the following night......

Yeah, my brother has a spare, so I'll probably go with him. Was a good night when they played here last year
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Post by: greenstreet on March 12, 2016, 08:18:54 PM
The Fleshtones, wow, what a band!. Honestly I didn't know what to expect, as I hadn't seen them live since the late 90s, and they're not getting younger, in fact the core members of the band (Zaremba, Streng and Milhizer) have left behind their 60th birthday. I didn't need to worry, tho', from minute one they were in charge of business, and how!

The mid-sized club was perfect for this kind of band, and the sound was powerful and well balanced, except for Zaremba's Farfisa, that was barely audible. Not that that mattered, as he didn't stop by the keyboard that much anyway, and the focal point of their sound is Keith Streng's guitar and a faultless rhythm section. The place was packed, but we were first row at a side of the stage, without none of your annoying brit beer spilling and enough room to dance.

Striped down to a quartet, without the horns that grace some of their records, the Fleshtones are at their core an outstanding R&B bar band, a tight as hell ensemble that knows instinctively how to get an audience eating from the palm of their hands from the word go. It's an astute blend of old time black showbiz -think Guitar Slim band or Arthur Prysock's in the mid 50s- and post-punk anything goes, no nonsense stuff peppered with timeless gimmicks, such as the mocking wink to James Brown's cape routine, the instructions to the public to do derviche girations or Keith Streng's playing guitar behind his back. They even got away with a bullfight pantomime that would have gone really badly here if the band hadn't clicked previously with the attendants.

No matter what they play (in fact, they restricted themselves to tunes of their last records, with two covers thrown in for good measure: the Stones' Gotta get away and the Music Explosion's I see the light), it's the sound what counts, and they delivered it in spades. But maybe the thing that impressed me the most was their respect for the audience, the work ethic they display and their utter command of the stage. It's by far the best gig I've attended in the last decade, tho' in a way it was bittersweet -and worrying- to see 90 per cent of the attendants were older than 45. Is rock'n'roll dying?

(http://i.imgur.com/vgCESQi.jpg?1)

That cheap Blackula cape!

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Two tiny faces and the BIG man (they were the most kind gentlemen and shook hands and chatted with the audience before and after the gig; I even got the original members to sign me a ticket from their first gig in Spain, 30 + years ago)

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Post by: Monkey on March 26, 2016, 02:00:30 PM
Great account greenstreet. Must admit although I've heard of them I've not listened to them. Yet.

Saw The Coral last week. I'm not a massive fan (have about half their albums) but was really impressed. Wasn't struck by the new LP but like it a lot more after seeing/hear it live. Quite heavier/almost with a hint of Krautrock in places. Also band have been a bit contrary in their set lists sometimes but balanced the new stuff out with a lot of "hits". All in all, came away liking The Coral more than when I went in - which was a pleasant surprise.

Also saw The Stairs and Graham Day & The Forefathers on Thursday. Both good although I was only half concentrating on Day and the venue (229) always really struggles to contain an atmosphere for some reason. Dunno why. Anyway, terrific to see The Stairs again.
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Post by: detroitmike on July 27, 2016, 04:09:54 PM
The Last Shadow Puppets. Never caught Arctic Monkeys or Miles Kane before, & really liked this show.
Even though Turner and Kane look like they're just having a laugh, the band was tight, they had a 4 piece string section and reproduced the records pretty well live.
Also managed to run into them before the show at a bar we were drinking at beforehand , managed to talk just a bit to Kane, who seems like a pleasant enough guy..
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Post by: Monkey on July 28, 2016, 09:28:06 PM
Also managed to run into them...

Man, that sentence started off so promisingly...
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Post by: detroitmike on July 29, 2016, 05:13:16 PM
oh dear,
Everyone's a music critic! ;D
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Post by: Trotsky on November 12, 2016, 03:35:07 PM
Sleaford Mods at the Camden Roundhouse thursday 10 Nov

Well, I was shocked to find myself at the younger end of the audience age range (I'm 46) for a start. I had wondered who their fanbase was and now I know. It's old punks. Anyhoo, I like their energy and raw power but the tunes they chose were a bit meh until near the end. For a geezer who used to be a mod the lead singer was so woefully dressed it made me want to weep. Tight black old t-shirt (over a bit of a belly), dodgy black tracksuit bottoms which were too short and sandals. Whats that about? He also danced like a gorilla. No, he really did a gorilla impression! Several times during the evening. Lovely venue and the sound quality was good but I wouldn't see them again. Filter out their good tunes from the dross and put them on your i-pod for when your feeling all GGGGGGRRRRR!
One more thing, we went in early and weren't impressed by the support bands so decided to go back to a nice pub outside only to be told by the doorman that they didn't allow readmission! I sweet talked the lady in charge to let us out but what a scam to keep you in drinking at their overpriced bars. Poor show Roundhouse which is otherwise a nice venue.
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Post by: greenstreet on November 12, 2016, 06:27:53 PM

One more thing, we went in early and weren't impressed by the support bands so decided to go back to a nice pub outside only to be told by the doorman that they didn't allow readmission! I sweet talked the lady in charge to let us out but what a scam to keep you in drinking at their overpriced bars. Poor show Roundhouse which is otherwise a nice venue.

I can't believe there are places that still do this, it should be illegal (wait a minute, maybe it's illegal)
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Post by: greenstreet on January 21, 2017, 01:36:01 PM
Not a mod band, but my old mates' combo, Los Mocetones, kind of a soul/punk legend here in Valencia since the 90s. As they play once, maybe twice a year, I couldn't really miss it. Look at the "evolution" of the frontman's outfit in just half an hour, amazing!

(http://i.imgur.com/tidijzE.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/AgszFci.jpg?1)
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Post by: Red Steve on January 24, 2017, 01:31:38 PM
Fancied a nostalgia trip so have tickets to see From The Jam on Friday night in Bath. Should be a bit of a laugh if nothing else, although having seen them once before they usually put on a good show.
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Post by: Martin G on January 25, 2017, 01:21:36 PM
Steve I'm sure you'll have a decent enough night out. I have seen them a number of times and to hear those songs live again by a decent band with a member of the original line-up is fair enough. The drawback for me with them is the amount of beered up lumps with bald heads, Harringtons and too tight Fred Perrys chucking themselves about. It is a bit ridiculous and cheapens what the original band were all about (Although there was plenty of that too back then but at least the people doing it were teenagers and not 50 year olds!) It's the same as seeing Weller. Herberts who seem pretty disinterested until he pulls out 'MALICE' and then the beer starts flying. Shame really but I hope enjoy it mate. Perhaps people in Bath are a little more conservative compared to audiences at London area gigs.
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Post by: Martin G on January 25, 2017, 01:25:29 PM
BTW can't help but love a bloke in a Mexican wrestlers mask!
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Post by: greenstreet on January 25, 2017, 04:17:50 PM
I knew you'd like it, Martin!  ;)
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Post by: Red Steve on January 27, 2017, 11:15:34 AM
Steve I'm sure you'll have a decent enough night out. I have seen them a number of times and to hear those songs live again by a decent band with a member of the original line-up is fair enough. The drawback for me with them is the amount of beered up lumps with bald heads, Harringtons and too tight Fred Perrys chucking themselves about. It is a bit ridiculous and cheapens what the original band were all about (Although there was plenty of that too back then but at least the people doing it were teenagers and not 50 year olds!) It's the same as seeing Weller. Herberts who seem pretty disinterested until he pulls out 'MALICE' and then the beer starts flying. Shame really but I hope enjoy it mate. Perhaps people in Bath are a little more conservative compared to audiences at London area gigs.

Totally agree Martin. Last time I saw them at The Fleece in Bristol it kicked off big time and I ended up in a minor scuffle outside as a bone head had accused a mate of mine of throwing a pint of beer at him. Bit nasty and took the edge off a good night. Apparently it's a sell-out this evening so should be a good atmosphere (hopefully a positive one). I'll report back on Monday :-) (fingers crossed).
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Post by: Martin G on January 27, 2017, 01:52:37 PM
Good luck mate. It is such a shame that this ridiculous 'beer/lad' culture thing spoils so much. I see less bother at football these days than I do at gigs. It is shocking especially when most gigs I go to attract older fellas and they seem the worst. The old "WE ARE THE MODS!" mob spoil it all too. Usually blokes with skinny jeans and big beards shouting it as well?? Off tonight myself to see The Small Fakers. My God Son is their 'Ronnie' currently too so looking forward to that. Is the FTJ gig at the Pavillion mate? I've been there myself and it is a pretty decent venue when we've had mini breaks down there? MOLES is another nice small club we've had some good nights at.
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Post by: Red Steve on January 30, 2017, 02:48:23 PM
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Well what a great night! Lovely venue (a new one on me) friendly door staff, reasonably priced drinks and an excellent crowd. A good set which I really enjoyed. Well worth £20
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Post by: greenstreet on January 30, 2017, 03:36:53 PM
Glad you enjoyed the evening, Steve. Luckily, it seems the beer spilling crowd stayed home for good!  ;D
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Post by: Red Steve on February 01, 2017, 10:53:24 AM
Glad you enjoyed the evening, Steve. Luckily, it seems the beer spilling crowd stayed home for good!  ;D

Never really understood this beer throwing thing, especially the price of a decent pint these days :-) I had a nice little spot to the side of the stage with a table where I could place my drink(s). I even bumped into a few ladies who I used to work with years ago which was really nice.
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Post by: Martin G on February 01, 2017, 01:57:08 PM
Glad it went well Steve. (And you stayed dry) I agree that for all the remarks thrown at a tribute band and often FTJ in particular if you go home with a smile and you hear what you want to hear everyone's a winner. As you say especially at a score a ticket too. Nice one.
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Post by: greenstreet on April 08, 2017, 10:38:42 AM
Night out to see the Limboos at Sala El Loco. They were great, a highly professional r&b combo, highlighted by  a superb sound balance at the club. Special mention to the outstanding singer/guitarist and of course the gorgeous drummer, that besides the looks sure can play a mean beat. The audience was enthusiastic enough, but I reckon a more experienced band could have easily induced in them the frenzy that is the seal of a really great show, a mood that the Fleshtones, for instance, get effortlessly. But hey, let's give them time.


Not many people in the audience, so my wife and me could watch the gig comfortably by the side of the stage and we danced our asses off! They played basically their two LPs (no covers) and the latin stuff works wonders live, tho' I enjoyed mainly their more Bo Diddley-ish songs. The only letdown: not a single remotely mod-looking fella in the audience, not even greasers. I can't believe there isn't a single mod in my town  :'(


(http://i.imgur.com/W99kprG.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/carHGgb.jpg?1)

Some maraccas action!

(http://i.imgur.com/nxvKaMm.jpg?1)
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Post by: Simon Bond on April 08, 2017, 01:38:41 PM
Night out to see the Limboos at Sala El Loco. They were great, a highly professional r&b combo, highlighted by  a superb sound balance at the club. Special mention to the outstanding singer/guitarist and of course the gorgeous drummer, that besides the looks sure can play a mean beat. The audience was enthusiastic enough, but I reckon a more experienced band could have easily induced in them the frenzy that is the seal of a really great show, a mood that the Fleshtones, for instance, get effortlessly. But hey, let's give them time.


Not many people in the audience, so my wife and me could watch the gig comfortably by the side of the stage and we danced our asses off! They played basically their two LPs (no covers) and the latin stuff works wonders live, tho' I enjoyed mainly their more Bo Diddley-ish songs. The only letdown: not a single remotely mod-looking fella in the audience, not even greasers. I can't believe there isn't a single mod in my town  :'(


(http://i.imgur.com/W99kprG.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/carHGgb.jpg?1)

Some maraccas action!

(http://i.imgur.com/nxvKaMm.jpg?1)

Nice one Hombre , but can you get some better pictures of the drummer next time. . 8)
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Post by: greenstreet on April 08, 2017, 04:03:12 PM
It's obvious that my wife was the phothographer!  ;D
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Post by: Monkey on April 10, 2017, 08:06:58 PM
Thanks for the Limboos review greenstreet. They are top of my to-see list.

Were the audience "normals"? You know what I mean.
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Post by: Simon Bond on April 11, 2017, 07:19:05 AM
It's obvious that my wife was the phothographer!  ;D

 ;D
The guitarist reminds me of a young Dennis Greaves. .
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Post by: greenstreet on April 11, 2017, 10:36:07 AM
Thanks for the Limboos review greenstreet. They are top of my to-see list.

Were the audience "normals"? You know what I mean.

Cheers, Monkey! If you have the chance to catch them live, don't miss it, they're pretty good. According to their FBook page, they have plans to tour Europe later this year, so maybe...

I'm not sure bout what you mean by "normals", mate, but they weren't much different from what I've seen in my last gigs: roughly half of them my age, the rest 20 or 30 something, well mannered people with the only aim of having a good time. Beer is too expensive -even here- to waste it!

The Dennis Greaves' similarity is not that far off the mark, Simon, though the young Greaves was slimmer, I think.
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Post by: Martin G on October 12, 2017, 12:25:51 PM
Saw the legendary PP Arnold last night at the 229 Club in London. As ever absolute top class. Incredible lady at 71 who still belts a song out like a teenager but with the delivery and maturity of a true pro. Seen her 5/6 times over the last maybe 25 years and she really seems to get better each time.  A mixed bag set comprising all her well known stuff, tracks from her 'new' album originally recorded close to 50 years ago along with covers of 60s soul contemporaries she was influenced by and songs she was connected to as a backing vocalist too. Her band was one Steve Cradock of OCS tours as a solo artist with so were young but I've seen around with other bands too such as The Moons. Cracking support from a young girl guitarist, singer, writer called Enne' who is a new signing to Acid Jazz Records. Top night great singer and a good crowd too.
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Post by: ianeggbert on October 18, 2017, 06:55:11 AM
Saw the legendary PP Arnold last night at the 229 Club in London. As ever absolute top class. Incredible lady at 71 who still belts a song out like a teenager but with the delivery and maturity of a true pro. Seen her 5/6 times over the last maybe 25 years and she really seems to get better each time.  A mixed bag set comprising all her well known stuff, tracks from her 'new' album originally recorded close to 50 years ago along with covers of 60s soul contemporaries she was influenced by and songs she was connected to as a backing vocalist too. Her band was one Steve Cradock of OCS tours as a solo artist with so were young but I've seen around with other bands too such as The Moons. Cracking support from a young girl guitarist, singer, writer called Enne' who is a new signing to Acid Jazz Records. Top night great singer and a good crowd too.

I was lucky enough to see her at the weekend in a tiny Arts Centre in North Devon (which is, as it happens, just up the road from where Steve Cradock lives.......) and she was amazing. the review is now up on my blog http://theacousticeggbox.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/live-pparnold-plough-arts-centre-great.html
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Post by: Martin G on October 18, 2017, 08:11:01 AM
Nice review mate. Agree all the way. Such a small venue must have been great. The 229 is a larger small venue if you get what I mean but decent. Great photo too fella. Nice one! BTW if you are down in the West Country do you know Ian and Jade or go to their Vinyl Avengers events?
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Post by: Simon Bond on October 18, 2017, 05:03:30 PM
Saw the legendary PP Arnold last night at the 229 Club in London. As ever absolute top class. Incredible lady at 71 who still belts a song out like a teenager but with the delivery and maturity of a true pro. Seen her 5/6 times over the last maybe 25 years and she really seems to get better each time.  A mixed bag set comprising all her well known stuff, tracks from her 'new' album originally recorded close to 50 years ago along with covers of 60s soul contemporaries she was influenced by and songs she was connected to as a backing vocalist too. Her band was one Steve Cradock of OCS tours as a solo artist with so were young but I've seen around with other bands too such as The Moons. Cracking support from a young girl guitarist, singer, writer called Enne' who is a new signing to Acid Jazz Records. Top night great singer and a good crowd too.

I was lucky enough to see her at the weekend in a tiny Arts Centre in North Devon (which is, as it happens, just up the road from where Steve Cradock lives.......) and she was amazing. the review is now up on my blog http://theacousticeggbox.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/live-pparnold-plough-arts-centre-great.html

Yeah sounds fantastic , Ian and as has been said cracking photo there , a cracker indeed. .
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Post by: greenstreet on October 19, 2017, 04:48:50 PM
Saw the legendary PP Arnold last night at the 229 Club in London. As ever absolute top class. Incredible lady at 71 who still belts a song out like a teenager but with the delivery and maturity of a true pro. Seen her 5/6 times over the last maybe 25 years and she really seems to get better each time.  A mixed bag set comprising all her well known stuff, tracks from her 'new' album originally recorded close to 50 years ago along with covers of 60s soul contemporaries she was influenced by and songs she was connected to as a backing vocalist too. Her band was one Steve Cradock of OCS tours as a solo artist with so were young but I've seen around with other bands too such as The Moons. Cracking support from a young girl guitarist, singer, writer called Enne' who is a new signing to Acid Jazz Records. Top night great singer and a good crowd too.

I was lucky enough to see her at the weekend in a tiny Arts Centre in North Devon (which is, as it happens, just up the road from where Steve Cradock lives.......) and she was amazing. the review is now up on my blog http://theacousticeggbox.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/live-pparnold-plough-arts-centre-great.html

Ooops, I almost miss this... Great review, Ian, as per usual. I would have loved that gig. BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...

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Post by: Ian_B on October 24, 2017, 04:25:56 PM

BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...

If I remember correctly Barry & Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody" (at the request of Robert Stigwood) for Otis - But he tragically died before having a chance to record the song.
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Post by: greenstreet on October 24, 2017, 05:03:16 PM

BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...

If I remember correctly Barry & Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody" (at the request of Robert Stigwood) for Otis - But he tragically died before having a chance to record the song.

Wow, imagine it in the hands -or the pipes, to be precise- of Otis! Bliss.
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Post by: Simon Bond on October 24, 2017, 05:03:48 PM

BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...
If I remember correctly Barry & Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody" (at the request of Robert Stigwood) for Otis - But he tragically died before having a chance to record the song.

 I reckon Dexys did a great cover of it recently . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C15jnXYcQ


. .call me biased if you like. .
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Post by: greenstreet on October 25, 2017, 07:27:47 AM

BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...
If I remember correctly Barry & Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody" (at the request of Robert Stigwood) for Otis - But he tragically died before having a chance to record the song.

 I reckon Dexys did a great cover of it recently . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C15jnXYcQ


. .call me biased if you like. .

Nice arrangement, but I don't think Kevin Rowland can handle it vocally, the spoken verses just don't work for me, less so if I imagine a vocalist as powerful as Otis in charge of it.
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Post by: Simon Bond on October 25, 2017, 05:28:48 PM

BTW, I've always thought that "To love somebody" lends itself particularly well to soul vocalists, as the Nina Simone's cover aptly shows.

Now, to the "new" PP Arnold's album review...
If I remember correctly Barry & Robin Gibb wrote "To Love Somebody" (at the request of Robert Stigwood) for Otis - But he tragically died before having a chance to record the song.

 I reckon Dexys did a great cover of it recently . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5C15jnXYcQ


. .call me biased if you like. .

Nice arrangement, but I don't think Kevin Rowland can handle it vocally, the spoken verses just don't work for me, less so if I imagine a vocalist as powerful as Otis in charge of it.

Whilst I grant you that Rowland doesn't have the voice that Otis had , I did say that I am biased . .

I have been a Dexys fan since I first saw them on a BBC show called Top of the Pops in late 1979. In particular I love their first album which was my era and possibly my favourite band from that time.  I have one Otis album and  I do like but I was only a kid when he croaked it . For me that version of the To Love Somebody track by Dexys is the best version and I think it is their best album for donkeys years . .I would also say their version of Both Sides Now from the same album is also the best version of that tune. .

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y0_KzvybwI
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Post by: Mutley on January 02, 2018, 10:55:46 AM
I'm going to see this lot later in the month. I've really enjoyed both their albums so far.

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Post by: Woody 64 on January 02, 2018, 07:18:59 PM
Saw them in Glasgow a couple of months ago Mutley. The sound was shocking and atmosphere poor,hence I don't think Billy and the band enjoyed it.
Production on albums is really good,unfortunately this didn't come across live that night.
The new single is good and a slight departure,shades of Madness which is no bad thing. I'm 50/50 on them some excellent tunes,some very average.
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Post by: greenstreet on January 02, 2018, 07:24:20 PM
My exact thoughts on their last album: some good tunes, some just average.
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Post by: Mutley on January 02, 2018, 09:22:55 PM
The atmos and sound in the Workmans club is normally good so fingers crossed.
I'll report back.
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Post by: Mutley on February 01, 2018, 03:45:02 PM
So I said I'd report back on the Spitfires gig.

I went to see them last week and am happy to report it was a great evening. The venue was full with a good mix from the older, portly balding types to a youthful twenty something and yours truly somewhere in between. Everyone was up for a good time and when Billy and the boys came on and started their high octane show the crowd got well and truly into it. The set lasted a little over an hour with the obligatory encore and if truth be told I would be very glad to see them again on their return. I'm looking forward to seeing what their third album brings when released this year. Recommended.
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Post by: Claretbluemod on February 12, 2018, 01:11:23 PM
Paul Weller, Bologna ITA - 10th sept 2017 He was on good voice, great act. Nearly sold out 5/5

(http://s18.imagestime.com/out.php/i1163339_conPaulWeller.jpg) (http://www.imagestime.com/imageshow.php/1163339_conPaulWeller.jpg.html) ..always kind with the fans!

Madness, Trezzo D'Adda (MI) ITA - 28th oct 2017. It was the first time for me and they were good 4/5

(http://s18.imagestime.com/out.php/i1163341_20171028MadnessLiveClub5.JPG) (http://www.imagestime.com/imageshow.php/1163341_20171028MadnessLiveClub5.JPG.html)
I was quite close to the stage and the club went literally mad on Baggy Trousers!
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Post by: Woody 64 on February 12, 2018, 08:45:12 PM
So I said I'd report back on the Spitfires gig.

I went to see them last week and am happy to report it was a great evening. The venue was full with a good mix from the older, portly balding types to a youthful twenty something and yours truly somewhere in between. Everyone was up for a good time and when Billy and the boys came on and started their high octane show the crowd got well and truly into it. The set lasted a little over an hour with the obligatory encore and if truth be told I would be very glad to see them again on their return. I'm looking forward to seeing what their third album brings when released this year. Recommended.

Are you in the ROI Mutley?

Is so you may not have caught the Spitfires live on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning. The sung Move On.
Quite a bizarre set up for them but maybe chosen because of the political content of the song.
The Mods are back exclaimed Marr.
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 12, 2018, 10:30:59 PM
So I said I'd report back on the Spitfires gig.

I went to see them last week and am happy to report it was a great evening. The venue was full with a good mix from the older, portly balding types to a youthful twenty something and yours truly somewhere in between. Everyone was up for a good time and when Billy and the boys came on and started their high octane show the crowd got well and truly into it. The set lasted a little over an hour with the obligatory encore and if truth be told I would be very glad to see them again on their return. I'm looking forward to seeing what their third album brings when released this year. Recommended.

Are you in the ROI Mutley?

Is so you may not have caught the Spitfires live on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning. The sung Move On.
Quite a bizarre set up for them but maybe chosen because of the political content of the song.
The Mods are back exclaimed Marr.

that one always makes me smile. .they have never been away. . 8)
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Post by: Mutley on February 13, 2018, 03:35:26 PM
So I said I'd report back on the Spitfires gig.

I went to see them last week and am happy to report it was a great evening. The venue was full with a good mix from the older, portly balding types to a youthful twenty something and yours truly somewhere in between. Everyone was up for a good time and when Billy and the boys came on and started their high octane show the crowd got well and truly into it. The set lasted a little over an hour with the obligatory encore and if truth be told I would be very glad to see them again on their return. I'm looking forward to seeing what their third album brings when released this year. Recommended.

Are you in the ROI Mutley?

Is so you may not have caught the Spitfires live on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning. The sung Move On.
Quite a bizarre set up for them but maybe chosen because of the political content of the song.
The Mods are back exclaimed Marr.

Yeah Woody, born, bread and buttered.

The Andrew Marr show is definitely a bizarre window to display your goods......
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Post by: Woody 64 on February 13, 2018, 07:43:29 PM
It's on the IPlayer Mutley.

Been a few years since I've been over the water. Lovely country
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Post by: Simon Bond on February 13, 2018, 07:48:01 PM
It's on the IPlayer Mutley.

Been a few years since I've been over the water. Lovely country

Indeed , love it over there . .
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Post by: greenstreet on February 19, 2018, 10:44:41 AM
Last weekend I attended my annual appointment with the Fleshtones, I must have seen them live 10 times! As we got to the club after a whole day partying (a friend's birthday, beginning at lunch time), I wasn't in the best of shapes to fully enjoy the gig. Besides, they began playing past 1 a.m., very late even for spanish standards.

But those limitations notwithstanding, who wouldn't surrender to such a fun machine? The club was the same of last year's gig, a perfect place and sound, and the show wasn't miles away either, though as the place was packed (last year it was a more "intimate" affair), they restorted to a more "gimmicky" approach to please the crowd; that is, leading the audience to do silly things like spinning round themselves or kneel and crouch, while Zaremba and Streng left the stage and played among the people... Tricks they've been doing for years and still work.

Another subtle difference with last year was the choice of tunes, as the bulk of the repertoire came then from their last LP, while this time 2 or 3 F-Tones classics made it to the stage, among them "The right side of a good thing" and the timeless "American beat", that closed the show.

Two other groups played, but I had gone for the Fleshtones. I catched the end of Los Radiadores show, but tbh I wasn't impressed. An average power pop band at best. I've heard good things about the garage-punk band the Hollywood Sinners, but they played after the Fleshtones and there was no gas left in this old body. 

(https://i.imgur.com/ZDEyGI5.jpg?1)

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Post by: Martin G on March 04, 2018, 12:16:47 PM
Weller at the O2 london last night. A fan without question since my teenage years but not a blind follower with the Weller haircut and a Real Stars Are Rare jumper. However last night I saw without question one of the best performances of any artists I've seen for many years. He was on top form. Happy to mix a 'greatest hits' package amongst newer album tracks. Admittedly we had excellent seats and a very decent crowd around us so none of the usual prats slinging booze everywhere chanting "WE ARE THE MODS" at every opportunity. I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen him either with The Jam, The Style Council or as a solo artist but last night was up there with the best I've seen him and certainly for the last 10/15 years or so. Great Fred Perry Monkey Jacket he had but a shocker of a barnet. That aside it is the music I was there for and it was without fault.
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Post by: Woody 64 on March 07, 2018, 07:57:45 AM
Like you Martin,seen him countless times etc.

I avoided the Hydro in Glasgow as it holds 7500 and never too good for sound/atmosphere(visits with my daughter to see Paloma Faith and Ariana Grande confirmed this)
Looked at the setlist and was surprised to see so many Jam/SC early solo tracks included.Wish I'd bought a brief now.Still like him and there's always good songs on any release he makes.
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Post by: Martin G on March 07, 2018, 09:18:18 AM
Yes mate. Every album he does throws out a few good 'uns but the last two really had more than a handful on each. Hearing those peppered throughout what was basically a 'Greatest Hits' was more than welcome. Shame you missed it fella. I am thinking now he has hit 60 although he loves to play he can do without a 6/7 week UK tour at smaller venues with 2 or 3 nights at each. Two weeks, arenas, job done I reckon was his game plan.
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Post by: Woody 64 on March 07, 2018, 09:53:57 AM
Make you right Martin.

Also added to the mix is the other members own band duties and also there are more kids to look after now. ;)

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Post by: Martin G on March 07, 2018, 10:33:21 AM
They had half the kids on stage with them. My mate went Brighton and he was at the front and could see all the mums and kids at the side of the stage wearing ear defenders!
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Post by: Rocketman on November 08, 2018, 10:30:30 PM
wow !  no gig reviews in the past 7/8 months...  Teenage Fanclub currently touring/residency of their earlier albums output , I chose day 2 @ m/c. (the best) Grand Prix/songs from northern Britain. What a show total singalong, the band have songs,hooks and harmonies that hark back to revolver/Byrd’s/big star era.  (+ dad jokes and custard pie humour.... thanx Brendon)
do not miss this tour if u have opportunity as it will never again be the same again without Gerard love. love the fannie’s and get in early for the brilliant dj set from records ville 60,s


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Post by: Simon Bond on November 09, 2018, 06:58:53 AM
wow !  no gig reviews in the past 7/8 months...  Teenage Fanclub currently touring/residency of their entire album output , I chose day 2 @ m/c. (the best) Grand Prix/songs from northern Britain. What a show total singalong, the band have songs,hooks and harmonies that hark back to revolver/Byrd’s/big star era.  (+ dad jokes and custard pie humour.... thanx Brendon)
do not miss this tour if u have opportunity as it will never again be the same again without Gerard love. love the fannie’s and get in early for the brilliant dj set from records ville 60,s

I would agree their music harks back to the 6ts , with Sparkeys Dream sounding like the Who's Pictures of Lilly . Despite never being a big fan of their work l do have a couple of their albums and although Norman is the brother in law of a friend of mine , l have never seen the band or met him. I'm glad you liked the gig and it certainly sounds like it was very entertaining. 
I think l will go and stick one of their albums on . . :)
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Post by: greenstreet on November 09, 2018, 10:49:17 AM
wow !  no gig reviews in the past 7/8 months...  Teenage Fanclub currently touring/residency of their entire album output , I chose day 2 @ m/c. (the best) Grand Prix/songs from northern Britain. What a show total singalong, the band have songs,hooks and harmonies that hark back to revolver/Byrd’s/big star era.  (+ dad jokes and custard pie humour.... thanx Brendon)
do not miss this tour if u have opportunity as it will never again be the same again without Gerard love. love the fannie’s and get in early for the brilliant dj set from records ville 60,s

I would agree their music harks back to the 6ts , with Sparkeys Dream sounding like the Who's Pictures of Lilly . Despite never being a big fan of their work l do have a couple of their albums and although Norman is the brother in law of a friend of mine , l have never seen the band or met him. I'm glad you liked the gig and it certainly sounds like it was very entertaining. 
I think l will go and stick one of their albums on . . :)


I still think their last album is a masterpiece, possibly their best (or at least it's touching for me in a very special way). I wish the tour would reach these shores, it's a gig I wouldn't miss. 
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Post by: Rocketman on November 09, 2018, 01:16:20 PM
wow !  no gig reviews in the past 7/8 months...  Teenage Fanclub currently touring/residency of their entire album output , I chose day 2 @ m/c. (the best) Grand Prix/songs from northern Britain. What a show total singalong, the band have songs,hooks and harmonies that hark back to revolver/Byrd’s/big star era.  (+ dad jokes and custard pie humour.... thanx Brendon)
do not miss this tour if u have opportunity as it will never again be the same again without Gerard love. love the fannie’s and get in early for the brilliant dj set from records ville 60,s

I would agree their music harks back to the 6ts , with Sparkeys Dream sounding like the Who's Pictures of Lilly . Despite never being a big fan of their work l do have a couple of their albums and although Norman is the brother in law of a friend of mine , l have never seen the band or met him. I'm glad you liked the gig and it certainly sounds like it was very entertaining. 
I think l will go and stick one of their albums on . . :)


I still think their last album is a masterpiece, possibly their best (or at least it's touching for me in a very special way). I wish the tour would reach these shores, it's a gig I wouldn't miss.
There is a European tour next year, not sure of all the places but Bilbao is listed  (would make a great city break, bus ride to San Sebastián).
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Post by: greenstreet on November 09, 2018, 04:00:32 PM
wow !  no gig reviews in the past 7/8 months...  Teenage Fanclub currently touring/residency of their entire album output , I chose day 2 @ m/c. (the best) Grand Prix/songs from northern Britain. What a show total singalong, the band have songs,hooks and harmonies that hark back to revolver/Byrd’s/big star era.  (+ dad jokes and custard pie humour.... thanx Brendon)
do not miss this tour if u have opportunity as it will never again be the same again without Gerard love. love the fannie’s and get in early for the brilliant dj set from records ville 60,s

I would agree their music harks back to the 6ts , with Sparkeys Dream sounding like the Who's Pictures of Lilly . Despite never being a big fan of their work l do have a couple of their albums and although Norman is the brother in law of a friend of mine , l have never seen the band or met him. I'm glad you liked the gig and it certainly sounds like it was very entertaining. 
I think l will go and stick one of their albums on . . :)


I still think their last album is a masterpiece, possibly their best (or at least it's touching for me in a very special way). I wish the tour would reach these shores, it's a gig I wouldn't miss.
There is a European tour next year, not sure of all the places but Bilbao is listed  (would make a great city break, bus ride to San Sebastián).


Good news, it would be great if they finally come to Valencia.