Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Best Gig 2007
1: The Scorpions - Hammersmith
A long show at London's Best Venue - Great Fun
2: Status Quo - Brighton
The best Quo show I've been to for ages
3: Paul McCartney - Roundhouse
Legend - Up close and personal and a cheap ticket!
Most Disappointing Gig 2007
1: Ian Hunter - Pigalle Club
Purely down to the venue
2: Atari's - Mean Fiddler
OK musically, visually awful
3: The Answer, Bloomsbury Ballroom
Great band, awful sound here and a poor venue
Best Venue 2007
1: Hammersmith Apollo
3: Fairfield Halls
Worst Venue 2007
1: Pigalle Club
Not only the worst this year, but probably ever! You can't see unless you book dinner and can't afford to drink! (The toilets are nice!)
2: Nottingham Rock City
Much of the audience can't see the full stage
3: Bloomsbury Ballroom
Like a wedding reception with a rip-off bar
Good in 2007
1: The BBC Electric Proms
Good artists at sensible prices!
At Hyde Park and the Mean Fiddler
3: Nearly all my late-night return connections from far-away gigs worked out
Good planning and more than a little luck!
Bad In 2007
A big increase recently in people completely out of it at gigs and being a nuisance (and standing near me!)
2: Rip-off ticket prices
£100+ for Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, Genesis, Police etc. No thanks! £875 for The Eagles. Yeah, right!
3: Rip-off prices at bars and merchandise stalls
I don't want to pay £4 for a beer thank you. Nor will I pay £15 for a programme. I would buy a T shirt if they were a) good and b) around a tenner instead of poor quality and £16/£20 each !
4: People buying tickets for "big artists" purely to flog them on eBay for profit.
I never have liked touts and this is what it makes you.
Well, that's it for 2007. Hope you had a good one and an even better 2008!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thunder’s Xmas bash - once again at Nottingham Rock City. Always nice to see how friendly most people are once you get outside London - they actually talk to you and smile in hotels/bars… none of that nonsense at home!
After last years viewing fiasco, we made sure we got in early and got a good spot. The gig itself got off to a slow start - if anything the material was a little too obscure, even for the traditional Thunder “hardcore”. The pace picked up with the arrival of the guests - including the McDonald sisters and Peter Shoulder (who’s guitar solo on Go Your Own Way was fantastic). The 2nd half of the show picked up with a good selection of Thunder originals and some well chosen covers (see setlist). The only downside, as always, was the venue. There are a number of problems with Rock City:-
1) When the band sits down (as in the first half), if you are not in the front few rows (or very tall), you can’t see them.
2) The venue is much wider than the stage. If you are off to the right (about a third of the crowd), you can’t see.
3) If you are on the balcony and not in the front row, you can't see.
4) There is little on no signage to exits, toilets etc and the place is a maize.
5 There is a bloke in the gents demanding cash for napkins/aftershave/lollipops/ turning taps on… this is a rock venue for goodness sake, not some poncey club.
6) Hardly anyone behind the bar, so you don’t get served quickly.
7) When you do, the draft beer has run out, leaving you with a choice of a £3.50 can of (warm) Red Stripe.
8) There is only one guy on duty at the cloakroom = long queues.
9) According to other reports, security is overly zealous.
All in all, it is not a good place for a gig. It’s probably OK as a club (which it is most nights), but for live shows it’s amongst the worst venues I’ve been to. Let’s hope next years show is elsewhere!
Despite that, it was all good fun and we had a nice few hours afterwards in the Cookie Club.
LONG WAY FROM HOME
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH
DOES IT FEEL LIKE LOVE?
SUBSTITUTE (LUKE MORLEY VOCAL) (THE WHO)
IT’S ANOTHER DAY
ANGIE (ROLLING STONES)
ON A DAY LIKE TODAY
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE (10cc)
GO YOUR OWN WAY (FLEETWOOD MAC)
EVERYBODY WANTS HER
RADAR LOVE (GOLDEN EARRING)
PREACHING FROM A CHAIR
ROLLING THE DICE
DON'T WAIT FOR ME
ADDICTED TO LOVE (ROBERT PALMER)
CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN
IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLL (ROLLING STONES)
DELILAH (SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND / TOM JONES)
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (SPRINGSTEEN AND LOADS OF OTHERS)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Gig was solid - Mr Cocker certainly starting to look his age, but vocally still impressive. All the expected hits were played - I was especially please to hear “When The Night Comes” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”. I lost big-time in the bet with Richard on the number of unnecessary “screams”. I went 12 or under - we lost count somewhere around 30!
Once again found ourselves next to a couple (in their 50’s) who were totally legless and unable to stand without supporting each other (just). To avoid getting too annoyed, I moved away - thankfully 10 minutes later they had staggered elsewhere. 2 blokes behind us (also in their 50’s) were in a similar state. That has been one of the bad things this year - people turning up at gigs absolutely slaughtered. As you know from these pages, I’m all for making the gig a social occasion - but surely the idea must be to be in some sort of state to enjoy / remember it!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wrong on both counts!! Gravy Train in and "Burning Bridges" added.
This was my 3rd (and last) show of the tour and by far the best. Francis seemed really up for this one and some of the improvised solos were excellent. I'm not normally a fan of Burning Bridges, but when you get the "guitar version" like last night (as opposed to what I term the "keyboard version" which often gets played), it really rocks!
All in all a great night! (also funny to see security asking Rhino what he wanted them to do with the bloke who tried to climb on stage. "Throw him out" was the obvious reply!)
We also did a nice mini-crawl of the Kemp Town area of Brighton beforehand - especially liked the Hoffbrau in the Hand In Hand and the huge female > male ratio in the St James!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Last Man Standing
I'll Be Waiting
The Devil Made Me Do It
Robert Johnson's Tombstone
River of Pain
Flawed to Perfection
Like A Satellite
Love Walked In
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
(Somebody Get Me A) Spin Doctor
Low Life In High Places
I Love You More Than Rock & Roll