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  posted on 7/7/2008 at 03:00 AM
I will be there, Colin.

I'm not sure who else is going.


 

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  posted on 7/7/2008 at 09:57 AM
good god was Neil Young smokin last night ... bowled me over!

 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 04:00 AM
Riders on the Storm (The Doors) at The Forum last night was my Show of the Year so far!

I'm not a huge Doors fan but was curious to see Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger. They were both fantastic and enthusiastic, but Manzarek in his suit jacket and polka dot bandana looked like Jerry Springer after a head injury!

They have an excellent drummer (Ty Dennis) and veteran British bass player Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne etc). On vocals, The Cults' Ian Astbury has been replaced by Brett Scallions from Fuel. He has the physique, charisma, posturing, looks and - above all - voice for what must be one of the hardest jobs in rock.

The place was sprinkled with 50 somethings but the majority had definitely not been around for The Doors. There was lots of stage incursions, some attempted crowd surfers and one woman tossed her bra on stage! This was NOT the sort of behaviour I am used to at shows!

Hearing the songs, seeing Manzarek still using a (deceptively) simple looking keyboard with tubular metal legs (!), the anti-Bush/ war pro-Make Love/ Peace rants and the general vibe was very nostalgic but obviously still relevant to a young audience.

There may have been a couple of new songs in the two-hour set but most were famiilar - Break On Through, Alabama Song, Five to One, Love Her Madly, LA Woman, Love Me Two Times, Spanish Caravan and When the Music's Over. Riders on the Storm and Light My Fire encores. No Hello, I Love You, strangely.

Excellent night's entertainment.



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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 07:28 AM
Nice review Gordon ... glad you had a great show ... really wish I could have made that one ... see you Friday

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 04:04 AM
C'mon guys - waiting here patiently for a Feat review! Just as well I didn't plan to come - I've got Labrynthitis ( a form of vertigo) - so feeling dizzy even before the beer. No way I could have made it on Friday, but the pills are working!

 

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  posted on 7/14/2008 at 04:35 AM
Sorry to hear about your condition. Jim. It sounds scary!

I fouled up majorly on Little Feat. I thought the show was on Saturday! Fortunately, I logged on to their website at 18.30 on Friday to see who was in the band and realised the gig was that night!!!

I got to the Dome in plenty of time for the Little Feat set but, alas, I was in the upstairs section and couldn't meet up with Colin and another mate who was there.

The Indigo2 is a bit plush for my liking - comfy, cinema-style armchairs upstairs and the bar is like a 5* hotel lounge with prices to match. The upside is that the sound is fantastic.

I'm probably not the best person to review Little Feat as I've always found their music high on funky rhythms and low on melodic tunes and songs. If that's what you like, it was great with fine musicianship from Paul Barrere, Fred Tacket, Richie Hayward, Bill Payne, Kenny Gradney and Sam Clayton. I could have done without Shaun Murphy's vocals.

Maybe I was just stressed from the mad dash!

There was lots of empty seats upstairs, so far from a sell-out.

Colin - If you haven't checked, I sent you a PM.




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  posted on 7/15/2008 at 03:39 AM
Thanks, Gordon. If you want to hear the songs coming out, get yourself along to one of the Barrerre/Tackett duo acoustic gigs (December). Sounds like you were in the Royal Box!

 

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  posted on 7/15/2008 at 07:46 AM
Hello chaps ... sorry it has taken me so long to respond ... busy weekend!!!

I have to say that overall I thoroughly enjoyed my evening with Little Feat, although I do agree with Gordon to a certain extent in that when they went off mid-tune for an extended jam it tended for the most part to be dull and lacking direction.

The thing that really annoyed Janet was that when they finally got to "Dixie Chicken" (her favourite and one of the few tunes she recognised as she is only really familiar with that album) after only the first verse / chorus of the song they went off into an extended bass solo followed by a keyboard solo before eventually returning to the song. They had plenty of time in their noodling rambles of a jam to have done that without ruining a such a favourite.

The band comprises the original members (except of course for the late great Lowell George) augmented by Fred Tacket on guitar / mandolin / trumpet and Shaun Murphy on vocals. Fred Tacket is a good addition on guitar and mandolin, but I wish he had left his trumpet behind. Perhaps he will improve after his second lesson! Shaun has a great voice, but it did seem strange hearing old favourites originally sung by Lowell with a female vocalist, and she came across a tad too "country" for me, but that's just a personal opinion and I mean no slight on the lady.

Anyway, all the gripes having been aired, as I said at the start I did in fact for the most part enjoy the evening, my favourites probably being "Rock & Roll Doctor" and "Spanish Moon". When the band didn't go off noodling they were very tight, as you would expect from such professionals who have such a history together.

With regards to the venue, I thought it was excellent. The sound system was superb and I liked the format downstairs with designated seats when you wanted them, but with an area at the back between the seats and the bar where you could go off and jig around if you wanted to.

Set List was as follows:

Rocket In My Pocket, Rock And Roll Doctor, Spanish Moon > Skin It Back > Day At The Dog Races, Williní > Donít Bogart That Joint > Night On The Town, Sailiní Shoes, Mercenary Territory, Dixie Chicken > Bass Solo > Keyboard Solo > Dixie Chicken, Feels Like Rain, Let It Roll, Encore: Fat Man In The Bathtub > Get Up Stand Up > Fat Man In The Bathtub.

 

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  posted on 7/15/2008 at 03:12 PM
Downstairs at Indigo2 is fine. Upstairs - "Kings Row VIP" - is another matter.

It just didn't feel like a gig- it was like going from a hotel lounge bar into an upmarket cinema.

I'll be going downstairs in future!

 

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  posted on 8/4/2008 at 08:52 AM
Drive-By Truckers start short 5 gig in 5 nights tour of UK at London's Electric Ballroom (Camden?). Anyone else going along to any of the shows? Looking forward to Bristol tomorrow. High octane R'n'R and highly recommended.

Other upcoming shows for me are the Greenbelt Festival at the end of August (highlights - Michael Franti, Beth Rowland, Howie Gelb & Giant Sand, Jose Gonzalez): in September Sun Kil Moon; Honeytribe (any news on London venue?) in October Southside Johnny; Delirious?; Beth Rowley, In November Eddi Reader; Joe Bonamassa; December has Paul Barrerre and Fred Tackett. That'll keep me going for now. And then there's NY in March to look forward to...................................

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 09:07 AM
Couldn't make DBTs last night Jim but I'll be seeing them in Manchester on Friday. Seen them a few times before and probably my favourite band of recent years. I wasn't that impressed with their latest album but really looking forward to the show.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2008 at 11:35 AM
Drive by Truckers tommorrow in Edinburgh. Can't wait!!
Also sorry to hear you were under the weather Colin I hope all is well now

 

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  posted on 8/7/2008 at 12:30 PM
Wow!!
The Truckers were on fire last night. A two and one half hour set with many tunes from the new album and lots of old favourites. An incredibly loud and passionate show. My ears are still ringing

 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 01:39 PM
Steve Winwood - Shepherd's Bush Empire - Saturday 8 November.

Tickets on sale 29 August. No info re prices.


 

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  posted on 8/27/2008 at 03:23 PM
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Steve Winwood - Shepherd's Bush Empire - Saturday 8 November.

Tickets on sale 29 August. No info re prices.




Whoo-hoo ... as our American friends would say ... got to try and get tickets for that ... thanks for the heads-up Gordon

 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 06:21 AM
Just got tickets this morning in the LiveNation/TicketMaster pre-sale

Level 1 seats ~ not sure if the ground floor will be seated or GA standing and as Janet doesn't do standing I wanted to guarantee a seat

 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 10:27 AM
cool think i'm gonna hang on for the traffic dates

 

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  posted on 8/28/2008 at 10:49 AM
You never know who may turn up as a guest in London for some of the tracks ... wonder where EC is in November

 

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  posted on 8/29/2008 at 03:26 AM
Bollocks - Back up in Glasgow that weekend!

 

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  posted on 8/31/2008 at 02:04 PM
Classic Rock Mag has Honeytribe back at the New Bull And Butcher on the 28th!! Moot point for me as I'll be in Texas for Austin City Limits Festival....... You know I'd like to see Honeytribe again. even in that very average venue, but..... A few days in Austin followed by a week in New Orleans! I reckon I can live with that!

 

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Classic Rock Mag has Honeytribe back at the New Bull And Butcher on the 28th!! Moot point for me as I'll be in Texas for Austin City Limits Festival....... You know I'd like to see Honeytribe again. even in that very average venue, but..... A few days in Austin followed by a week in New Orleans! I reckon I can live with that!


Unfortunately, I fly out to Spain on 27th Sept for a weeks vacation, so I will miss Devon's gig too

 

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  posted on 9/1/2008 at 06:46 AM
I'm going to the Cardiff Honeytribe gig on 25th - anyone else uo for Welsh Wales?

Hope New Orleans will be ok for you to enjoy, Keith. Thoughts and prayers going out to all brothers and sisters affected by he storm.

 

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  posted on 9/1/2008 at 07:59 AM
I'm guessing by the sounds of it that I'm going to be the only bugger at the Honeytribe gig in Whetstone.

How about Skinny Molly featuring Mike Estes (Lynyrd Skynyrd) on 14th November in Whetstone. Anyone up for that? They played a storming set last time.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2008 at 10:14 AM
Anyone going to see Stevie Wonder at the O2 on Friday?

 

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  posted on 9/7/2008 at 10:46 AM
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Hope New Orleans will be ok for you to enjoy, Keith. Thoughts and prayers going out to all brothers and sisters affected by he storm.


Cheers Jim. My friends in N.O. got off lightly again. One broken window which I know will be waiting for me to fix! My "relief effort" post Katrina was putting a new piece of glass in their front door..........7 months after the storm!

Quite fancy that Skinny Molly gig Barry if I'm in London that weekend, Toon home game might interfere......Assuming there is a Toon in existance in November.

 

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