Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Get Loaded In The Park, Clapham Common 27.8.06
Thankfully the weather stayed pleasant for this outdoor show with the early curfew of 9pm. I suppose that meant Pete Doherty headlining with his Babyshambles band could get back to rehab!
We got there early afternoon and saw our first artist Lily Allen. After justifying that her dad single-handily ruined football by inventing the premiership (actually all he did was appear on the New Order 1990 World Cup record) we get a good view down the front on the left. Besides the famous parent I didn't know too much about her besides that she was number one a few weeks ago. I was fairly impressed, the music is much UB40, but she had carefully thought out lyrics about being a modern girl with big earrings sung or rapped with the South London Brixtonesque twing!
Off to the tent after for the Pipettes. A well received poppy set, very similar to when I saw them before although it appeared (as Gwen, above, introduced a wrong song)that they had to cut a few songs for timing purposes.
Back to the main stage for press darlings the Young Knives. I really didn't see what the fuss is. You know you're on dodgy ground when the singer is in a tweed suit. Musically not that great, close to We Are Scientists but we're getting dangerously close into late 80s guitar tuneless terrioty. After getting something to eat and generally looking around we see Buzzcocks for 'Ever Fallen In Love' before heading back to the tent for British Sea Power. (Bloke in red above). Good guitar melodies, trying to be a bit too epic in places but still good. Highlight for me was standing next to Rose from the Pipettes who had changed into an all black outfit. No chance to do my celebrity chat up, generally composed of prodding their arm with my finger shouting their name, as she was chain smoking, drinking and generally looking very stroppy with her male gang of friends, although the only one she really talked too could well have been her brother as they looked pretty similar. Alas her on fun stage persona isn't permanent! Still would though!
Back to the music and we enter the final band, the much hyped Babyshambles. Pete Doherty looked very coherent and was wearing a QPR polo shirt. Musically I think they are a bit hit & miss although he did do two Libertine songs, the superb 'Time For Heroes' and the music hall number 'What Katy Did'. The rest was generally good and at 8.50 exactly forty minutes after coming on he ends with 'F--- Forever' which is probably the best song.
All in all a good day. Managed to get fairly good views of the bands we wanted to see and the whole show was under £30.00 whereas he's playing Brixton in a couple of months for £20.00 meaning that the day was very good value.
Royal Oak Pub, Southampton 26.8.06
As for the football, Kelvin Davies the saints goalie did an absolute howler, as we gave up a lead and headed for another draw. Still at least Spurs lost at home with a Davenport own goal as well!
Friday, August 25, 2006
GMT, Michael Grade & C. Ronaldo
After a very swift half I move on. I was going to try Hardy's but was scared off as I could not see inside. Safter terriotary would be the Cutty Sark tavern about a five minute stroll away. As I started i felt a few raindrops. By the time I got there it was a tropical storm and I was soaked. As there was no sign of a let up I decided to have a pint of Coors. The last time I made ths pub my port of call was about eight years ago and it hadn't changed at all. Still historic looking with a good view of the dome. It got to about seven & I decided to head towards the ground. Fortuanately the rain had eased off slightly. Getting to Woolwich Road and passing three or four half decent pubs I hop on a bus and get off just past the train station. Heading away from the ground towards the river I find the Anchor & Hope. Bearing in mind its only five minutes from the ground it isn't overly busy and I was surprised to see Toby on tap. I have time for a pint at £2.60 which is expensive bearing in mind Toby is normally bargain bin rubbish. A nice view of the Thames but decided to remain inside as the rain had restarted.
I get to the ground about ten minutes before kick off and decline to buy the £5 programme. Outrageous if you ask me! I find my seat and I'm in front of the executive area. Behind I see Sir Michael Grade (ex head of BBC) chatting to someone. Steve Ryder then turns up a couple of rows in front of him and shakes his hand. Finally I see Sir Bobby Charlton who hasn't touted his ticket!
Onto the game and it's all United. Ronaldo gets loads of abuse, all compeletely warrented, and the only surprise is that it takes a howling error early in the second half for United to take the lead. Giggs looked a class apart and United certainly deserved to win 3-0. Making a quick dash from the ground I get a train back to Waterloo for a final beer in the Hole In The Wall who were showing Football First and Chelseas surprise defeat. All in all a good evening made better by the news of Saints 5-2 win home to Yeovil in the Carling Cup which I decided to miss in preference to this!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Onto the game and the first dodgy refereeing performance this season. Mike Dean from the Premiership had not got a clue. Two iffy penalties and several strange decisions. Still an entertaining game and one we really should have one. Still a point better than nought. Oakwell is quite an Old Fashioned ground at the bottom of a hill. Unresereved seating and the away fans are tucked behind a goal with very good view of the pitch. With the corners open the atmosphere is a bot lost and I'd imagine it could get a bit nippy in the winter.
After the game I manage to get on the 17.01 back to Meadowhall. Having twenty minutes to change I try to chek out the pub in Meadowhall's shopping centre only to find it's closed. Back to Doncaster then and I watch the Bolton Spurs game in Yates and The Walkabout. Both cheap and fairly pleasant there's a stag do that follow me between pubs with the centre of attention dressed in a leopardskin dress! After the game I have time for a quick one in the nearby Wetherspoons where my winning Bullseye run comes to an abrupt end with a £2.00 loss. Still a good day out and managed to get home form Match Of The Day where another referee gives a shocking penalty in the Everton Watford game.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Jimmy Barnes Tues 8th August Carling Academy Islington
So Jimmy Barnes' night two. I get to the venue just as he was finishing the first song which was a little disappointing as he decided tonight to open with three acoustic numbers, 'Stone Cold', 'Catch Your Shadow' and 'Still Got A Long Way To Go'. The venue was just as crammed as last night but not as drunk. I managed to get to a similar position on the right hand side by the bar as before and again was throroughly entertained. A keyboard player has suddenly materialised and we have a long solo during 'Sweet Little Rocknroller'. Roachford again guested but no Mica, However later on in the set Liam Finn of Bethcaduper and son of one of Crowded House appears for a great rendition of the Beatles 'Helter Skelter'. Jimmy also does the Johnny Cash song 'Big River' as also done by Cold Chisel many years ago. 'Khe Sahn' sounds better with the keys and 'Working Class Man' was another huge singalong. The encore was the same as the night before. However, very noticeable was Jimmy's daughter Elle-May's dress. She was doing backing vocals and her outfit was very low cut and more revealing than the previous night!
I regret the decision not to purchase the official bootleg of the night before (which was actually on sale 20 minutes after the gig had finished) but still was a great gig. Hopefully Jimmy won't wait another five years before coming over again.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Jimmy Barnes Monday 7th August Carling Academy Islington
Jimmy Barnes is fantastic. He is huge in Australia yet few Brits know him. Yet his song 'Working Class Man' is up there with 'Born To Run' and 'Livinig On A Prayer' for the denim clad manuel worker bloke song. We get to the venue, and it is absolutely crammed. Seems every barman and barmaid in Earls Court is here! Also everyone is very very drunk. Some very stereotypical Aussie blokes with the odd attractive female aussie unfortuantely attched to their bloke heavy gang! Jimmy comes on and does a fantastic modern rocknroll show. Opening with 'Love & Hate' he does a best of set with a few Cold Chiesel numbers and covers of Yardbirds 'Shape Of Things' and Chuck Berrys 'Sweet Little Rocknroller' During a spot where he drags up Special Guests Roachford & Mica Paris (all do a good cover of I Put A Spell On You) there's a ruck in the crowd. The bouncer who is massive jumps in and drags the aggessor out! This doesn't dampen the atmosphere and by the time 'Khe Sahn' and 'Working Class Man' come along the crowd are singing along very loudly. In the encore there is another alcohol fuelled fight in the crowd which the bouncer again intervenes. Still the rock music carried on and as Jimmy sang 'Gonna have a good time tonight'. We certainly did, best gig of the year so far and I make a decision to go the next night on the way home.
Set - Love & Hate, Rather Be Blind, Shape Of Things, Still On Your Side, Rising Sun, Lay Down Your Guns, Love Is Enough, Sweet Little Rocknroller, Attention (with Roachford), I Put A Spell On You (with Roachford and Mica Paris), Die To Be With You, Resurrection Shuffle, Merry Go Round, No Second Prize, Flame Trees, Khe Sahn, Working Class Man ///// When The War Is Over, Good Times, Goodbye
Monday, August 14, 2006
The Wedding 5.8.06
It was an honour to play in the church for my good friend Matt's wedding on the Saturday. A nice day and everyone looking lovely, I sang an acoustic version of 'Share This World' whilst the happy couple signed the register. It was a confident and good version which was bootlegged by a few people!! Dylan esque is what someone said to me. (Never sure if that's a complement or an insult) The rest of the wedding went well too although i probably had too much alcohol and felt very rough the next day.
Sunday wasn't helped by Derby playing Saints on Sky. The only pub I could find that had it on was The Old Bank in Sutton. Even then there was no commentary. Gareth Bale took a fantastic free kick to equalise and although Bradley Wright-Phillips put us ahead we could not hang on and ended up drawing 2-2. Still the season looks promising!