Thursday, May 31, 2007
Magnum, Mean Fiddler, May 26.
Saturday, after seeing Sidebottom destroy a poor West Indies side’s first innings in the Railway Tavern in Carshalton (I think it’s the first time I’ve been in there sober as normally we do the ten pub loop of the area before ending here) it was time to head up to town and see Magnum. Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin have been in this band since the seventies, and their latest album, Princess Alice is one of their best to date. With keyboardist Mark Stanway and Thunder’s Harry James in on drums this is probably one of my most collective of favourite musos. Upon getting into the venue about fifteen minutes before they were due on it was absolutely rammed. We were unable to get closer than level with the mixing desk with it even being crowded behind it and to the bar. Even upstairs you could see people peering round each other to get a view! As for the show, they did five from their current album, unfortunately not You’ll Never Sleep, which was played over the PA at the end of the show. The rest of it was much as I’ve seen before, except maybe You All Run from their album before, Breath Of Life. The set alternated between new and old songs, before the collection of classics at the end, including a welcome return in the set to The Spirit, where during the acoustic intro, ‘Arry lit us a fag and drink through a Red Stripe. Bob also came out for the encore holding up a can of Red Stripe saying Cheers to everyone. The show ended with a 10 minute version of Sacred Hour culminating an hour and three quarters of fantastic rock.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Rick Witter And The Dukes
After a couple of pubs, one of which a random bloke shook my hand after I put AC/DCs Back In Black on the jukebox, we enter the venue. Not overly packed by anymeans, Rick (ex Shed Seven singer) belted his way through his new album, The Year Of The Rat. Disappointingly he did no Shed Seven songs, unlike the last time I saw him, yet he was still good! He also wore a shirt that was yellow and red stripes a la York City FC.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Roll Away The Play-Off
As it was a midday kick off I went back to the Royal Oak for a beer afterwards where I sat at the same table as a previous soccerette from Sky’s Soccer Am. She was wearing the sky soccerette T-shirt which was the big clue!
Bit of a mix up for the 2nd leg on Tuesday. After deciding it would be too much hassle to get to Derby, (last train at 9.30 so miss half the game) or a late coach getting to Victoria at 4.30 in the morning I had arranged to watch the match with a few mates in the local pub. However, Monday I get a text asking me whether I had the tickets for tomorrow. A quick phone call later I find out that I am supposed to be seeing Ian Hunter at the Pigalle Club. After a long walk round Picadilly and Shaftsbury Avenue on Tuesday we find a place called Soccerio which used to be Burlington Berties. I decide to watch the 90 minutes which was due to finish at 9.30pm before going to the gig. The match was hugely entertaining with Rasiak getting a late winner in the ninety minutes forcing it into extra time. Now dilemma, watch the extra 30 minutes and miss most (if not all) of the gig, or rely upon phone technology for updates. I decide on the latter and was surprised when getting inside the Pigalle that Ian Hunter had only just come on and was halfway through his first song, the classic ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’. The venue itself was appalling. About thirty diners would have had a good view of the stage with the others at the bar at the back peering round pillars and waiters who were serving food throughout the show. ‘Twisted Steel’ was the second number but besides that and a dodgy version of ‘I Wish I Was Your Mother’ I didn’t recognise too much in the first half hour. Regularly checking the phone I find our Saints were about to embark on a penalty shoot out. Here, we manage to get a ‘pass out’ from the gig and run to the Sports Café. Avoiding the queue and payment to get in, the penalties were watched through the window. Saints lost with the young Leon Best missing the first penalty (why he took the first one, considering he had scored an own goal, confidence was down and he’s inexperienced and shattered I don’t know) & Idiakez blasting over the bar. Disappointed we head back inside the venue. Again nothing is recognised by me until the encore of Roll Away The Stone and All The Young Dudes. We’re due to see him again in September so hopefully some more ‘Mott The Hoople’ classics will be back in the set.
All in all, a slightly disappointing evening. Wembley will have to wait and hopefully when I see Mr Hunter again it will be in a better venue, hopefully with a better set, & I won’t have other distractions on my mind.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Bryan Adams Friday 11th May 2007
Set –There Will Never Be Another Tonight / Can't Stop This Thing We Started / Please Forgive Me / The Best Of Me / Somebody /Kids Wanna Rock / Let's Make A Night To Remember / This Time / Open Road / 18 Til I Die / Back To You / I Think About You / Summer Of '69 / Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? / Everything I Do / Cuts Like A Knife / When You're Gone / It's Only Love / Heaven / The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You / Cloud #9 / Run To You ///////// There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' / Seven Nights To Rock / She's Only Happy When She's Dancin' ////// Straight From The Heart / All For Love
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Stephen Fretwell @ St James
Earlier in the evening, I had my first visit to the Sports Café on Haymarket. A procey £3.30 for a pint of Fosters, although the waitresses were wearing shot skirts with crop tops. All the bar staff though were blokes.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Closer to retirement than birth!
Did a quiz in Godalming the next day where our team far exceeded our expectations and finished third. The next day I saw Saints win at Norwich. Norwich is a fine city and I always enjoy going there and will miss it next year if we do go up. Lots of random hugging in the Saints end and belief from the fans we will make the play-offs.
Last week (at the beginning of it) was fairly quiet. However, on Thursday I turned 33. To celebrate a ‘birthday crawl’ of London was had on the Friday before seeing the band The Ataris. I was disappointed with them when I saw them last year in Kilburn, however this time they were much better ending their set with the title track from their excellent ‘So Long Astoria’ album. The gig was a little strange as there was no front lighting so very dark. With our crawl, this was actually the middle of three bands we saw in that day as one of the bars visited was ‘Aint Nothing But A Blues Bar’ where the duo they had on did a good version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’. After the Ataris we went down to Earlsfield where a covers band was ending their set in the Puzzle pub.
Saturday another more local crawl was done as the ‘official birthday bash’. Starting off in the Red Lion in Cheam we took advantage of the outdoor area enjoying the sunshine. We then headed into Sutton via the Harrow, a great pub where money was won on the quiz machine. Sutton had its moments with The Old Bank, Smollenskys and All Bar One being visited before ending up in O’Neills where I chatted to a nice girl 13 years younger than myself. Scary. O’Neills had a lively band on playing the Artic Monkeys Dancefloor song, although my recollection is exceptionally hazy at this point.
Sunday, the celebrations continued as Saints confirmed their play-off position with a storming victory against Southend. If you’re all going to Wembley…….
Needless to say that Monday was a bit of a comedown, feeling exceptionally crappy. Did stay up to watch the snooker which finished at 1am this morning.
Have a fairly social week this week aswell starting off with a trip to the cinema for Spider-Man 3. Just hope I can stay awake.