Friday, April 29, 2011
Watched the Royal Wedding today after getting up early for a haircut. The barber being Italien, misundersttod that I wanted the top to be short and kept a slightly Hitler type fringe style. Still it looks tidy and my long side hair is now gone.
Whilst in America, I left my brother in charge to apply for a Brentford away ticket, and it looks like I was unsucessful in the ballot for tomorrows game despite going to 9 away games. I can either blame him or Southampton's incompetant box office which people in a similar position to me have been doing on fan message boards. (People who have been to more missed out where other who have only been to two have been sucessful). Therefore not sure what to do during the day tomorrow. Did see Sutton United lift the Ryman Premier title last week. Always nice to see some silverware being lifted.
Anyway for anyone who is reading, Sunday I will be the Face of Cheam in Cheam's Railway in the evening celebrating my 37th birthday (ouch). As a reader I am sure you will want to buy your favourite blogger a drink and if you do I promise (& I mean it this time) to improve and post more stuff like this.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Pigeon Detectives, Shepherds Bush 6.4.11.
This was just two days after their third album was released. Wisely they didn't play too much from it, and to be fair, if they did it would sound like a different band to the one that recorded their first two bouncing albums. Predicatbly moshy, the singer staged dived too! All in all a good night out.
Daltrey plays Tommy, Royal Albert Hall 24.3.11
I am a regular at these annual TCT shows at the Albert Hall and this year was no different. Roger Daltrey did a solo tour of the USA last year which I was disappointed didn't come to the UK. Here was an opportunity for his band to play. Billed as Daltrey sing Tommy, (which wasn't in the USA set), the show opened up with a complete rendition of The Who's classic album. The audience remained seated until Pete Townshend walked out when Acid Queen was due and performed a fantastic acoustic version of the song. Off he walked for Daltrey and band to complete the album. At it's conclusion Daltrey continued with a selection of rarely played Who material such as Pictures Of Lily & I Can See For Miles. Pete Townshend rejoined for Baba O'Reilly before the show ended with an obscure Daltrey song from the movie McVicar. A great show, though not as great as a proper Who one obviously.
Katy Perry, Hammersmith 19.3.11
Charlatans Brighton Komedia 17.3.11
Well two of the Charlatans anyway. Tim and Mark playing acoustic, though the guitar was plugged in and a drummer appeared for the last 20 minutes. Basically stripped down versions of their songs. Not promoting a new album it meant their history was well balanced and we got the biggies such as The Only One I Know and One To Another together with some of the obscure, You're A Big Girl Now.
North Country Boy was the only low spot, with the song not working in this environment, the electric guitar turned up it sounded like a thrash tune. However, Just When You're Thinking Things Over, Oh Verity and set closer Sproston Green, where Tim strapped on a guitar for the first ime made up for this.
Peter Frampton, Shepherds Bush Empire 5.3.11
Not seen Frampton before. A long three hour set with five instrumentals tested the patience a bit, bit we were rewarded with classics such as Show Me The Way and Baby I Love Your Way togther with a cover of Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun and set closer While My Guitar Gently Weeps which was fantastic. He's back in the autumn apparently playing Frampton Comes Alive for it's 25th anniversary. May well return.
Rose Elinor Dougall, Hoxton Bar & Grill 24.2.11
The support was Dimbleby & Capper who performed St Ettienne like material with four female dancers either side continuing to robe and disrobe between songs which was interesting. Rose had a full band and played most of the debut album except, annoyingly Carry On, and a few new decent numbers which I think sound better than when I first heard her songs a couple of years ago. Still one of my favourite artists to see live.