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#1 Brinsworth House Baiter

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 10:35 AM

I just know I'm going to get crap here because there is undoubtedly a similar thread elsewhere that I can't find despite searching...

Anyway, as pertinent as 'Read any good books' or 'docter, docter'....

Went to see Bon Jovi on Friday night at Southampton football club and, despite my initial reticence, was actually quite impressed. Despite Mrs BHB wetting herself every time Mister Jovi even glanced in our direction, it is undeniable that the guy's one helluva showman.

Highlights for me were their rendition of Fogerty's 'Rockin' All Over the World' and Richie Sambora...henceforth known as Legend. He took the vocal duties for I'll Be There For You and I loudly voiced the opinion that they should let him sing all their ditties and sack the little blonde poof...which didn't go down too well. Seriously, live, this man is as good as Blackmore.

Support was provided by Canadian Nickelback and they were sh*t hot. On stage they are much 'rockier' than their studio efforts and Chad (I think) is an amusing front man.

Good gig.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 10:48 AM

The most recent gig I went to was an 'Abba-tribute-band' gig; not by choice. It was my sister's birthday and so she chose where to go. They were shite and the blond woman (?) had the biggest thighs I've ever seen on a relatively slim woman!

Incidentally, I did see Bon Jovi live way back in 1988 and 1989...I was mad for them then and wouldn't hear a bad word said about them. I've never viewed Mr Jon BJ the same since he was in Ally McBeal ( Mc / Mac?? ) when he played a sappy 90's man... not the rough dude I was in love with!

The very best concert I've ever been to was Love/Hate in Birmingham a few years ago. Jizzy rocks- or did then anyhow... that was when I was young though... ahhh, those were the days....

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 12:05 PM

best gig i ever saw was cheap trick at the garage a few years back. they had three nights,. and did the first three albums in order.my night was heaven tonight, and roy wood came out for california man. i was never a great fan, but they were phenomenal for a bunch of old blokes. and then my mate's girlfrien, who was behind the bar, spoilt it by refusing to serve roy wood! 'i don't care who he F*****g is, he don't talk to me like that. twat.' she said when we berated her later. never did find out what he said, but honestly...

got tickets for tom verlaine at the 100 club, end of july. saw television at ULU on the reunion tour, and they were up there with the ct night. verlaine and lloyd in full flow was an awesome sight.

last gig i saw, by contrast, was alan clayson and the argonauts at the 100 club, about a month or so back. clayson is better known as a writer of rock books, but he's kind of viv stanshall-meets-sane-syd in songwriting terms. it was a good show, but there were only about 12 people there, and that included the support band and the singer-songwriter who came between!

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 01:13 PM

In recent weeks I have taken in a few duff gigs and two surprising winners:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - real fun, amazing sound.

Roddy Frame - great musician and a real character.

Would highly recommend them both, but neither compares to MOTORHEAD, comin' up in November!
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Posted 13 June 2006 - 01:57 PM

went to see BoyKillBoy at the Electric Ballroom in Camden a few weeks back. One of their videos gets airplay on MTV2. Despite being twice the age of most of the other punters my buddies and I agreed it was a pretty good show.

Not, however, in the same ballpark as best gig I ever went to, which would be either REM in 1985 (i.e. years before they sold out) at my university, or Guns 'n' Roses in the old Boston Garden in 1993. When I read the reviews of the outfit currently on tour calling itself G 'n' R, i.e. a bizarre looking Axl Rose and a bunch of guys no one's ever heard of, it made me sad.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 04:24 PM

Saw Lou Reed on Friday night. There's a review in my livejournal

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 01:39 AM

Latest gig was Cuby + Blizzards, a blues band world famous in the Netherlands[1], doing a 40th anniverary tour. Nice gig. I felt remarkably young in the crowd.

The one before that was James Carter. Fine musician, impressive show in a small theatre.


[1] One former band member, Herman Brood, had some success overseas, but he hasn't played much lately.

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 10:34 AM

3 Daft Monkeys well worth seeing if they come to a pub near you, trust me.

I believe they might be touring the northern hinterlands above Birmingham soon :)
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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:15 PM

Saw Lou Reed on Friday night. There's a review in my livejournal


I also saw him last sunday at the Isle of Wight fest, must say he still has the same attraction he had when with velvet underground.
Also The foo fighters were better live than i thought they would be, as for the Prodgety a litte dissapointing.
Appart from that Slippknot at the London arena was a giggle, as you can tell by this posting, i don't get out much :) .

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 06:30 PM

Saw Steve Harley in March and he was bloody good. Ray Davies has been the best so far though

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:24 PM

I also saw him last sunday at the Isle of Wight fest, must say he still has the same attraction he had when with velvet underground.
Also The foo fighters were better live than i thought they would be, as for the Prodgety a litte dissapointing.
Appart from that Slippknot at the London arena was a giggle, as you can tell by this posting, i don't get out much :lol: .


Looks like the IOW Festy had a few entertaining acts, but wasnt being in such a confined space (as the IOW) with Chris Martin a bit of a worry? :)

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 09:43 PM

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Posted 14 June 2006 - 11:39 PM

What's a gig?


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Posted 15 June 2006 - 10:54 AM

Very good TF, very good. :blink: :blink:

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 01:45 PM

gig n
1: long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
2: an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
3: a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
4: tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
5: small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:11 AM

The good musical venues are all gone. So's Van Ronk. He would have been 70 next week and all I have is the dammed music on c.d.s and stuff. Can't hardly remember his face half the time but his growl still shudders through my bones every now and then. Maybe a wander over by Sheridan Square to stare at his building and the street sign in his memory.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:20 AM

Two and a half years since anyone's been to a good gig? I used to go two or three times a week, but now officially being an old git and not being allowed to smoke in public places it's down to almost that many a year.

But I ventured out to see American indie-folkers Fleet Foxes at Camden's 'legendary' and renovated Roundhouse and was fairly impressed. Four-part harmonies are their calling card and they were spot on, but is it me or does 20 sound a bit over the top for a 75-minute set? Unlike some beardy-bloke bands I've seen (Grandaddy, Midlake) they did have a smidge of stage presence and were capable of decent between-song banter. Beards were impressive, I'd say 8/10 for them alone.

As for the Roundhouse, it's all a bit Jools Holland these days and the ghosts of Syd Barrett and Nick Drake (he apparently supported Country Joe there in '68) were nowhere to be seen. However, they did serve Old Speckled Hen, to my great surprise and moderate satisfaction.

By way of contrast, I'm off to see the rockumentary about 80s metallers Anvil tonight. It's all go here in that London, eh.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 12:55 PM

I've seen some great gigs more recently than two and a half years ago, though I haven't seen full-on jaw dropping brilliance since Neil Young - twice - last year. The second one, on a festival bill with Rufus Wainwright, Supergrass and Primal Scream was a scorcher. Young's finale - The Beatles' A Day in the Life - ending in a frenzy of feedback and blinding white light, was just about the best end to a gig I've seen in decades.
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:39 PM

I saw the Foo Fighters at Wembley last June - loud, very, very loud. Loved it.

Seeing Oasis in June at Cardiff. I know they're a pair of pillocks, but I saw them a few years back at Wembley and they were very good live.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:45 PM

We've got a nice little venue here that books some great blues acts. "Sir" Oliver Mally, Connie Lush, and Braindogs feat. Ian Siegal (a Tom Waits tribute) have all played here in the past year.
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