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« Reply #990 on: May 17, 2017, 03:39:03 PM »
... to see Hawkwind again UNTIL I learned of Hermann Göring's fiendish plan to prevent me:

Please don't tell Trump & Co, for them us Germans are to blame for anything anyway.  ::)  :-X
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« Reply #991 on: May 17, 2017, 03:52:29 PM »
Doctors Of Madness
The Lexington, Pentonville.
(Pub downstairs/venue upstairs)

Left home early and grabbed a Wimpy on the way. Mmmmm.
Arrived at venue and bought myself a pint of IPA Lagunitas. £6!
But it's 6.2 so like buying a pint and a half of strength.
Bar staff really slow though. I think they were stoned.

Met a few people I knew and made a few new friends sitting outside drinking and smoking including a couple of drummers (one ex-'Hawklords') sharing 'interesting tales about foot pedals,
Pete and Alan from 'Department S', Jez from 'The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing'
and Gaye Black.
Nice warm evening. About 20 degrees outside.
We also had a rousing chorus of 'Fuck The Tories' chanted in the bar at the instigation of one 'Attila The Stockbroker' who'd quite obviously already had a few.
A queue then formed inside the pub to get up the stairs to the venue. I thought I'd wait until the line got shorter 'cause it was taking ages. There were no actual tickets just everybody's names written on a very long list. Bloody 'secret' gigs, eh?
I bought myself another pint of IPA Lagunitas 6.2.

Subsequently I completely missed the first artist, 'Lily Bud', who is a folk/soul singer. I cannot tell you what she was like as a live performer. She sounds good on her Soundcloud page.

When I did get in 'Rene Eyre' (dancer) with 'Richard Wilson' (artist and hitting metal tinny things with sticks) and 'Aldo Ziranek Wilson' (guitar feedback without linear structure) were doing an esoteric, arty performance piece with said guitar feedback loops, hitting tinny metal things and High School Drama Class wavey-armed dancing. If I'd dropped a tab of acid I might have appreciated it more. However..
I went downstairs, bought myself another pint of IPA Lagunitas 6.2 and went outside again.

Next time I went in it was for 'Band Of Holy Joy' who were really rather good. I was unfamiliar with the band until I looked them up when they were announced as support.
They were a proper band with guitars, keys, rhythm section and songs.
The band's music includes elements of post-punk, folk rock, European cabaret, reflective instrumentation and epic pop, with Jacques Brel, Bertolt Brecht, Coleridge and David Peace identified as influences. Nice tunes and I loved the keyboards most.
Then I went downstairs, bought myself another pint of IPA Lagunitas 6.2 and went outside again.

'The Doctors Of Madness', with the excellent Japanese rhythm section, were pretty tight and I recognised several of the songs including, of course, 'Back From The Dead'. However, the sound was what I would call 'muggy' with too much bass muffling Urban Blitz's violin and/or guitar parts. And there were far too many people talking loudly. They also barged through the crowds and my walking stick was constantly being kicked away from under me. There also seemed to be a lot of loud, posh people there. And it was sauna hot. Anyway, I had to bail half way through. I didn't really want to but I also had a funeral in Colchester to drive to today so took an early(ish) night.

Overall, I enjoyed my night out but, frankly, the socialising outside was the best bit.

Ps. Today's funeral was a Humanist/Pagan/Goth affair with a wicca coffin, some nice poems and music by 'The Cure', 'Joy Division' and 'Tricky'. A nice send off for my old friend Damiana Carole Ashe in a style she would have loved. And fuck cancer. ;)

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Re: Gig reviews & who are you going to see next (other than...)
« Reply #992 on: May 17, 2017, 05:05:49 PM »
Thanks for the review Ken and sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

Fuck cancer indeed. It's already taken far too many dear to those of us who frequent this site.

Absolutely no sympathy for the walking stick bit mind - ban the crips!


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Re: Gig reviews & who are you going to see next (other than...)
« Reply #993 on: May 17, 2017, 05:06:47 PM »

Quote from: Fred21 on Today at 01:11:49 PM

... to see Hawkwind again UNTIL I learned of Hermann Göring's fiendish plan to prevent me:




Please don't tell Trump & Co, for them us Germans are to blame for anything anyway.  ::)  :-X

Well, I could have gone and seen the Hawklords instead - if they weren't out getting pissed with Ken!

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« Reply #994 on: May 18, 2017, 09:24:40 AM »
Thanks for the review, Rockula!  8)

What ever happened to your ability to quote, Fred?  :o
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« Reply #995 on: May 18, 2017, 10:33:12 AM »
I don't know - I did what I usually do.

Another fiendish Nazi plan???

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Re: Gig reviews & who are you going to see next (other than...)
« Reply #996 on: May 22, 2017, 12:15:53 PM »
999 at Scarborough Corporation. Very enjoyable and they surprised us with 'Brent Cross' and 'Soldier' back in the set. Guy informed me there will be a new album next year.

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« Reply #997 on: May 26, 2017, 12:36:51 PM »
Doctors of Madness, Stockton Georgian Theatre. The venue has had a re-vamp but the larger stage and barrier across the mixing desk make it smaller. The turnout was disappointing (about 50) so that wasn't a problem. Pauline Murray opened with a very enjoyable acoustic set. Then it was the Doctors. First time I've seen them and they were fantastic. The drummer was too heavy handed at times when subtlety was needed but that's the only thing I could fault them on. During one song Richard Strange invited an enthusiastic audience member to join him on stage to sing a few lines..... it was TJ once of this forum! The other enthusiastic audience member standing next to him at the front was Attila. Really great night- I'd go to Scarborough tonight to see them again if TV wasn't playing York.

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« Reply #998 on: May 27, 2017, 01:05:23 PM »
During one song Richard Strange invited an enthusiastic audience member to join him on stage to sing a few lines...

Ha! I knew it was Tj before I read the rest of the sentence!  ;D
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« Reply #999 on: May 29, 2017, 05:23:48 PM »
Went to a last minute(ish) music fest at The Windmill in Brixton last night.

Arrived just in time to see Stone Heroes thanking the audience for being there and a very (understandably) sweaty  Fleagle pushing all aside in his mystical quest for the lost land of Pintsoflager. He found it where he left it: just behind the bar.

All the bands, including The Witchdoktors, The Blue Carpet Band and The Phobics were great.

Please excuse the less than extensive review. I was having too much of a good time to be overly objective  :)
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« Reply #1000 on: June 12, 2017, 01:47:07 PM »
North West Calling in Manchester last week; all the bands I saw were really good. Fire Exit, Abrasive Wheels, Subs, Upstarts (with a girl backing singer!). Dirt Box Disco got the biggest reaction. 999 were the main reason I went and they were on top form. Strangely they were on before The Outcasts (who were good but couldn't really follow them) and the vastly over-rated Test Tube Babies (went to the pub when  they were on). I took some time to visit St. Anne's square where the tributes to the bomb victims were left. Not really into all that stuff but it was a sight I won't forget. Thousands and thousands of flowers, toys, football shirts, balloons, etc. Hundreds of people too, but total silence.

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« Reply #1001 on: June 14, 2017, 10:14:18 PM »
The South (tail-end of The Beautiful South) in a pub in Leicester on Friday and Kraftwerk (VERY Excited!) at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on Sunday - bit of a contrast there!

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« Reply #1002 on: June 18, 2017, 04:34:30 PM »
Went to see "Bat out of Hell - The Musical" on Thursday,

Excellent show, the cast were superb although the lead girl was a bit weak on some of her songs.

All in all very good, excellent seats which would have been £69 each.. Programmes £10

Luckily I won 2 tickets through our local newspaper...

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« Reply #1003 on: June 18, 2017, 11:51:23 PM »
Just back from seeing four ageing German blokes "tweeking" some old recordings - BLOODY BRILLIANT!

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« Reply #1004 on: June 19, 2017, 05:49:19 AM »
Very jealous of you there, Fred.

My gig - going is on hiatus at the moment due to being in plaster up to the right knee. Tore my Achillies tendon at football in April, then completely snapped it a fortnight ago whilst administering flea treatment to Dee Dee The Cat. Then I pulled a load of muscles in my back and sides trying to get upstairs.

So...I'm confined to bed until Wednesday, when I'm off to the fracture clinic at Lewisham Hospital for further indignities.

Ah...the joys of being an old git!
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