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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Diamond Dog » 28 Oct 2017, 07:03

Diamond Dog wrote:Off to the O2 tonight to see the mighty Nile Rodgers/Chic (support being Chaka Khan - not so shabby).

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You know when you just need a fun, couldn't-give-a-shit, let's-party-and-be-merry night?

That was delivered in full last night.

Magnificent show. Yes it's almost a replica of the two Glastonbury shows of the past four years, there were absolutely no alarms and no surprises.... I (along with a packed O2) really couldn't have given a hoot. Yes it lacked the intimacy of the show I saw downstairs at The Indigo four years back as well, but the full majesty of the scale of the venue/reaction more than made up for that. If you get the chance, you really should catch Nile & the gang whilst you still can.

Chaka still has an incredible voice when she hits that top end of her register, and she looked in much better shape than I've seen for quite some time. Sadly, the sogs (with the obvious exceptions) really are perfunctory funk and no amount of vocal gymnastics can save them really. Still, nice to have seen her once.....
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby gash on ignore » 29 Oct 2017, 20:09

Currently sitting out the Doobie Brothers. Soon....Steely Fucking Dan
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jeemo » 31 Oct 2017, 09:13

Peter Perrett last night. Anyone with tickets is in for a treat. Great band, played most of the new album and a few Only Ones songs and some new stuff as well.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jumper K » 05 Nov 2017, 18:31

Peter Perrett in Camden last night. As Jeemo rightly said, the band were fantastic and PP in fine voice. We loved it.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jeemo » 05 Nov 2017, 19:31

I'm really chuffed for him. Album of the year by a mile and some great gigs. He seems to be fully engaged again with his talent and looking forwards.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Belle Lettre » 05 Nov 2017, 20:04

Jumper K wrote:Peter Perrett in Camden last night. As Jeemo rightly said, the band were fantastic and PP in fine voice. We loved it.

It was just great.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jumper K » 05 Nov 2017, 20:13

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Jumper K wrote:Peter Perrett in Camden last night. As Jeemo rightly said, the band were fantastic and PP in fine voice. We loved it.

It was just great.

All the better sharing it with you and Stephen.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Belle Lettre » 05 Nov 2017, 20:39

Brilliant seeing you and Sharon too! And Nat.

and Griff :D
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Geezee » 09 Nov 2017, 08:54

Jeemo wrote:I'm really chuffed for him. Album of the year by a mile and some great gigs. He seems to be fully engaged again with his talent and looking forwards.


Hadn't really noticed that album but it is a good one - he's lyrically on fire and some of the guitar steals are inspired (love the If Not For Youesque intro).
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Diamond Dog » 22 Nov 2017, 12:37

Queens Of The Stone Age at the O2 last night.....

I'll keep this short :
a) Josh Homme is the only current guitar hero worthy of the name - the guy is an absolute Titan.
b) QOTSA are the greatest rock band in existence - bar absolutely none. A stunning, relentless, unflinching and uncompromising show, from top to bottom. If you want to philosophise about your music - go elsewhere. This ain't the band for you. But if you want a visceral assault on your very core, get to see QOTSA as soon as you can. Leave your inhibitions at the door and prepare to be taken to a whole new world of euphoria and pure enjoyment.
c) The mosh pit was staggering - I only hope they all lived to tell their tales this morning!
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 22 Nov 2017, 17:04

Saw them on Saturday night at Wembley - they were blinding.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Geezee » 23 Nov 2017, 08:56

Diamond Dog wrote:Queens Of The Stone Age at the O2 last night.....

I'll keep this short :
a) Josh Homme is the only current guitar hero worthy of the name - the guy is an absolute Titan.
b) QOTSA are the greatest rock band in existence - bar absolutely none.


How can you say that when Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are still touring? :x
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby gash on ignore » 23 Nov 2017, 09:57

:lol:

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Tactful Cactus » 26 Nov 2017, 11:48

Songhoy Blues last night in Dublin. Fuzztone Mali-beat. It was excellent.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jimbo » 28 Nov 2017, 14:18

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Surprisingly good show. Melodic, warm, intricate compositions played and sung very well.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Hightea » 29 Nov 2017, 18:02

Jimbo wrote:The Shins
Surprisingly good show. Melodic, warm, intricate compositions played and sung very well.

saw them this summer was pleasantly surprised by their show. Last time we saw them early 00's they were on the boring side live. Thouht this show was much more interesting and very well performed.

Been awhile so of course I've been to a few shows

Renaissance with a string orchestra. While this is not the 70's epic Renaissance band we were impressed with Anne's vocals, we saw her a few years ago and she didn't have the range. The band played a variety of new and old classic songs. The strings worked well with Renaissance espiecially on some of the old gems like Mother Russia and Carpet of the Sun. They also did Island, a song from the first album which was before Anne. She stated that when she auditioned for the band that was the song she learned and used in the audition.

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Elbow- While we see that Elbow lacks respect on BCB, we don't understand it. I've been seeing Elbow since 2002 and they have always given their best on live performances. Guy Harvey is an amazing vocalist and front man. He had the whole audience get involved several times thruout the show including a sing-a-long which included humming and whistling. My Sad Captains is becoming a favorite Elbow song of mine.

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Jimmy Herring and John Mclaughlin - was advertised as John McLaughlin's last tour of America. This show amazed me that the show was 4 hours. Jimmy and his band played about an hour, then Mclaughlin and his band played about 1 1/2, before finally both bands came on and played an amazing set together of all Mahavishnu Orchestra songs. McLaughlin still has the dexterity and clean sounding guitar even at 75.

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Two nights of Tori Amos at the Beacon. If your not aware Tori is one of my favorite performers of all time, I've been to over 40 live shows. In typical Tori fashion the two shows couldn't be more different. The first night was a doggy downer full of low steam and sad or rare songs. Besides the opener and one song from her new album the set didn't flow like her normal sets. The second night was a puppy upper show, its almost like someone kicked Tori in the ass and told her to pep up. Fabulous versions of Beaty Queen/Horses, Doughnut Song, Pancake and nice cover of Famous Blue Raincoat.

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King Crimson at the Beacon - While we saw King Crimson this summer it was great to see them again 3rd row center. The new incarnation of KC with them bringing back woodwind master Mel Collins and adding a drummer or two along with no Belew and a tribute singer. This meant that Fripp and the boys could go back and play the old 70's songs. This show was better than this summer as they certainly have been perfecting these old songs. Great to see Epitath, Cirkus and Lizard live. The new arrangements and modern songs are just amazing.

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Strawbs - Another great show and thought the band was in fine form including the vocals of David Cousins. I've seen them a number of times in the past 15 years but this might have been one of the better ones. great versions of Down by the Seas, Autumn and Out in the Cold.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jimbo » 30 Nov 2017, 12:31

Hightea wrote:
Jimbo wrote:The Shins
Surprisingly good show. Melodic, warm, intricate compositions played and sung very well.

saw them this summer was pleasantly surprised by their show. Last time we saw them early 00's they were on the boring side live. Thouht this show was much more interesting and very well performed.


Funny, my wife and I also saw them about ten years ago and came away that time underwhelmed and like you we were surprised at how good a show they put on now.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Dec 2017, 08:13

Went to see Robert Plant at the Royal Albert Hall last night, with the illustrious and glorious Belle Lettre!

I've not seen Robert now for (I think) 7 years. I thought I'd better pop along and see the old bugger.... you never know these days when you may not get another chance.

Firstly, the sound was absolutely outstanding - the best I've heard from a rock band at the RAH (which is prone to terrible echo/reverb). It simply wasn't there last night and, especially for Planty, the sound was very distinct and clear.

Robert himself was in very fine voice - when he stuck to his range. Very clear and much more listenable than on some other occasions, where he's coated his vocals with so many treatments you can barely hear what's him and what's effect. And he looked really really well, which is lovely to report.

The band are really very good - I like the new drummer and they've gelled quickly. They're energetic and go to some nice places. There is one exception however - I'm afraid I can't be doing with Seth Lakeman and the violin.... on many occasions last night I found his contributions unnecessary, and out of context. I also think it leads the band into very much one (two, three or four) 'hoedowns" that I absolutely could do without.

The highlights for me were a really gorgeous "That's The Way" , a great "Rainbow" (from Lullably And The Ceaseless Roar) and a very elegant "What Is And What Should Never Be"..... some of the tracks off the last two albums didn't work, in my eyes, but the crowd seemed to love them so....

All in all I'm really glad I went. And I'm really happy that Robert himself looked and sounded so well. But, much like the "Carry Fire" album , I'm not sure he/they have anything really new to say - it's very much treading water in some places... as he himself jokingly said (when referring to the old blues maestros) "They just kept going round and round, playing the same old fucking songs... sound familiar?!".....

But overall, a very good gig.

And you don't want to hear the fiasco I had getting to London in the first place, trust me.... :)

PS - The guest appearance of Chrissie Hynde for "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" was really cool.

PPS - That the price of that was a rendition of The Pretenders "2000 Miles" with Robert singing along, clearly completely oblivious to the horrible song, was not.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Belle Lettre » 09 Dec 2017, 09:47

His voice sounds really good, but as we agreed, he shouldn't have tried BIGLY.

Great write-up, I would add that tbere was an excellent version of Misty Mountain Hop. Good to see DD and a great evening!
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Neige » 09 Dec 2017, 09:54

Belle Lettre wrote:His voice sounds really good, but as we agreed, he shouldn't have tried BIGLY.


I had to google the acronym to get the image of Donald Trump out of my head. :oops: :lol:

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