Archive: July 2003

July 15, 2003

I have just came back from an amazing week in Paris , France catching The Rolling Stones . I caught 2 of their 3 shows there as well as both their aftershow parties which were mega . More details in the aftershow news page. After a stunning performance on Later With Jools The Darkness continue their amazing rise up the rock n roll tree by announcing a full UK tour in Oct that includes a major London show at the Hammersmith Apollo on 22 Oct 2003 . The Download Rock Festival was a total success A huge crowd 60,000+ on the hottest day of the year. Some great new bands but it was Iron Maidens 2 hour full production show that did it for me. Marilyn Manson did a really good hour set. Sat 31 May 2003 Iron Maiden + Marilyn Manson + Deftones + Ministry + Inme + Murder Dolls . Sun 01 June 2003 Audioslave + Zwan + Less Than Jake + Disturbed + Stone Sour + The Darkness. (Metallica played an 4pm Sunday secret show here) Lets hope it comes back next year . i was also at Paul McCartney show at Sheffield Hallam Arena on Thurs 29 May 2003. Paul McCartney at Sheffield was great but i was lucky enough to be at the Liverpool Docks Show on 01 June 2003 for the last night of his world tour and in his home city as well . His 3 hour set was fantastic and the atmosphere in the city was very special and Macca choked back the emotion as the crowd sand "Hes coming home , hes coming home , Maccas coming home " In the hospitality tent i saw soccer legends Peter Reid and Kenny Dagliesh and comic Frank Skinner. On Tuesday 13 May 2003 at Sothebys , London i attended the auction of The Who bass player John Entwistle collection of guitars and items which ranged from jackets and gold discs to trumpets and painted casts of various fish . This auction was not for the faint hearted with 200 Who fans and collectors in the room and a dozen more on the phone bidding .Three of his guitars went for 42,000 , 52,000 and a very rare 1958 Gibson Explorer went for 80,000 and the buyer pays 20% auction fees on top of that . Two framed posters of 1963 West London gigs as The Detours went for an staggering 15,000 each. Average price of gold discs was 1,200. There were nearly 400 items which included an amazing collection of nearly 200 guitars. One of bidders today was another great bass player Peter Hook from New Order .