Archive: September 2004

September 29, 2004

28 Sept 2004 Ray Davies And His Band , The Bloomsbury Theatre ,London. First of 5 London gigs to celebrate 40 years since "You Really Got Me " was released by this songwriting legend . A 2 hour set of acoustic and electric songs that mainly have North London in the 1960s as their common theme. Rare songs from "Village Green Preservation Society" were played near the start and there were plenty of classics like "Sunny Afternoon" "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion" "Tired Of Waiting For You ""All Day And All Of The Night "and of course "You Really Got Me ". Great encore of "Waterloo Sunset " "Thank You For The Days " and "Lola " and parted by saying we will be changing the set by a couple of songs each night . Lots of little stories as well made it a good show. 24 Sept 2004 Fender Strat Guitar 50th Birthday Concert ,Wembley Arena ,London. Massive event featuring a dozen well known guitarists.Superb backdrop with a dozen giant Fender guitars either side of the stage and a huge video screen that has clips of Fender players not here tonight inc Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and some great old footage of Rory Gallagher in between breaks. First up is Buddy Hollys band The Crickets who are joined by Brian May and Alvin Lee for a pair of songs before Ronnie Wood comes on and joins them for "That'll Be The Day".Hank Marvin does a few instrumental tunes that have his great guitar sound.Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack featured "How Long" and "I Cant Dance" in their 4 songs. Gary Moore is the first to really play proper rock guitar solos and goes down really well. After the interval a couple of youngsters Jamie Cullum and Amy Winehouse try to get involved but not many are interested . This is a concert by old codgers for old codgers. Paul Rodgers does a great "All Right Now " and " Cant Get Enough " but for some reason has to bring his son and daughter on to play a track from their album . Joe Walsh does 4 really good songs inc "Lifes Been Good " "Life In The Fast Lane " and a mega "Rocky Mountain Way " .Dave Gilmour brings on his rare and battered 1954 Fender serial number 0001 to play pristine and stunning versions of Pink Floyds "Coming Back To Life " "Shining Light " and " Division Bell " that get the most cheers of the evening. Ronnie Wood comes on for " I Wish I Knew " and "Stay With Me " and everyone comes on stage and does a short solo which was great fun. The show lasted for 3 and a half hours and had a couple of duff momemts but overall it was a very good event. See aftershow section for this gig too. 23 Sept 2004 Dead Men Walking ,The Anvil , Basingstoke. Hardly a proper rock n roll venue but its nice to have cosy seating every now and then. DMW back again for their annual month long tour of the UK .A stella star line up feat Glen Matlock on bass ,Slim Jim Phantoum on drums and Mike Peters ,Kirk Brandon and Bruce Watson on guitars. A near 2 hours set of their best hits mixed in with new material this was a great night out as always. So many classic songs "Spirit Of 76 " "Burning Sounds" "Rumble In Brighton" "Chance " "Westworld " "Rock This Town""God Save The Queen""Rescue Me " "In A Big Country " "45rpm" "Runaway Boys" "Stray Cat Strut " and rockin encores of "Pretty Vacant" and "Steppin Stone" . If the tour comes to your town you really have to go along. as its a great night out. 21 Sept 2004 Tom Jones With Jools Holland And The R n B Orchestra ,Hammersmith Palais ,London. This was an invite only show for 1500 comp winners and guests of Radio 2 .Tom and Jools have an album of covers out paying homage to Jerry Lee Lewis , Soloman Burke and other country ,rnb and blues acts. Jools is a great piano player and Tom can make any song sound fantastic.Only well known Tom Jones track played was "Green Green Grass Of Home " . Plenty of good time boogie woogie covers played. Rockin versions of "Great Balls Of Fire ' and "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On " got the crowd dancing and it was an enjoyable 90 mins set. 19 Sept 2004 Tickled Pink Concert For Breast Cancer, Royal Albert Hall ,London.Big colourful event with the stars being picked up and dropped at the venue by a pink cadilac and a pink rolls royce before the show to be paraded down a "pink carpet" for loads of photographers. Most of the girlie crowd are dressed in shades of pink and it looks like half of sponsors Asdas check out girls are here .Nine music acts did a couple of songs each and 3 very good comedy acts did a turn .There were a few boos when news broke that headliner George Micheal had pulled out due to an attack of laryngitis .Darius did " Colourblind " Rachel Stevens did "LAX " in a lovely oufit .Natasha Bedingfield and Beverley Knight both have got great voices.Tom Jones And Jools Holland got the crowd dancing to a couple of boogie woogie cover versions as 20 pairs of knickers were thrown at the stage. Lemar did a stunning r n b version of The Darkness "i Believe In A Thing Called Love" Lisa Stansfield choose a pair of boring songs .Geri Halliwell got the dancers out for "Its Raining Men" and " Look At Me " and was entertaining enough .Last on was Ronan Keating with a pink ticker tape and balloon explosion dropping from the ceiling.Overall nothing really mega musically but a good mix of music and comedy and all for a good cause.

September 19, 2004

18 Sept 2004 Blondie + Glen Matlock And The Philistines ,Southend Cliffs Pavillion. Here we are at the seaside and its raining but its always nice to go to venues outside of London.Glen and band do their full set as Blondie are late arriving at the venue so we get all the great solo material tracks and 2 extra songs of "Steppin Stone" and a stunning "Pretty Vacant ". Blondie have sound problems from the start where the PA just appears very quiet . The songs are there but real gig atmosphere is missing .All of a sudden all the power cuts out and the band go off for 5 mins .They come back again and do " One Way Or Another" and the power goes again. In total frustration drummer Clem Burke gives up and gives his cymbals to the crowd .The 2 hour Bush Empire set is reduced to 90 mins with no encore and as a band this was a gig that Blondie will want to forget. 16 Sept 2004 Blondie + Glen Matlock And The Philistines, Shepherds Bush Empire ,London. Glen and his band did a really good 40 mins of only solo material with songs like "Piece Of The Action " and "Ok Kiddo " from the soon to be released album "On Something" .All of them are great catchy rockers. Glens fellow Sex Pistol Paul Cook was in the crowd tonight . Blondie back yet again in the UK. i think this time its for press related to new DVD out "Blondie Live By Request ".They did a 2 hour set full of well known hits mixed in with lesser known stuff.Deborah Harry looks great and they also played 2 Ramones songs as a tribute to Johnny Ramone who died yesterday . Great first encore of "Union City Blues" ,"Rip Her To Shreds " and "Heart Of Glass " but the 2 songs played in the second encore were a bit shaky shall we say . Overall a really enjoyable evening. 15 Sept 2004 PJ Harvey ,Hammersmith Apollo, London. For an artist like PJ who has little radio play or tv exposure it is quite heart warming her loyal fans can still fill a decent size venue like this one. She looks fab in a sexy short dress and the songs are all well crafted but her 90 mins set did not really grab me . Like a Nick Cave show i came away thinking it was just a pretty average show . 14 Sept 2004 Make Trade Fair Concert ,Hammersmith Apollo, London. I missed Razorlight and Jamelia so first up for me was actress Minnie Driver who is fronting her own alt country band who did 20 mins of slow tempo tracks inc a version of Springsteens "Hungry Heart " pretty average to be honest . The Thrills did a really impressive 35 mins with great tracks like "Big Sur " " Corey Haim" "One Horse Town" "Santa Cruz" ,excellent. Ricky Gervais did a very funny 10 mins stand up comedy routine even though i had seen him do most of this material before. REM did a 7 song 40 mins set feat 3 new songs inc "Leaving New York " .Opener "Losing My Religion" was great and for a stunning "Man On The Moon" they were joined by Coldplays Chris Martin on vocals. On Sept 15 REM play a small invite only show for their fan club that i think will be put out on Radio 2 in a couple of weeks. 11 Sept 2004 ,Glen Matlock And The Philistines ,Plough Inn ,Walthamstow ,London. This was a warm up show for Glens new band before their dates next week with Blondie . The bulk of the set was from Glens new album "On Something " which comes out on EMI on 04 October with great tracks like "White Knuckle Ride " "Piece Of The Action " and the album title track .The band seemed slightly under rehearsed tonight but it was great to hear Glens stuff with a full band behind him again .Great encores of "Steppin Stone " and "Pretty Vacant ". 08 Sept and 09 Sept 2004 ,Rush ,Wembley Arena , London. I went to both these great shows by Rush these Canadian rock legends who last played the UK 12 years ago . This was part of their 30th anniversary world tour . On stage for nearly 3 hours over 2 sets they are amazing musicians and drummer Neil Peart must be one of the worlds best . He has a huge drum kit that spins around and he got a standing ovation on both nights for his amazing drum solo. Most songs were 10 mins long with superb classics like "Spirit Of Radio " and "Zanadu" .A couple of tunes were a bit muso heavy but there were plenty of lasers and fire columns in this big production show to look at .