Archive: April 2005

April 29, 2005

Blondie drummer Clem Burke will be drumming with Nancy Sinatra at her Shepherds Bush Empire show this Sunday 01 May ......... 27 April 2005 .Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation , The Scala , London. This was an invite only show for 500 competition winners and 200 guests of BBC Radio 2 , Sanctuary Records and the media .Great packed atmosphere to see the Led Zep legend up nice and close . The 95 mins set was pretty much the same as the Royal Albert Hall show 3 weeks ago with a fair amount of material from new album " Mighty Re-arranger " . Robert still has that amazing rock n roll blues voice that works well on old and new material . Again they finished with a stunning " Whole Lotta Love" . The show will be edited to a 60 mins special to be broadcast on the evening of 21 and 24 May on BBC Radio 2 see aftershow page for this show................ 23 April 2005 .Sex Pistols Experience ,Kings Arms Pub , Acton , London. First of all chatting with the band before the gig they tell me that their original Sid cannot get the weekend off work to do the gig so tonight they use a stand in Sid replacement which of course is not as good but he does a decent job. Its a hot and sweaty St Georges Day atmosphere . The SPE do a superb 90 mins set of all the Pistols best known songs. The Johnny singer is on top form tonight . A stunning encore of " Silly Thing " , " God Save The Queen " ,"Pretty Vacant " and " Public Image" was just mega . Like i said if you like the Pistols you MUST go and check this lot out...... 22 April 2005 . Searchers + Merseybeats + Gerry And The Pacemakers + Swinging Blue Jeans ,Royal Albert Hall , London. Nice package of four acts who were popular in the 1960s era .This was the main show of their 3 month UK tour.Each band did around 40 mins each with lots of fun on stage banter.First up Swinging Blue Jeans set included "You're No Good " and "Hippy Hippy Shake " (They played this on the first ever Top Of The Pops). Gerry And The Pacemakers were high on scouse humour and their set inc "Ferry Across The Mersey" ,"I Like It " and everyone swaying their arms for " You'll Never Walk Alone" . Merseybeats did too many cover versions for my liking but "Hi Ho Silver Lining " went down really well. Last on The Searchers were the best musicians of the night and their set included " Sweets For My Sweet" , "When You Walk In The Room " and "Needles And Pins " .A pleasant night and quite impressive seeing so many 60 year olds in the crowd still keen on watching live music........ More and more bands are being added to the Download Festival on June 10, 11, 12 with over 50 acts over the weekend .Daily tickets and weekend tickets are available from the usual outlets. The Friday line up features Billy Idols first UK show for a few years along with Feeder and Garbage ....Sat headliners are Black Sabbath and Velvet Revolver and Sunday headliners are System Of A Down and Motorhead , more info www.downloadfestival.co.uk and tel ticket sales on 0870-400-0822............ Dead Men Walking will be going on a month long UK tour in October with the London show at The Shepherds Bush Empire on Sat 29 October ..... As expected Bruce Springsteen two shows at The Royal Albert Hall sold out within two hours .... 20 April 2005 . See aftershow page for a review of The Loaded Mag relaunch party ............ 18 and 19 April 2005 .Manic Street Preachers + Delays , Hammersmith Apollo , London. Delays were ok and finished their set with a couple of their best known tunes. The Manics completed a UK arena tour only four months ago but here they are back again for a UK theatre tour .Even early on the songs are great "A Design For Life " , " Faster " ,"1985 " , "Everything Must Go ", "You Love Us ", " Stay Beautiful" , " If You Tolerate This " . The last album " Lifeblood " did not sell that well and tonight they only played three songs from it.The 10th anniverary re release of " The Holy Bible " at the same time did not help . A great acoustic version of "The Everlasting" then superb versions of " You Stole The Sun From My Heart " and " Motorcycle Emptiness " . Finale was a neat Guns And Roses " Paradise City" and a mental " Motown Junk " with the usual no encore policy .Always a great live band . On the last night we got a couple of extra songs inc Johnny Thunders " Cant Put Your Arms Around A Memory " dedicated to Richey Edwards their missing presumed dead guitarist .Also on the last night Nicky Wire smashed his bass guitar up and gave it to a couple of loyal female fans down the front.......... 15 April 2005 . Sex Pistols Experience , Standard Pub , Walthamstow , London. At last the countrys top Pistols tribute band play a London show . They play an 80 mins set that was just superb. All the classics "EMI " , " God Save The Queen " , "Bodies" ,"Pretty Vacant " , "Holidays In The Sun " with all the sneering vocals and wall of sound just like the originals . If you are a Pistols fan they are a must see band . You will be surprised at just how good they are . They play in Acton on Sat 23 April 2005 and they play a special River Thames Boat gig on Sat 11 June 2005 . See you at both of them...... ......www.sexpistolsexperience.co.uk ......... 14 April 2005 . Tony Bennett, Royal Albert Hall, London. Now that Mr Sinatra has left us Tony Bennett has stepped up to take his position as the worlds top crooner . Incredibly his first hit records were some 50 years ago . He is well into his 70s but shows no sign of slowing down. Some good laid back tunes like " For Once In My Life" , "The Good Life " , "If I Ruled The World" and of course "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". A stunning version of " Fly Me To The Moon " without a microphone got a standing ovation and flowers galore from admiring ladies . Yep the boy from Astoria , New York has done good ...... 12 April 2005 .Tony Hadley And Martin Fry , Royal Albert Hall , London. The big London show of their lengthy 3 month UK tour . Pretty much the same show as Reading a month ago but the crowd were a bit more into it. Spandau classics like " Gold " , " True" "Instinction" and Tonys fave " Through The Barricades " and ABC classics like " Poison Arrow " , "When Smokey Sings" , "The Look Of Love " and a superb " All Of My Heart" . Again loads of crowd pleasing covers with the best coming at the end with Roxy Musics "Let Stick Together" and David Bowies "Suffrajette City " . This older crowd just got into party mode and it was a great night out..... The Sex Pistols will be playing two London shows this month . Well not the real thing of course but the countrys best SP tribute The Sex Pistols Experience play The Standard , Walthamstow on Friday 15 April and The Kings Arms ,Acton on Sat 23 April ( St Gerges Day) see you there........ 08 April 2005 . UB40 + Goldie Lookin Chain , Royal Albert Hall ,London. GLC are reduced to only 10 members tonight . They are good fun but more in a novelty way .They play "Guns Dont Kill People Rappers Do " and go down pretty well tonight. Last show of the five Teenage Cancer Trust gigs here and like last year with Madness they closed the week with a good time dance party band. Incredibly i saw UB40 supporting The Pretenders 25 years ago in 1980 and they are still going strong . In fact all eight original members are still playing in the band. For nearly two hours they got everyone dancing and swaying to their brand of pop reggae .With over 20 Top 40 his the set was full of familiar tunes." If It Happens Again" , "One In Ten " , " Food For Thought" , "Please Dont Make Me Cry" were all excellent . As stated on the ticket Eric Clapton came on for three songs including EC singing a brilliant " I Shot The Sheriff" along with his new chum John Mayer ( guitarist from across the Altantic). Sadly Roger Daltrey did not come on as stated. A couple of new UB40 tracks also get an airing. Then it was back to more UB40 hits "Rat In The Kitchen " and their two number one hits " Red Red Wine " and " I Cant Help Falling In Love With You" which went down a storm .As did encores of "Dont Break My Heart " and " Cherry Oh Baby" . A good time was had by all ............ 07 April 2005 . Keane ,Royal Albert Hall, London. Keane had the second best selling album in the UK in 2004 with " Hopes And Fears " which sold a cool 1.5 million . With not a guitar in sight their radio friendly Coldplay type tunes appeal to the masses with a wide range of people here singing along loudly to all the words . They have come a long way together as the singer pointed out that himself and their headbanging keyboard player used to paddle naked as toddlers together and now they are selling out this great venue . The three or four big hit singles from the album go down a storm but their brand of warm melodic rock is not my cup of tea really.... As revealed on this site a couple of weeks ago Bruce Springsteen has confirmed two solo shows at The Royal Albert Hall on May 27 and 28. Tickets on sale sometime next week ........ 6 April 2005 . Peter Kay And Guests , Royal Albert Hall , London. Just to prove PK is the Robbie Williams of comedy this TCT show sold out quicker than all the big music shows here this week. A long 2 hous 30 mins show over two sets with six guest comedians doing 15 mins each including Noel Fielding and Ed Byrne . Peter Kay did comedy for about an hour off and on but it was not as good as his own solo tour last year .Most of the crowd i felt expected to see more of Peter Kay but overall a fun evening........ 5 April 2005 . Franz Ferdinand + Graham Coxon + Kaiser Chiefs , Royal Albert Hall , London. Wow what a cracking 3 band line up this was . They are tagged as this years Franz Ferdinand but Kaiser Chiefs did a 7 song 30 mins set that was just incredible . Perfect indie guitar tunes like "Na Na Na Na Naa " , "Everyday I Love You Less And Less " , "Oh My God " and " I Predict A Riot" all from their superb debut album " Employment". They were confident and just totally stunning. The crowd gave them a deserved standing ovation. Graham Coxon and his band failed to match the power of The Kaiser Chiefs set although the last song the NME Award winning single " Freakin Out " was superb . Franz Ferdinand had the crowd on its feet from the start and were brilliant. This was their first UK show since they picked up BRIT and NME awards earlier this year . Opening with " Micheal " and including "The Dark Of The Matinee" and a mental " Take Me Out " . The drums and guitar just sounded perfect . Even with four new songs included that all sounded as good as first album material they only played for 65 mins but overall this was a quality night out........ 04 April 2005.Robert Plant And Strange Sensation + The Bees + Rooster . First of the five shows here this week at what is a great annual event. Up first are Rooster who usually play to hordes of screaming girls but their set was full of nice rockers and i actually liked them which is more than can be said of The Bees whose take on country rock bored me silly . Robert Plant and his great band did a neat set that featured half a dozen Led Zep classics like " No Quarter " , "Morning Dew" , " Heartbreaker " and "Black Dog" as well as tracks from his soon to be released album " Mighty Rearranger " .His voice still sounds great and newies " Freedom Flies " ,"All The Kings Horses" and " The Enchanter " went down well .A stunning encore of " Whole Lotta Love " sent everyone home happy........... 02 April 2005. Pink Martini , Royal Festival Hall ,London.Just two weeks ago i had never even heard of this band but there has been a very healthy buzz about them over the past fortnight that has snowballed into a must see event .The buzz must be spreading as the venue is totally sold out . This 10 piece big band from Portland , Oregon, USA play a musical style mix of salsa , jive, swing and others and half the set is sung in French,Greek, Turkish and Portugeese. Their debut album "Sympathique " has sold over half a million copies worldwide and this first ever UK show was to promote the new album " Hang On Little Tomato " . The band were all fantastic musicians and this crowd of mainly Guardian / Independent reading newspaper types loved it and gave them a full on standing ovation .It was a very enjoyable night and unique in many ways but really nothing more than background music to a middle class dinner party . This event was part of La Linea - Londons Latin Music Festival that runs to April 28............. 01 April 2005 . Feeder , Brixton Academy , London. Feeder are on a European Tour to promote new album " Pushing The Senses" which is full of Coldplay type radio friendly songs . I much prefer when they rock out like a UK version of The Foo Fighters with that great bass and drums section really going for it . 85 mins set inc " Stumble And Fall ", " Just The Way Im Feeling " and a mental version of "Buck Rogers " . Really good encore of " Forget About Tomorrow " and "Just A Day " . Always a good live band to watch.............