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Kate Bush Live on Stage – Before the Dawn – August & September 2014
Dear *****, *********

We are contacting you as you are eligible to participate in the fan pre-sale for the
“Before the Dawn” concerts in August & September 2014 at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
48 hours ahead of the general ticket sale on 28th March 2014.

That’ll teach me to use a current e-mail address in future !!!

And if I’d seen that I probably wouldn’t have had to listen to B*Witched

Spooky Day

Yesterday was weird.

Writing this blog has brought on some moments of nostalgia and yesterday I was mulling over writing about my first gig. I managed to find a website that has playlists for loads and loads of concerts and I tracked down my first. The concert was Mike Oldfield at Bradford University in 1980.

I sent the link to one of my friends who was at the concert and who happened to be in the States on business. A couple of hours later he responded to me and spookily told me he had been in the hotel gym when he got my message and the music playing in the gym at that moment was Tubular Bells !!!!!!! ( I know what sort of gym plays the theme music to the Exorcist).

If you’ve read any of my other blogs you might know that Friday night is music night so I decided to check out if there was a band playing this week at the pub we usually frequent. The listings had a band called Wot Gorilla playing and as the band name is an old Genesis track I thought I’d visit their website and see what they were like. Clicking on the first song they had called Snow White I was absolutely gobsmacked to see one of my eldest sons girlfriends acting in the video !!!!!!! She’s now a YouTube video make up artist.

After a soothing cup of tea to calm me down I decided to check my blog stats to see if anyone had been along for a read. When I noticed I’d had 666 visits I decided it was time to have an early night! Three spooky events in one day was enough for me.

The iPod Challenge Update

Well I’m a couple of weeks in and the A’s are drawing to a close with Avril Lavigne! Yes I know I told you it was an eclectic mix.

So what have we enjoyed/endured so far?

Abba took me back to 75 and their appearance on Eurovision. It also reminded me why I like blondes, Agnetha it’s all your fault. Endless schoolground discussions over blonde or brunette depending which one was more prominent in their latest video. No real comments on the music when you’re 13 I’m afraid but hey who doesn’t like Abba.

Adele has a voice but bloke issues.

Aesop is about as far as I want to go down that musical road

America provided something more my world

Alanis Morissette whats not to like?

Annie Lennox has been a favourite since seeing her in the Tourists at uni in the early 80’s. Incredible voice and presence thoroughly enjoyable.

Amy Winehouse you just knew was going to be someone who wasn’t around for long so enjoy it while you could.

Arctic Monkeys provide some Yorkshire grit with great songwriting and tunes

Athlete is a bit mid atlantic for me, one of those albums that even though it was only yesterday when I listened to it I can’t really remember.

So 20 Albums in……haha take that first born…..and next up is B and B*Witched, why why why.

But saying that there’s the Beatles, Blondie, Ben E King, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan in amongst there so here we go.


I Blame Kate Bush

I fell for Kate and her idiosyncratic style one Thursday night in early 1978. I remember vividly her sat at her piano dressed in black and producing this amazing sound on Top of The Pops. I also thought WOW she’s stunning and she became the poster girl on my bedroom wall for most of my teenage years.

Recently when she announced her 22 date comeback tour after 35 years away I was a gibbering buffoon that Friday morning when the tickets went on sale. I missed out on tickets by seconds when I realised too late there were four sat in the basket of one of the windows I had open. By the time I had cottoned on and attempted to input my details the timer ran out and in the middle of the office I ran through my complete lexicon of expletives.


So fast forward to the morning after her return to the stage. I decided that if I couldn’t see her live then I would find her set list and as I have every album she’s recorded on my iPod, I would have my own concert alone with my headphones and Kate.

Set list in hand and playlist ready to create I scrolled through her albums………………where is Hounds of Love???????????? Aaaaargh!!!!!! I’ve got it somewhere, I’ve got at least 2 copies somewhere!!!!!!

Sod it, Amazon Prime has its uses. New copy ordered. And anyway what was waiting another day after 35 years of waiting for Kate.

Anyway this led me down a path I feel I’m going to be on for quite sometime, because waiting for Kate led me to make what could be a classic rod for my own back. I decided to listen to every album on my iPod from start to finish in alphabetical order.

To put some history to this undertaking I didn’t have a CD till the day after my wedding in 1991 when being the proud owner of a music centre wedding present we bought Fleetwood Macs Greatest Hits and Phil Collins Live. So the collection on my iPod has virtually the first 12 years of my musical life missing as its mostly on vinyl banished to the loft and unreplaced on CD.

This means that theres no ACDC or ABC to help me through the A’s or Black Sabbath or Camel for the B’s and C’s. So its straight in to Abba and Adele, Aesop and Amy Winehouse with looming on the horizon B’Witched.

What have I done? Number one son doesn’t believe I’ll do ten albums before I quit but here goes. I’ll update you as I enjoy this eclectic collection of my own making from the last 20 odd years.


Friday Night is Music Night….well every third Friday depending on work and the weather!

My drinking partner and I have slowly over the last year morphed into the people I believe others perceive us to be. Two grumpy old gits sat in the same pub every Friday night moaning at the world, the state of the country, the uselessness of politicians and the crap that’s on the telly.

Until recently we often left our cosy seats and ventured out, usually to see if people were as cantankerous as us or to listen to some live music. But we’d stopped doing it, it was too far, too cold, too wet…we’d become slothful and inert, stuck to the routine and a bit boring.

So last week we made a pledge, we’d get off our arses, venture forth and tilt our lances at life. And boy am I glad that we did.

The band are called The Sudden Death of Stars, they’re from France (no prejudgement please) and they have a sitar player!!!


They are like the bastard child of 1969 Pink Floyd and the Monkees, complete with a couple of 60’s shirts and haircuts. But they can play. Now we’ve seen a few bands play this pub and quite often they’ll be that little different to the norm. Sometimes there’s a violin player or a flautist or a guy in a onesie covered in felt hands manically dancing but for me a sitar is a first. Straight away you get that trippy sixties vibe but you also get a weird dude, because you have to be a little strange to decide your going to play one of those. The guy could certainly play but he also had that little something I’d expect from a sitar player. He sat on the floor with no shoes or socks and when he wasn’t required to play he zoned out, he was miles away, probably in a Paris loft near the Sacre Coeur smoking a Gitanes.


They were good, the crowd had a good evening, the band seemed to enjoy themselves and when it was over the sitar player put on his shoes and socks and left.

Great fun. I think we’ll be doing it again soon……if its not raining.

Oh and did I mention I think the bass player was Alan from the Hangover movies. And apologies for the photo’s they’re off my mobile.

Prog Rocker and Proud of It

After having to listen to my sons choice in music pounding out from his bedroom and talking to the girls in the office I’m proud to be a rocker and a child of my times. I’ve tried listening to the dross Harry plays but even an old fashioned bloke likes me quickly tires of foul language, misogynist lyrics and a bass line that shakes my fillings.

I realised my age and tastes when a girl at work told me she likes to listen to old music from the 90’s !!!!!! She then completed my total disappointment in her by telling me she was going to a Steps concert!!

The blank look she gave me when I reeled off some of my musical tastes told me it was almost time to book a Saga holiday.

So here we go in no particular order a list of what I like, no apologies just great music and some of the most overblown and ridiculous lyrics your ever likely to hear. Listen to Peter Gabriel in his pomp and just wish there was somewhere you could get up and do a karaoke  version of Suppers Ready all 28 odd minutes of it!

Genesis – Kate Bush – Led Zeppelin – Saxon – Magnum – Thin Lizzy – Jethro Tull – Rush – Yes – Marillion

ps I do like some more recent music but I think we all go back to what we grew up with, when we were young, handsome and didn’t have to breathe in at the swimming baths!