Jun 9 2008, 16h13
Ago 5 2007, 10h28Fri 3 Aug – Prince
The gig was pretty good. I've heard the setlist was 30 minutes shorter than on the 1st august which was a shame for us. The setlist was:
Down By The Riverside.
U Got The Look.
Play That Funky Music.
Joy In Repetition.
Anotherloverholenyohead (feat. Rock Lobster).
I Feel For You.
Controversy (feat. Housequake chant).
Crazy (feat. One Nation Under A Groove chant).
Let's Go Crazy.
Take Me With U.
I was hoping for chelsea rogers, if i was your girlfriend, and I wanna be ur lover but we got none of them despite the fact that on the 1st august they got raspberry beret, little red corvette.
The O2 Arena was a great venue for convenience, to be honest every seat is good, you can see everything from everywhere, and the 'in the round' was a good idea. I expected the stage to be a bit bigger than it was, and the band tended not to move around the stage all that much, sticking to their places most of the time. The excellent dancers though made use of all of the stage.
The food is legendary in the o2 arena, they have something for everyone. The Sound gets lost a bit in all the air, its a big open space and probably wasn't built for music really being the millenium dome. Prince ripped it up on guitar but too much whammy bar messing didn't impress as much as on the old 80's and 90's live videos.
One of the striking things about this concert was the crowd. I do not know how anyone can't find it possible to sit still for 2 hours to watch a legend. After paying 34 pounds each for a seat, you'd think they'd be glued to it. A lot of people just seemed to be out in the foyer getting pints and food every 5 minutes, some people in my row walked past me like 8 times in 2 hours, getting in my way of seeing the gig.
All in all I'd give it 8/10. Few spine chilling moments. Black sweat was great, as was joy in repetition and controversy. But there was too much waiting around while prince changed costume, a few too much of prince not actually being on stage (crazy, wonderful world etc). I would have been far happier watching prince play his own songs than these covers. Prince's talent is undeniable, excellent vocal performance and great guitar playing as expected.
I heard he didn't play anything at the aftershow either and people stood for hours without even being told he wasn't, until they said 'it's over'.
Abr 2 2007, 16h30I did not see the first band, The Mexicolas, however I did see Kubichek! supporting.
Kubichek are a band from my old hometown, in fact they all went to the school as me, and used to play the same gig circuits as me in Newcastle under the name of Parklandsway. The change has been quite dramatic in their sound since I last saw them, with their original singer. I preffered their original sound. Whilst they used to sound exactly like The Cooper Temple Clause, they now sounded like a cross between Idlewild and Editors.
The Cooper Temple Clause probably played the best gig I've seen them play, it was literally excellent. The sound was so loud it blown me away. I was at the front, and Tom was pretty dressed up to say the least, with cool boots and a leather jacket on, and I felt while his efforts were great, the rest of the band looked like they had made far less effort. He almost looked part of a different band to them! They played everything I expected, except they played 'let's kill music, instead of 'talking to a brick wall' which was fine by me, as I'd seen them play the latter before.
Mar 25 2007, 21h27
Fev 22 2007, 2h27Matt Berry is perhaps best known for his comedy TV appearances on BBC3, Dr Sanchez from Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Dixon Bainbridge from The Mighty Boosh, himself on Snuff Box and his work on the nativity rock opera AD/BC. It appears less known, that while he is a recognised voice talent, he is quite an impressive musician. His voice within his TV work is by all means, as good as anyone, his style, a traditional English gentlemen, his voice fully projected like those within repertory theater. Clearly knowing his strengths, he uses this voice to great effect within his music, with spoken word being a key feature in his songs. The music itself, sounding almost as traditionally old fashioned as his voice. I assume funk and prog rock, were 2 main influences for him, with the funky rhodes, clean guitar and interesting choice of analogue synth solos. His singing style sounds fairly unique, tuneful and uplifting.
This concert was in the civic hall bar, a smaller venue than even the wulfrun. The organisers didn't open the bar, but had the main big bar open (usually open during the big gigs, I saw Dream Theater here once before, they used the same size bar from that concert). So if you wanted a drink you had to miss some of the gig, however the coke we bought was fairly decent, on tap, a coke is rarely enjoyable.
The support act were a group called Jonas 3, hailing from Brighton and bringing with them a lot of musicianship. However, I found their music probably wasn't to the taste of the crowd, and a lot of disinterested faces looked on at eachother. Their sound could be compared to bands such as Incubus, Audiovent and certainly Hoobastank, however with their obvious tap solo and shred influences, some of it sounded alike to Aerosmiths big rock arena riffs, and I even caught a glimpse of 'cult of personality' by Living Colour in their opening track. While their sound and songs were dated somewhat, their talent as players couldn't be doubted.
Matt Berry was confused to the crowds attempts to remain seated during his concert, telling them to get up after his first song. His backing band were Jonas 3 (just as Mike Patton's Peeping Tom had toured with the support also being his backing band), and it was here that the members of Jonas 3 were really able to show their abilities as musicians. For Jonas 3's guitar player, the chance to show off was clearly to his enjoyment, managing to play guitar solos behind his back, behind his leg, and also behind his head. The guitar solo to 'layla' was played during the crowds favourite song of the night 'one track lover', the song heard in 'Garth Marenghi's Darkplace'. I personally would like to have heard the synth solo like in the actual song!
Matt Berry was very much there to sing, but on a couple of occasions went onto the keyboard to show some musicianship of his own, playing the theme from 'saxondale' and the theme from his next project to which he didn't mention anything about. Other tracks played included the theme from snuff box, some from AD/BC and mostly tracks from his album Opium, which he was selling signed copies of for £10.
It was a great concert, while most of the crowd clearly were there as a homage to their favourite TV comedian, some even holding dvd's of 'darkplace' for him to sign at the end, all of the crowd clearly walked away knowing there is far more to this 'comedian'. He is a great songwriter, great singer and a great musician.
Jan 21 2007, 13h07Aye it was a right fuss for me to find a way to scrobble tracks from my ipod. I'm a windows xp user, and the 'isproggler' program was useless for me. So much hassle involved and it only worked occasionally and done my head in. So I'm writing here, incase anyone is searching for a way to scrobble your ipod to last.fm, without any errors or problems. There is a program called yamipod which has last.fm support, and its easy and works every time. I really reccomend it.
There are versions for mac OSX and linux too
Nov 28 2006, 13h14Peeping Tom was unbelievable! Second Time I've seen Mike Patton, and was equally as good as the first (with Tomahawk ). Spot on performance. This one was interesting because of the immense talent throughout the group, Imani Copolla on backing vocals, Rahzel beatboxing and backing vocals, dub trio were the band. I am not sure if Dan the Automator was dj'ing, I don't think it was him. I didn't hear him mention that. They played all the best ones from the album, and 'desperate situation' and a bonus track at the end, alongside a cover of 110 street. <br><br>Here are some pics I managed to take (my battery was low or I would have done more)
Nov 3 2006, 16h04The Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Radio stuff has had me in stitches for the last few weeks. I've been listening to it mostly at night, I have a folder with every episode in it. Some of it has cracked me up so bad. I don't know how I didn't get into Ricky Gervais earlier. I was just not into tv, spending my time on the internet instead. But clearly the internet is brilliant to give us the chance to hear things we missed out on in the past, especially if we didn't know about it then. There is nothing worse than the feeling of missing out on something great, and realising how much you were too late to catch.
Set 14 2006, 3h01
Set 14 2006, 0h52I'm not sure what I think of the new The Cooper Temple Clause song 'Homo Sapiens'.
In one mind I like it a lot, in another I don't really get it. I think this band have a really huge learning curve to them.. I've heard a lot of their songs and don't get them at first, then after listening to their songs about 100 times I understood what was going on a lot more, and absolutely loved them.
This song is like nothing I've heard before, its almost unmusical. But I keep listening to it!!