Except it’s an old Paddy McAloon album …
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
A chilly evening in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, which is also where I currently reside. My first time seeing any version of Fleetwood Mac, not just this rather controversial one.
Expectations were not extremely high, I was persuaded to go by a friend of mine who is no fan of the post mid seventies line-up. He is, however, the biggest fan there probably is of the sadly recently departed Danny Kirwan (a member from 1968-72 who later slid into a desperate world of alcoholism and homelessness). Just one of a number of grim tales regarding this band’s ex guitarists. Word on the street was that a Kirwan song would be played.
A decent turn out in the hockey stadium, we settled into our lofty seats in the 300 section and first up was The Chain. Instantly it seemed the harmonies were present and correct and the switch to the instrumental passage at the end ( “Grand Prix” theme music as I will always know it) was genuinely thrilling. Mike Campbell’s guitar work being superb.
A good start, next up stepped Christine McVie somewhat nervously, but beautifully took the lead on » Continue Reading.
Growing up in the UK I only knew Chicago by their soppy ballads that were huge in the charts, the definition of MOR, not something that interested me. On moving to North America I started hearing them on the radio, it was not the stuff that I had heard previously, much more horn based, interesting lyrics and fantastic productions. I still don’t own anything by them (yet), but always a breath of fresh air whenever I hear some of that early stuff.
Which other bands have you misunderstood?
Red Rose Speedway original double vinyl configuration only for me I think.
All 125 tracks of Loving the Alien in lossless FLAC for $16!!! Hurry hurry hurry …
Amy Winehouse hologram tour in 2019. Have they no shame?
6 CDs + 1 Blu-ray 3 CDs 2 LPs 4 LPs
CD 1 1. Back In The U.S.S.R. 2. Dear Prudence 3. Glass Onion 4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 5. Wild Honey Pie 6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill 7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun 9. Martha My Dear 10. I’m So Tired 11. Blackbird 12. Piggies 13. Rocky Racoon 14. Don’t Pass Me By 15. Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? 16. I Will 17. Julia
CD 2 1. Birthday 2. Yer Blues 3. Mother Nature’s Son 4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey 5. Sexy Sadie 6. Helter Skelter 7. Long, Long, Long 8. Revolution 1 9. Honey Pie 10. Savoy Truffle 11. Cry Baby Cry 12. Revolution 9 13. Good Night
CD 3 1. Back In The U.S.S.R. (Esher Demo) 2. Dear Prudence (Esher Demo) 3. Glass Onion (Esher Demo) 4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Esher Demo) 5. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill (Esher Demo) 6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Esher Demo) 7. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Esher Demo) 8. I’m So Tired (Esher Demo) 9. Blackbird (Esher Demo) 10. Piggies (Esher Demo) » Continue Reading.
Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany NY
Two days earlier I had thoroughly enjoyed a tribute to Gene Clark featuring his son Kai’s band and a host of guest musicians and singers. A special concert, featuring a superb guitarist who was able to somewhat mimic Roger McGuinn’s style on the 3 Byrds songs where that was necessary (Mr Tambourine Man, Feel a Whole Lot Better, Turn! turn! turn!) . I wondered how the Sweetheart of the Rodeo show would live up to that. The rather unwieldly title of this tour reflects, I think, the need to keep David Crosby happy and the aim was to mainly concentrate on the post Crosby era in The Byrds.
Opening with My Back Pages the first set consisted of mainly countryish songs that preceded Sweetheart. As the opening chords rang out, I turned to my concert going companion and said that it sounded just like the Byrds. McGuinn’s voice, never the most expressive of instruments, has weakened but it was recognisably him. Standout highlights of the first set for me were also Time Between and Mr Spaceman,
Following a couple of strong Marty Stuart songs, we got the whole » Continue Reading.
Bell Centre Arena, Montreal, QC
Second stop on the “Freshen Up” tour and the second one in Quebec. An almost 3hr miraculous spectacular in Montreal. My first time since 2011, and I surprisingly counted 10 songs that I had never heard live before in 13 previous shows.
Beforehand I had some reservations about how his voice would hold up, but the opening barrage of songs soon made me forget any of the weak doubts that I had. I went with my 12 year old daughter and seeing the delight on her face and hearing her sing along with gusto made it probably my most rewarding concert going experience ever. 39 songs and she said she knew all but 3 of them!
OK, there were some weak moments vocally, but compensated equally by his committed emotional singing on many others, an outstanding band and the sheer amount of love in the room. No one else, I believe, can get such a reaction. Was especially wonderful that he had added a horn section (who just showed up in the middle of the arena) for the first time since 1979, made a huge difference. Sound quality was outstanding even » Continue Reading.
I am not a svelte person myself and I know the effect middle age can have on the body, but this change is rather alarming in a pretty short time.
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So I am spending a fair amount of time on the road in the US in the next few days. Have taken a free month’s Premium Spotify subscription and now need recommendations to download about 10 albums for the trip.
Macca’s new one is already present and correct, and after perusing here today, his namesake Weller is next. What other newish releases do I need? Prizes will be given for stuff I really like ….
There has been some good test cricket this test summer, but most (not all) innings seem to follow a certain pattern.
1) Flurry of wickets with new ball so that there are around 3 or 4 down fairly quickly. 2) Mid order recovery, balls gets old, batting side gets up to about 250. 3) New ball taken, followed by another clatter of wickets falling. 4) Then tail wags as ball gets a bit older, and bowlers get tired.
This seems to happen at the moment around 90% of the time, advantage ultimately with home side who have wickets prepared to suit them, and the games rarely last past 4 days.
Given the current “naval gazing” I thought it would be informative to find out who we are. Please answer a few brief questions if you like. I am genuinely interested.
Age (within 5 yr range)
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The massive Village Green Preservation Society box set for $39.99. They won’t ship to UK or North America though. Who will bring me one to Canada? 😉
Sorry girls, he’s taken! I am sure we will all wish Neil and Daryl many years of happiness, and hope she can persuade him to make one or two more great albums instead of about 10 terrible ones.
It’s a pretty good album. I pre-ordered when it was 20 quid cheaper yesterday. Also separate books, 2 disc sets and Blu-ray available
He claims to be a moderate drinker despite consuming up to 100 alcohol units a week. He’s almost certainly a (functioning) alcoholic. If he carries on he risks an early death, but still seems to be reluctant to give up completely.It is amazing how much self deception is involved when it comes to booze.
Lauren Laverne (who apparently earns around a quarter of a million a year!!), takes over the Breakfast Show. In the ensuing re-shuffle Radcliffe and Maconie are demoted to the weekend breakfast slot. Is this good news? Radcliffe and Maconie don’t seem over impressed ….
Released today, the absolute E St Band pinnacle (for me). I saw them for the first time just about 2 weeks before this, it remains the best rock show I have ever seen (and I have seen quite a few). I suspect a few other Afterworders would have seen him for the first time on this tour (Wembley June 5th 1981)
Last week’s no. 1 was a ditty apparently called “Three Lions”, it is down 96 places to no. 97 this week for some reason …
What does it sound like?:
The latest in the From the Vault series is the final show (in San Jose) from the North American leg of the No Security tour in 1999. The Stones had already released a No Security live album in 1998 which was actually taken from recordings from the previous Bridges to Babylon tour. A little confusing. I was lucky enough to attend two shows fron this leg in Boston and Chicago flying to the US especially to be there. At the time I thought that with time running out I should take the opportunity to see them in relatively more intimate arena shows instead of the enormous stadiums that they usually played in Europe. Chances were surely running out!
This was their 3rd successive year on the road which was the longest run since 1973, I think this shows in the competence and professionalism of the performance. The relatively intimate venues led to some interesting setlist choices, Moonlight Mile had been played on the tour, but not tonight, however we get a beautiful sung I got the Blues, a muscular Some Girls and Keith’s best lead vocal You Got the Silver. The recent Bridges to » Continue Reading.
Is that a first? A whole day without anything new. Is this site slowly dying?
Where do Afterworders stand on this vital issue? Will the Levee break?
Me, I am planning to watch the Champions League final in downtown Ottawa with a few friends drinking no beer at all. Come on Liverpool! Afterwards I take to the scenic roads in the same area for a huge 10km race with about 10,000 others. Fairly significant rain is forecast so it will be a challenge. Not expecting a PB tomorrow. Anybody else doing something interesting?
Take it Away! Two guys take us through Paul McCartney’s misunderstood and often unfairly maligned post Beatles career. Have listened to all the 70s ones and while I don’t agree with everything, I think it is an excellent listen.