One of my many lockdown cultural casualties has been a pair of tickets for Megson on their latest tour. Despite their UK jaunt kicking off in good faith it inevitably fell by the wayside after only a handful of shows. I'm sure you too have missed out on pre-booked, pre-arranged gigs or parties, birthday celebrations, weddings, christenings, holidays - the list is endless.
I'd been particularly looking forward to this one as not only would it have been the first time I'd seen them, but it was going to be in a local village hall and very much an intimate and unplugged affair; just the sort of gig in fact that, going forward, will probably come out of quarantine first - any thoughts post lockdown of 'business as usual' for concert halls, theatres, rock venues and arenas is nothing more than wishful thinking. Think tiny rooms above pubs and small stages in coffe shops - this will probably be the 'new normal' for quite some time to come. It may not be to McCartney or Madonna's liking, but it'll suit Megson just fine.
Anyway, on the plus side, and, let's face it, we're all looking for silver linings during these unprecedented times, Megson, like a lot of other artists, have been doing live streaming gigs from their house. Being a husband and wife combo means it's quite easy to facilitate; no matter how close Mick & Keef, or Bonio and Mr. The Edge are, I think the Stones and U2 may struggle with this particular business model.
I caught Stu and Debbie's home gig last week, and was bowled over by it. It was a revelation. And very uplifting. Who knew you could have so much fun in your living room? Though, in stark contrast, here they are in a more subdued mood.
Megson - Are You Sitting Comfortably (2019)
Finally, just a brief note to those who not only read and comment on my diatribes, but anyone who is writing a blog in these most difficult of times. Instead of bottling it up I know a lot of you find it cathartic to 'get it onto the page'. It may just be a knee jerk reaction to a specific event or series of events, it may well be premeditated and recorded for a retrospective look back when all this craziness is over; if indeed it ever will be. And that's another thing - we're deluding ourselves if we think a reset button is going to be pushed and we spring back to where we were before. That will not be happening. But, I digress. I just want to say - Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep staying strong.
I missed these guys at a Folk Festival a while back. Bloody hell, was that ever an error of judgement. This is terrific.ReplyDelete
Terrific, indeed. It'll be added to the list of rearranged gigs up and down the country, and all over the world. It won't be this year tho', that's for sure.Delete
As I allude to above, it's gonna be a long time till people feel safe again at gigs; a very long time.
I was having the very same conversation only yesterday. A number of small local venues have begun to tentatively reschedule dates from June onwards, though I wonder how many people are going to feel happy standing cheek by jowl with 150 sweaty strangers in a small room anytime soon?ReplyDelete
(PS. You're name-checked on the latest Word podcast!)
I know! I sent Hepworth the link to that podcast (I knew he'd like it); I may well write about it here.Delete
Indeed, it'll be Megson and their ilk who will be able to get back out there first (although still not for some time I suspect). The days of stadium rock are behind us for a fair while which is perhaps a good thing, will give the little guys a chance.ReplyDelete
We should have been on a 5-day beach holiday this week - Nothing exciting as only 45 minutes up the road from where we live but a great spot. Would have been Mr WIAA's first mini-holiday for two years though so we're disappointed. Can't imagine when we'll be able to, or feel confident about travelling again. Talking of which, you tempted fate John - After years of procrastination we finally had a date in the calendar for our summit then the world really, really, went to hell in a handcart.
Oh, I see - it's all my fault is it?!Delete
Sorry about your holiday; there'll be others, I'm sure...