|Curse of Lono (with Bo Lucas)|
Throughout that wretched period I remember saying, often, to myself (and probably on here too) that as soon as this nightmare was all over I'd make up for lost time. I knew that pubs and venues alike had struggled to keep their heads above water - with no money in their tills for the best part of two years it needed everyone to get back out there and, basically, drink like a Viking. Whilst at the same time going to see every band that was playing in their town. As it turned out, I certainly did try to flash the cash in as many pubs as I possibly could and also pulled in a fair few gigs; I was doing my bit for the economy. Still am. And not just in my town. As well as Nottingham I also did my bit for the tourist industry and saw bands as far afield as Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Totnes. That's right, a rock and roll gazetteer.
If you've been dipping in and out of this blog during the last 12 months you would have seen that I flagged many of these up. Curse of Lono in a little upstairs room above a pub in Sheffield; Crowded House in a Manchester amphitheatre; The Unthanks at Nottingham's beautifully appointed Albert Hall; The Slackers at Leeds Brudenell; Stuart Pearce supporting the Nightingales at The Bodega in town; John Power at the same venue a few weeks later; The Hanging Stars at The Running Horse. And, of course, Ian Prowse and Amsterdam all over the country! I talked a lot about how Ian's Does This Train Stop on Merseyside? moves me to tears every time he plays it as do a couple of newer songs on his last album One Hand on the Starry Plough. He's probably one of our greatest songwriters that relatively few people know. I really hope that changes.
And before you ask, no, I'm not going to rank these gigs. They were all special. And they all moved me in ways I can't begin to describe. If you read my Crowded House piece for instance then you'd know. So I've been blessed this year for gigs. And blessed by the people I went to some of these gigs with; you know who you are...
I'll sign off with Lucas & King. They supported Curse of Lono and were absolutely mesmerising. We were spoiled that night - Bo Lucas is also part of Curse of Lono's touring band.
Lucas & King - Dancing to no Music (2022)
I made less than 10 gigs this year but I've already got about that scheduled for next year.ReplyDelete
Rose City Band was my best gig of 2022.
I'm hoping to see the RCB next year if/when they come south of the border.Delete
Was considering this myself recently, been to loads of gigs this year, well into double figures, and had some amazing moments. When its good, live music has the power to transport and transcend in a way no other art form canReplyDelete
You're pushing at an open door here, Adam.Delete
'Drink like a Viking', good one. You seem to be doing your bit for the economy - well done.ReplyDelete
I'm at least back to the theatre and cinema which I missed a lot during covid and I saw this guy in a pub in Edinburgh perform some great self-penned songs. Think his name was John.
Merry Christmas to you and Jenny.
So glad you managed to get back to going to gigs - something tells me they wouldn't have been the same without you.ReplyDelete
A very happy (Viking) Christmas to you and Jenny!
Thank you, C. I hope you and yours had a good day yesterday.Delete
It's been a bit more limited - and logistically challenging - to get to as many gigs this year as I would have liked but your posts/reviews have captured the joy I have felt at each and every one. Looking forward to what you have coming up next. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, John!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Khayem. I have high hopes for '23 (well, somebody has to).Delete