To Die By Your Side

Well that was a dramatic pause

April 15th, 2010

Hi, hello and welcome to TDBYS Version 2.0. Resurected from the grave after the sudden, unexpected and premature termination by the powers that be at Blogger, The DMCA and whoever else it was that had a hand in it’s demise.  Not that I’m bitter. Never was. Shocked? Yes. Gutted? Definately. Angry for a little while, but not bitter. Like I’ve said a few times before, I never really had a leg to stand on and they were well within their rights to pull the plug. Whether they could have given me more of a warning and allowed me the opportunity to save five years worth of writing is another matter entirely. Though not one that I feel needs to be addressed. Not anymore. No point. It’s all water under the bridge now. Besides, if the cull hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have this lovely new site. I also wouldn’t have learnt how valuable it is to archive and backup your work. Proof if it were needed that everything happens for a reason.

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Morrissey – Birmingham Symphony Hall 23/10/2009

October 25th, 2009

It’s seems Guinness are right. Good things do come to those that wait. Five months after the show was postponed through illness, Morrissey finally arrives at Symphony Hall. Or as he prefers to dub it, Sympathy Hall. And what a way to make an entrance. Striding confidently on stage as the band launch into a ferocious version of ‘This Charming Man’, Morrissey appears ready to make up for lost time. The band batter the song into it’s now familiar fast choppy punk-lite version while Morrissey sways and whips and teases and feigns and reaches out and pulls back and does everything you want and expect him to do. Read more

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Latitude Festival Day Three – 19/07/2009

July 25th, 2009

Sunday morning and we’re up early for Thom Yorke. Billed as the special guest and due on stage at noon, we’re treated to an early preview of just how special his performance might just be. Bacon sandwich in hand, we sit listening to fragments of songs and half sung vocals as Thom’s soundcheck floats over from the currently closed main arena. An hour and a half later and we’re standing near the front of an crowd that’s getting increasingly busy. By the time Thom ambles onstage it feel as though everyone on site has their eyes on him. Dressed in a casual jacket and jeans combo, he looks relaxed and in good spirits. He sits centre stage at a large black grand piano and opens his set with a stunning version of ‘The Eraser’s title track. From there we get an hour of solo songs, Radiohead tracks and a few that have been left on the shelf. Read more

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Latitude Festival Day Two – 18/07/2009

July 24th, 2009

Day two begins the way every Saturday at a festival should. Dry, sunny and with a huge bacon sandwich. Suitably fed and watered, we see the festival site in daylight for the first. Leaving the campsite, we enter into the picturesque woods. Trees decorated with lights and artwork loom above us, shards of daylight slicing through a canopy of green. With 2 small stages amongst the trees and greenery, the woods offers a unique setting for the smaller bands and cabaret acts, doubling up for DJs to keep the music going deep into the night.  Read more

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Latitude Festival Day One – 17/07/2009

July 23rd, 2009

After 7 hours driving, the first drink goes straight to your head. The second drink makes the endless rain on the dullest roads a distant memory. And by the time Bat For Lashes finish the exquisite opener ‘Glass’, you’ve almost forgotten that you’ve missed pretty much all of the first day of the Latitude Festival. Even the fact that the Uncut Tent is pitched on widely uneven ground fails to annoy you. Sure your view is nothing but a sea of heads and the lighting rig above the stage but it doesn’t matter. Not when you’re busy being thrilled by a wondrous performance. It helps that the sound is amongst the best of any festival. Read more

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Fleet Foxes – Wolverhampton Civic Hall 25/06/2009

June 27th, 2009

What a difference a day makes. Or does it? 24 hours earlier, I was stood right of the stage in the sweltering heat of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Tonight, I’m stood right of the stage in the sweltering heat of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. While it’s not fair to compare and contrast two vastly different bands, two gigs in two consecutive nights makes it near impossible not to. The band walks on stage. “Hello… we’re Blur.” Okay, this is just plain weird. Either I’m experiencing a major case of déjà-vu or Robin Pecknold is well aware of what went down the previous night. And as introductions go, it’s a damn good ice breaker. It’s also just the first of many unexpected and slightly surreal happenings that tonight’s Fleet Foxes show brings. Read more

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Blur – Wolverhampton Civic Hall 24/06/2009

June 25th, 2009

Reforming can be dangerous for a band. As nostalgia can be for fans. At best reputations can be reassessed. At worst, ruined. Rose tinted spectacles can lose their lustre. The music might sound the same but it can’t halt time. Bands and fans age and the pleasures of youth can easily be shattered by the sight of a single saggy man boob. Sure we’ve got our memories but they can easily be soiled by the sad sight of a band struggling to recreate their past glories. Read more

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