Saturday, 16 October 2010


The safari was put onto Joe Bonamassa a bit of a bluesy rock guitarist by SE; that guy plays exactly, well not quite as good, as we do in our dreams. What must it be like to stand in front of 10000 or more, or just on a cliff top facing out to sea, armed with a Strat or Les Paul and givin it some twang strummin merry hell!
So we got nostalgic and started thinkin what was the best concert we'd ever been too...
Can't beat that huge E chord at the beginning of the Lizzy gig with the promise of Brian Robertson's interpretation of Irish fiddle music to come. Oh but wait what about Ritchie hammering out the 'arabic' minor chords with Rainbow. Showin our age a bit here. No bouncin about at that one as we had a broken foot all plastered up.
Then there's jigging along to the fun sounds of the Saw Doctors at Blackpool's Opera House and a festival in Nottingham, not to mention the emotion of being at Donnie Monroe's very last gig with Runrig at Stirling Castle - a real epic and ultimately tear-jerkingly brilliant; saw them several times but this was by far the most emotional.
Santana - loud and fast, Focus - Jan Akkerman broke a string - didn't he aways?
What about everybody's hero, Robbie Williams, was dragged to Old Trafford under sufferance like 1001 other husbands and came away seeing the maestro in a totally different light! What a performer!!!!
Colosseum II too many years ago - a bit a jazz/blues fusion - sorted - Jon Hiseman...amazing!!!
A wide selection of folk/Irish bands at O'Neill's in Preston whilst under the influence of a Guinness or three too many. A couple of them were really good!!! Whatever were they called?
Blondie? Never seen a drummer work so hard as Clem Burke and we've watched a lot of top quality drummers, but never saw The Police with Stewart Copeland who we think is pretty sharp, his band mate, Andy Sumners, is a local lad as is Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. Now they did put on a really good show in Manchester in the mid nineties.
Annie Lennox and The Tourists weren't too shabby (to coin a phrase - thanx M) and the lively ska of The Specials had us jumpin about.
But probably best gig of all was Wifey's vocals oozing out of a tiny nightspot on a hot sticky Florida night with crickets and cicadas outside for an accompaniment and inside a cajun band playing away behind her with a small but appreciative audience cheering away...
"Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell
Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high
Mama's dancin' with baby on her shoulder"
She's good but we're biased - anyone need a vocalist?
In the meantime enjoy some late night slugs we've just found, we're off now to annoy the neighbours by cranking up the vol on a live Runrig CD from about 20 years ago - play it loud!!!

Now where's me Strat?...


Fleetwood Birder said...

I've got a strat D, but can't play it. Well, I can make a lot of noise with it!



Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Your noise is bound to better than the noise I'd make with one...'d probably find sounds Jimi didn't know were lurking in there even with his lighter fuel!

Zac Hinchcliffe said...

good to hear that someone else has heard of Joe Bonamassa! He's amazing! He was seen by BB King when he was like 6 I believe!