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The Last Gig I Went To

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Before the pandemic struck. I am really regret not getting to a couple in January & February as I did not fancy long, midnight winter drives, Oh well.

This was a Small club in Totnes (England) upstairs for a pub.  The Shusss at the beginning is great if you had been there. During the support act there was appalling behavior bu a small group in the audience who had to be ejected.  She stamped her authority and reminded as few careless talkers they were there for the music.

Not the highest quality video, given how dark it was its amazing they got anything at all.

 

 

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trying to remember my last one, i think it was julian cope in bristol, southampton, february

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My last gig was to 128

Oh I thought we were talking about computer build.

 

In that case, the last show I went to was The Fab Faux back in  late 2019.

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1 hour ago, Notes_Norton said:

The Sophisticats were playing and the owner told us due to the pandemic he is discontinuing all entertainment for a while.

No problem for you there then. ;)

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19 hours ago, Wibbles said:

No problem for you there then. ;)

Except that they wife and I (The Sophisticats) haven't had a gig for 10 months now.

But it's better than catching COVID and croaking like a member in one of my friend's bands who took a few gigs.

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In Cork City IRELAND we have a really interesting venue every summer .. Its called the MARQUEE in the Marina Area Cork City. A huge temp marquee setup for June and July with some amazing top acts and gigs. 

One of the last ones i was at there was AHA .. wow .. what a night and what a gig

Here is a tweet I did back then LIVE .. still sends shivers down my spine

Here is another on the night:
 

 

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On 11/18/2020 at 11:53 AM, pwalpwal said:

trying to remember my last one, i think it was julian cope in bristol, southampton, february

I would like to see Julian Cope.

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4 hours ago, James Foxall said:

I would like to see Julian Cope.

he's a great live show, this one was solo, so lots of between song banter

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6 hours ago, pwalpwal said:

he's a great live show, this one was solo, so lots of between song banter

I really appreciate his uniqueness and I am a huge fan of Jehovahkill. I wish that was available on vinyl!

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11 minutes ago, James Foxall said:

I really appreciate his uniqueness and I am a huge fan of Jehovahkill. I wish that was available on vinyl!

it is, original plus a reissue, but expect to pay 40 quid or so... jehovahkill is his masterpiece imo

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Other than a local band that (wonderfully) played a cul-de-sac neighborhood gig one street over from my house, the last gig I saw was in Las Vegas in mid-February, 2004!

I had won a trip to Vegas to play in the U.S. Dart Nationals when I find out that two of my friends had been recruited by Poison's touring keyboard player Stu Simone to be the guitarists for a parody band called Hair Guitar (a complete spoof of the Glam bands of the 90's).  Turns out they were going to be playing the SAME WEEK as my Nationals, just earlier (Sunday thru Wednesday while my tournament would be Thursday thru Sunday).  Unbelievable good luck!  So, I was able to go early (for free), be their official roadie and was also included in a few of the on-stage skits.  One skit had my friend Jeff doing this multi-tap solo part but in such a way that it was physically impossible.  Stu yelled "WTF?" then pulled back a curtain where the crowd could see me playing instead (I'm no star player so it was literally just that one two-hand arpeggio, but it got a good laugh).  Below is how they dressed up (I was in complete black so I could sneak around without really being seen).  That's Stu at the mic, my friend Jeff on the right and my buddy August (of Dennis DeYoung and Waiting for Monday fame) is out of the frame.

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The other main spoof I was involved in used a fake stack I had made for fun.  During one part of the show, Stu yelled "Stop!" then claimed that the stack was on the wrong side of the stage.  So I jumped into action to move it and, as soon as I did, everyone could see that behind that full stack was only a tiny practice amp.  A good poke on all those stage acts that had fake backlines.  There was a lot of good music, a lot of laughs and a ton of fun for those nights!  Plus staying up all night playing slots and getting wasted was fun too! 😆  We took over a bank of Wheel of Fortune slot machines and, whenever someone got to spin the wheel, we all stopped and gathered around.  Good times.  Here's my fake stack.  It folds up so it can be carried like luggage.

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The bottom line is now I can say I've been on stage in Las Vegas and for two completely different reasons since I also made the stage in one event of the dart tournament that followed the Nationals try-out!  It's going to be hard to beat THAT week! 🙂

 

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On 11/25/2020 at 9:44 AM, pwalpwal said:

it is, original plus a reissue, but expect to pay 40 quid or so... jehovahkill is his masterpiece imo

Super excited to tell you that my sealed Jehovahkill double-vinyl arrived from Albania today after a 20 day trip. I've only owned the CD and listened through streaming - the vinyl is freaking AWESOME.

 

Thanks for pointing me in the direction for this - I love this album.

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On 11/25/2020 at 1:51 PM, Wibbles said:

Robyn Hitchcock is the king of surreal between song stories. 

yes he certainly is :) he's currently doing online gigs every week or so

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