Friday, June 20, 2008

Come to this !

Hi! I'm still alive.... Come to this!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I'll just bid farewell till we meet again


You may have realised that I'm not writing here much anymore. This is because I can't find the time to, and after two or so years, I'm finding it harder to find any inspiration. Perhaps I have outgrown the blogging world? Who knows. Anyway, this will be my last post. I'll be retiring my blog from today.

I'll be cleaning up some of the links and stuff so the page will still be active. This means that if the world is obliterated by nuclear armageddon and this is all that remains of humanity then the aliens who eventually will visit this planet may well think that the human race was obsessed with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, that they enjoyed watching teams like Southampton FC and that they were obviously very simple people who got themselves locked into the toilet on a regular basis.

I'll still be writing for Rockbeatstone and I may well return to the world of blogging in the future with other projects, if I find the time. You can also come and see my gig nights at the Windmill in Brixton, London which will be continuing for the foreseeable future. In other long-term news I'll be visiting the USA in the Summer for a couple of weeks which will be fun.

So good luck to all and thanks for reading, I hope I entertained you with my frivolity. I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from the greats of the rock and roll world. Never forget these quotes, they're great to put into conversation at any point possible. These are two which will never leave me:

"They say the darkest hour, is right before the dawn" (Bob Dylan)

"It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win" (Bruce Springsteen)

Restless Farewell

Friday, February 15, 2008

Does anyone hear the music they play?

For no reason whatsoever, here is a list of all the Bob Dylan concerts I have attended:

19 Sept 2000 - Metro Arena, Newcastle.
02 May 2002 - Ahoy, Rotterdam.
11 May 2002 - London Arena.
12 May 2002 - London Arena.
10 Nov 2003 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.
11 Nov 2003 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.
15 Nov 2003 - Wembley Arena, London.
23 Nov 2003 - Brixton Academy, London.
18 June 2004 - Cardiff International Arena.
20 June 2004 - Finsbury Park, Fleadh Festival, London.
19 April 2005 - New Jersey Peforming Arts Centre, Newark, NJ.
20 Nov 2005 - Brixton Academy, London.
21 Nov 2005 - Brixton Academy, London.
22 Nov 2005 - Brixton Academy, London.
23 Nov 2005 - Brixton Academy, London.
24 Nov 2005 - Brixton Academy, London.
27 June 2006 - Cardiff International Arena.
8th April 2007 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.
9th April 2007 - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam.
15th April 2007 - Wembley Arena, London.
16th April 2007 - Wembley Arena, London.
17th April 2007 - Birmingham International Arena.
27th April 2007 - Datchforum, Assago, Milano.

And now a list of all the Rolling Stones concerts I have attended:

8 June 1999 - Wembley Stadium, London.
19 Aug 2003 - Amsterdam ArenA.
22 Aug 2006 - Twickenham Stadium, London.
21 August 2007 - O2 Arena, London.

And a list of all the Charlatans concerts I have been to:

15 Dec 2001 - Wembley Arena, London.
11 Feb 2002 - Astoria, London.
6 July 2002 - Finsbury Park, London (supporting Oasis).
3 May 2004 - Islington Academy, London.
5 June 2004 - Brighton Dome, Brighton.
20 June 2004 - Finsbury Park (with Bob Dylan @ the Fleadh), London.
8 Dec 2004 - Shepherds Bush Empire (with Ronnie Wood joining the band).
16 Dec 2004 - Brixton Academy, London.
5 May 2006 - Brixton Academy, London.
22 Aug 2006 - Twickenham Stadium (supporting the Stones).
8 Dec 2006 - Brixton Academy, London.

Three Angels

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008

What some people are gonna do for money

R.I.P. Premiership Football. You have finally disgusted me to such a point that I no longer care that my beloved Saints are not in the top league.

You can take your football and stick it up your arse.

See what I'm on about.

Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Blues

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Sometimes even the President [...] has to stand Naked

Congrats to Sarkozy and Carla Bruni for their marriage announcement, and teh subsequent slip that she was preggers makes me believe he was almost forced into this situation. She is quite a good singer though. This one is probably for French Speakers only...

In other President related news, it's Super Duper Tuesday today. I'm already bored of it, we'll know a lot more after today that's for sure, but I think I just don't care anymore. Let's hope that American's don't feel this way either.

It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Politician got on his jogging shoes

Put-down of the week.. Barak Obama to Hilary Clinton.

"While I was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart."

That's why he should win... but what do I know ?


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Down these streets the fools rule

I've been busy organising this!

Backstreets IV. At the Windmill in Brixton, London on Friday February 8th 2008. Tickets are £4 on the door or available in advance from We Got Tickets.

We've got, Official Secrets Act whom the guardian like, Philedelphia Main Line who feature the brother of the dude from Jet, The Kits who rock like there is no tomorrow and a return for Alphabet Backwards as I liked them so much last time. Plus me choosing songs in between and guest DJs at the end. It's a great day out for all the family. More info here.

In related news, I've finally had the second part of my article on Bootlegging completed, written a review of the soundtrack to Dylan's film, I'm Not There, and also we've got the return of Rockbeatstone TV (expect one for January up soon!).

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bring the whole family

The government today announced that it is to plough ahead with new nuclear power stations. I do not agree with this policy at all and can see numerous issues surrounding security and the proposed 'enviornomental' benefits of Nuclear power vs traditional power generation. And the nuclear body seems hell bent on telling us all that wind/wave/solar are too unstable and expensive options.

But their might be a little bit more behind this decision. Gordon Brown, PM has a younger brother called Andrew Brown who happens to work for EDF Energy, the UK subsidary of the French state owned energy company that is proposing to build new nuclear plants in the UK. You can read more about how the Nuclear Power lobby has muscled its way into government's machinery at this website here.

What pisses me off is that this is surely such a large issue worthy of proper debate and decision making that we could be making a decision which impacts on humanity in millions of years to come and it all might be coming down to who knows who. People tell me I am naive and idealistic, but surely there are some areas in politics which are out of bounds.

Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Blues

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