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Some bands are simply brilliant, live.

Sometimes it's shite.

My heid nearly blew apart when first confronted by The Kinks, loud and raw in Glasgow.

I've mellowed out to CSN+ Y. Also to CSN, to C+N ...and recently to a one man show with N.

I have enjoyed the Stones, Hollies, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Joe Jackson, Elbow and myriad others, such as Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band.

 

But on Tuesday I saw and heard the best band I've ever encountered.

Mark Knopfler and his band.

Two solid hours of amazing sound.  He has a 10 man band backing him.

They can play 48 or so instruments...  and did so.

It was always inventive and fresh - not a 120 minute one-note drone.

 

He sang and played a few of his biggies, but sometimes it seemed like a jazz fusion when the individual musicians went off on one...

(Now THAT would usually get on my tits, but these guys were superlative.)

All technically on a higher plane than I've ever encountered...  and Knopfler himself is just a wizard guitarist.

He writes great songs and his voice is maybe even more gravelly than when he started out...  :rolleyes:

 

We were sitting directly in front... the sound was perfectly balanced....but about 2 kms from the stage, so before the show I had misgivings that it might as well be Stan Laurel up on stage, for all we could see.

There were screens showing lots of different, up-close angles of the band and its participants.

It wasn't Stan Laurel. 

We saw huge images of 'Mark Knopfler' singing, but I had a sneaking suspicion that it was actually the late Gerald Kaufman.

 

I see he was at the SSE Hydro on Sunday 26 May.  Emdy else go see them?

 

Edited by antrin
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So

I've always harboured a sneaky wee admiration for Leo Sayer, his first two albums were totally different from his mid-70s output and by the time i was able to go to gigs he had hit the big time and gone very mainstream, so the impetus was lost.  But cycling past the Pavillion recently I saw a poster for his "just a boy" tour and decided to bag a couple of tickets out of hope and curiousity, but I needn't have worried.  Best £65 i've spent all year!

Energy, humour, a cracking band and one of the great voices from a truly gifted songwriter (who admittedly lost his way a bit).  He leaned on those first two albums but still played the bigger hits and the whole thing was a blast.  Nothing but ear-to-ear smiles at the end from an old but happy crowd.

If you get the chance to see him, just go.

 

Edited by beyond our ken

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53 minutes ago, beyond our ken said:

So

I've always harboured a sneaky wee admiration for Leo Sayer, his first two albums were totally different from his mid-70s output and by the time i was able to go to gigs he had hit the big time and gone very mainstream, so the impetus was lost.  But cycling past the Pavillion recently I saw a poster for his "just a boy" tour and decided to bag a couple of tickets out of hope and curiousity, but I needn't have worried.  Best £65 i've spent all year!

Energy, humour, a cracking band and one of the great voices from a truly gifted songwriter (who admittedly lost his way a bit).  He leaned on those first two albums but still played the bigger hits and the whole thing was a blast.  Nothing but ear-to-ear smiles at the end from an old but happy crowd.

If you get the chance to see him, just go.

 

Some cracking songs on Just a Boy album.

I'm away to add it to my memory stick for the car. 

PS Meant to say, seen him twice back in the Apollo, voice was amazing, patter was pish, stick to singing. 

Edited by faraway saint

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20 minutes ago, southside saint said:

James Grant this weekend in Millport:D

King Of Birds next week in Lochwinnoch.

I get to go to all the glam places.

KoB playing at the RSPB per chance?

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Paul Weller at Edinburgh Castle was brilliant ,one of the best Weller gigs i’ve been at (except for The Jam) , ended the gig with four Jam songs on the bounce ,really was fantastic .The Stone Foundation were the support ,they were good also ,I found them with a sound similar to The Style Council.It was the only gig i’ve been to where there was no booze on sale and I think it added too the atmosphere.

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King Of Birds album launch last Thursday was a cracking night at Stereo. 23 years since I last saw the Gorman brothers in their previous Murmur guise 
I had tickets but couldn't go at the last minute.

Gutted as I know a lot of people who were there and are raving about it.

I picked up the album a few months back and love it.

Like you, I was a fan of Murmer and used to regularly go see them.

Saw Stuart the drummer a few months ago... Still playing but works as a music teacher.

Charlie and Stirling are top guys.

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