Friday, July 4, 2008

Normal Service?

Well, I managed 1 post without mentioning Paul Weller. But it's back to normal again (or so it seems recently) as I went to Koko again as part of the iTunes Festival. I got hold of a ticket (can't say how, it's a secret) and met up with a fair few people (can't say too much about that either, that's also a secret!)., none of whom I had met before. Turns out that they're a great bunch! A special "hello" to Carl, Chris, Chris' Dad, Russ and his good lady, Paddy and all made me feel very welcome!

Anyways, I rock up and wait in line, watching the world go by and wondering what songs Weller is going to sing when out pops Steve Cradock from backstage. A few people go over and have their photo taken with him, which he seems fairly happy to do. I decide that, whilst he's a great guitarist (in my opinion), he's not Weller and not worth losing my place in the queue for. I'm not that close to the front of the line, but when I get in I'm amazed to see a spot at the front of the barrier just to the right of centre. Instead of getting any kind of beverage, or looking for people I know, I boot it to the front as fast as my spindly legs could carry me. My first front row spot!! Which meant being able to have the best view in the world, EVER. I then met Russ and his good lady, shortly to be joined by Chris and his Dad. We're all from different age groups, which in any other situation would have meant that we'd have little to talk about on a common ground. Not tonight though, we're all bound by the music. Tales follow from all of us of gigs past, where we've been, what was played, what did we want to hear. First on were a group called Glasvegas. I'd heard them mentioned on XFM a few times, but couldn't recall hearing their stuff before. Russ mentions that they're supposed to be the "next big thing". I then eagerly waited for something special...only to be let down drastically. The weirdest people on the planet arrived on stage and proceeded to make a lot of "unnecessary noise". Halfway through their set the unsatisfied audience began chanting "Weller, Weller, Weller...". I would've felt sorry for the band had I not wanted to shout it myself.

Weller arrived soon after, the audience letting him know how grateful they were to see him. And he didn't hold back. Opening with "Peacock Suit", which is one of my favorite songs, he let fly with a fantastic amount of obvious passion for what he was doing and singing about. His performance enthusing the crowd even more. He played a plethora of my favorite songs, including Wild Blue Yonder, Eton Rifles and Come On/Let's Go. I've read various people's comments on Weller's gig, some were not impressed with him jumping all over the place, knocking his mic stand over & acting like he was on speed. Personally, I found it incredibly energetic and loved every single minute. I was so absorbed in the music and everything on stage that I might as well have been there on my own. Chris and I often exchanged knowing looks, both of us really appreciating what we were watching and listening to. His encore went a bit awry, but that didn't matter because he ended up playing All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, which went down incredibly well. I looked back over the heads of the audience behind me at one point and I don't think there was a single person not singing and waving their arms around. Quite something to see. Below are some photos I took...again they're not great but when all you've got is your phone, I don't think they're that bad.

The next Weller gig I'm off to is in Germany (with the lovely Linda) in October. Flight and gig tickets have already been purchased. Then it's the first night in Brixton, tickets also already in hand. Unfortunately I don't have enough cash to go and see him on his HUGE tour of, well, everywhere. I'm particularly gutted not to be seeing him in Osaka (where I went last year) and the V Festival in Toronto in September. I'd especially love to go to the one in Canada...Oasis are playing too. Arse. Mind you, if I win the lottery between now and then, I might still be able to make it.

Couple of other "things"...I've been a particularly bad Blogger of late & haven't been updating things as much as I should. I've also let my Google Reader numbers escalate much higher than should be allowed by law, for which I apologise profusely. This is definitely on my agenda to get rectified.

Also...on the 4th of July it was my Blog Birthday. I was 2 years old. I started blogging with my original blog (Teabags And Ashtrays, which can no longer be found by prying eyes) then flirted with Phoque Me! (which also can't be found anymore) and I'm now settled in my new home (here!). Over those 2 years I've read many blogs and have been fortunate enough to get to know some people quite well. You're all lovely! And come February next year I'm hoping that I'll be able to catch up with some of you in Canada.

The next post has absolutely nothing to do with Weller, but in fact contains something from my original blog. Terence will be making an appearance for the first time in a VERY long time! For those of you not in the "know" I'll explain all next time. Also on the next post will be my visit to the Vikings new home near the coast!


scotty94 said...

Wecome to a certain family bud!! ;)

Good to have met ya pre-gig and good to read a good write up of the show!! the wellafella was on fire!!

Took the wife and kids to this one, first wella live experience for the kids and the LOVED it!!!!

Oh and btw you were too generous with the comments on the support they were shockingly shite..think I've made better music after a curry :D

Chris said...

Great review of a great evening, hope to meet up again mate, what a great view too!

Crashdummie said...

Well, happy blogging anniversary..?

Hey, the pics are perfectly fine if you compare to mine! Hmmm, i feel i should check out who this Weller fella is.

Germany? sweet. Auf wiederzehn!

Beth said...

Very belated Happy 2nd Blog Birthday.

(I'm beginning to lose count of the number of Weller gigs you've been to and are going to.)

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