Friday, 18 May 2012

IPO Liverpool - Videos - Richard Snow and the In-Laws

A trio of videos from the Richard Snow and the In-Laws gig at the Cavern Pub yesterday evening.
Silent Girlfriend, Stop Your Crying and Lonesome Cowboy.

IPO Liverpool - Richard Snow and the In-Laws

Richard Snow and the In Laws always make pleasing noises. Tonight even with technical and hearing difficulties the joyous sound of the Rickenbacker resounded in the Cavern Pub. Some would say it was Beatle-esque but I find it erring more towards the Byrds, The Searchers and The Rutles.

The Pub set was shortened due to the afore mentioned technical difficulties, but it was fab as always. I enjoyed it all but special mentions for Silent Girlfriend, Middle Class Girl and Am I Really That Boring?

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

IPO Liverpool - The Dockers

15th May.
Cavern Front Stage.
Having a slow start to IPO, I need a bit of a long run up to the longer stints these days. So after a pub tea, Donna and I trundled off down the Cavern to see The Dockers.
This trio owe a lot to classic rock bands like Boston and Survivor in their riffs and hooks but blend It with interesting harmonies and scouse wit. The songs were catchy enough for a couple of people to get up and dance along to!
A fine start.

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Elvis Costello The Revolver Tour - 13th May 2012 Liverpool Empire.

The pre show music for this concert was lots of Booker T and the MGs, in tribute to Donald "Duck" Dunn who had just passed away.
The show opened with a blistering collection of tunes fired off one after the other, sadly it was the last of these when the sound finally settled in and stopped it from sounding like everyone was playing in an aircraft hanger.
From here on in the idea was that the show was technically in the lap of the gods, or at least the hands of the willing victims who took to the stage to spin the wheel of songs. However there was a wee bit of cheating, but when the cheating means you get Shipbuilding nobody really cares that much.
Perhaps this a good place to point out the odd juxtaposition of the showbiz glitz of the show with it's glamour girls and gogo cage with the seriousness of some of the songs presented on the night. Odd, but it worked.
Even with the wheel format there was always going to be a liberally smattering of hits. The set list was never going to disappoint.
Ian Prowse from the band Amsterdam took to the stage as Tiny Steps morphed into Ferry 'Cross The Mersey, and he was back for the grande finale of What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding.
The outstanding and abiding moment of the gig, however, was Tramp The Dirt Down, listened to in silence and followed by rapturous applause. An unsurprising reaction from a Liverpool audience.
I have come to expect a good performance at Elvis Costello gigs and I  wasn't  let down. Plus extra points are awarded for there being a theremin on stage!
With thanks to Stephen Bailey for the use of some of his photographs.

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Pump It Up & What's So Funny About Peace Love And Understanding (with Ian Prowse)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Ian Anderson - Liverpool Philharmonic 2012

I did plan a better report on this but time and other things stepped in. The show was a fabulous blend of regular concert, musical theatre and multi media. Both the original Thick As A Brick and the recently released Thick As Brick 2 were showcased in their entirety.

I confess to not knowing very much about Jethro Tull or the albums but I loved the show. It could easily have been performed with a bucket load of pomp and posturing but instead it was all gloriously tongue in cheek and performed with great humour.

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