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Friday, 24 February 2012

Sinead O'Connor - El Rey Theater LA 20th Feb 2012


Set List
1. Take Off Your Shoes

2.
I Had a Baby (part song on video)

3. Emperor's New Clothes

4. Never Get Old

5. No Man's Woman

6. Jealous

7. The Wolf is Getting Married

8. Old Lady

9. Reason With Me

10. I am Stretched on Your Grave a capella, dedicated to Whitney Houston

11. Three Babies (Part song on video)

12. Red Football

13. Petit Poulet, dedicated to Bobbi Kristina

14. 4th and Vine

15. The Lamb's Book Of Life

16. Nothing Compares 2 U

17. Last Day of Our Acquaintance

Encore
18. Run Come (Throw Away Your Stoney Heart) (cover song, originally by Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus)

 19. What is a Real VIP?

20. Jackie 

21. Queen of Denmark

22. Before We End Our Day (A prayer)

Sinead O'Connor - Highline Ballroom NYC 23rd Feb 2012






She's back in business! I've been listening to the new album the past couple of days and whilst lyrcially at times she can be a little fuzzy, musically speaking Sinead has made one of her best albums in awhile.

At present she's doing some live dates in the USA. One of my friends saw her last night at the Highline Ballroom in NYC and was very impressed with her performance despite being sick.

Here's a couple of videos that Lily took last night and you can enjoy them before turning your attention to the videos from the El Ray Theater show from four days ago (this will be the next blog).

Evening Nightly Prayer of the Monks of Limerick 
Jackie
Last Day of our Aquaintance

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Big Country - The Crossing Part 07



Chance

Saying Goodnight



15th February: Bristol


The Teacher



Chance



Tracks of My Tears



16th February: Nottingham


Fields of Fire



17th February: Birmingham

Angle Park (part)



Inwards (Part)



Chance



Lost Patrol



Porrohman (Part)



Tracks of My Tears



18th February: Sheffield


Angle Park



Balcony



The Crossing



Close Action



Fields of Fire

Monday, 13 February 2012

Big Country - The Crossing Part 06



Saturday 11th Feb 2012 - London Shepherds Bush Empire


In A Big Country

Tracks of My Tears


Wonderland


Sunday 12th Feb. 2012 - Reading Hexagon 

Inwards

Chance


Lost Patrol

Close Action

Thought I'd also post a video from support band Gun here.

Word Up




Friday, 10 February 2012

Big Country - The Crossing - Part 05 Tour Blogs

Mike Peters is doing a Blog  for the Big Country Tour and they are well worth rhe read. I'll post links here to the ones that have been done so far and will then include links in further posts where possible.














Big Country - The Crossing Part 04


Tuesday 7th Feb 2012: Dunfermline

Another Country

Inwards

Lost Patrol

Wednesday 8th Feb 2012 - Newcastle


Angle Park



Another Country


The Storm


Tracks of My Tears

Thursday 9th Feb 2012 - Leeds



In A Big Country


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Big Country - The Crossing Pt 03 Glasgow


Surprisingly there does not seem to be that many videos around from the Barrowlands Show on Monday evening! If more turn up I'll add them to this post.

Monday 6th February 2012

In A Big Country


Chance

Fields of Fire

Porrohman 

Big Country - The Crossing - Part 02 Liverpool


Liverpool O2 Academy 4th Feb 2012

Angle Park

Restless Natives

Balcony

Another Country

The Crossing

In A Big Country

Inwards

Chance

1000 Stars

The Storm

Harvest Home

Lost Patrol

Fields of Fire

Porrohman

Tracks of My Tears

Look Away and Wonderland



Wonderland and Into the Valley 

Big Country - The Crossing - Part 01 Manchester

The Tour

The Album

Big Country are out on tour at the moment spoltlighting their excellent album 'The Crossing'. As videos become available on You Tube I'm going to add them to this particular blog. I'll try and post them in the order they were played but as I've seen so few set lists that might be difficult. I know that they are opening up with a few songs before launching into The Crossing album so I'll try and get it as spot on as I can. As I write the band have already completed the first four shows and tonight will play in Newcastle at the O2 Academy.

Here's the videos from the opening night of the Tour at the Academy In Manchester.

Angle Park

East of Eden

The Crossing

In A Big Country

Chance

The Storm

Harvest Home

Fields of Fire
 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Smiley's Friends - In High Places




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Steve 'Smiley' Barnard, has had a colourful career as a drummer working with Robbie Williams, The Mock Turtles, Spear of Destiny, Bad Company and Joe Strummer and is currently the man at The Stool for The Alarm. Alongside having his own studio (Sunshine Corner Studios) and providing drum tracks he's also an artist in his own right and has managed to put together a great little debut album with the help of a few of his friends.

Photo by Doug Watson

It's a bit of a star studded cast that have contributed to the album - Mike Peters and Mark Taylor (from The Alarm), Chesney Hawkes (you remember him of the 'I am the One and Only' fame), Gary Nuttall (sings and plays guitar on a couple of tracks and has played with Take That), Pablo Cook (of The Mescalaro's) and the lovely vocal talent of Kerry Schultz.

The big question to be asked of course is, "Is it any good?" The answer to that is, "yes". It contains 12 tracks of shimmering pop that deserve a hearing in more places than your own personal sound system. There's a number of tracks that would sound great on the radio (time to start pestering your local stations methinks).

The opening 'Paparazzi' has a great 1960's feel to it and contains some nice keyboard touches that are very like The Doors. 'So So Long' follows hard on it's heals and at first I thought they were going to break out into The Monkees 'Last Train From Clarksville' but then burst into a terrific pop tune that sounds a little like The Kinks at times (not a bad thing). 'Everybody Knows' has a bit of an '80's feel to it and reminded me of bands like Love and Money or The Blessing.

Chesney Hawkes surprised me a bit on 'Halcyon Daze', I wasn't quite expecting such a mature sounding vocal (but then again it has been a good couple of decades since the big hit), and it's a nice mellow tune that deserves an airing on Radio 2 sometime. 'The Cross on the Hill' is all Smiley and it's funny because you rarely get a chance to hear the lad singing as he's so busy crashing the drums for The Alarm, so it's a bit of a shocker to say, but that drummer can actually sing! 'Leave You Now' has Kerry Schultz on vocals it's a cracking tune. I hope that we can hear more of her singing as she has a nice voice that would not be out of place alongside the likes of Lily Allen, Adele etc. 'Going On' has a summery vibe to it and once again is a good little pop tune, it would be a good single I think. 'Hearing is Deceiving' is Smiley at the controls again it reminded me of something that I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but my mate Joff on In The Poppy Fields name checked Noel Gallagher and felt that was a close as it gets. John James Newman does a terrifc job on 'You' which he co-wrote with Smiley and 'Films of Yesterday' is another catchy pop number.

'Stars' is quite an interesting track, it's very Britpoppy (hope Smiley doesn't mind that association) and musically is very different to all that has gone before (I think) and has touches of Primal Scream in it ('Screamadelica' period). The final track, 'L.O.L.A.' I thought was going to be a cover of The Kinks classic (that Madness ruined so perfectly on The Dangermen Sessions album), but thankfully it wasn't, 'L.O.L.A.' standing for 'Look of Love Again'. It was a nice ending to a good listening experience. Kerry Schultz delivered a lovely vocal (and makes me want to hear more of her), and it has a nice edge to it that was most pleasing to the ear..

All in all this is an album that deserves to be heard. Good musicianship and quality songwriting make it a refreshing sound that throws up a hundred and one influences and yet for some reason actually doesn't sound too out of place within the current musical climate.

Friday, 3 February 2012

The Men They Couldn't Hang - The Gathering 20


TMTCH - Ghosts of Cable Street



TMTCH - Dogs Eyes Owl Meat and Manchop






Highlight of the night was getting my album signed


The Alarm - Gathering 20 Saturday



Control (Full version)


Knife Edge



Mike Peters and Steve Harris

Permanence In Change

No Frontiers


James Stevenson and Steve Norman

The Rock/Shelter


Kill Kill Kill (part)

Mark Taylor, Mike Peters and Craig Adams

We Are The Light

Smiley

The Chant/Rain in the Summertime

The Drunk and Disorderly

Craig Adams

The Alarm Calling


Absolute Reality


Blaze of Glory

James Stevenson


A New South Wales


Down the Road

Spirit of 76

Steve Harris

Breed Apart (New Song)

Free Rock and Roll (New Song)


The Alarm

Walk Forever By My Side

Mike Peters

The Alarm - The Gathering 20 Friday


Friday Set List

The Day We Caught the Train - Simon Fowler and The Alarm


Mike Peters

My Town

James Stevenson

The Wasting Land

Rivers To Cross

Plastic Carrier Bags

The Alarm with Steve Norman

Fade In Fade Out Fade Away

Craig Adams

21st Century

Gold (with Steve Norman on Vocals)

 Smiley

The Stand

Love Hope Strength/One Guitar


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