Remember That Night

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EVERY GIG I EVER ATTENDED
(…and Those That Got Away)

HOWARD JONES, DREAM INTO ACTION TOUR, HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY, AUG 1985

Who Supported? The Expression

The subtitle was too long on the header. So here goes… Having missed ICEHOUSE in Wellington a few years’ previous – see regrets below – and Tears For Fears (they played the night of the day I arrived) spewing was not the word! I settled on HoJo who was on album number two and subsequent downward spiral. 

What I remember? The opening with HJ coming on dressed in purple to the beat of Pearl in the Shell. His brother on bass and the crazy guy (Trevor Morais) on drums. Also did a rocking version of Always Asking Questions. With great respect to HJ it wasn’t the Big Chair and I’ll always wonder what that night (July 29) might have been like. 

Photo Credit: ebay

A new sensation… in the UK at last!

INXS, KICK TOUR, COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL, DEC 1987

Who Supported? Sinead O’Connor! 

Getting to a gig at all was a mission while based in a Welsh border town where the buses stop at lunch time and trains were few and far between. It was a bit of a surprise when INXS announced a Bristol show.

No-one played Newport unless they were down the dumper, they’ve played everywhere else six times over or they’re a-ha (see below) who were clearly duped into it by management and were too naive to say ‘Hey, where is that? Who else plays there?’

What I remember? The pre-gig chit chat at the merchandise stand. One of the lads present wasn’t happy with the new plain type logo and thought they should have stuck with the squiggly INXS logo on the previous Listen Like Thieves album which I agreed with for a while but now know they couldn’t have as KICK is an unusual beast – not just a rock album. 

As per the gig, I think they opened with Kick. Michael Hutchence said something about Thatcher and wore the same outfit he wears in the Devil Inside video. Jon and Tim with the shakers during Mediate and of course What You Need, the song that really turned me onto them. Soon after this New Sensation was released and they weren’t ours anymore – everyone knew about them.

Photo Credit: ebay / New Sensation from discogs.com 

The The with Johnny Marr on Guitar – that rhymes you know.

THE THE, MIND BOMB, NEWPORT CENTRE, AUTUMN 1989

No Support.

And speaking of the Newport Centre where I probably looked a total dork in my white winter jumper even though it was cold enough to merit one. Still, at an alternative rock show?

What I remember? An older guy in the audience behind me, I was up in the stands, sang along to Heartland and I recall another guy doing the bummed out student whirly dance stage left (possibly a Smiths fan – of course it was Johnny Marr on guitar that evening).

Mind Bomb was not their best. The next one Dusk was better after which their magic spell was broken i.e. the record label dropped them and many ‘fans’ switched off or moved on to other bands including me.  

Photo Credit: discogs.com 

Cocteaus in Cardiff, just don’t expect feedback from fellow fans.

COCTEAU TWINS, FOUR CALENDAR CAFE, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, FEB 1994

Who Supported? Seefeel 

Good god was it really February 1994? And I believe their first proper tour. The ticket stub was beautifully resplendent in Four Calendar Cafe styling, but it’s another casualty of serial moving.

What I remember? Getting a sneak preview courtesy of their sound check when a burly bouncer appeared and threw anyone listening out into the freezing winter to wait. Not that you could see the band courtesy of a well placed pillar anyway, nonetheless Cardiff Uni has a walkway that snakes around the outside of the building where we were forced to queue. 

Once inside I stood at the back anxiously waiting for the band to come on. Seefeel supported and did nothing for me whatsoever. Finally after what seemed an eternity several dark figures came on to the stage but these were not roadies this was them! With the addition of several others for the live band, seven in total if memory serves. Cue whoops and woos from some of the audience. 

Opening with Pur was an inspired start and not one I’d thought of. A bit later Whales Tails was dusted off. The downside? As great as she is on record, Liz Frazer on more than one occasion screamed into the mic which wasn’t pretty, maybe nerves getting the better of her. Gig fittingly 50/50 but glad I saw them. Came away with a prized CT beanie which some years’ later died in the washer. 

Setlist 

Photo Credit: Four Calendar Cafe advert from my personal archive, ticket from the internet (obviously mine would have been the Cardiff Uni show)

Seal.. naughty comments not included.

SEAL, SEAL II, CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL ARENA, SEP 1995

Who Supported? Can’t remember.

The tour to see was his first in the early nineties when he had edge. This was a little more diluted by the Simple Red MOR he’d opted for on Seal II. Still opener I’m Alive was pretty rockin’

What I remember? It being empty! Truly a shock for such a big venue. The piercing green light for Prayer for the Dying. Someone telling him to take his shirt off and then something else – inaudible – more naughty. Seal said ‘I can’t even repeat what you just said.’ Line up included Jamie Muhoberac on keys.

Photo Credit: SEAL LIVE amazon and eBay

The cathedral of hears

ROBERT FRIPP, SOUNDSCAPES, SALISBURY CATHEDRAL, JUNE 1997

No Support.

This is where travel and music combined in a first trip down to Salisbury. Good time. Robert was doing several days of improvisations in the cathedral. According to serious fans who saw all of them, the day I was present was the worst. I saw part of the next day but had to run for a train. Sadly there was no Returning II or such like.

What I remember? It started ok with subtle bells and chimes but too much of the two and a half hours was a drab dirge musically speaking. I was however struck by his playing for a few moments then programming his digital box of tricks to do the talking by letting his music waft around the cathedral while he then became part of his own audience. 

I thought about introducing myself but was too embarrassed so said nothing. Apparently without knowing it, this was a good move as he hates anyone approaching him mid-performance! Someone else tried his luck only for Fripp to skilfully slink a neat sideline before circumnavigating the church to take the seat I had vacated to get a more central take on proceedings.  

Photo Credit: Soundscapes retouched by KH, Salisbury Cathedral by KH at the event in 1997.

TIM BOWNESS, 12 BAR CLUB, LONDON, ?? 1999

Who Supported? Can’t remember but good drummer.

I’ve seen Tim a couple of times and this was the first in a tiny club in Denmark Street. This was not just memorable for being Tim but also in meeting ex-Japan drummer Steve Jansen – albeit for a matter of seconds.

What I remember? The band including Pete Chilvers crammed onto a tiny stage. Tim sipping on Red Bull and then saying something about Colonel Saunders! The set list being nabbed by eager hands at the end of the show. Had a good chat to Tim and Peter after which is always good to get an insight into the songs.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE, PERSONAL APPEARANCE (PA), ASTORIA, LONDON, JAN 2000

No Support. 

Still hosteling in London in the winter, a different vibe. One of the newbies was a gay guy who invited me to see HL with him as he was alone in London. I wasn’t really into the idea then but am glad I went now. 

What I remember? Phil Oakey who spoke about the last century not being too bad save for the war. Did all the usual hits and it would have been a year off Secrets coming out, though I don’t think they previewed anything from it. 

Setlist

DALE RYDER BAND, SILVERS, MELBOURNE, APR OR MAY 2001

No Support.

A Melbourne moment worth savouring. Flicking through a free press I noticed an ad, it was for then dormant Boom Crash Opera lead singer’s gig at a small club. I was on the tram like a whippet. 

What I remember? Mid-way through his covers set he jumped off the stage (in his suit) and stood in front of me. Aware of this he swung round and motioned to me as if to say ‘can you see?’ I could but I was equally starstruck. I struck up enough courage to ask if he’d do a BCO track. He sniggered as if he was amazed anyone would want to hear one. He said ‘might do one later.’ 

Regrettably I had a late tram to catch so I’ve no idea if he did or not. It is now most likely the only time I will ever see him on a stage. A shame I never caught him with the Boom Crash Opera but pleased to have seen him at all and his version of LRB’s Reminiscing was really bloody good.

MIDNIGHT OIL, CAPRICORNIA TOUR/FIERCE FESTIVAL,
BROCKWELL PARK, BRIXTON, LONDON, JUNE 2002

Who Supported? Part of Antipodean music fest. 

What I remember? Running from the Australian Pink Floyd tent only to be refused entry to the mosh pit by the security guy who must’ve been about 16. Even a flash of my press pass didn’t do it for him so a few of us had to take the long way round where another more professional security guy awaited. As majors the Oils had a stage rather than a tent. 

The mosh pit was one of my most embarrassing moments as all the other photographers had huge cameras with equally huge lenses. I on the other hand still had my trusty Hanimex point and shoot which I had to whip out for the odd shot of Peter Garrett with a presence almost as large as the Christ statue in Rio! Band were ok. New Zealand’s Fur Patrol on the same bill (different tent).

BIC RUNGA, BEAUTIFUL COLLISION, THE GARAGE, ISLINGTON, LONDON, SEP 2003

Who Supported? A duo but can’t remember the name (sorry guys, see below)

More Kiwiana this time from Runga junior (see Stellar below). 

What I remember? The support act being justifiably irked no-one was listening. Bic herself being perplexed by an argument taking place later between members of the audience and correcting the patrons on the lyrics to Sway.

The tree who rocked the Astoria.

PORCUPINE TREE, IN ABSENTIA TOUR, ASTORIA, LONDON, NOV 2003

Who Supported? Tim Bowness and Peter ‘Henry VIII of the keyboard’ Chilvers 

Truth be known I only went in the hope of an impromptu No-Man performance. It never happened. Quite miffed at the time. But… 

What I remember? This was the turning point for the Tree. Up til then I hadn’t rated them at all but this show changed that. Truly amazing not just for Steven Wilson but also Richard Barbieri and especially Gavin Harrison. Support from Tim and Peter Chilvers – cue plenty of shouts for Timbow! 

BEVERLEY KNIGHT, CARDIFF BIG WEEKEND, AUG 2005

Who Supported? Many as part of festival.

OK I didn’t pay for this one but it was a change to see someone soul-y save for Leza a bit further up the track.

What I remember? Eleven years ago! Time most certainly does fly. Also her backing singer did the best Luther Vandross impression on Never Too Much. Brilliant stuff for free.

JAMES BLUNT, ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF, ?? 2005?? 

Who Supported? Can’t remember.

At the hall tonight, You’re Beau-ti-ful…

What I remember? The first thing is that some idiot decided to present him as a cool alternative artist by showing an image of a pill! WTF this was James Blunt not the Happy Monday’s. Anyway, pretty good gig, he mentioned that Cardiff wasn’t on the tour originally and looked genuinely teary eyed at the end by all the applause. 

PAUL BUCHANAN (BLUE NILE), ROYAL CONCERT HALL, GLASGOW, MAY 2006

Who Supported? A woman with an acoustic guitar (can’t remember the name)

In Glasgow at the right time for a Saturday night with PB. 

What I remember? No merchandise for the modest enigma. Band included BN’s Robert Bell on bass and two other guys, one on keys and an Irish drummer. Set was reliable renditions of Blue Nile staples and he really did look like a geography teacher when he sang ‘Yes, I love you’ while pointing at the crowd during Tinseltown. 

Other than the Nile songs he did Strangers in the Night with comedic ‘shoo-bee-doo-bee-doos’ to boot. A big ask from a patron resulted in this come back from PB ‘yeah, I do requests so long as they’re on this bit of paper’ (pointing to set-list at his feet). 

Foxx in the basement, Madonna in the stadium!

JOHN FOXX, TINY COLOUR MOVIES, BARFLY, CARDIFF, JULY 2006 

Who Supported? Can’t remember there being one.

The Barfly was to Cardiff what the 12 Bar was to London, a small but reliable music venue. In the Barfly’s case a dark hovel opposite Cardiff Castle.  

What I remember? It was an odd night in Cardiff with Madonna no less taking up residence at the Millennium Stadium and our man (John Foxx) along with Louis Gordon in the unusual position of being in’t basement. First song was the very lovely Sideways. 

Did a very good version of Plaza with an extended stretch of ‘I remember your face…’ Clearly he remembered mine – he must have perused my website – as he looked terrified! I have no idea why. That same night a woman kept telling him to get his cock out. He was humoured at first but it quickly begin to grate on him. Maybe she thought punk was still happening. 

Photo Credit: discogs.com, postcard by Paul Shepherd.

Sylv on the Southbank

DAVID SYLVIAN, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, SEP 2003 & SEP 2007

No Support.

Finally I would get to see the artist of all artists’ but what a colossal disappointment on both occasions. 

What I remember? No sooner had I sat down next to Gerrit (who runs a fan site) did he tell me the first part was Blemish in its entirety. Already I was disheartened. And so it was a text-book lesson in anti-climax.

Four years’ later my curiosity got the better of me and again he disappointed but that’s the downside of liking an artist; they are the painter and the painted and highlighted my earlier mistakes. (see regrets below).

Photo Credit: The World is Everything – Gerrit at www.davidsylvian.net   

I definitely do remember that night, my first and only after show.

A-HA, ANALOGUE TOUR, CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL ARENA, DEC 2005
MAGNE, MORTEN AND SAVOY, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, MAY 2008

Who Supported? Tina Dico (for the Cardiff gig)

The last night of the Analogue tour and it pretty much showed; professional yet somehow lack lustre. 

What I remember? Morten going through the motions, saying little, walking from side to side and flexing his hulk like figure. Mags calling us lazy sods for not participating in the chorus of Take on Me. Unlike Sylvian, things were a lot better a few years’ later. Performing as individuals and briefly as A-ha seemed to work better and I had a press pass for the after show too, a first for me. 

Setlist 

Photo Credit: Discogs for Analogue, the rest KH.

LORRAINE, PA, BARFLY, CARDIFF, 2006??

Who Supported? Two abysmal bands!

What I remember? Lorraine (so named after Marty McFly’s mother in Back to the Future) were another Norwegian wonder. Unfortunately they got screwed over by the record company and fate changing their name to Black Room and later Subshine.

This was a PA of only 6 songs, very peeved that night as I had to sit through two bands that were nothing like them! A few Depeche Mode Playing the Angel t-shirts in attendence. 

A rare night with the no-men at London’s Bush Hall.

NO-MAN, BUSH HALL, LONDON, AUG 2008

Who Supported? Can’t remember there being one.

No-Man performed a rare three date tour, this was the London show. 

What I remember? Nice venue, quite fitting for a band of No-Man’s ilk. Reasonable set list. Very fortunate to catch them, great to see Ben Coleman involved for Things Change. The accompanying DVD was fabulous more so for the documentary, Returning.

Photo Credit: Carl Glover from no-man.co.uk 

BAT FOR LASHES, ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON, OCT 2009

Who Supported? Yeasayer

My only gig at the legendary Roundhouse. 

What I remember? Security guy, predicable tool. Support band – why? Couldn’t wait for them to finish to be honest. BFL very good, venue was great, Natasha looked rather lovely. Suddenly it was time to go home.

LEZA CORBAN, CORPORATE GIGS, SKYTOWER, AUCKLAND, VARIOUS 2010/2011

No Support. 

In NZ you’re a little limited for choice. Fortunately there is some talent that’s worth seeing for free! 

Leza is a laydee and a soul singer who guested on Strawpeople’s Sweet Disorder and Scared of Flying. Since then she’s been wise to avoid the bargain bins and only does corporate shows, smart woman.

What I remember? In similar circumstances to John Foxx above, some left one of Leza’s shows to catch Bon Jovi at one of Auckland’s stadiums. I however was staying put.

How all of this came about is a little strange and has probably been documented somewhere, definitely in my YEAR AMID WINTER book. Long story short, devoid of work again there wasn’t much else to do but loiter round the sky tower like a stray pup and lo and behold the wonder woman warbled before me.

In China (where I was based for a while) seeing a band at all is scarce and depends on whether they have insulted the Chinese by singing about somewhere beginning with T…. or meeting someone beginning with D. This rules out seeing Radiohead and a host of others. Hong Kong occasionally gets a green tick but I never saw any shows there. 

36 years later.

SCRITTI POLITTI, TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM, SEP 2021

Who Supported? Alexis Taylor

My first proper gig in over a decade, and having missed out on Duran Duran a week earlier I decided to treat myself to Scritti Politti – would have preferred the Cardiff home gig but found myself in the Midlands with a few seats spare so thought why not. 

What I remember? The pros… Absolute and Wood Beez got a rapturous response from the Brummie crowd, Green mispronounces his title Don’t Work That Hard as ‘this’ Hard but is corrected by bandmate Rhodri Marsden. Green also tells us that Lover to Fall is the one that most reminds him of the eighties. All albums bar Anomie represented.

Cons… While it was amazing to see them or rather Green it did almost seem like Karaoke and they certainly could have used a bassist (I noticed one on the stage but it was never used) and a female backing singer but that would have driven ticket prices up.

There was only one encore a CHIC cover which was good but c’mon Green you could have closed with a storming version of Boom There She Was! Still, seeing the iconic album Cupid and Psyche performed in full was an honour and something that American fans can, at this time, only dream of.

REGRETS OR THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY…

Japan x 2; Nostalgia in the Now.

JAPAN, VISIONS OF CHINA TOUR AND SONS OF PIONEERS TOUR,
LONDON, 1981/82 *no gigs in NZ or Wales.

Who Supported? Blancmange (VoC tour) Sandii and the Sunsetz (SoP tour)

Just the wrong age at the wrong time in the wrong part of the world. 

Photo Credit: Nightporter

The Police; a ghost in both hemispheres

THE POLICE, ZENYATTA MONDATTA, TOWN HALL, WELLINGTON, FEB 1981
GHOST IN THE MACHINE AND SYNCHRONICITY TOURS c1982-84
*no gigs in Wales, so probably London.

Who Supported? Penknife Glides (Welly)

The right time and place but a fear of loud music or rather being stuck in such an environment meant concentrating on buying records instead. I think my sis (the right age) may have seen this gig and also had the limited green vinyl tour edition of ZM. 

Not sure who the support was, there were plenty of local bands about at that time but I can’t say I remember the Penknives. I think either The Knobz or Dave McArtney (who I found during research for this piece is no longer with us) and whose ‘Remember the Alamo’ was fabulous would have been a good bet.

Kudos to the Penknives though, they got a dream ticket supporting one of the bands of the new wave era and whose body of work still holds true. 

What about the Millennium Stadium (Cardiff) in 2008? I think I passed on this due to financial concerns, a dislike of crowds and the fact it wasn’t the early eighties – I didn’t want fake nostalgia and figured the DVD would be a satisfactory experience. 

Photo Credit: Zenyatta Mondatta poster and Ghost in the Machine from sting.com
Zenyatta Mondatta Aussie Tour Edition from discogs.com Synchronicity from eBay. 

The New Gold Dream in action.

SIMPLE MINDS, NEW GOLD DREAM TOUR, WELLINGTON, OCT 1982
*there was also a CARDIFF SHOW IN NOV 1982

Who Supported? China Crisis

Like Japan I was aware of them but it wasn’t til around ’84 or ‘85 that I got NGD so it’s a latter day regret rather than one of the time. Fortunately there is some video evidence courtesy of You Tube.

Photo Credit: simpleminds.org.uk 

Icehouse; Primitive Colours – I missed that tour too.

ICEHOUSE, PRIMITIVE MAN TOUR, TOWN HALL, WELLINGTON, NOV 1982
and MAN OF COLOURS TOUR, LONDON, 28 APRIL 1988 

Who Supported? Not sure about the Welly gig but DO RE MI for the London show. 

In the latter instance, it’s a case of ‘if only’ I’d known about the backpacker scene then. Still to this day I’ve never seen one of my main bands who only tour Australia and sometimes NZ. The only quandary now with a lot of my faves is, is there any point? 

In ICEHOUSE it’s really only Iva, the classic line-up, if there was one, has long gone. Likewise with fellow Aussies Boom Crash Opera and Cock Robin who both have new line ups and play in far flung corners of the earth. I would pay to see Peter (Kingsbery) though.  

Photo Credit: Primitive Man from eBay, Man of Colours Q Magazine from my personal archive.

Tears for Fears literally!

TEARS FOR FEARS, BIG CHAIR TOUR, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 29 JULY 1985

Who Supported? Don’t know.

As mentioned at the beginning. I arrived in Sydney on July 29. I saw a poster for the show taking place that very evening wrapped around a lamp post but daren’t mention it to my father (who was driving and who had paid for me to visit from the UK). 

A few days later they played Brisbane just as we were leaving and from there they flew onto Japan. A case of the stars not aligning. Back in Sydney a new film opened called Back to the Future. Still waiting on that time machine. Until then I must consult the internet. 

Photo Credit: eBay

The one and only Cock Robin and Peter Kingsbery.

COCK ROBIN, GRAND REX, PARIS, APR 1990

Who Supported? Don’t know

The right age but prior to the internet there was no way of knowing what date or time plus the expense of getting there – though it didn’t stop me going to France for a CD (documented in Paris and Peter K blog). The video of this show is fantastic! Great version of Born With Teeth with feisty Anna and the Mariachi Horns supporting. 

At the time of writing I don’t think this show has gotten to DVD. As an appendix of regret, any of the Peter Kingsbery solo shows but especially early 1992 in support of A Different Man.

The first couple of Peter’s tours really were solo; just him and a piano with a band line up for the latter nineties shows (mostly in small French venues). The other reason to catch him live is like David Sylvian there is often material which doesn’t make it to album release and many cover versions. In 2021 I saw a live stream of a show in France (just Coralie and Peter) but that’s as close as I’ve got.

Photo Credit: discogs.com and BIG thanks to my friend Severine in France for all the info. I remain in debt and very jealous!

HALL AND OATES, NEWPORT CENTRE, DEC 1990 

Who Supported? Don’t know.

Yes! Incredibly (remember what I said about bands only going there if…) the last night in the UK/Europe before heading back to the States and this was before they’d ever played Dublin so a major coup for Newport along with A-ha, Depeche Mode and Bowie’s Tin Machine. Still how the hell I could manage to make The The and not see H&O is staggering when I’m easily a bigger fan of the latter.

The set list seems to be an abbreviation of their London shows omitting most of their few UK hits; no Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That or Maneater! So I would have probably been  content yet disappointed. It does however go to show the strength of their catalogue that they can leave those off and still do Out of Touch, Say it Isn’t So, Sara Smile and You Make My Dreams!

Setlist 

Achtung!

U2, ZOO TV, EARLS COURT, LONDON, MAY 1992

Who Supported? Fatima Mansions.

U2 at their brilliant best, dramatic reconfigured and firing on all creative cylinders. They haven’t been able to match this album since and I don’t think they ever will. 

Photo Credit: Show from amazon, ZOO TV from U2.com 

The Road to Graceland remains impassable.

DAVID SYLVIAN AND ROBERT FRIPP, ROAD TO GRACELAND, LONDON, DEC 1993
DAVID SYLVIAN, EVERYTHING AND NOTHING, LONDON, OCT 2001??

Who Supported? Michael Brook (Graceland tour), n/a for e+n tour.

Though the future would allow me to see Sylvian and Fripp as separate entities, my impoverished student years’ forced major errors and regret in abstaining from what in my opinion were the best shows of Sylvian’s career. 

Both tours visited distant cities, both were learnt via CDs and both proved what I missed out on. Seeing these artists’ apart was average, seeing them together with support from Brook and Pat Mastelotto would have been close to everything, instead my naive woes got me next to nothing. However I would be interested in a show in the vein of Uncommon Deities should it materialise.

Another band I missed in both hemispheres.

STELLAR, SHEPS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON, 2002 and SALE ST, AUCKLAND, OCT 2010

Who Supported? The Feelers in London, none in AKL.

My name was on the door list but alas having moved back to Wales, there was no juice left in the coffers to rally back up the M4. There was a chance of catching their last performance in Auckland in 2010 but again fate conspired against me.

Photo Credit: Mark Roach from audioculture.co.nz 

Boing Boom – how do spell the other bit?

KRAFTWERK, TATE MODERN, LONDON, FEB 2013

Who Supported? Don’t know (I am guessing no-one).

This would probably have been the electronic equivalent of the ZOOROPA tour. Apparently they played Hong Kong the same year, Scheiße!

Photo Credit: Various internet; uncut.co.uk . publico.pt and TEE train image from theguardian.com 

Another of Scotland’s finest.

CHVRCHES 

Still possible if they can hold it together and if time and circumstance align. 

Photo credit: uk tour poster suprtickets.com euro dates poster forbiddenplanet.co.uk and Manila gig poster from philippineconcerts.com 

Outside Spirit.

DEPECHE MODE, GLOBAL SPIRIT TOUR,
PGE NARODOWY (NATIONAL STADIUM), WARSAW, JULY 2017

Who Supported? Maya Jane Coles

This one is a bit of an oddity and would have been my first post-China outing and first gig in nearly a decade. In the digital age I actually saw the concert on You Tube.

In Warsaw only one week prior to the show, I knew of it but without a ticket end up on the outside of the stadium not knowing if it was allowed or whether the police were going to come along and say something or worse. 

In the end nothing more serious than a few eager mosquitoes (the stadium is close to the river) and a couple of Polish guys speaking to me and my not knowing what they were saying. The good thing is that the stadium is right next to a train station so I used the experience to shoot some imagery of that.

What I remember? It seemed to go really quickly, also a lack of posters around the city. A lot of the mode fans stayed at my hotel the IBIS on the other side of the river.

Photo Credit: My own shot from You Tube and Live Nation Polska.

Steve – missed at home and abroad.

STEVEN WILSON, ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF, MARCH 2018
and AUDITORI FORUM, BARCELONA, FEB 2019

I’ve seen him with both Porcupine Tree and No-Man but never as a solo act. Having made it back to the UK as a kind of roaming refugee, my mate took me to Sainsbury’s for afternoon tea (and a scone) and on opening the local paper is a picture. 

‘Hey I recognise that it’s umm, it’s umm, hey! It’s Steven Wilson he’s playing Cardiff. Oh, (the excitement turns to dust), it’s tonight. Sound familiar? Just like Tears for Fears all those years ago. And so history repeats. In Spain more or less a year later and who should be swinging by Barcelona? Yep, it’s SW and again I’m out of luck. 

Photo Credit: UK poster from from stickitonyourwall, Spanish poster by KH

Uncertain times indeed!

KING CRIMSON, ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF, OCTOBER 2018

Sandwiched between the two Wilson performances was a rare visit to Wales by Robert Fripp’s newly reconfigured Crimson.

It would also have been the first time I saw Pat Mastelotto having missed each other over the years. Nearly met him in Istanbul but that wasn’t to be either.

Photo Credit: Flyer from St David’s Hall shot by KH

DURAN DURAN, O2 INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM, SEP 2021

Another almost, but the ticket was just beyond my threshold. Some clips made it onto social.

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