About a quarter of the way through Neil Young's concert at London's 02 arena on Monday, he decided to visit the gates of Hades. As post apolcalyptic wind blew pieces of paper across the stage and lights flashed threateningly, he huddled with members of Crazy Horse to hand-beat guitar strings and conjour feedback in a cacophony of heavy-metal-meets-prog-rock-meets-garage-band.
It went on for 10 to 20 minutes - anarchically excruciating, yet strangely entertaining. But not…Continue
Posted on June 18, 2013 at 7:00am — 6 Comments
One of the pleasures of being of a certain age is that you can literally rack up decades of seeing great musicians and attending gigs of all shapes and sizes. A recent BBC documentary about The Eagles jarred my memory about one such event in (gulp) 1976.
I was a Brit newbie in America and was taken to a political fund raiser for then (and now) California Governor Jerry Brown. It was at the Capital Centre outside Washington DC , which is now called something odiously…Continue
Posted on June 16, 2013 at 3:30am — 1 Comment
An Englishman and an Irishman meet on a train sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke. Actually it was the start of a band called Winter Mountain, an indie folk duo with more than a touch of Americana about them judging by this video (The train was in Chicago after all).
I can't say I know much about the band. I was invited to a gig to listen to them but couldn't make it. I listened to their link, nonetheless,…Continue
Posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:00am
The 29-year-old Texan, an old-school chanteuse with a contemporary lilt, has funded production of her second album via a community workshop and through…Continue
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:34pm