Diario

  • Crowded House new CD preview track

    Apr 18 2010, 13:27

  • Stoned, not quite alone.

    Mag 31 2009, 9:58

    A storming performance by the band even though it was in front of the thinnest crowd for them I have seen at The Limelight in the last 3 years. Nick Jaguar pondered if it was a "secret gig" when he saw so few people. It did fill up a little bit more later on and, in all fairness to the band, it didn't impact on their performance.
  • Sing, sing, sing and sing some more

    Set 30 2008, 13:03

    A good gig in a new venue to me. I loved the venue, it exceeded my expectations but the prices of the beer... hmmm. Carling Rip Off Academy. The band were on good form even if the sound was a bit muddy at first. It took til just under halfway before things came alight with a gritty rendition of "Side". Sound and atmosphere was established and maintained for the rest of the night as the hits and new songs kept coming. I don't have the set list but I'd imagine nearly 20 songs figured. The gig ended about 11.10pm for a pogo-ing version of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and the fans exited to the rainy streets of Liverpool. Well, what else was it going to be?
  • Sing, sing, sing

    Set 30 2008, 13:00

    A good gig in a new venue to me. I loved the venue, it exceeded my expectations but the prices of the beer... hmmm. Carling Rip Off Academy. The band were on good form even if the sound was a bit muddy at first. It took til just under halfway before things came alight with a gritty rendition of "Side". Sound and atmosphere was established and maintained for the rest of the night as the hits and new songs kept coming. I don't have the set list but I'd imagine nearly 20 songs figured. The gig ended about 11.10pm for a pogo-ing version of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and the fans exited to the rainy streets of Liverpool. What else was it going to be?!
  • Set list

    Lug 10 2008, 21:19

    Everything is good for you
    World Where you live
    Love you til the day I die
    Isolation
    Fall at your feet
    Only Natural
    Locked Out
    Heaven That I'm making
    Whispers and Moans
    Not The Girl you think you are
    Pineapple Head
    Other side of the world
    Don't dream it's over
    When you come
    Distant Sun

    Encore 1 (with Johnny Marr)
    There is a light
    Don't stop now
    Throw your arms around me
    Weather with you

    Encore 2
    Fingers of love
    Into Temptation
  • Crowded scousers

    Lug 10 2008, 15:46

    Crowded House, ECHO Arena, Summer Pops
    BY JADE WRIGHT, LIVERPOOL ECHO

    THE Kiwis certainly brought the weather with them last night.

    As the rain poured on Liverpool last night, inside the ECHO Arena was bathed in the warmest of glows.

    Singer Neil Finn (pictured) positively emits sunshine. So much so that he ought to give lessons in how to be a frontman.

    He could certainly teach Paul Simon a thing or two about how to interact with a crowd.

    Aside from the fact that he’s breathtakingly, eyewateringly, heartmeltingly good, he also has the wonderful gift of loving every second on stage. He manages to sing 20-year- old songs like it’s the very first time, packing every second with sheer joy.

    With his cheery Kiwi banter, he manages to make the 10,000 seat ECHO arena feel like he’s singing in your living room. And he wants to hear you sing along, too.
    “Did you bring your voices with you tonight?” he asked the packed crowd of devotees. Liverpool certainly had. As he launched into Fall Of Your Feet, Weather With You, It’s Only Natural and Don’t Dream It’s Over, the throng sang along with every word in a full-on, hairs up on the back of your neck gesture of solidarity.
    And in true Glastonbury form, Neil unleashed his trademark genial subversion, chatting to the crowd like old mates and asking the security guards to let people stand up and dance.

    The band sounded sublime, and Neil was in superb voice showing, with a two-hour show packing in 22 songs, how his rich, mellow tones only get better with age.

    Add in excellent support from fellow Kiwi Don McGlashan – joined for a duet by Neil Finn at one point – and Liverpool band Voo and it was the highlight in the Summer Pops season.

    But then there was the icing on the cake: the encore from heaven. Neil brought on his old mate Johnny Marr for a cover of The Smiths There is A Light That Never Goes Out, followed by Weather With You. It was a hard act to follow, but follow it they did. After the audience refused to budge they returned for a second encore, with everyone on their feet.

    A two-hour set, two great support bands, two encores and a standing ovation. This was something special.

    Echo review
  • Ripley: "home of the blues"

    Ott 15 2007, 7:46

    Another quality performance lapped up by a sell out crowd at Ripley Town Hall. Lots of amusing jokes (including ones I'd heard several times before) in between the songs, particularly in the first half when Nick Mutton-Dagger thanked the audience "for giving up their night watching 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' on the telly. You do know it's 1966 dontcha?". Well, of course.

    The gig is always a reminder of how timeless the Stones music will be even though when it was originally released some of it was seen as being wild, indecent and corruptive... over 40 plus licks years later its just good-time, rocking stuff that appeals to all ages, if the audience last night is anything to go by.

    Highlights: Little Red Rooster, Angie, Sympathy for the Devil.
  • Genesis at Old Trafford, Manchester 07.07.07

    Lug 8 2007, 10:43

    Behind the Lines / Duke’s End / Turn It On Again
    No Son Of Mine
    Land of Confusion
    In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels / Afterglow
    Hold on My Heart
    Home by the Sea / Second Home By The Sea
    Follow You, Follow Me
    Firth of Fifth / I Know What I Like
    Mama
    Ripples
    Throwing It All Away
    Domino
    Drum Duet / Los Endos
    Tonight, Tonight, Tonight / Invisible Touch
    ~Encore~
    I Can’t Dance
    Carpet Crawlers
  • Ripley blues

    Mag 14 2007, 18:16

    Sat 12 May – Wilko Johnson

    Psycho blues man Wilko Johnson gave a passionate display of his repertoire on Saturday at the homely Ripley Town Hall. This was a new venue for me and the surroundings definitely fell into the "no frills" category with its bare walls, high stage and deafening PA. (And a raffle.)

    As Mr Johnson cranked up the wattage, his bassist Norman gave a dextrous display of note-playing despite looking like he was someone of very poor personal hygiene. The drummer kept up the beat and all-in-all the band was as tight Lester Piggott's wallet.

    For those unfamiliar with his own songs Wilko played two encores consisting of Johnny B. Goode and Route 66. A minor quibble was the length of set which ran to about 85 minutes. And they say these bluesmen can go on and on and on...
  • VIDEO: Fat Children by Jarvis Cocker

    Mag 7 2007, 10:19