It was nice to pop over the county border into Lincolnshire to visit Stamford. Stamford is a town and civil parish on the River Welland district.It is 92 miles north of London, on the east side of the A1 road to York and Edinburgh
Lots of places of interest and unusual old bookshops and pubs to try. As well as some 15 or so Churches.
Some lovely doors with their Christmas wreaths on show.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
I decided to leave the car at home and walk down to the Samaritans Centre on the Kettering Road and take a few photos to capture the scene.
Surprisingly as I walked I soon got very warm , something to do with the 10 layers I was wearing no doubt.
The floodlights in the distance are at Northants County Cricket Club and the foreground is the old golf course that is now Bradlaugh Fields.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Magnum show no signs of slowing down despite being well into their fourth decade and Bob reaching the ripe old age of sixty five. Actually their latest album 'On the 13th Day' is excellent and probably their best work in the last ten years. First song 'All the Dreamers' was from the new album. We also had 'Blood Red Laughter', 'Dance of the Black Tattoo' and 'See how they Fall'. It's the timeless classics though that really steal the show. The first of which is the anthemic 'How Far Jeruslaem' with everybody joining in. This was followed by the emotive and passionate 'Les Morts Dansant'. The emotional 'The Spirit' never fails to move me and takes me right back to the mid 80's every time. It is pure poetry from the master lyricist/guitarist Tony Clarkin. Two of my favourites were still to come with 'Vigilante' and the pounding 'Kingdom of Madness' to round off a brilliant set. After rapturous applause we had a three song encoure which included 'Rockin' Chair' with Bob singing “I need my rockin' but I don't need no rockin' chair” which sounded like a statement of intent! I hope so, as this was two hours of pure bliss by a band I have followed through thick and thin. Full Set List All the Dreamers When we were Younger Blood Red Laughter Wild Angels Brand New Morning How Far Jerusalem The Flood Les Morts Dansant The Spirit Dance of the Black Tattoo All My Bridges All Englands Eyes Vigilante Kingdom of Madness Encore See How they Fall Rockin'Chair Days of no Trust
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Have to admit not knowing too much about Buck Cherry aside from a couple of tracks played on Planet Rock which I liked. They have actually been around since 1995 and hail from LA. They have a sixth album due out in February 2013. Singer Josh Todd has a good voice and reminded me of Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) in some ways. He is certainly no stranger to the tattoo parlour thats for sure. A good front man with also a hint of Jagger the way he strutted around the stage. It all got a bit boystrous down at the front at times but I stood my ground nevertheless. It did have it's advantages as I rose like the proverbial salmon to catch a drumstick. Also claimed a few guitar picks, one of which shaped like a razor blade. It was a good set and they did remind me of The Black Crowes in some ways. Definitely a good band and well worth the 2 mile trip into town. To save me from typing I am posting a photo of the set list.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
|Johnny Van Zant|
|Rossington, Medlocke & Van Zant at the Classic Rock Awards night|
They finally took the stage just before 10 PM and explained that there had been an accident on the highway and then the fog had slowed them down. Without any further ado they launched straight in to 'Last of a Dyin' breed' from their new album of the same name.
We were treated to greatest hits set list of brilliant 'southern fried rock' from a band who were true professionals and highly polished. My personal highlights were 'Simple Man', 'Tuesdays Gone' and 'Gimme Three Steps'. No Skynyrd set would be complete without the classic and epic masterpiece that is 'Freebird' and all three guitarists in full cry and the house well and truly brought down.
Full Set List
- Last of a Dyin' Breed
- Whats your Name
- Down South Jukin
- That Smell
- One Day at a Time
- I Know a Little
- Simple Man
- Gimme Back My Bullets
- Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
- The Needle and the Spoon
- Tuesdays Gone
- Good Teacher
- Gimme Three Steps
- Call Me the Breeze (JJ Cale cover)
- Sweet Home Alabama