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An Introduction to Ginger Wildheart According to Twitter

Ginger_By_Ami_Barwell__42_Now most of my friends seem to hold The Wildhearts, Ginger Wildheart and all his associated work in very high esteem, and although I saw The Wildhearts once as a support act back in about 1994 I’ve pretty much ignored them for the last 20 years.

I’m not really sure why this was the case, but I guess 18/19-year-old me decided that I didn’t like them without really giving the band a chance or properly listening to anything they released. The Wildhearts and Ginger’s subsequent work just passed me by. Knowing how much my mates, the media, and fans online seemed to support and love him / the band, I knew I was probably doing myself out of something.

A few months ago I learned that Ginger was the support act for The Darkness, who play Glasgow in March 2013. Now given this opportunity to see Ginger in a few months I decided it would be an ideal chance to get listening to some tracks and see if I can become a fan; only I had absolutely no idea where I should begin.

I am an avid Twitter user and love how it provides the opportunity to discuss and share thoughts about any subject (but music for me) with fans around the world in addition to with the musicians directly. Therefore I turned to the man himself and asked the question of where should I start. Rather brilliantly (already he impressed me with this move) he asked the question of his Twitter followers.

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Stereophonics @ O2 Academy, Glasgow – 17/12/12

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Glasgow - December 2012I am a huge fan of the Stereophonics. Or at least, I was. Seeing them support Skunk Anansie at the Barrowlands back in 1997 before their debut Word Gets Around. When the three-piece “pop-rock” band were young and had real fire in their belly it would be hard not to become a fan.

Since then I’ve seen them on every album tour, from debut album tiny venues, headlining Festivals on Performance & Cocktails, the Kelly Jones ‘JEEP’ acoustic tour and everything after. Pull The Pin was OK but The Greatest Hits tour of 2008 was fantastic. Then came Keep Calm and Carry On.

I couldn’t keep calm, and I certainly couldn’t carry on. The album limped along, was dull and boring, and the resulting arena shows were equally lacklustre. Even the infamous Glasgow-crowd couldn’t improve on these shows. I swore I’d never see them again, and if they hadn’t announced a series of “intimate” shows this Christmas I’d have stuck to that.

The thing is, when they’re on fire the Stereophonics are great live. When they’re great live in a small venue then the roof is well and truly raised. So it was worth taking the risk. You know, just in case. Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012)

“Good Times Bad Times”, “Black Dog”, “In My Time of Dying”, “No Quarter”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “The Song Remains The Same”, “Kashmir”, “Whole Lotta Love”. It is quite a legacy.

It is no wonder then that with such a top calibre selection of songs both fans and Promoters have wanted the band to reform time and time again. Led Zeppelin have always said “No.” Until one day in 2007 they announced for one night only they were reforming along with Jason, their late drummer John Bonham’s son, to play a tribute show for Ahmet Ertegun the founder of Atlantic Records who had died the previous year.

Most will remember the frantic scrabble to get tickets, the ballot system put in place and the millions from around the world who tried to get briefs for the show; myself included. I was unlucky. Five years later the unlucky ones finally get to see the show and those who got the ‘golden’ tickets get a gorgeous reminder with Celebration Day which documents the show in full. Continue reading

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Rage Against The Machine – Know Your Enemy @ Finsbury Park 2010

In 2009 there was an organised campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 single ‘Killing In The Name’ to the top of the charts ahead of the usual annual X Factor release to become Christmas Number One.

This was an extremely successful and well run campaign which not only succeeded but gave all the profits from selling the single to the homeless charity Shelter. As a thank you, RATM played a free gig in Finsbury Park, London that following summer. Of course, I just had to be there and unbelievably it is already two years ago past in June, since they played the free concert.

The band have been very quiet ever since that summer, but are about to release the 20th Anniversary Edition of their self-titled debut album. There are many goodies on this release which we will review in full once we have it. However ahead of this the band have issued a video clip included in the deluxe edition which just happens to be ‘Know Your Enemy’ live from the famous 2010 Finsbury Park celebration concert. Continue reading

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Alice Cooper @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 31/10/12

Alice Cooper is the original (and best) Horror Rocker on the scene. He’s been doing it longer and better than any other imposter out there.

Tonight it makes sense to go see him since it is Halloween. Halloween with Alice is Edinburgh this year. In the Usher Hall, a venue more used to classical shows actually. The seats have been removed on the ground floor of this gorgeous Victorian building to create a fantastic slanted standing area allowing virtually zombie, vampire, sexy nurse, nun, priest and many other Halloween costumed fan to see the stage from wherever they are stood. Having seen Alice many times before this definitely felt like the smallest and most intimate venue of them all.

The whole bill tonight is a stellar one, with both Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Ugly Kid Joe in support. I don’t always mention the support act when reviewing a show, but it is worth noting such a strong bill when one like this comes along. It felt like a mini-festival with both bands playing their hearts out and definitely re-animating the many zombies amongst us! Continue reading

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Muse @ SECC, Glasgow 24/10/12

So the thing about Muse is that they are phenomenal musicians, and always seem to have exemplary sound production live. Having seen them on every album tour they’ve ever done, the reality is you’re going to get a bit of a biased review from me; I am a huge fan of their live shows.

Tonight in Glasgow they started their UK new album campaign. The 2nd Law isn’t the easiest album to get into immediately. Or at least, it’s not as immediate as previous releases. With the show starting with ’dubstep’ track ‘The 2nd Law : Unsustainable’ it was clear from the get-go that (like all tours before) we were in for a night of perfect musicianship and elaborate stage theatrics.

There was much which was different from those previous shows worthy of mention. These include the fact that Matt seems to have found his talking voice. Normally it is Dom who does all the talking to the crowd and any real interaction. Just watch HAARP to see what I mean. Tonight though, and a first in my memory, Matt did pretty much all the talking. Continue reading

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Radiohead @ Manchester Arena, 06/10/12

A Radiohead gig is an event. They don’t play ‘that’ often, and whenever they roll around to a city nearby there is always a scramble to get tickets.

In an attempt to only sell the tickets to fans, and remove the secondary ticket market of scalping and touts this was a ‘ticketless event’. When buying the tickets – directly from Radiohead you had to submit the names of each person who will be using the tickets to gain entry. Then, on arrival to the venue you needed to present Photo ID of each named attendee and they had to be there in person all together with the booking confirmation and bank card used to purchase. Your booking confirmation was taken from you and each person was given a wristband with a barcode on it; this was your entry to the show.

It seems like a bit of a rigmarole, but the truth is it worked seamlessly. That is if all the people who originally were going six months earlier, were still going now. For us that was the situation and the process was painless and very quick.

The venue is a personal favourite of mine and not long before the band hit the stage there is a clear air of expectation and excitement bubbling over. Coming on stage to King of Limbs album track ‘Lotus Flower’, followed immediately by ‘Airbag’ from OK Computer it was clear that Radiohead were in the top form they always seem to be. The sound was immaculate (in fairness a lot to do with Manchester Arena too) and the playing from all members (including additional drummer Clive Deamer) was exemplary. Continue reading

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Rival Sons @ Glasgow Garage, 27/09/12

Rival Sons are getting a lot of good press and deservedly so. Their third album Head Down is not long released and already they are touring the UK once more; this time to much bigger venues than the previous trek.

Coming on at 8:20pm and scheduled to be playing until 10 we have a one hour forty minute set to look forward to. First track, single and title track from last album ‘Pressure & Time’ is the perfect opener with its solid groove and wailing guitars. ‘Wild Animal’ and ‘You Want To’ from the new album are the fast and frenetic follow-ups. A great start.

Jay Buchanan’s voice is still immaculate and worth the ticket price alone, but only just superior to the musicianship of the band. Having seen them in support slots many times, and once headlining late last year in Glasgow King Tuts their playing and stage prowess came as no surprise. Tonight’s venue is held in the grasp of every note, every beat. Continue reading

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