Way back in February, I bought tickets to the arena tour in Brisvegas, mainly because the Responsible Adult is a big Tim Minchin fan. Last night was the big night so off we went. I bought the original album in 1970 and had seen it in Brisbane, Sydney and London just before watching the film a couple of times in 1973. I wasn’t expecting a lot because for me, Ian Gillian just did it so well on the 1970 album that nothing has compared to it. The film was a big disappointment (sorry to all Ted Neely fans but he just wasn’t up to it).
Anyway, the first half was pretty darn good except the surprisingly not too good John Stevens with Pilates dream. Sporty Spice owned I don’t know how to love him. The whole arena thing worked really well for me. A lot different from an intimate stage show, but the graphics and lighting were really, really good. Anyway, the second half has the big numbers and for somebody who isn’t Ian Gillian, our Jesus did very well. The two biggies are Gethsemane and Judas’ Death both of which were belted out as you would want them to be.
The band was excellent and I particularly liked the guitarist coming out on stage to play against Tim Minchin. John Stevens had also warmed up by then and handled Trial before Pilate as you would expect from a professional like him.
Highly recommended if you can get to see it.
Sigur Ros – yes it’s those crazy kids from Iceland. Bit hard to describe. The singer is a male – maybe they like their undies particularly tight in Iceland. Anyway, you can’t say they aren’t cool.
Client – still proving you don’t need excessive talent to get onto the Princes’ playlist. Thre hot chicks in tight red dresses with a great beat – does it for me.
Santana – the air guitarists hero. Made an album of covers recently. Particularly good version of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps. Not sure about the film clip, but enjoy the sounds.
Serenading me in the paddock this week:
The Fab 5 – “Elbow”. You can listen to them soft, you can listen to them loud (which is better) – they have a terrific sound. Check out ‘Grounds for Divorce’ live at Abbey Road here:
“Amy Lavere” – she’s so cute and even cuter with her great big double bass. Then she sings the cutest little songs like ‘KILLING HIM.’
Check out Amy on the Jools Holland show here:
I’ve also been playing the wonderful ‘Raising Sand’ by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. But did you know that they also covered Led Zepplin here and there?
Check out a terrific cover of When the Levee Breaks here:
When you’ve done that, you will surely want to check out Black Dog:
Always on the lookout for new tunes to pop onto the ipod. Sometimes it’s nice to have people singing songs while weeding the paddock. So here’s a couple you may like to try.
Coco Rosie are two sisters who make lovely music and are sufficiently weird to appeal to both paddock workers and responsible adults. Try their song Lemonade here:
Or perhaps you would like to check out some Swedish electronic sounds. Fever Ray (the cute Sheila on the left) is part of an electronic duo The Knife. Try them out here:
And after a hard day in the paddock, what could be better than that ancient Welsh knight, Sir Tom. His latest album is great. Check him out on the Graham Norton show here: