As ever I make no apologies for plugging stuff by friends!
Gig Buddy – Stephen
Gig Booty – None
It’s nearly 30 years since I first saw Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page) at some distance at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef concert at Knebworth in 1990. I’ve seen him a few times since then and I have never been disappointed. This show was no different.
Some chattier members of the audience may have only been there for the handful of Led Zep songs, but some most of us had handed over our hard earned cash to hear a master ply his trade whatever he chose to sing.
I hadn’t had time to listen to the new album before the show but the songs from it sound fabulous so I shall be taking time out to give it a proper play. (So much new music so little time at the moment.)
Highlights for me were All The King’s Horses, House of Cards and Funny In My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ To Die)
Brilliant evening, brilliant performer, brilliant band.
Gig Buddy – Paul
Gig Booty – A pair of used drumsticks (which I later got signed)
The Stables is a lovely small venue and our seats were about four rows from the front so we were assured of a good view. I’ll get the gripe out of the way, I did find the seats a little uncomfortable for my back, but that’s really quite minor in the grand scheme of things.
Support was by a trio of ladies called The Beatrix Players. The line up was vocals, keys and cello. (Okay, second gripe, even if you are praising the support group can you not chat to your mate while they on, especially if it is a quiet set.)
Carl’s shiny stainless steel drum kit dominated the stage, flanked by two gongs. As per usual he was accompanied by Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick who are just brilliant musicians.
As the last man standing from ELP, Carl paid tribute to his fallen bandmates with both humour and affection. He even encouraged the audience to pull out their phones and film a bit of Pictures at An Exhibition to upload in their memory.
He also paid tribute to Greg and Keith’s pre ELP careers with versions of 21st Century Schizoid Man and America. There were a few mentions of a book which I hope is forthcoming.
The solos from Paul and Simon were mind-blowing and then Carl’s drum solo in Fanfare for The Common Man took things to another level. My gig buddy was suitably impressed.
Personal highlights include Jerusalem and Pictures, but to be frank the whole thing was awesome.
The band did a meet and greet afterwards where you could get your merchandise signed. Carl was out first and I’d been through with my drumsticks and ticket before the others came out so sadly missed out on getting my ticket fully signed.
I didn’t get a chance to nip out of work for this, but my colleague did so here’s a couple of photos and playlist of four videos he shot. With thanks to Stephen for the images.
It has been a while. I’d like to say real life got in the way of posting here but the harsh reality is a mixture of anxiety, lethargy and sheer exhaustion. However, onwards and upwards as they say. There will be a couple of catch up posts and then hopefully more content as things go forward.
I admit I was having too much fun at IPO Liverpool this year to struggle with the Cavern Wifi in an attempt to post from the event.
There know follows a kind of master-post of the acts I saw, with photos, comments, links and stuff. Do check them out.
Micah was the perfect opening for IPO for me. I had first heard him play last year in the noisy front of the Cavern club. The Cavern Pub can be equally noisy, but this Tuesday afternoon slot was good audience-wise and the delightful tunes simply made my day.
If you like stuff by James Taylor and James Lee Stanley give Micah a listen. (In fact give him a listen anyway!)
Another “discovery” from last year that I was eager to see again. Beautiful songs, beautiful sounds, beautiful people.
Go and listen to the tunes on the website for a sound that practically yells groovy west coast pop.
The Cherry Bluestorms
I was really pleased to hear this band were returning to IPO Liverpool. They remain the only band I’ve seen play at Eric’s so far (which was on their last visit). They have a great psychedelic garage sound and do not disappoint live.
I’ve included footage I took below, but there was a problem with the sound on my device, so please forgive the odd sound anomalies. (And go to their FB page for more videos!)
Fun Of The Pier
Fun of The Pier have a permanent place of my Must-See list at IPO. They have another member these days, but Sunday’s show was as a duo.
There’s an album coming soon and quite frankly I can’t wait. They had a free 2 track promo CD on the merch desk, and both of the tracks (and some working mixes) are on the soundcloud page. I’ve posted my favourite of the two below.
I am utterly biased when it comes to this band. Ni is one of my favourite humans and has been since about 2006. This year Honeybug brought the 80s to IPO and treated us to some very different versions of tunes we know and love as well as new ones. The 80s Pop/Christmas version of Throwaway is most definitely my favourite!
Hailee’s voice is amazing and she is a lovely person to boot. When she takes to the stage she instantly wins over the entire audience, even those who aren’t there for IPO. She also always looks like she is having the best time ever on stage and that is infectious.
There’s song samples on her site along with a link to buy her CD.
The video below is from an extra show with Dave Rave at IPO after the rest of the band had left.
I love Dave. He brings joy with him wherever he goes. This year saw his 14th trip to IPO Liverpool and it was really cool to have a bit of spare time just to hang out.
Check out the bandcamp page for his latest release with The Governors as well as lots of other splendid tunes. I highly recommend the opening track of the Live With What You Know album.