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  posted on 2/4/2008 at 11:06 AM
Zeka, welcome back! And, you know it's never too late for happiness!
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  posted on 2/4/2008 at 11:08 AM
Happiness P T O RAMA!

 

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  posted on 2/7/2008 at 10:44 PM
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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 05:53 AM
Hope y'all are enjoying the weekend ... temps here are only just above freezing ... but it is a lovely blue sky sunny day

 

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  posted on 2/9/2008 at 09:47 PM
So far so good Colin. Went out to supper tonight with Sandy, my dad, my mom's brother and his girlfriend. {We wished one another Merry Christmas because of course, I missed being with them at Christmas cause I was a sick puppy. } Had a Chinese beer with dinner. Can't remember the name but I think it was a lager and had a sweet after taste--very nice.

Tomorrow, in the afternoon, I am off to hear Trad Jazz and drink a very nice local {Guelph, Ontario} micro brew called Stone Hammer Pilsner at the Woolwich Arms in Guelph {about 45 minutes from where I live.}.

Shovelled and blew heavy snow again today. We're really getting hammered with snow this year.

Glad you are having a blue sky sunny day, Colin.


Blue Sky wishes to ALL!

 

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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 01:41 PM
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  posted on 2/10/2008 at 05:29 PM
Quinn !
 

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  posted on 2/13/2008 at 06:15 AM
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  posted on 2/13/2008 at 06:17 AM
Everything is O.K. now.
I had some troubles with my login.
Love!
Zeka

 

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Love!

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  posted on 2/14/2008 at 12:05 PM
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Love!

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Right back atcha ladylove

 

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  posted on 2/14/2008 at 01:39 PM
Thanks so much Colin. You're as sweet as fine chocolate! Mmmmm...

 

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  posted on 2/15/2008 at 08:44 AM


FRIDAY


Off up to London to see Joe Bonamassa this evening ... he is playing at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, which is an old "Arte Deco" Theatre similar to the Beacon but about half the size ... great place for a gig.

Petri ... hope you are ok my friend ... I received a generous package from you a couple of days ago which I will enjoy watching at the weekend ... thank you!!!

Have a great weekend everyone





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  posted on 2/15/2008 at 11:11 AM
Have a great time tonight Colin!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

I'm off to hear some Trad Jazz late tomorrow afternoon (very fine New Orleans' trumpeter Kevin Clark and his band} and then out to supper at a local Italian eatery. Yummmm! {My Valentine's dinner }

Peace and Love out to All...

 

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  posted on 2/15/2008 at 09:27 PM
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  posted on 2/22/2008 at 09:36 AM
Happy weekend to everyone!

I'm fine and dandy...

Kim, I owe you an e-mail...

Love!

 

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  posted on 2/22/2008 at 06:22 PM
Hi Petri, nice to see you 'round these parts. No worries about an email and Love! to you and y'all too.

 

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  posted on 2/24/2008 at 06:18 PM
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  posted on 3/6/2008 at 07:18 PM
Hi All!

Very quiet in here lately...

Colin, hope you had a wonderful time at the Neil show tonight. I'm sure you did.

Petri, guess who I saw for the first time on Monday night? The Boss...Bruce Springsteen. I remember you posted that you are going to see him in July in Finland. We weren't planning to see him but we were listening to a Toronto radio station and they mentioned that he was playing the next day in Hamilton {about an hour away from us} so we looked in our local newspaper to see if there were any tickets on sale and lo and behold there was one set of two that this guy was selling for face value. So we bought those tix from him {the best tix we've ever had in a stadium setting} and we went to see Bruce the next day.

Loved Bruce and loved the show. I think you will have a great time and be impressed. Everything was excellent: Bruce's voice, songs, playing and band members. The material from his new album Magic was top rate. As you know, Max Weinberg {from Conan's show} is Bruce's drummer and it was a huge treat listening to and watching Max play. I love his drumming. A real highlight for me. Bruce gave 150 % in terms of his singing, playing {including his harmonica playing}, crowd interaction and just his huge amount of effort and energy expended.
It was a first rate show and I think you will enjoy yourself quite a bit.

Colin, FYI, Bruce is playing in London at the Emirates Stadium May 30 and 31 in case you might be interested in checking him out.

For more info go to brucespringsteen.net. Good pics and blogs about each show along the way.

Hope all are well...love to all...

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 04:52 AM
Hello my international friends!

All's well here in Finland, I've just been busy with other areas and therefore have been neglegting you...

Kim, I still owe you an e-mail... what a lazy SOB I am
Thanks for your Bruce review, even though I'm not a real Bruce fan (but I like his early albums up till 1980) this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to catch The Boss so I'm really looking forward to the Helsinki concert.

I really live a busy phase of life at the moment so please my friends, do not worry if you don't catch me too often around here... feel free to e-mail or sen a PM to me.

Have a happy Friday and a nice weekend!

 

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Petri !!!!! ... must find time to write to you again soon ... like you, things have been very hectic for me so far this year ... hope you and the family are all keeping well.

Kim !!!!! , love to you too. Thank you for the info, but Bruce is not my cup of tea. Like Petri, I quite liked his earlier stuff but lost interest about 1980. I have a friend who is an absolute fan of his though and he is going to the Emirates Stadium concert.

Neil was excellent last night, review to follow ... now looking forward to the Eagles in two weeks time

 

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Neil Young @ the Hammersmith Apollo, London, Thursday 6th March, 2008.

Wow!!! . . . What a show!!! . . . that’s it if you want the short version, if you want the longer version, read on . . .

I managed to get out of work slightly early so that Janet and I were able to get to London with time to spare for a quick “pie and pint” at a local hostelry before making our way over to the Apollo, arriving shortly after the doors had opened at around 6.45. There was a plethora of scalpers outside, stopping everyone to ask if they had spares to sell; I can only image that as they weren’t offering to sell that what few tickets they had got their grubby little hands on were quickly snapped up, such is the growing popularity of this tour.

There was a mad scramble around the merchandise stand just inside the main doors, we decided that neither of us needed another “T” shirt that badly to join in the scrum and so we made our way upstairs to the bar and grabbed another quick beer before heading in to catch Pegi Young's opening set.

For those of you that are not familiar with the Hammersmith Apollo (which used to be called the Hammersmith Odeon), it is probably the London venue that is most similar in size and nature (art deco period) to the Beacon Theater in NYC. The only major difference is that there is just a single balcony at the Apollo, which is equivalent to the loge at the Beacon. Our seats were on that balcony (loge), second row, just left of centre; pretty damn perfect to be honest, especially as the two people that sat in front of us were about 5 feet tall on tip toes and so we could easily see over them.

The stage set resembled a theatrical storage room. It was strewn with all manner of old equipment, amps, lights, stage props, even Neil's vintage pump organ seemed to be for decoration purposes only. Neil's main amp was mounted on a skateboard that was operated from offstage by a wire, moving the amp left and right too allow the guitar technician to get onstage with Neil's guitars for changes between songs.

The most avant-garde part of Neil’s entourage, however, was an artist who was painting large canvases at the back of the stage throughout the acoustic set. Then, during the electric set, he would come to the front right of the stage before each song and place a canvas on an easel, with the painting depicting and naming which song was about to be played.

Anyway, back to Pegi’s opening set . . . She came on with her band (Ben Keith, Rick Rosas and Anthony Crawford) at about 7.30pm and played a 40 minute set of country acoustic numbers. I have to say that country music does not particularly appeal to me, but Pegi’s voice is sweet and not too “country”, so I found the set quite pleasant. I’m sorry, but I cannot give you a set list of what she played, but she did keep alluding to a new album so I guess most were from that.

Then, after a short interval during which a small army of roadies re-arranged the stage and set up Neil’s equipment, Neil came on to a rapturous applause at 8.30pm. He was dressed in a white suit that looked well worn, like a colonial emissary in a tropical appointment, but more importantly he looked fit and well. He sat centre stage, surrounded by a circle of eight guitars, with a grand piano to the right and a bar room piano to the left. In front of his seat was a stand with a selection of harmonicas and a bottle of beer, from which he wet his whistle from time to time during the acoustic set, which comprised the following songs:

From Hank To Hendrix
Ambulance Blues
Kansas
A Man Needs A Maid
Try
Harvest
After The Gold Rush
Old King
Love Art Blues
Heart Of Gold
Out On The Weekend
Old Man

During the acoustic set, in between songs, Neil wandered around the stage seemingly confused, scratching his head and appearing not to know what to do next or what guitar to play, strumming a few of them whilst on their stands. It is clearly all an act, however, because despite the odd shout from members of the audience calling for favourites, Neil remained very focussed and knew exactly what he was going to play next. His playing was superb, and despite a few changes in pitch to avoid straining, Neil's singing was practically unchanged from the original versions of the songs, which was quite a pleasant surprise.

After the hour long acoustic set, the highlights for me being the nostalgic “Heart Of Gold” and “Old Man”, on which Neil hit the high notes perfectly, Neil left the stage to a standing ovation. As he left the stage, he wandered around his strange set looking at various items en-route, before finally going to chat to the artist at the rear of the stage and look at his work.

Then at 10pm, the lights went down and Neil returned, this time wearing a black, paint-splattered suit. Neil was now joined by his band, Ben Keith (pedal steel / dobro / guitar / organ), Rick Rosas (bass) and Crazy Horse's Ralph Molina (drums). Neil's wife Pegi and Anthony Crawford also joined them on stage occasionally to provide background vocals. What followed was a classic Neil electric set comprising the following:

The Loner
Dirty Old Man
Spirit Road
Down By The River
Hey Hey, My My
Roll Another Number
Oh, Lonesome Me
The Believer
Powderfinger
No Hidden Path
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Encore: **** in' Up

What a set! Wow! From the beginning to the end I could not keep a wide grin from my face. It was loud, but not too loud, and Neil's guitar tone was as uniquely appealing as ever. The band played very tightly behind him and some of the classic tunes actually sounded better than ever. It is difficult to pick favourites from this set, but the crescendo leading to “Powderfinger” and the extended jamming in “No Hidden Path” certainly provided the perfect climax.

And so, at 11-25pm, it was all over and Neil was waving goodbye. As always, there were a couple of personal favourite tracks missing from his sets that I wish he had included, but I must admit that it would be hard for me to oust any of those he actually played in order to accommodate them. Janet and I left the Apollo very contented. I don’t know if Neil will come by our way again, but if this does turn out to be the last show by him that we see, it will be remembered very fondly and as a fitting tribute to one of the great artists of our lifetime.

Thank you Neil . . .

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 07:41 AM
Thanks for the review, Colin. You should take up as a journalist, so well written it was

 

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  posted on 3/7/2008 at 01:30 PM
Petri and Colin, just to clarify...I'm "not a real [Bruce] fan" either. I don't have any of his albums. I've only heard his radio hits. Our going to see him was sort of a fluke. But my point is that I came away with a greater appreciation for him and his band {after seeing him live} than I had before. And...I thought I'd pass along my impressions to you Petri because you are going to see him in July.

Petri, don't worry about sending me an email. You're busy. Just pop in here a bit more frequently and say 'hello'. I miss you!

Colin...great review! Thank you. It definitely takes me back to the show I saw in Toronto. Even Neil's rumpled white suit! Nice that you got a F***** Up. And No Hidden Path was a highlight for me too.

Colin and Petri, could you let me know if you ever hear about a recording of Neil's Toronto show?! We got a Cortez at that show and I would love to hear it {and the whole show, of course}. Thanks guys.

Nice to see you both... and love out to y'all...

 

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  posted on 3/10/2008 at 09:37 AM
Great review Colin Iwas going to ask you how the show was in the Lounge, but glad I dropped by here this AM
 
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