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« Reply #2100 on: May 29, 2024, 01:19:51 PM »



Thanks for that. Saw the Bristol gig and it was just as the review says. A minor stumble over a lyric here or there but a refreshing and varied set. Jack Hobbs is a very fine player and has mastered a lot of his Grandad's technique. Loved the interplay between the two of them.
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« Reply #2101 on: May 30, 2024, 08:19:04 PM »

Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/
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« Reply #2102 on: May 31, 2024, 09:29:37 AM »


Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/


Hmmm. I'm fairly certain Beeswing wouldn't have been my highlight of the concert.
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« Reply #2103 on: May 31, 2024, 10:30:01 AM »



Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/


Hmmm. I'm fairly certain Beeswing wouldn't have been my highlight of the concert.


Well, you weren't there, so... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2104 on: May 31, 2024, 10:34:27 AM »




Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/


Hmmm. I'm fairly certain Beeswing wouldn't have been my highlight of the concert.


Well, you weren't there, so... Roll Eyes


But I have heard another of the gigs.  And I'm not a particular fan (that's probably overstating it, but I don't think it's an automatic Top 3 RT song like most seem to) of the song, so on balance I reckon I'll allow my own opinion to stand...
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« Reply #2105 on: May 31, 2024, 11:25:20 AM »


Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/


Thanks for the review, pretty much says what I wouldn't have the words to say. Zac it is from now on!
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« Reply #2106 on: May 31, 2024, 11:43:43 AM »





Here’s another. Yes, before you mention it, ‘Zac’.  Wink https://louderthanwar.com/richard-thompson-bristol-beacon-live-review/


Hmmm. I'm fairly certain Beeswing wouldn't have been my highlight of the concert.


Well, you weren't there, so... Roll Eyes


But I have heard another of the gigs.  And I'm not a particular fan (that's probably overstating it, but I don't think it's an automatic Top 3 RT song like most seem to) of the song, so on balance I reckon I'll allow my own opinion to stand...


I'm with you David. There are two songs that I slightly dread at any RT show ( though I am not seeing this tour). One is Beeswing. The other is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. I appreciate that this is a minority view.
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« Reply #2107 on: May 31, 2024, 12:28:58 PM »


I'm with you David. There are two songs that I slightly dread at any RT show ( though I am not seeing this tour). One is Beeswing. The other is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. I appreciate that this is a minority view.


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« Reply #2108 on: May 31, 2024, 12:43:24 PM »



I'm with you David. There are two songs that I slightly dread at any RT show ( though I am not seeing this tour). One is Beeswing. The other is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. I appreciate that this is a minority view.


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Snigger.  What have I started?  Vincent isn't in my Top 10 either...I kind of respect it rather than love it.
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« Reply #2109 on: May 31, 2024, 04:12:55 PM »


Snigger.  What have I started?  Vincent isn't in my Top 10 either...I kind of respect it rather than love it.


In theory, I'd think the same. He's always guaranteed to play it, so by rights it should be overfamiliar. But then the song begins, and before long I'm weeping buckets. Every single time. Masterpiece.

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« Reply #2110 on: May 31, 2024, 05:12:34 PM »

Damned if he plays VBL, damned if he doesn't.
What's a master songsmith who's never really had a hit to do ?
Play what's arguably his nearest equivalent.
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« Reply #2111 on: June 01, 2024, 09:05:04 AM »




I'm with you David. There are two songs that I slightly dread at any RT show ( though I am not seeing this tour). One is Beeswing. The other is 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. I appreciate that this is a minority view.


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Snigger.  What have I started?  Vincent isn't in my Top 10 either...I kind of respect it rather than love it.


I haven't seen RT live since the 90s,  but  '1952 Vincent...' got far too many radio plays for my liking. I don't care if I never hear it again. 'Beeswing' is another matter.  I bought Mirror Blue blue vinyl reissue  and that track is a highlight for me.
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« Reply #2112 on: June 01, 2024, 09:59:53 AM »

Two gigs this week. On Wednesday, the Sound of Springsteen at the Grand in Blackpool. Very enjoyable tribute band who caught the spirit of the Boss very well.

And then last night RT at Aviva International in Manchester. As all the reviews have said, he and the band are on great form. Very good mix of classics, rare old stuff, new material and a few surprises. Oh and no VBL but we did get Dimming of the Day in its place.
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« Reply #2113 on: June 01, 2024, 03:57:05 PM »

Meant to say, Jim Moray did a very fine set supporting RT. He is really is a fine guitarist, always good to hear him playing Lord Douglas.
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« Reply #2114 on: June 01, 2024, 04:47:12 PM »

We saw RT too, last week…agree with what people have said/linked to. Loved hearing RT doing Beeswing and Dimming of the Day by himself. Zac was fantastic, ably taking on some of the big solos…good to hear the legacy being passed on.

Also, I would add, we liked the way the show alternated between old and new,interweaving the tracks… giving enough of a taster for the new work and plenty of classics. (Strange choice of song, we thought, to commemorate fifty years of ‘Bright lights tonight’…..’Withered and died’!).

The support guy, Jim Moray, has a fantastic voice, but for me he did too many narrative/story songs and I can only take so many.

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« Reply #2115 on: June 01, 2024, 06:05:50 PM »

Dimming of the Day is one of my all-time favourite songs.
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« Reply #2116 on: June 01, 2024, 11:59:57 PM »

Saltlines, performed by Raynor Winn and the Gigspanner Big Band at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud.

A word on the premises: impressive

Some words about the performance: a folk rhapsody, perhaps even a folk tone poem in the first half. All the musicians pulled their weight and Raynor Winn was an interesting speaker and very friendly to chat with afterwards.

It was an unusual evening and all the better for that.

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« Reply #2117 on: June 02, 2024, 11:00:41 AM »

RT last night in Stoke. Absolutely brilliant , one of the best. We seemed to get about 10 minutes longer than other gigs reported, partly due to a shouted extra encore request of Vincent. Beeswing and Vincent were both fab, definitely two of my faves. Nice to see/hear some rarely played oldies too. Zac was great Wishbone Ash eat your heart out. Also bumped into old school chum and ex RT and Clive Gregson roadie Paul Owen who was desperately trying to find the new Tour Manager to get backstage. Recommended to all despite the high ticket price. Nick Mason at the same venue next week then on to Beardy.
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« Reply #2118 on: June 04, 2024, 07:26:05 AM »

Percy is doing Matty G with AK...

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/robert-plant-alison-krauss-2024-set-list/
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« Reply #2119 on: June 06, 2024, 07:45:32 AM »

RT at Portsmouth Guildhall last night...the first time he's played in Portsmouth since the first time I saw him at the Pyramids Centre 30 years ago...couldn't miss this one...

The mark of a really good gig - didn't get my phone out once, not even to check the time, no photos either.

Jim Moray opened the batting with a well-judged melodic set of traditional songs in his unique modern style, including Lord Douglas and Bruton Town. I'd only seen him once before years ago, and I'll be seeking out some of his music in due course.

As for RT - well worth the wait for his first electric band tour in years. Octopus-limbed sticksman Michael Jerome was unavailable, but the great Dave Mattacks came off the subs bench to do a remarkable job. Bassist Taras Prodaniuk was immaculate, subtle and tasteful,  Richard's other half Zara Phillips sang harmonies and grandson Zak Hobbs (spotted before the show in the Brewhouse, Guildhall Walk) played very impressive second guitar.
Highlights of his set included Dimming Of The Day, Guns Are The Tongues, Hard On Me, Withered & Died, and a superb version of Sandy Denny's John The Gun, but unusually no 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.

RT's guitar work is still inspiring, and he still shreds with the intensity of players a third of his 75 years.

However, he's now at the "go and see your heroes while you still can" stage of his career.

I've been fortunate to have been going to see him play for the last 30 years - long may he continue !
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