Tag Archives: 2017

272. PP Arnold: The Wardrobe, Leeds [16.10.17]

272a_PP Arnold [161017]Artist: PP Arnold

Support: Carys Crow

Venue: The Wardrobe, Leeds

Date: 16.10.17

A back-catalogue of soul and rock tracks spanning a remarkable career – interspersed with memoirs and tales of incredible times and collaborations. Truly a living legend.

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272c_PP Arnold [161017]


266. CUD: The Leeds Show, Temple Newsam [29.7.17]

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Artist: CUD

Support: Glass Mountain

Venue: The Leeds Show, Temple Newsam

Date: 29.7.17

Last time I paid £3 to see CUD was during the late 80s at a packed-out ‘Duchess’ gig in Leeds. Nearly 3 decades later I’m one of merely 30 people in a field at Temple Newsam Estate. Ever the indie-rock stars, the band played on regardless and on fine form.

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265. Gary Numan: Liverpool Exhibition Centre [27.7.17]

265a_Gary Numan [270717]Artist: Gary Numan

Support: Gang of Four

Venue: Liverpool Exhibition Centre

Date: 27.7.17

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Originally billed with double headline acts of Gary Numan and John Foxx & The Maths performing as Pioneers of British Electronic Music. Unfortunately John Foxx had to cancel his appearance resulting in Gang of Four guesting as the support band.

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A bizarre venue layout; all on one level with the standing fans situated behind the seated audience. However, Gary Numan (and band) filled the arena with a blend of electronic classics and new material from his forthcoming ‘Savage’ album, some of which was performed live for the first time at this gig. A preview of heavier post-apocalyptic things to come . . .

Setlist: Everything Comes Down to This / Films / Bed of Thorns / Metal / Pressure / Ghost Nation / Jagged / M.E. / We’re the Unforgiven / Mercy / A Prayer for the Unborn / Here in the Black / My Name is Ruin (with Persia) / Cars / When the World Comes Apart / Love Hurt Bleed // Down in the Park / Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

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263. The Stone Roses: First Direct Arena, Leeds [20.6.17]

263a_The Stone Roses [200617]Artist: The Stone Roses

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 20.6.17

Let’s gloss over the extortionate ticket prices which didn’t appear to fund an illusive third album, or the abundance of middle-aged men in bucket hats (it never was a good look).

Having compromised on cheap seats in ‘the gods’ (where angels play), we soaked up the incredible atmosphere as The Stone Roses played the best of both their albums to an ever loving and loyal crowd.

Adored indeed.

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263c_The Stone Roses [200617]

Setlist: I Wanna Be Adored / Elephant Stone / Sally Cinnamon / Mersey Paradise / (Song for My) Sugar Spun Sister / Where Angels Play / Shoot You Down / Waterfall / Don’t Stop / Begging You / Elizabeth My Dear / Fools Gold / All for One / Love Spreads / Made of Stone / She Bangs the Drums / Breaking into Heaven / This Is the One / I Am the Resurrection.

A few days later the band announced that they would no longer play live: “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.” Ian Brown

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262. Let’s Rock Leeds: Temple Newsam, Leeds [17.6.17]

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Artists: The Human League / Tony Hadley / Howard Jones / Kid Creole & The Coconuts / Imagination / Roland Gift / From The Jam / Hue & Cry / Nick Heyward / Hazel O’Connor

Venue: Temple Newsam, Leeds

Date: 17.6.17

A hot summer’s day of 80s nostalgia and merriment as numerous pop legends from my youth performed their greatest hits.

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257. Saint Etienne: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge [26.5.17]

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Artist: Saint Etienne

Support: Dean McPhee

Venue: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Date: 26.5.17

Prior to this gig, the only other time I had seen Saint Etienne live was 27 years earlier at The Duchess, Leeds. An even more intimate show at The Trades Club showed how timelessly classy their output has been over the years, as they performed a perfect blend of new material and indie-club classics.

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Setlist: Nothing Can Stop Us / Magpie Eyes / You’re in a Bad Way / Whyteleafe / When I Was Seventeen / Take It All In / Who Do You Think You Are / Dive / Like a Motorway / Split Screen / Heather / Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Tonight / Kiss and Make Up / Sylvie // Train Drivers in Eyeliner / I’ve Got Your Music / He’s on the Phone.

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256. The Cribs: First Direct Arena, Leeds [20.5.17]

256a_The Cribs [200517]Artist: The Cribs

Support: Slaves / Pulled Apart by Horses

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 20.5.17

Appropriately raucous support slots from Pulled Apart by Horses and Slaves.

Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Forever – 10 Year Anniversary Tour: Awful sound for the first half of The Cribs’ set, which is a rare occurrence at Leeds Arena. Less is more in the case of volume vs clarity. However, they seemed to sort it out and make amends for the latter part of the show.

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Big is not always best – as The Cribs would prove by returning to their roots for their next Leeds shows . . .

253. Richard Ashcroft: First Direct Arena, Leeds [22.4.17]

253a_Richard Ashcroft [220417]Artist: Richard Ashcroft

Support: Black Grape

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 22.4.17

A reminder of how Richard Ashcroft and (The) Verve transcended their ‘90s Britpop peers – with a setlist ranging from ‘Urban Hymns’ to his latest album. Whilst Blur and Oasis bickered, and the Gallaghers’ sibling rivalry tore them apart, Ashcroft has always let his songs do the talking.

Setlist: Out of My Body / Sonnet / This is How it Feels / Space and Time / A Song for the Lovers / They Don’t Own Me / Ain’t the Future So Bright / Music is Power / Velvet Morning / Break the Night with Colour / Lucky Man // C’mon People (We’re Making it Now) / History / The Drugs Don’t Work / Hold On / Bitter Sweet Symphony

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253c_Richard Ashcroft [220417]

252. Haçienda Classical: First Direct Arena, Leeds [14.4.17]

252a_Haçienda Classiçal [140417]Artists: Graeme Park / Mike Pickering / Peter Hook / Rowetta / Manchester Camerata Orchestra / Bez / MC Tunes

Support: Peter Hook [DJ Set]

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 14.4.17

Manchester’s legendary Haçienda crossed the Pennines for an evening of old school club classics in classical style. Timeless tunes from a misspent youth, adapted for an adult audience. ‘Strings of life’ indeed.

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250. Echo 42 Big Band: Jazz in the Spa, Boston Spa Village Hall [1.4.17]

Artist: Echo 42 Big Band

Venue: Jazz in the Spa, Boston Spa Village Hall

Date: 1.4.17

Something a little different for my 250th gig; stylish retro swing.

I’ve designed the monthly ‘Jazz in the Spa’ listings poster for over 23 years, so it’s always good to call in and see one of the bands in action.

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249. Peter Hook & The Light: O2 Academy, Leeds [18.3.17]

249a_Peter Hook [180317]Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 18.3.17

Substance [Live]: Continuing his quest to eventually play every Joy Division and New Order song live, ‘Hooky’ (& co.) played an epic gig featuring the ‘Substance’ (best of) albums of his former bands.

The fact that the band played the Joy Division set after the New Order tracks implies that Hook’s true loyalty lies with his earlier work – but what a choice to have. A substantial back catalogue indeed.

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Joy Division_New Order [Substance]

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248. Pet Shop Boys: First Direct Arena, Leeds [18.2.17]

248a_Pet Shop Boys [180217]Artist: Pet Shop Boys

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 18.2.17

Incredibly, during a career spanning 31 years of pop perfection, Pet Shop Boys had never played live in Leeds – until now.

It was worth the wait, to see and hear decades of electronic anthems performed in spectacular style. Remixed and revamped for the modern day, with sensational lights and lasers.

Setlist: Inner Sanctum / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / The Pop Kids / In the Night / Burn / Love is a Bourgeois Construct / New York City Boy / Se A Vida É (That’s the Way Life is) / Love Comes Quickly / Love etc. / The Dictator Decides / Inside a Dream / West End Girls / Winner / Home and Dry / The Enigma / Vocal / The Sodom and Gomorrah Show / It’s a Sin / Left to My Own Devices / Go West // Domino Dancing / Always On My Mind / The Pop Kids (Reprise).

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