Dec 8th 2015 / Guy Garvey / O2 ABC Glasgow

When Jenn and I went to Kendal Calling in July this year the headliners for the Saturday night were Elbow. Not something that we were really all that fussed about….until we saw them. Holy Crap! How have I missed the British National Treasure that is Guy Garvey? Looking like your cuddly, friendly uncle, his voice is amazing and his songs are just brilliant.

So this year Guy Garvey produced a great solo album – Courting the Squall – and followed it up with short tour. We caught him in Glasgow and it was pretty much the gig of the year for us.

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The O2 ABC is a reasonably intimate venue and Guy has the amazing ability to make you as an audience member feel like you’re along to see one of your good mates play a few songs and have a wee sing-a-long. The man is pure genius, his banter is relaxed and anecdotes witty (also we were fairly close to the front as you can see and I’m pretty sure he was giving me wife the ‘glad eye’ – can’t blame him really)

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Dec 10th / Kaiser Chiefs / O2 Academy Leeds

Took two days off work to travel down to Leeds – about a 4 1/2 hour drive down the A1/M1 from up here in Edinburgh (roadworks not withstanding) to see one of me and Jenn’s favourite bands – The Kaiser Chiefs!

They of course were immense…as always.

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It was a charity gig for Leeds Children’s Charity and CLIC Sargent that was announced only about a month ago and Jenn was quick off the credit card to book the tickets and an overnight stay at the Leeds Hilton.

The concert also had a great christmas feel with big inflatabe snowmen and we sang christmas carols with a gospel choir who also came out again later to help out with a few ‘Chief’s songs.

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Monkey Ricky

This picture below is from a tweet of one of the Kaisers and you can see me and Jenn (circled)

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Who are that good looking couple there?
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lots of cameras…good being the tallest.

 

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all hail the mighty inflatable snowmen

set list found here

Nov 11th 2015 / MegaDeth / Braehead Arena Glasgow

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Dave

I jumped on board the ‘Megadeth Bandwagon’ with the release of Countdown to Extinction (1992) – which still to date is their best album closely followed by Rust In Peace IMHO. I’ve since bought a lot of Megadeth Albums and they’re my goto band when I want some metal. I love them. So I was quick to snap up these tickets to see them in Glasgow in November. The latest interation of their line up is Dave M and David E (of course) and guitarist Kiko Loureiro and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler.

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The Hairy One

Kiko – what an amazing guitarist! He makes playing those intricate licks look like a cakewalk and as for Chris Adler as a drummer – oh my god! Lamb of God were the support band for Megadeth at this gig so Adler just played back to back with astounding energy!

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Kiko

I’ve now pre-ordered the new album Dystopia due out in January 2016.

 

Nov 3rd 2015 / Joe Satriani / Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Ever since I heard ‘Surfing with the Alien’ (1987) Joe Satriani has been one of my guitar heroes and I got the chance to finally see him in concert this year over in Glasgow. A friend of mine here in Edinburgh (also a guitar nut) bought us tickets WAY back in February this year and to gear up for Joe I bought all 15 of his studio albums including his latest release ‘Shockwave Supernova’ and listened to them over the proceeding months.

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Joe of course was nothing short of superb; ripping of all his greats with ease ‘Surfing with the Alien’, ‘Flying in a Blue Dream’ and even a encore of ‘Big Bad Moon’ – pretty much the only song of his with vocals!

What was a very cool thing though was his accompanying guitarist – Mike Keneally:

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Man that old dude can play – sometimes guitar and keyboard AT THE SAME TIME! It gives an aging old fogie like me hope!

 

FEB 3rd 2015 / Kaiser Chiefs / Usher Hall – Edinburgh

Jennifer and I don’t have a whole LOT of music taste common ground but the sonic venn diagram DMZ does have some pretty good bands residing in it, one of them being the Kaiser Chiefs. We first saw The Kaisers in Sydney in December 2005 supporting the Foo Fighers. They were relatively unknown then and had just released their first album ( Employment ) – in our opinion they blew the Foo’s away that night and I became a fan.

This year (2015) we’ve seen them twice – the first was February and then at Kendall Calling (subject of a future post!)

Kaiser Chiefs / Edinburgh / Feb 2015
Kaiser Chiefs / Edinburgh / Feb 2015

This was a gig packed with great songs and great energy as the Kaiser’s tend to deliver. It was an awesome night. Ricky Wilson is such a wee ball of energy the whole time bouncing about and spent most of the gig wearing someone’s hat that was thrown out from the audience. He even spent a few songs hanging off the second floor balcony.

This was the setlist.

Arisaig, August 2015

I’ve lived in Scotland now for almost 10 years and there is still a lot of this country I’ve not seen. Which is kinda weird seeing as compared to Australia there isn’t a real lot to it. This year though in the beginning of August (2015) we decided to go check out some of the west coast past Fort William where we rented a cottage in Arisaig for a week with the kids, dog and the Mother in Law.

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This place was quite a suprise. We were well guided by some friends on area on what beaches to go to and things to look out for. The beaches up here are just fantastic and when the sun’s out you have a hard time believing you’re in Scotland!

20150811_133855839_iOSI’m pretty sure that our westie dog Peggy ate half of the sand up there and we brought the rest of it back in the car, but it really was a good relaxing time. You can take a boat trip out to the offshore islands and see seals, whale sharks and dolphins. The food in the dog friendly pub was quite good and Arisaig had a fantastic resturant called The Old Library were I had one of the nicest steaks I’ve had in a long, long time.

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