On Thursday 26 January, the Leeds Arena had Black Sabbath on as part of their ‘final’ tour. Her Ladyship has been a fan of early Sabbath since the beginning, but having listened to some recent concert recordings she reckoned that Ozzy would have been too embarrassing so didn’t want her fond memories scarred by going. So we didn’t.
So, coincidentally, Yorkshire’s No 1 Sabbath tribute act (their words) were at the Duck and Drake so we gave them a go.
They were there early, set up and soundchecked at about 8.50 pm. The vocalist started up and we turned to each other with that ‘ Am I imagining this?’ look. He was singing in a completely different key to what his bandmates were playing. The Clash sprang to mind, ‘Should I stay or should I go?’. The beer was good, as always, so we decided to wait for the gig proper.
But it was much of the same. It was so bad Her Ladyship was crying with laughter. It really was so spectacularly off-key we were wondering if it could have been a deliberate Les Dawson-like display.
We have seen some pretty awful people on various stages over the decades but even a day later I am still wondering how they have got t-shirts, a website and loads of (admittedly shit-faced) people cheering and singing along.
And for those out there who are of the ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all’ mindset, the musicians were fine. They seemed to play all the right notes and played with much enthusiasm. The singer was hugely enthusiastic but it needs to be pointed out that his singing was as flat as Mother Teresa’s baps. Surely his bandmates must hear it? (And no ‘problem with monitor’ excuse please).
Nothing would have pleased me more to have been able to post a glowing review but I am not going to be disingenuous.
Update. 8 Feb 2017. Bass player has decided to leave.
First time for many a year that there is no review, because we chose to give it a miss this year.
Her Ladyship’s glances on Facebook over the weekend revealed quite a lot of ‘wonderful weekend’ comments, but there seemed to be a lot more ‘disappointing weekend’ comments. (The actual adjectives used in the latter were somewhat more earthy).
Whatever your opinion, get onto Butlins and express it.
I did hear a brief snatch of the expanded Nine Below Zero, featuring a female vocalist. Someone reckoned it was good, but please don’t try and enforce that opinion on us. 9BZ…R.I.P.
The Long Ryders gig in Leeds earlier this year was one of my favourites of 2016 (see earlier review). However I wasn’t at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC for this one.
The reason it is here is courtesy of http://www.nyctaper.com. It is a great sounding recording of the Long Ryders in full flight on their latest reunion tour. The set list is slightly different to the Leeds gig, but is a really good example of their free-flowing playing with no record company pressures.
Sure they have a definitive box set to plug, which means they could have played for twice the 90 minute set and still missed somebody’s favourite song.
No need for a blow-by-blow account of the show, the set-list will follow. Go to the website (as above) and download the entire gig , fans won’t be disappointed. There is also a Glenn Tilbrook solo 2014 gig there , but ‘don’t dillydally on the way’. Older recordings (eg Roger Waters) have ‘expired’.
Thanks again to http://www.nyctaper.com
Set list. Tell it to the Judge on Sunday/Lights of Downtown/A Stitch in Time/Gunslinger Man/You don’t know what’s Right/Years long ago/Run Dusty Run/Ivory Tower/The Light gets in the Way/Masters of War/Two kinds of Love/I want you Bad/I had a Dream/And she Rides/Final Wild Sun/Man of Misery/You just can’t ride the boxcars anymore/Sweet Mental Revenge/State of my Union/On the way home/Looking for Lewis and Clark