Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Petty Heartbreakers.Duck and Drake. 9.11.2017

I came down on the 22nd October, to see them (two days after what would have been TP’s 67th birthday.)  Packed to the rafters with loads of people who had probably just been out and bought the ‘Greatest Hits’ cd. I left at halftime, it was too packed.

Tonight was very much back to their normal audience. Plenty in (mainly ‘real’ TP fans) , but with seats available and room to get to the bar and get served.   Started about 9.15pm, with ‘Kings Highway’ being the introduction to a first set  of an hour of songs from their first  to their 13th (and last) studio lp.  There was a cracking version of ‘So you want to be a rock n roll star’ and a great out-take from ‘Long after Dark’.  They even fitted in a couple of requests at short notice, ‘The Waiting’ (for yours truly) and ‘Breakdown’ (for Her Ladyship).

‘Walls’ is a much-overlooked number and their Thunderclap Newman cover is a regular feature.   ‘Don’t come around here no more’ brought the first hour to a close and it was time for us to go for our bus.  No doubt all the ‘hits’ to come after a short break and if it was as good as the first set a good time would be had by all.

I have said more than once that they are the only tribute act we go to see regularly.  ‘Nuff said.

But I would PAY BIG to see the wonderful Beatallica!


The Dream Syndicate. Brudenell Social Club. 1.11.2017

I checked back on my old ticket for when I saw Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 in Leeds.  Can’t believe it was more than 14 years ago. Mr W has aged a hell of a lot better than yours truly.

Back then the opener was ‘Halloween’. I was blown away, bought cd and T-shirt!   Tonight it was the same opener, after a ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ intro (the Tony Bennett version?).  ‘Halloween’ is a great song, brilliantly using a one chord intro (D).  Long time buddy Chris Cacavas then joined them on keyboards. After that they could have played ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ and I would have gone home happy.   Followed up with new song  ‘The Circle’ and the set was pretty much the standard one featured in the tour so far. They have a new record out, so there was a mix of old and ( a lot of) new.  It would have been interesting to hear His Bobness’s ‘Blind Willie McTell’ which has previously been slotted in.

Rather than list all the songs, please go to  It already has the set  listed, it is a good site. Yes there are occasional inaccuracies but it relies on contributors’ memories, after all.

‘Days of Wine and Roses’ had a brilliant burst of complete silence in it and the encore featured a snatch of Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’. A really great gig. They all looked really up for it.

Her Ladyship was also well-impressed. still fighting against jet lag having returned from her Great Wall of China Challenge.