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Is it just me, or….?

Ebay backstage pass

Having just posted a review about lack of recent activity, I have just seen a Flying Burrito Brothers 1969 backstage pass advertised on Ebay for a ridiculous amount.

However, the alleged backstage pass has the group logo from the reformed 1974 version of the Burritos!  So either the makers were able to see into the future or the seller is, er, not only less than truthful but also stupid.

Apologies if the item is genuine , of course.

Weyfest Festival. 2017

They are proudly proclaiming ‘ you can enjoy 3 days with camping for under £100!!’!!

I know I didn’t get the best grade at A level Maths, but although the weekend ticket is £80.00 and the camping ticket is £15.00 (yes, £95.00 and under £100!!) the booking fees are £6.00 and £1.13 respectively plus a handling fee of £1.50.

An extra £8.63 makes the price £103. 63…not ‘under £100.00!!’.   I can’t find how to not pay these fees.  Pedantic? No, just the truth.

The Clash.

The Clash…punk gods? Load of tosh. Middle-class, semi pro established musicians by the time ‘punk’ hit us.

See previous review of Neck at Onboard the Craft festival for more

Covers bands and tribute acts (Upton Blues Festival postscript)

The Della Grants made a very pertinent observation. They implored us to support ‘new’ music, because without ‘new’ music there would not be any ‘old’ music. Spot on lads!

Butlins Rock and Blexit.

There has been quite a lot of comment recently about how people are finally getting fed up with the same names appearing and are planning not to go in 2017. There is of course a lot of people who want more of the same.

Next year’s line-up seems to reflect that the organiser has certainly responded to the cry for changes.

Thankfully the ‘Jazz’ idea seems to have died a very welcome death. However, the ‘Blues ‘ concept seems to have really taken over.  Much of the Blues Stage is occupied by American harmonica players (plus our own Paul Jones), and the Rock Stage seems pretty heavy on the Blues too.

So a definite change in outlook it seems.

Atomic Rooster update

I previously posted a comment that pedants may criticise the current line-up, as the three people who played on the first LP are all dead.

I was of the understanding that while Carl Palmer (very much alive and outrageously youthful!) was in Atomic Rooster then, he didn’t actually play on the first LP.  There has been a number of views on my original post, which seemed strange. I tried to check on the veracity of my original comment. I found at least one site which said that Mr Palmer didn’t play on it, and was certainly a touring member. But there is also at least one review of the LP which comments on his drumming style!

So if I made a mistake, sorry.

Atomic Rooster

An interesting addition to the Cambridge Rock Festival bill.  Those out there who reckon that any act who does not have any original members cannot be ‘the real thing’ ( No, not The Real Thing!), will have a field day. (Dr Feelgood is the usual example quoted). The current line-up of Atomic Rooster does not have any of the people who were on the first LP.*

Ir would be quite difficult to do, as they are all dead. But they have 2 members from the 70s who have flown the flag for some time.

Ironically, CRF has a Thursday full of tribute acts.


*Update 14.6.2016