Run Back To Yesterday

Today Billy Sloan on his show page for BBC Radio Scotland was asking which gig that you’ve been to in the past would you want to go back and experience again.

Not sure I would want to go to any specific ones, really. Probably just any Simple Minds one.

But…oh, the chance to see them in the past with gigs I have never been to in the first place? PLLLEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEE! ALL OF 5X5 LIVE! Every single gig it is possible to go to – just to start.

1982 Jim – there’s MY Alasdair Gray follow-up to Lanark – 1982 JIM – sod Janine! Lol

Just…from this distance and passage of time, looking back at him at that time, I am transfixed. I can only imagine what I’d be like IN FRONT OF HIM at that time.

Yes, I am feeling it bad today because…I am very down on myself. Very disappointed and upset with myself. As a consequence it is just…I’m just seeking comfort in the things that…yeah.

ANY gig from 1982. Anywhere in Europe in the spring and early summer. Cologne. Anything while they were in Oz in 1982. The Friars, Aylesbury – then off to Oz. Oh, imagine it! New Gold Dream has only just come out and Jim looks fucking breathtaking. I don’t even care. I’m not even gonna apologise! Don’t believe me? Check that Sheila Rock pic from the other day. Someone said to me from me sharing it on my FB feed a few days back (a few comments had been left by that point) “oh, you ladies aren’t talking about his ‘package’ – you’ve disappointed me.” I replied saying “I covet his tits more than his junk.” Lol

Such brazen objectification. But it is true! I know the topic comes up for discussion, but honestly…I don’t feel I’m obsessed with his…”appendage”. There is sssoooo much more about Sir Kerr I am into than…that! His brain…just for a start. Not the other thing most men think with! Lol

ANYWAY! Gigs! Dream gigs. I don’t want to go back to a gig I’ve already experienced. Been there, done that…right? So! I want time travel. I want a gig I never got to experience by actually being there.

I watch some of the things from 1982…I watch him and think about how I feel when I am at gigs now – standing in front of him, watching him…thinking “Oh, you intoxicating, delicious…just…ggrrrr” then put that to how I’d be feeling being there in 1982. I think I’d end up catatonic. Lol. I’m sure. Probably end up in hospital or something. Lol

This is why I am so stunned that I am not finding my wall of Kerrnessnessnessness a distraction at the kit. But I genuinely am motivated by those pictures. Thank god I am! I need to be. Because so much else is bringing me down right now. Me! In every other way. I am a fucking c***, basically. I really, really hate myself right now.

I’m going to leave you with Jim. Well…Simple Minds actually. But…Jim.

Welcome To Aylesbowie

Today was the unveiling of the David Bowie statue/sculpture within Aylesbury town centre. In honour of it taking place, at least for one day, the town altered its name…albeit unofficially, to Aylesbowie.

If I was to take a stab at crowd numbers, I’d say a couple thousand people were there. I did my bit to represent the Simple Minds contingent…complete with gold claddagh shirt.

It is actually quite an involving piece of art, chronicling the whole of David’s career. It was great being at the unveiling. Will be good to return soon to enjoy a closer inspection and take in the full detail.

Holy Holy – Holy Shit!


As Woody declared when he was given a special “Aylesbury hero” award (I’m not sure that was the correct title of the award, but it was something along those lines). He, Tony Visconti, and the rest of Holy Holy were awarded it.

It was a fabulous night. It wasn’t without a hitch, but that’s live music for you. I absolutely loved it. Sang my heart out to every song…danced and stomped my feet away in my seat. 

The OH wasn’t best pleased when they started with Width Of A Circle. Lol. She can’t stand the song. I think it’s a heavy prog rock epic! And it was a stunning version. 

They then proceeded to perform all of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, from start to finish, track by track. Glenn Gregory fluffed the lines on Star, so they stopped completely and started the song again.

There were then songs from Hunky Dory and other tracks from The Man Who Sold The World performed. And the final song was Heroes.

I just sang and sang. I was in heaven. Didn’t want it to end! 

Woody gave a little speech at the end, and then was surprised by his award. It was so lovely. It felt really special. The crowd were great, really feeding off the band. There was a lot of love in the room.

Wonderful. A wonderful time.

A bit of footage of them performing (as part of a longer medley) the Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud.

Next Month?! Geez Louise!

A link to Jim’s post this morning about the European leg of the Acoustic Tour soon kicking off. Less than a week to go until the first gig in Essen, Germany.

Alex Gains in his comment said “see you next month”. Well, I never even thought about being able to word it like that! It makes it sound  wonderfully imminent to do so! OMG!

But before all that, there is tonight’s gig of Woody Woodmansey’s (and Tony Visconti’s) Holy Holy at Aylesbury. That wonderful Bowie history linked to the place as well. I can’t believe I’ll be seeing a genuine Spider and the producing/engeneering/mixing genuis of Visconti also (and he can play a MEAN bass – listen to She Shook Me Cold off The Man Who Sold The World album if you don’t believe me!). It should be a great night.

And from there, the amazing gift that is John Grant! My anticipation for this one is almost exceeding the SM gigs!

A slight change of pace then, when a few days prior to the Glasgow kick off, I see David Tennant in Don Juan In Soho (in London…but not Soho). Haven’t seen him in a play in six years, and Don Juan In Soho sounds saucy and raucous. I can’t wait!