Caezar The News!

News of a Caezar gig towards the end of November was revealed today. Joe and JJ will be playing Saint Luke’s on November 23rd, with King Of Birds once again as support.

I couldn’t turn back round after two weeks to make their date in February but I’ll pull out all the stops to try and make November’s gig. Who knows? With any luck, might even be living up there by that time (I will continue to dream…though it feels like it slips further and further away).

Fingers crossed, by hook or by crook, I’ll make it…money, health, etc permitting (asterisk, asterisk). If I’m not up there and/or can’t make it, I’ll pray that Joe will have a hometown gig somewhere around Windsor way again.

Tickets go on sale on Friday. This time round, I think these will sell like hot cakes! Get in quick, peeps. That’s my advice! Find tickets HERE

Guido Harari Photography Exhibition – Nov. 16th to 24th In Naples, Italy

Details below translated to English (I used Google Translate to do so, so the end phrase may not have been translated right). If you find yourself in Naples this week?

Click HERE to read orignial article in Italian.

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An example of Harari’s photography, used in a Simple Minds calendar for 1989/90. Jim proving it does indeed snow in Scotland by pointing it out…obviously.

At The Gallery Studio in Naples the autumn season is inaugurated with an exhibition by Harari, the photographer and music critic who portrays empathizing with the greatest musicians of the last fifty years. Will be exhibited a collection of 32 portraits, in color and in black and white, from Bob Dylan to Pino Daniele. Harari will be present on the opening night.

His career is linked to numerous record covers signed for international artists such as Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. His photographs have also been used by Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny and Santana. In Italy he collaborated above all with Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Angelo Branduardi, Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Conte, Pino Daniele, Fabrizio De André, Eugenio Finardi, Ligabue, Mia Martini, Gianna Nannini, PFM and Vasco Rossi. He was also one of the curators of the great multimedia exhibition on Fabrizio De André, produced by Palazzo Ducale in Genoa
Guido Harari is not only a fan of music, of rock, an attentive listener, but also one who likes to enter and “listen” to what is inside and behind and beyond the artist, what appears.

Before portraying the shapes of the face or body of an artist or other personalities of art and culture, Harari explores the rhythm, energy and harmony that those faces express fleetingly to eyes that are not attentive and in everyday life, and that only a photographic shot, the work of a professional hand and a sensitive eye, can bring to light and keep it forever. To make a portrait, in the studio, on the road, on the stage technical mastery is not enough, you need to empathize with the subject.

The passion for music led him to always be the first to a concert. And the passion is always rewarded by those who “feel” that what drives you to photograph is not the gossip, but to satisfy the person with his need to be admired in its entirety.
According to the curator of the exhibition, held last August at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia, entitled Wall of Sound, Marco Pierini: “Guido Harari possesses the rare talent to capture the personality of the musicians both during the performance on the stage and in the course of the sessions – this time intimate and exclusive – during which the portraits take shape. In both cases the result is an iconic image, which immediately settles in the collective imagination and loses even its own chronological connotation. It happens with the Fender Telecaster raised to the sky by Springsteen or with the contortions of Iggy Pop, as well as with the highly self-contained portrait of Philip Glass or the ironic portrait of Ennio Morricone. It becomes difficult, if you know these images, do not automatically recall them to mind every time you hear or say the name of the musicians that animate them “.

GUIDO HARARI: RITRATTI Vernissage 16 November 2018 from 19.00 to 22.00 Free admission (by Federica Cerami)

Openings:

Saturday, November 17, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Sunday, November 18, 10.00 am -13.00 / 17.00 -20.00

Wednesday 21 November at 17.00 -20.00

Thursday 22 November, 10.00 am-1.00 pm

Friday 23 November, 17.00 -20.00 hours

Saturday November 24th from 10.00 to 13.00 / 17.00 to 20.00

Post Tour Depression

It very much looks like Jim suffers it too.

He looks in a contemplative mood in this picture by “steinmiller_productions”. Casey has taken some wonderfully reflective photos of mood and feeling on this tour. His photos really give life to a scene and conjure up an atmosphere.

This one of Jim is stunning in its simplicity and mood. I am in love with it! I’d really love a print of it. It would look amazing on the wall of the bedroom of my new home (whenever I get it and move in!).

I really hope Casey sells prints. I really, REALLY want this!

Oz Time Minds Time?

It’s all so…timely! The impending whirlwind whistle-stop to Newcastle is exactly two weeks away. I won’t make it out there. I never really believed I had much chance to begin with. But…I know all the stuff. I shouldn’t feel maudlin. It’s a one off! I’ve been to 19 Simple Minds gigs in the past two years (tonight being the 2nd anniversary of the BBC Radio 2 “In Concert” gig at Hackney Empire) – I COUNT MY BLESSINGS!

But…it won’t stop the pangs and the maudlin…because it is tied in with the pull of home and family and all of that.

Denis – I don’t blame you for asking. It was okay to ask. Dunno why Jim seemed so hacked off with the question. The fans just want to see you guys, that’s all! Denis has not been the ONLY Oz fan to be curious as to why the solitary gig.

I saw his comment this morning…and then a few hours later I am looking through the new issue of Billboard magazine and I see this statement from Michael Gudinski of Frontier Touring Company.

How timely. And, please, Michael! PLEEEEAAASE book SM for another (and wonderfully extensive) tour of Oz?! Please?! I will go to ALL the East coast shows. Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong. Maybe even Brisbane, Gold Coast. Definitely Hobart if it even happened (would looooooove to visit Tassie)! And definitely would go to Adelaide too. Oh, just…EVERYWHERE!

Bucket list dreaming…

Join The Q For John

The latest issue of Q Magazine has an interview with John Grant in it. Just around a week to go for my two gigs – next Monday in Brighton, then Wednesday in Bath. A birthday in Bath! Very nice! Looking forward to it. Hope I can shake off this cold I am getting though…

Anyway…the interview…

Ragtime Bry

A new release from Bryan Ferry at the end of November…inspired by his soundtrack work for the Netflix series Berlin Babylon. It sounds like it could be a goodun. I wonder if next year’s world tour will be airing this kind of vibe too?

Would really love to hear how Sea Breezes sounds. Only about five weeks to wait…

click the album image for more details

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