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Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 27 Nov 2018, 21:29
by aldamasta
I can't get enough of these videos! I hope to god at least a few of these will be professionally recorded. A live album would be so nice too...!

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 27 Nov 2018, 21:35
by lumaka
You're welcome :-)

The Great Fire (full song)

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 27 Nov 2018, 22:13
by beats
Heading to Glasgow on Sunday to see them. Looking forward to it. A decent venue according to a few people who have been. Capacity for standing is 1250.

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 00:09
by nds34
Are you going to master tapes?

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 06:51
by lumaka
TripleJay97 wrote: Also, I'm definitely going to head to one of those North Shields shows, they're ten minutes from my hometown. No idea why Damon would wanna hang out there for three days though.
Yesterday they had some tickets available on the door, maybe they'll do the same today?
https://www.facebook.com/events/3273349 ... 043629783/

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 08:57
by northernmonkey
aldamasta wrote:I can't get enough of these videos! I hope to god at least a few of these will be professionally recorded. A live album would be so nice too...!
A live album would great :)

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 09:22
by kdiglas78
The Glasgow venue is the SWG3 Galvaniser’s. It used to be a steel and iron galvanising yard but has recently been converted.

I have 2 spares for TGTBATQ in Glasgow on Sunday

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 10:37
by John_d
Hello all I have 2 spares for the Glasgow gig, I have them on Twickets for £20 each but honestly I would be happy to give them away if there's any mega fans here who don't have ones. Merry Christmas and all that!

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 28 Nov 2018, 16:49
by rich
...and 2 tickets for Blackpool 1 December on ebay
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202517325937?ul_noapp=true
NOT FROM ME - but looks legit to me...

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 29 Nov 2018, 08:51
by Ronnie
Long time lurker, first time poster here.

Seeing as how no others have been forthcoming I really felt I had to leave a review of Tuesdays gig in Cullercoats Crescent club. Apologies if this goes on and on!

The whole thing was made surreal for me by the fact that I had only managed to get a ticket at 1 o'clock that afternoon. I had missed out in the original sale and had resigned myself to defeat. I'm heading to Blackpool on Saturday so I used that to comfort myself but I had signed up to be added to the waiting list on the off chance some tickets became available (never expecting it to happen). When the email came through I managed to ignore the panicky shakes that it brought and acted fast and was lucky to bag two tickets. I later found out that there had been 180 tickets sold upfront with 40 held back to go on sale on the day.

The venue itself looks like any other working man's clubs. It has two bar rooms downstairs and a function room upstairs. I've spent plenty of time drinking in working men's clubs in the past but it was very strange starting the night with a quick pint sitting with the pubs regulars knowing that Damon and co were upstairs awaiting us.

The function room was pretty much what I thought it would be but the real treat was the stage. It was very compact and had just enough room to host the original 4, Mike Smith and a percussionist whose name escapes me now. My friend and I stood 3 deep at the stage so we had a spectacular view.

The setlist was the same as the Tynemouth gig. A run through of Merrie Land followed by the same 6 tracks from the debut album. When a band plays a new album I always worry that the crowd might not be into it but any slight fears I had of the crowd having a muted reaction to Merrie land were shot by the time Gun to the head came around. It brought about a great sing-along.

The band were superb and all seemed to be enjoying it. At times Tony Allen had the biggest smile on his face.
I couldn't really pick a favourite song as they were all excellent. The two that surprised me the most were The Great Fire (as it seemed to take on a more reggae beat than the album version) and Last Man to Leave. I know that song seems to have split opinion but I love it. Saying that , I was apprehensive to see how it played out. I needn't have worried. It's a hard one to describe how it was different but the band played a bigger part on it then they do on the album and it really worked.

As for Damon, well we all know his vocals are stronger on the more chilled out songs and this album is perfect for them. Even after seeing him play with Blur/Gorillaz all these years his enthusiasm and pure enjoyment still takes me by surprise. He was bounding around the stage (as best he could with it being cramped) , holding any hands that were pointing his way, looking the audience right in the eyes and happily mugging into any phone cameras that were pointed his way. The only hint that the poor chart placing had an effect on him was when, after a brilliant reaction to Drifters and Trawlers, he thanked us ' for singing along as it makes it all worthwhile'.

He was really in high spirits. During Lady Boston he pointed out he doesn't speak Welsh so he changed some of the words to La la la. He made fun of the lamp on Mike Smith's keyboard, he thanked the Line Dancers for cancelling their usual slot to accommodate them and best of all he hugged an older lady called Dorothy who was in the front row only to be told by her that he's her 2nd favourite after Mark Knopfler. Damon bounded back to the microphone and pointed out that he can't compete with Mark Knopfler (how wrong you are Damon!).

The only downside was after the Truce of Twilight when one punter decided to scream ' stop patronising us Damon'. He took it in his stride and invited the 'gentleman' to discuss it later if he wished. The crowd let Damon know how much they loved him and while he was pleased with the support he got you could tell it had spoiled his good mood a little bit. By the time the encore came around though you could see he was back on good form. As for the punter my friend reliably tells me he was escorted out (I didn't even glance in the guys direction as I refuse to give people like that the attention they crave). Not sure if it was the regular bouncers who got him but I hope it was Smoggy who was also in attendance.

A brilliant version of The good, the bad and the queen sent us off happily into the night and has me eagerly looking forward to Blackpool on Saturday.

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 29 Nov 2018, 10:43
by Pavlich
Wow, so grateful for all the long responses. The forum is dying out yet so many on here not only offer regular opinions, but long, detailed responses which set the time and place. I couldn't imagine seeing Damon in a tiny venue like that with a quiet pint before but all the better for you lads enjoying it. The quit Gentleman's Club is unfortunately dying out (I say as a big lefty) yet there's a few still around Damon et al are happy attend to them. I hope this isn't a small tour as it'd be unreal to relax into some proper Englishness with this act.

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 29 Nov 2018, 11:56
by lumaka
Thanks Ronnie, it was a great read! I hope they'll continue to play in small venues next year (I've just seen some new interview with Damon where he says "I'll play everywhere that's featured on the record" - there aren't many big venues in these villages, I suppose :-))
Ronnie wrote:It was very compact and had just enough room to host the original 4, Mike Smith and a percussionist whose name escapes me now.
His name is Karl Vanden Bossche.

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 29 Nov 2018, 17:18
by lumaka
lumaka wrote:I hope they'll continue to play in small venues next year (I've just seen some new interview with Damon where he says "I'll play everywhere that's featured on the record" - there aren't many big venues in these villages, I suppose :-))
We asked the president of the Teignmouth Working Mens' Club and he has 150 affiliates who he'll put in a good word with. So I'd like to think in the future we could follow this up. It'd be a bit weird if we just went off to America to play Coachella.
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46391087

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 30 Nov 2018, 00:13
by Pavlich
Is the list of all places noted in the record?

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Posted: 30 Nov 2018, 10:27
by Mark72
Apparently Damon was wandering around My City Oxford to take in the witchcraft expedition at the ashmolean.
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/leisure/mu ... d-banbury/
I would of love a small gig by TGTB&TQ in the ashmolean... I could of bought him a pint in the Eagle and Child afterwards. :D