TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Discussion about the band and related projects.

Moderators: MrMagpie, tom_cas1, Caitlin

kdiglas78
Posts: 15
Joined: 07 Nov 2018, 07:18

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by kdiglas78 » 28 Nov 2018, 09:22

The Glasgow venue is the SWG3 Galvaniser’s. It used to be a steel and iron galvanising yard but has recently been converted.
Attachments
FF3DCF09-5B8E-4A4F-B069-C6535D9BA801.jpeg

John_d
Posts: 58
Joined: 21 Sep 2014, 22:55

I have 2 spares for TGTBATQ in Glasgow on Sunday

Post by John_d » 28 Nov 2018, 10:37

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!

User avatar
rich
Posts: 839
Joined: 07 Sep 2014, 16:58
Location: London

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by rich » 28 Nov 2018, 16:49

...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...

Ronnie
Posts: 7
Joined: 28 Nov 2018, 18:07

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Ronnie » 29 Nov 2018, 08:51

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.

User avatar
Pavlich
Posts: 170
Joined: 30 Apr 2015, 00:15

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Pavlich » 29 Nov 2018, 10:43

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.

User avatar
lumaka
Posts: 310
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 11:38
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by lumaka » 29 Nov 2018, 11:56

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.

User avatar
lumaka
Posts: 310
Joined: 03 Oct 2016, 11:38
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by lumaka » 29 Nov 2018, 17:18

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

User avatar
Pavlich
Posts: 170
Joined: 30 Apr 2015, 00:15

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Pavlich » 30 Nov 2018, 00:13

Is the list of all places noted in the record?

User avatar
Mark72
Posts: 1093
Joined: 07 Sep 2014, 09:52
Location: Oxford. U.K.
Contact:

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Mark72 » 30 Nov 2018, 10:27

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
“I need something to remind me that there’s something else”

User avatar
Mallard No. 22
Posts: 2369
Joined: 01 Oct 2014, 07:46
Location: North East UK

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Mallard No. 22 » 30 Nov 2018, 22:57

Great review above, Ronnie. :)
"Everybody's Doing It...So Do It Too...."

Neal Zeal
Posts: 341
Joined: 17 Oct 2014, 16:43

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Neal Zeal » 01 Dec 2018, 21:53

Anyone going to the London shows?
I might try for Thursday. Looks like they've all sold out but I reckon it'll be easy enough to get a face-value ticket e.g. off Gumtree.

User avatar
tom_cas1
Moderator
Posts: 7675
Joined: 08 Sep 2014, 15:13

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by tom_cas1 » 02 Dec 2018, 01:57

Im still praying that someone is able to record (in full) at least one of these shows. Please please please!
Image
Coffee & TV wrote:Any cock bigger than mine is deffo a human marvel. Give it to me, babe.
Pavlich wrote:I did see a bloke in bondage gear with a rubber dick on his head and dildos for arms, but that was about the peak...

User avatar
rich
Posts: 839
Joined: 07 Sep 2014, 16:58
Location: London

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by rich » 02 Dec 2018, 20:24

Neal Zeal wrote:Anyone going to the London shows?
I might try for Thursday. Looks like they've all sold out but I reckon it'll be easy enough to get a face-value ticket e.g. off Gumtree.
Yes I'm going on Tuesday, Neal... :)
Tom - will see what I can do on the recording front - videos probably :)

Ronnie
Posts: 7
Joined: 28 Nov 2018, 18:07

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by Ronnie » 02 Dec 2018, 22:30

Well after the unexpected joy of getting to the Cullercoats gig on Tuesday I made the way down to Blackpool yesterday. If you are going to see them in London I'd skip this as there will be spoilers.

The setlist was the same as the other gigs but this time out the band had a string and brass section on stage with them (each containing 3 members). Both were great additions to the band. I was particularly happy with the brass section being there as my favourite song on 'Merrie Land' is 'Truce of the Twilight' and they really lifted the live version.

As one would expect with the venue being a theatre, it was all seated. I had wondered how Damon would find playing a venue which might limit his interaction with the crowd. Damon had obviously given this some thought because after 'the Great Fire' he told the audience that it was alright for everyone to come and stand at the front " as that's what it's all about". What followed was a couple of minutes of good natured chaos as people scrambled to get that bit closer to the stage. Damon was then able to spend the rest of the gig clasping hands and singing right into people's faces.

Next up brought the highlight of the gig for me. As they started playing 'Lady Boston' there was no choir in sight. When the song reached the right moment though, the lights at the back of the stage rose ever so slowly to reveal the choir. The crowd went crazy at this. It was one of those moments that actually gave you chills. They didn't disappoint and added a wonderful dimension to the song live.

That wasn't the end of the choirs night though as they returned to add their voices to Nature Springs. This included an extended outro to the song featuring the choir and the string section only. During this Damon ran off stage only to reappear on the end of the choir with his arm around the choir member next to him. He seemed ecstatic to have them onstage.

I didn't mention 'Tommy' the dummies part in the show during the Cullercoats gig in my last review simply because I thought this would be something they would do every night and I didn't want to spoil anything . I noticed however that the Guardian's review gives the game away so I thought I should mention it. However if you are seeing them this week don't read the next paragraph.

So during '80's life' Damon tries his hand at ventriloquism. Tommy is brought to the front of the stage and the lights dim on the band and Damon to give Tommy centre stage. It's an enjoyable moment and most importantly Damon's vocals don't suffer from having to sing and try and control the dummy at the same time.

Damon mentioned that the band had been in Blackpool two years ago using a rehearsal room up by the Tower and had gone for a wander. When they got to the North Pier the family who run it spotted them and were happy to show them around. Apparently the family were the ones who invited the band to play the venue. Damon was very passionate about the Pier and it's part in our Heritage.

The only minor gripe I have is I feel they missed a trick by not playing 'Herculean' with the choir. I think that would have been superb with them coming in at the end.

Overall it was another great performance. The whole band is working really well together and seem to be enjoying themselves (although Simon never seems to give much away) and the crowd absolutely loved it and responded accordingly. If they do tour next year I will certainly be back for more.

User avatar
rich
Posts: 839
Joined: 07 Sep 2014, 16:58
Location: London

Re: TGTBTQ: Merrie Land Live Performances Thread

Post by rich » 02 Dec 2018, 23:36

Excellent review - thanks again Ronnie!

Here's the Guardian's Blackpool review for those of you that don't mind spoilers!
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/ ... -blackpool

Post Reply