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The Big Write-Up: last leg Liverpool

We left Glasgow after a hearty breakfast, and again encountered no delay on the motorway. We got to Liverpool and our hostel well before midday, and noted to our delight that an Internet café existed right next door, and that's where we spent our first hour in The Beatles' hometown while waiting for our room to become available. When it did, we quickly freshened up and stored away our belongings, and then we went to park the car somewhere where we didn't need to top up the meter every 1 1/2 hours. Thereafter, we were free to explore our surroundings, and off we went after leaving a note and the key for onecheekyhobbit and freakspawn, who would be joining us for the gig.

Liverpool...once you get to the Cavern quarter, it's all Beatles. Every shop you enter, if they don't sell Beatles stuff, they play Beatles stuff; every pub you set foot in, has a picture of the Beatles having a pint in it; and every shop front proudly displays the most tenuous Beatles connection on a plaque. It's also a city that's going through an economic revival, and consequently, there's a lot of building activity going on -- with added pressure from its having been designated European Cultural Capital 2008.

Personally, I was quite taken with the RC cathedral, which is great and modern and quite overwhelmingly beautiful in a 60s brutalist kind of way -- I recognized and remembered the building from my Modern Architecture classes, but not the person responsible for its design, an architect by the name of Sir Frederick Gibberd. Huh.

Anyway, we had a touristy wander and found our way to The Cavern, where we were surprised to see another band posted as support act while Corn Mo's name had been pencilled in on the poster on the door. After a while, we heard from freakspawn and onecheekyhobbit that they'd arrived, and met them in a pub. Actually, we met freakspawn outside one of the Beatles memorabilia shops, and she warned us that Eric and Matt had just gone inside, and that Eric had muttered "Everywhere..." under his breath as he passed. So, not wanting them to get the wrong impression, we retreated to the pub to wait for onecheekyhobbit, the ultimate Beatles\George Harrison fan, to finish her purchases for the day and join us.

We had dinner in a restaurant not far from the venue, then went in and joined in with the rest of the patrons and a man up on stage in the main room singing Hey Jude. I noticed a few familiar faces in the crowd and went over to talk to them, and then the band and Corn Mo walked by and said hi. Somewhat later, it was showtime.

The list was pitifully small, and the room quite big and empty. There was a large bar area to the side, where some people chose to take up seats, but most gathered around the stage and settled in for a wait. It didn't take long for the first act to come on. A local band, they introduced themselves as Redstone and started playing -- and they were fabulous. They reminded me of Oasis at their very best a bit, and the singer, Macca, mentioned that 2 of their songs would be included in an upcoming Jekyll & Hyde-movie. I was sad to see them vacate the stage after their set, and dismantle their equipment, because I would have liked to have heard a little more. Corn Mo was up next, and finally, CoRo.


TITLE: Bird 4 Sale (Buy A Bird)

1. How To Lose
2. Belfast
3. Definitive Biography - stripped of the Beatles references that had made it into it earlier on in the tour
4. EUTS - couldn't go two shows without it, could we!
5. Afterthoughts
6. 92 Mikes
7. Post Modern
8. Wasted Words
9. It's Always More Than Once Before It Takes - interspersed with lines from songs about 'heaven'
10.Auctioneer
11.Bored With The USA - hogging the cover slot again. Quite bored with it already.
12.Patients
13.Surround Face
14.Indie Rockin'
15.Clear Channel
16.Gone Dyin'
17.Pawn
18.Fortunate
19.Plan Ahead

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Old Shoes and Picture Postcards


There aren't words to express how much I love hearing this band. Four nights in a row, and still I was nowhere near sick of them! And yes, I realise I'm biased now, but if I think back to that first show I saw them do at Moonlight Rising last year -- they were just so good and they still are! I mean, even Redstone were impressed (as per their bass player), and they'd done a fantastic set themselves! Ahum. Back to the report.

Just before CoRo came on stage, I knocked over a drink that someone had left on the edge of it. We quickly soaked up the fluid with tissues, but later, during the gig, Jordan suffered a minor mishap in that his sound suddenly stopped being amplified. It was the first of 3 little accidents he suffered during this show, and we talked about it later.

Of course, we hung around again after the show.

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onecheekyhobbit, roissy0, freakspawn, me, and Naomi

I went off to talk to Corn Mo for a bit; he told me of his plans to go to Norway later on in the year -- but when the band came out, followed by Brian videotaping the whole thing, I hung back. I didn't feel like I had anything of interest to say and I certainly didn't want my picture taken, because...well, you've seen the one of me and Jordan ;-)! Besides, I was wearing the hard pink cardie of yuck (slight miscalculation there -- after going out, we didn't return to the hostel for a spruce up before the gig! -- it's bad enough it made it into Julia's album).Then Jordan came over and talked to us for a long time. Still worried about possibly having caused his guitar to blow up, I confessed to having spilled a drink on stage, at which he informed me I owed him $17.50 for a new cable -- just kidding! He was certain it couldn't have been my clumsiness. Phew!

The bouncers were just getting ready to tell us to leave, when Eric came up to me, expressed his appreciation for the fact that I'd been to all four shows, and hugged me most heartily.

roissy0 left quite early in the morning of the next day; and as soon as the rest of us had had a cup of tea and some toast, we were out on the town again. onecheekyhobbit was our guide to all places with a Beatles connection, and we covered quite a lot of Liverpool centre on foot before we hopped on board of one of those touristy open top busses for some serious sightseeing. Having gone round once wasn't enough -- getting off at our starting point, we immediately boarded another bus (our tickets, the bus driver had told us, were valid for 24 hours after purchase) and took it to the nearest point it could get for picking up our luggage. And then, sadly, it was goodbye to freakspawn and anonypooh, who were driving to Coventry; while onecheekyhobbit and myself went to collect our tickets and drink a final coffee at the station. Then she boarded the train for Edinburgh, and I took the one to Birmingham.

My pictures have still not materialised. I'm getting very worried now.

Comments

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freakspawn
May. 9th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
why is Naomi looking so sad? Is it because it was the last gig?

Wonderful report there, takes me right back! I so wish we had had a night together without anything but a long good ole fashioned piss up and chatting the night away though...that would have been most excellent!!!
gamiila
May. 9th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Next time, for sure!
freakspawn
May. 9th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yay! The wondrousness of it all:D
bogwitch
May. 9th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Never been to Liverpool, and it sounds like m worst nightmare. :D
gamiila
May. 9th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't like; it's quite tacky, really...but then again, you did make it to James Marsters...;-)
bogwitch
May. 9th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have no doubt that, one day, I'll have to hear him again.

I found an old clip of GOTR yesterday. I will say one thing, he has improved. It sounded like bad karaoke.
gamiila
May. 9th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, ghostgirl13 put up an MP3 of Finer Than Gold that he did at the Carling. I must say, I missed it entirely during the gig (probably too busy helping the bar man remember drinks orders), but it really doesn't sound too bad.
bogwitch
May. 9th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
It was the last song, but he'd lost my attention way before then.
gamiila
May. 10th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
He lost my attention quite early on -- and actually, I don't think it was him so much as the uncritical audience that stuck in my throat. Jm couldn't be faulted for doing his best on stage, but I definitely did not want to be associated with the screaming fangirls lapping up every duff note he produced. I felt I was the only one there who could hear them.
bogwitch
May. 10th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
I did.

They were one of the most excited audiences I have ever seen, I will give them that.
gamiila
May. 10th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
I did.

To be honest, I would have been very surprised to hear you didn't. If there's anyone who's all about the music, it's you. ;-)
onecheekyhobbit
May. 9th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
I was very glad we got to have Coffee... Good post!
K
gamiila
May. 10th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Yes, that coffee was most welcome! We'll do it again some time. ;-)
onecheekyhobbit
May. 10th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
Would love to!
So when you come to the states to see CORO just hop on down to the big blue... aka Kentucky, not the ocean. :)
gamiila
May. 10th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
So when you come to the states to see CORO

From your mouth fingertips to God's ear eye.
onecheekyhobbit
May. 12th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hahaha!
I'll mention it to him next time we talk. :)
enigmaticblues
May. 10th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting these updates. It makes me feel almost like I was there, which is a much better place to be than in the middle of finals week. :)
gamiila
May. 10th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Good luck with finals week! And as for posting the updates: you're very welcome. Glad somebody enjoys them!
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