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Oh brave new Internet access!! How I've missed you! After spending my morning and half of my afternoon making frantic calls to my IP helpdesk and sticking cables in and out of every socket that could even remotely be conceived of of forming my main telephony/ADSL entry point, I'm hooked back up to the Internet again -- what a relief!

Right. Common Rotation. What an amazingly talented lot of young men they are. I mean, I knew they were good; but this last tour, they were even better than they were on their last. I don't know what it is exactly, but technically, they have progressed in leaps and bounds -- their harmonies are faultless live, which I imagine must be a very tricky thing; and yet they seem to do it effortlessly. Their musicianship is unmistakable, bordering on virtuosity. And they're so confident and relaxed on stage -- they really do belong there. Whatever words I use after this, they really won't do them justice at all. Please, if you haven't yet, and you have a chance to go see them in the near future, do -- even if folk isn't your thing, or if you think that folk isn't your thing; I'm sure you'll come away from that gig buzzing, and wanting more.

I met up with anonypooh in London on Thursday, and later, in The Troubadour, with quietlychaotic and her sister, love_by_137, and Davina who doesn't have a LiveJournal. miss_fairfax joined the party later, bringing her brother and a friend; and Geoff was there with his fiancée; the Germans obviously, and grimma who had brought no less that 3 of her countrymen with her; and the scary goth girl that you can't hear what she's saying because she's got so many studs in her mouth; but honestly, the place was packed that Thursday night, lots of guys there too, for a change. Nai, Jules and I were in our usual spot up on the benches next to the sound booth (manned by Ben this time), and Christy and Debs up on the fire escape as per usual, from which we all had excellent views. Corn Mo was received with cheers and jubilation, and he did an excellent set of old favourites and new songs (Thank You with Jordan on muted trumpet), one of which was a song he was still working on, about a werewolf. Unfortunately, after receiving negative feedback from one (ONE!) member of the audience, it never made an appearance again on this tour.

Common Rotation played for an hour and a half, and brought the house down...or at least they did in our side of the room. The Troubadour's basement is roughly U-shaped, with the bar taking up one upright of the U, and the audience space the other upright and the bottom bit. We were in the upright bit, where everyone was standing, dancing and having a good time; but we couldn't see around the corner where apparently, everyone had sat down on the floor in some sort of weird serious listening mood...Still, they enjoyed themselves, I think. The band however, contrary to their usual practice, chose our bit to do the off-mic in, with Adam climbing up on a stool at our table, enabling me to get a perfect shot of the back of his head...(I'm ashamed to admit that I still can't get any decent photos off my digital camera).

You know who else was there? Amber Benson, wearing skinny jeans and a green T-shirt, her hair swept up and no make-up on...and looking absolutely gorgeous. Lovely lady.

Of course we hung around after the gig and had the convo with Corn Mo as already relayed, and a quick hello with some of the boys. Jordan was a bit upset as they had confiscated his beard oil at the airport, but otherwise they were all fine and dandy and friendly. Julia and I went back to the Travelodge on a high, got accosted on the tube by two city types because of our Oscars that Christy had brought back from LA as a souvenir, and I fell asleep listening to the night's recording on my travel companion's inestimable iRiver.



( 22 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Oct. 10th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
*waves* Hello: )

Great reportage, thank you! Oh it was just so good and the band were (see this whole writers block thing is becoming a bit of a pain in the butt frankly *LOL*) But you know what I mean..so just gah, can we do it all again please?

You were a most spendid tour buddie, and your squee in Glasgow over RM was a delight to see: )
Oct. 10th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
You were a most splendid tour buddie

Right back at you, babe!
Oct. 10th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Christy's sister thanks you for your report :)

That was a great gig
Oct. 10th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I knew who you were! Honest I did! Just couldn't be shagged to check what number deberahw you were again...sorry! ;-)

And it was indeed a most excellent gig. Come on tour with us next time!
Oct. 10th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm quite happy as " Christy's Sister" :)

Amd I was going to do London and Glasgow but then they put the Belfast gig in the middle and it all got terribly complicated

Next tour we shall see

After all Christy might not let me :)
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Ah, but it's not up to Christy, is it? Pink Jesus will decide! ;-)
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
pink Jesus says he'll ask his dad
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Pink Jesus is a wimp -- don't tell him I said that!
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
I Wouldn't dream of telling him!
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
It was a lot of lovely fun then :)
Oct. 10th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
It most certainly was! Except for the rain in Glasgow, that wasn't so much fun...but I'm getting ahead of my narrative here.
Oct. 10th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
hey .. no getting ahead .. I'm seriously behind. Excellent night one reportage. I want to do it all again NOW!

and aww we are all home again :( Hope your trip back was without hitch and that the kitties are not sulking! I envy you your week off.

You are forgetting someone on the bench ^_^

Oct. 10th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
So I am...not intentionally, though. I'm sure freakspawn doesn't mind.

Hey, I got an event invite from Beneva to say they're playing The Cavern Club on Jan 7th. If I can get the time off, it could be our next gig experience...what do you say?
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ah memories of The Cavern! ... Beneva are playing sooo much, bless em - I'm trying to cut down for pennies sake - but could be! ... how about New York instead (that would be ok, it is cents!) ;)
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ah! New York -- that would be ever so much better. Yes, let's save up those pennies and change them to cents! But only if it's the boys that'll be taking them, of course.
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
of course!
Oct. 10th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's awesome that you got to see Amber Benson, and the concert sounds amazing. I have one of CoRo's songs, and I really like it, although I haven't heard anymore than that. It sounds like a great time.
Oct. 10th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
You so need to hear a few more songs. Go to www.commonrotation.com and click on the Union Maid. It's a new song they record every day, and put up on the website to keep us, their demanding fans, happy. Or go to www.theunionmaid.com, which is the Union Maid archive, which has over 500 recordings to choose from.
Oct. 10th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Totally unrelated but what exactly does Ollie Ollie Ollie Oxen Free mean any way, I've always wondered :)
Oct. 10th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't know either, but funnily enough it was referenced in one of those shows I watch sometimes, like Gilmore Girls or something, and it turned out to be some kind of game, like hide-and-seek. Or at least that was the impression I got. Could be totally wrong, but that's what I'm going with for now.
Oct. 10th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Like when we used to play hide and seek when we finished counting we would shout "Ready or Not Here I Come" but Americans or whatever shout Ollie Ollie Oxen Free?! Ah ha I see :)
Oct. 10th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Exactly. In Dutch, we shout out "Buut vrij!" indicating it's safe to come out...if you can run fast enough to the place where you can't be tagged.
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