100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 54:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, London Astoria, April 2007

Considering how fantastic BRMC had been last time we saw them in London (see Day 35), we were definitely up for them again. Maybe this was tempting fate a little too much? That's not to say this was a bad gig – it is just that it is mentally obscured by the blinding, lens flared, perfect memories of that previous gig. Nothing was really missing from this night, the band still provide that sense of enjoyment you get from seeing a group multi-task and sweep easily through differing styles & tempos. The contrast of Howl’s almost Americana to earlier (and later) rock stompers was still a perfect substructure on which a great setlist can be constructed. If anything, it was going along knowing that this time that was the problem - the lack of surprise. Typing all this it seems hypocritical to be hard on a great band for being consistently excellent, but that is why you go to gigs isn’t it? To see and experience that extra 5% on stage? There was a lot of songs we weren’t overly familiar with, from their new album at the time, Baby 81, which was a return to their riffs & boogie. ‘Berlin’, ‘Lien On Your Dreams’, and ‘Weapon Of Choice’ are all cool songs that have that vein of 60s/kraut/drone/pop oozing through this band, and contemporaries the Dandys and Brian Jonestown Massacre. Solid. I just can’t help going back to that bug in my brain, that “it just wasn’t as good as last time”. Sorry chaps. I’m harking back. Can’t beat the stompy glam of ‘Spread Your Love’.