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Made in England
I hope a Hard Rain isn’t gonna fall
W
e missed out
on Stan Musselwhite for
some reason
last month.
Maybe Rob
doesn’t like prog rock. I better not
mention that too much this month,
then, apart from saying that you
should really get Jethro Tull’s new
Thick as a Brick 2. Not just a reworking of the original, but a well crafted,
acerbic look at modern life, sung in
only the way that Ian Anderson can.
Another concept album that
caught my eye was Arjen Anthony
Lucassen’s ‘Lost in the New Real’. It’s
the story of somebody cryogenically
frozen and woken sometime in the
future. The addition of Rutger Hauer
as the Doctor who tries to explain the
‘New Real’ to him is a wonderful
touch, and the whole album is very
listenable. I’ve given it a couple of
goes and am more than happy to give
it a few more. There is a second disc
that has a few covers on – ‘Welcome
to the Machine’ and ‘The Battle of
Evermore’ amongst them – and that
sounds pretty good as well. All in all,
I’m pretty happy with it.
I can’t hide my admiration for Joe
Bonamassa, as I’m sure you’re aware,
so it will come as no surprise to you
that I think his new album, Driving
Towards the Daylight, is another gem.
He manages to mix classic blues with
modern rock to give you an album
that is equal parts beauty and stunning. The title track is wonderful, and
similar in feel to Sloe Gin, but then it
rocks through some great stuff, culminating in a duet with gravel-throated
Aussie rocker, Jimmy Barnes on the
album closer, Too Much Ain’t Enough
Love. Just prior to its release, he
announced another tour next spring,
and I managed to get tickets for the
final date at the Albert Hall. That
should be a blast. I also got a couple
of tickets for the Hammersmith
Apollo, a couple of days earlier, and I’ll
be auctioning them on the Freebird
website soon, along with some lim-
ited editions and signed books, all for
Stoney and Friends. I’ll keep you
informed.
Also in the auction will be a couple
of tickets for the Saturday at Weyfest.
You may remember that I’ve been
there for the past couple of years and
it is truly one of the friendliest festivals I’ve ever been to. Lin and I love it
and we’ll be attending again this year,
where artists such as 10cc, Asia,
Curved Air and Steve Hackett will be
playing. Have a look at the lineup, see
if there’s anything you fancy and
maybe I’ll see you there. If you fancy
bidding on the tickets, we’ll be doing
the auction towards the end of July,
so keep an eye on the Freebird website for details.
I’ve got a couple of other albums to
get my ears around, including Slash
and a lovely young lady called Clara
Ponty. Poles apart, musically, but I’m
sure both will be worth the listen.
Lin and I are off to the Cornbury
festival at the end of June, where we’ll
be seeing the likes of Seasick Steve,
Elvis Costello, Beth Hart, Jools Holland and Newton Faulkner, which
should be a wheeze. Then Porky and I
are taking our trikes into Belgium to a
little festival that has ZZ Top, Alice
Cooper, Status Quo and The Union.
Can’t wait for that, so as they say in
Belgium ‘Let’s Rock!’ (I put it into
babelfish, and that’s how it came
out!).
(Left) Thick as a Brick 2 – wonderfully
acerbic.
(Above) Bonamassa – he just keeps on
delivering the goods.
(Top right) Lost in the New Real –
slightly more than surreal.
(Right) The beards have it – the Top in
Belgium, again.
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