Carlski's Gig Blog: Also Featuring Arbitrary Strangeness!

I go to loads of gigs, reviews of which will appear here, with added bouts of other strangeness!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Journey - 06/03/07

Those familiar with Manchester Apollo will note that row C is the front row, woo! Hence, why even on a phone cam the pics are pretty good, and with no heads in the way!

Journey's support tonight was Danny Vaughn (ex Tyketto, Waysted) who played an all accoustic set, he was excellent.

I was quite pleased we had seats on the left hand side, so I was right in front of Neal Schon, who is one of rocks greatest guitarists! It was also good after Seagal that the audience was not a load of pensioners!

Neal up close! Journey played basically all the hits, saving the best three for last "Don't Stop Believin'", "Anyway You Want It" and "Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart)" ! New singer Jeff Scott Soto was also excellent, much better sounding IMHO than Steve Augeri (the last guy!) but still not as good as Steve Perry (the original guy!), but can't have everything!

At the end of the show I managed to get hold of one of Neal's picks, yeah! Also got the customary t-shirt as well! Excellent gig, quite possibly one going in the top ten of all time! Check the archives for June 2006 and see what I thought of then, the last time they played the Apollo! Next up is definitely Deftones on Friday!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Steven Seagal and Thunderbox - 04/03/07

I had the choice of at least 3 gigs to go to on this day! Whilst Garry was at Nine Inch Nails and Emmy was at The Eagles of Death Metal, I chose actor, musician, martial artist, philanthropist (his words NOT mine!) Steven Seagal!!!

Here is the only picture I managed to take (very over-exposed) as security was tight - he is after all a Hollywood star!

When me and Honk arrived at Halifax Victoria Theatre we were shocked to find all Seagal's hardcore fans were "pensioners". Honk thought they had mistaken Steven Seagal for "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (obscure Neil Diamond joke!)

First up was the support "SUPER CHIKAN"! he is a scary old Louisiana bluesman and all his guitars where home made: one out of a ceiling fan and one made of a old tin box and a pool cue for a neck!! Super Chikan played half an hour of "Delta blues" he was very entertaining!!

As the security people (get a job with the yellow men at MEN Arena!) wouldn't let anyone take any pics here is a proper one!

Seagal came on and would only be referred to as "The Mojo Priest"! He and his band of Samuel L Jackson look-alikies played some mostly original blues numbers with a gospel tinge! His show was strangely a bit similar to a James Brown (RIP) show!

"The Mojo Priest" played his "hits", "Talk To My Ass", "Alligator Ass" and a cover of The Troggs "Wild Thing"! He was (very suprisingly!) very entertaining a good lively show and he was quite funny as well! His singing voice was a bit like Leonard Cohen!

Overall quite a good show! Next show is still not the Deftones, but Journey tomorrow!