Saturday, November 26, 2011
Singer Benoit David seems to have relaxed into his role as lead singer and he cut a more confident and assured figure and it was good to see the return of Geoff Downes on keyboards.
Perhaps most heartening of all is their first new album in 10 years, "Fly From Here", which featured prominently in the set. For me personally it was good to see Yes as a going concern again, rather than simply a band presenting songs from decades gone by, however amazing that back catalogue may be.
Don't just take my word for it though, have a read of this excellent review by Chris Pedley:
Yes at Birmingham Symphony Hall 11/11/11 - Review by Chris Pedley
And take a look at Rob Stanley's pictures from the night here:
Yes at Birmingham Symphony Hall 11/11/11 - Pictures by Rob Stanley.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Class Actress is an electro-pop trio consisting of Elizabeth Harper, Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal. They released their debut album "Rapprocher" last month.
This is an artist I've only stumbled across very recently. What I've heard so far sounds like a darker, more provocative Marsheux - which is no bad thing in my book!
I really like the first track I heard by them called "Weekend":
Class Actress - Weekend (Video)
Further information about the band can be found here:
Class Actress Website
Sunday, November 20, 2011
It's been a few days since I've updated my blog but that's not been out of laziness or a lack of things to say. It's really been down to a rather manic schedule of late and a lack of opportunity. Who knows where the time goes eh?
The day after the Katy Perry concert I was back at the Robin2 to see It Bites & Mostly Autumn with my friend Tony. It was also the third gig I've covered for Midlands Rocks and you can read my review of it here:
Mostly Autumn/It Bites - Robin2 27/10/11
There are also lots of pictures from the night to have a look at! Paul Jasper from Midlands Rocks took these pictures of It Bites that you can view here and Tim Ellis took some pictures of It Bites that can be viewed here.
Tim also took the picture of Olivia Sparnenn at the top of this blog entry and his pictures of the Mostlies from this gig and the bands earlier gig at the venue in May this year can be viewed here.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
It featured three video screens, a runway, fifteen costume changes (count em!), pyrotechnics, lasers, confetti and a chorus of dancing gingerbread men (as you do!). Katy played guitar and sung whilst standing on a pink cloud above the arena, pulled fans onto stage to dance with her during "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (and took a picture with one young fan who gave her a plastic ring as a gift) and made the night of a nervous young lad from Walsall named Stephen by bringing him on stage and letting him kiss her on the cheek - a favour she returned...
For the encore of "California Girls", Katy sprayed foam over the front few rows whilst giant Beach Balls badoinged around the arena. And, unlike certain other high profile artists doing the rounds at the moment, Katy sang live.
Katy has her critics and sadly the most vociferous of them are certain conservative Christians, who have not taken at all kindly to a former Contemporary Christian Music artist going off and making records like "I Kissed A Girl" - though in my view they are quite spectacularly missing the point.
I really wanted to grab these people by the hand and get them to listen to 15,000 people at the NIA singing "Firework". The message of that song is even if you feel like you're worthless and insignificant: you're not. You're unique and irreplacable. It's a message that has touched a lot of people (246 million views on You Tube at the time of writing) and it's a message I need to hear in my life right now. It's a song that builds people up. It saddens me that some people can't (or won't) see the good in that...
Anyway, Katy looked fabulous as always and her show was great fun. Go and see it if you get the chance!
Support for this leg of the tour came from Oh Land, who I've mentioned on this blog before. It's always hard for a support act to make an impact in such a large venue but I like Oh Land. I'm hoping that when her album gets a physical release in a couple of weeks time it will lead to a UK tour in her own right next year.
Katy Perry Official Site
Oh Land Official Site
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Touchstone & Heather Findlay - Robin2 16/10/11
Prior to the gig I did something I've never done before! I met up with my Midlands Rocks colleague Paul Quinton and sat in on an interview he conducted with Rob Cottingham and Kim Seviour of Touchstone! I was really nervous about this beforehand but it was a fascinating experience for me and I learned a lot from it. I'm a total rookie when it comes to this so I was really appreciative of Paul taking me 'under his wing' so to speak and it was great to meet Rob and Kim who were both lovely. A transcript of the interview can be read here:
Interview with Rob Cottingham & Kim Seviour by Paul Quinton
Finally the picture at the top of this article is by Tim Ellis and you can view his pictures of the night here:
Touchstone - Robin 2 16/10/11 (Pictures by Tim Ellis)
Heather Findlay - Robin 2 16/10/11 (Pictures by Tim Ellis)
Thursday, November 03, 2011
If you want to hear what Daryl's up to these days then check out this video here:
Daryl Hall - Talking To You (Is Like Talking To Myself)
And the Live From Daryl's House site here, because it's a great idea & a great show.
Live From Daryl's House