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These Are The Good Old Days: The Libertines at Alexandra Palace

The Libertines at Alexandra Palace
London, September 28, 2014

Peter announced from the stage that next time The Libertines play the U.K. they will have some new songs.

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London, 28th September 2014

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Photos: Johnny Marr at Brudenell Social Club

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Brudenell Social Club is a workingman’s club in Leeds with an old function room that was used previously for bingo and cabaret style acts – it still has brass fittings and seats and tables at the back on the elevated section – while the dance floor in front of the stage is all standing. It still has another room adjacent which is full of some interesting local “characters” that you would not normally find at a gig. In keeping with it being a working men’s club it still has dirt cheap drink prices.

It is a regular on the circuit for touring bands – I have seen Jesse Malin, Dan Sartain, Constellations Festival (headlined by Ariel Pink). At the end of the gig Johnny mentioned how much he loved the venue – I am guessing he would have played there with the Cribs as it is one of their favourite venues. The capacity is about 300. The audience last night was a mix of ages from diehard Smiths fans from way back in the day and new fans coming to see what they have missed.

He played a 70 minute set with mainly new songs and a few old songs (his description). Most of the set is here on video.

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

Photo by David Wala www.davidwala.com

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Photos: Jesse Malin Live in Glasgow

Jesse Malin Live in Glasgow

Jesse Malin at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Glasgow, Scotland, December 5, 2010

Tonight Jesse and the St. Mark’s Social were recording a live album at the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in the centre Glasgow on his “Won’t Be Home ‘Til Christmas” tour. He brought Christmas cheer in his nearly two hour set playing a selection of old and new songs for his Christmas album. He even treated the crowd to his version of “Fairytale of New York.”

The gig kicked off with “Burning The Bowery” from my album of the year Love It to Life, and this show will definitely be one of my gigs of the year.

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Photos: Maximo Park’s Paul Smith Live in England

Paul Smith Live in England

Paul Smith at Uncle Albert’s

Middlesbrough. England, October 12, 2010

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Photos: Happy Birthday Live in Newcastle

Happy Birthday Live in Newcastle

Happy Birthday at Head of Steam

Newcastle, England, November 3, 2010

I have read Todd’s scathing review of the album, but I enjoyed both their gigs: an in-store at RPM, a local independent record shop, and at Head of Steam, a pub that features live music in the basement. I give them credit for coming to Newcastle on a rainy Wednesday night and playing a venue that holds only 96 people maximum.

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Photos: The Jim Jones Revue Live in Newcastle

Jim Jones Revue Live in Newcastle

The Jim Jones Revue at Newcastle Cluny

Newcastle, England, October 19, 2010

Shit-hot garage rock from London. Recommended if you like Jon Spencer and Little Richard.

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Photos: Carl Barat Live in Newcastle

Carl Barat Live in Newcastle

Carl Barat at Other Rooms

Newcastle, England, October 20, 2010

Reminiscent of his first tour with Dirty Pretty Things, Carl played an intimate sold out club to showcase his new album. Carl introduced the crowd to his new material as well as some favourites by Dirty Pretty Things and The Libertines. For some new songs he abandoned the comfort of his guitar and just took on the role of lead singer.

The audience chanted Carl’s name in a style more familiar with the football terraces than a gig, which spurred Carl on to played a full blooded set that exceeded the curfew and sent his fans on their way still chanting, “There’s only one Carl Barat”.

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Photos: Adam Green Live in Sheffield

Adam Green Live in Sheffield

Adam Green at Sheffield Academy

Sheffield, England, July 12, 2010

One of three UK dates this summer on his European Tour, Adam Green started the gig tentatively, announcing he was nursing a foot injury. It did not take long for him to forget about this as the adrenalin took over and he was his normal self interacting with the audience, crowd surfing (much to the disdain of the security), and leaving the stage to sing along from the floor.

The 75 minute set kept the crowd mesmerised. With Adam Green it is never dull. His new album, Minor Love, is his strongest to date, and we’re all looking forward to him returning to the UK in 2011.

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