Richard Thompson in concert at Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy. 19th June 2016
How great is this? A pay on the door chance to see and hear at close quarters one of the great figures in contemporary folk-rock, and playing solo too.
This was meant to be an outside show in the grounds of Faenza’s elegant ceramic museum but the threat of rain prompted a late change of plans.
A makeshift stage was set up in the gallery space and plastic seats took the place of cushions.
The arrangements were made easier by the fact, that for a class act like Richard Thompson, all you need is a guitar and a glass of water. View full article »
EMINENT HIPSTERS by Donald Fagen (Vintage Books, 2014)
This book is a good antidote to clichéd rock memoirs suggesting life on the road is one extended party. Here there’s no sex, some prescription drugs and a bit of AOR.
The second part takes the form of a 2012 tour diary based on concerts across America performed with Michael ‘Doobie Brother’ McDonald and Boz Scaggs as The Dukes of September Rhythm Review.
It was written mostly to relieve the monotony of playing a series of gigs in mostly sub-par venues to aging punters and staying in soulless hotels.
Fagen coins the term Acute Tour Disorder (ATD) to describe the state of anxiety, paranoia, depression and physical discomfort he experiences. You have to wonder why he keeps going and he asks himself this same question at regular intervals. View full article »