From the Auckland show at Vector. April 2013.
When was the last time a band really made you smile and were beyond expectations??? Not often, huh?! Have you seen ‘The Specials’ live??
Knowing they were one of those bands that I had to see I bought a ticket. Then did some research and my embarrassing naivety of the band did a 360, once I realised that songs like Gangsters, A Message to you Rudy, Too Much too Young and Rat Race were a memory from my childhood. Formed in 1977 in Coventry, they had released two albums by 1980 (the year I was born) in the upbeat but two fingers to the world attitude of Ska.
Now the Logan Campbell Centre is a reasonable venue, capacity 3000, seating and GA (depending on your ticket) but has one enormous problem…the bar. Why did it take me 30 minutes to get a couple of beers??? I can tell you, the bar staff were woefully under prepared. The boy I was served by (who looked about 15) poured each of my 4 beers into a plastic cup – no problems there – however the speed was so slow, it was as if they were working to rule. No speed, no energy, no brains. I offered to help the bar tender and show him how to pour 2 to 4 beers all at once, he preferred not to take me up on the offer, thus the annoyance of it all. Luckily most of the people there were Brits, who if you don’t know are prepared to queue and queue…but even though they were keeping their chins up, were still grumbling.
Great gig, good venue, crap bar. I must remember to take this into account next time I am considering buying tickets for a gig there. Darn, Slayer and Megadeath are playing there in October and so is Luger Boa. Maybe it’ll be a chance for them to redeem themselves…watch this space!
Ooh ooh oh ho! Well we went to the Who on Saturday, Tomachi being sceptical – however his views changed very quickly. That is after the Counting Crows had finished! They were good at what they do but were quite boring – Mrs Jones was good and I have always wanted to see them since I saw the Black Crows in London supporting Aerosmith along with 3 Colours Red, The Stereophonics and Lenny Kravits. So I have accomplished that. So the Who were great…my generation got the crowd up and jiving. I recommend seeing them even if you’re not a big fan – the show is very inclusive and uplifting and fun.
Rakinos was great afterwards – we had got the public transport system which was brilliant, good on maxx.co.nz
Tomachi played with the New Telapathics today at the Kings Arms for the Safe – choose good meat campaign. All proceeds going to charity – safe.org.nz – we still love meat but are promoting free range etc – Jamie Oliver thank you!
Well if I were me I’d say that I had a pretty busy week coming up – however my subconcious would say that it’s all in a days work; and yes it is right!
We are in this world to experience all manner of things and all of you should have tickets to at least one of the following:
Roy Ayres (Sale Street, Auckland)
Snoop Dogg (TSB Arena, Wellington)
Stevie Wonder (Vector Arena, Auckland)