Thoughts and ramblings of an ageing, music loving, Sci-Fi geek…

2016 – the good, the bad and the ugly

Haven’t written anything here for a while and I wasn’t sure about posting this as it is rather self centered and I don’t mean it to be a “look how great everything was for me” thing as it certainly wasn’t but as a very eventful year comes to a close it’s a time to reflect and maybe by doing so it’ll make someone else think of some good things that have happened to them too and that the year wasn’t necessarily all bad. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 31st December 2016 / Concerts, Conventions, Holiday, Thoughts, Travel / 0 Comments

The Big Apple, the Iron Lady and a Double D

It may sound like the title of a bad detective novel but I’ve recently had the most amazing two and a half weeks. For a long time I’ve held back from doing certain things, travel being one of them. Partly due to cost, partly due to anxiety of the unknown and I don’t find it all that fun travelling on my own, such things are generally better as a shared experience.

So I promised myself I’d say yes to doing more things but didn’t imagine it would turn out to be quite so crazy.
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rockstar6662 / 27th May 2016 / Concerts, Holiday, Museums, Theatre, Travel / 0 Comments

Who needs pink?

Last year I wrote a piece about what was to be the last album released under the name Pink Floyd. I called this Which one’s Pink? – a reference to a line in the song Have a Cigar from the Wish You Were Here album. The release of this came as almost as much of a surprise as the announcement earlier this year that there would be a new David Gilmour solo album and a tour. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 27th September 2015 / Concerts, Music, Thoughts / 0 Comments

What price is too high?

How much would you be prepared to pay to see your favourite band or singer? Would you buy a ticket just to resell it for an exorbitant price? Have you paid vastly inflated prices for a ticket just so you don’t miss out?

It’s a topic that has been argued time and again but once more has reared it’s head. This week came the surprise announcement that David Gilmour was going to do a short tour. He is my favourite guitarist from one of my favourite bands (Pink Floyd if you didn’t know) and I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to see him again.

I was lucky enough to see his last solo tour in 2006 and knowing he’s not a big fan of touring anymore I expected that to be the last time. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 6th March 2015 / Concerts, Music, Thoughts / 1 Comment

A Sky of Honey

Hammersmith Apollo exterior - Before The Dawn

Kate Bush – Before The Dawn

Some artists tour almost every year. Some tour every couple of years or so. How many could get away with waiting 35 years before doing only their second set of live shows? Kate Bush is probably the only one for whom there has been such a demand over the years that there could be no question that the audience was still there and so it proved when out of the blue a series of live shows were announced in March 2014.

I won’t call it a tour as she chose to take over one venue, in London at the Apollo in Hammersmith, for what ended up as 22 dates from August 26th to 1 October 2014. (more…)

rockstar6662 / 28th September 2014 / Concerts, Music / 0 Comments