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Peter Wolf Live In Boston

Peter Wolf and The Midnight Travellers

Boston TD Gardens, 20/7/17

View: Elevated Section, Stage Left

Supporting Tom Petty at this 17,500 seater stadium ex-J Geils band vocalist and long-time Boston resident Peter Wolf was afforded a full hour set and proper lights and sound. His five piece band rose to the occasion and played like headliners. The set cherry-picked jewels from Wolf’s solo career such as Piece Of Mind and Wastin’ Time but the biggest response was reserved for Geils classics such as the closing trio of Start All Over Again, Give It To Me and Lookin’ For A Love. Tom West played some tasteful organ and Duke Levine and Kevin Barry exchanged unflashy but effective guitar parts throughout, supported by Tom Arey on drums and Kevin Barry on bass. Wolf has moved with the times – the rap that preceded a mighty Musta Got Lost now has the lovers communicating by text message and the bottle of bubbles that Wolf totes on stage has a screw top (we were very near the stage).   What hasn’t changed is Wolf’s glam bohemian chic, onstage exuberance and masterful performance. Simply the coolest 71 year old on the planet.

And now how the review appeared in Record Collector magazine (October 2017):

 

 

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Live in London

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers / Stevie Nicks

BST London Hyde Park

July 9th 2017

View: Stage Centre, Diamond Circle

Once again BST was blessed with a stunning summer evening. Stevie Nicks played a judicious blend of solo hits and Fleetwood Mac numbers with Waddy Wachtel outstanding on a series of mouthwatering vintage guitars. Stevie gave us a second opportunity to be amazed by her dress sense (white fur coat? fingerless gloves ? in July ??) when she re-appeared to duet with Petty on Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, a highlight of the entire concert. Petty played the same 40th Anniversary set he has been touring in the US: strong on Wildflowers and solo material, sadly lacking in songs from the Heartbreakers golden period of 1977 – 1985. Mike Campbell on guitar and Benmont Tench on piano shone throughout, whilst adding the Webb Sisters has extended both the vocal and visual side – great dancing on an extended Don’t Come Around Here No More. The set was book-ended by the first and last tracks of that self-tiled debut LP: Rockin’ Around (With You) and American Girl gave glimpses of this extraordinary band’s capabilities.

(written for Record Collector magazine)

Bash and Pop, Deadcuts The Garage, Islington June 29th

View: On the decks, in front of the mixing desk

The Deadcuts set the tone for the evening: short, sharp songs played with economy and a minimum of fuss. I’d like to hear the songs again somewhere with better acoustics. Bash and Pop is the name ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson uses for his more Faces / Stones-orientated material, so far recorded on two CDs separated by a mere 25 years. Tommy handles lead vocals and rhythm guitar, sympathetically supported by Joe Sirois on he-means-it drums, Justin Perkins on bass and Steve Selvidge on lead guitar and birthday cake. From the first CD, Fast and Hard and Never Aim To Please were impressive statements of intent, followed by a version of The Kids Are Alright that had everyone grinning. From the newer CD, Not This Time and Anybody Else impressed, and Tommy starting Anytime Soon on his own to bring a welcome change of pace. Any hint of a mid-set lull was dispelled by the appearance of John Perry and Peter Perrett from the Only Ones for an excellent four guitar version of Another Girl, Another Planet. This moved the set up a gear, with a triumphant finish of Anything Could Happen, First Steps and Friday Night is Killing Me getting a great response from the select crowd. Tommy, now don’t be a stranger…

Photo credit: Ronny Dap

DJ Set – The Garage, Highbury & Islington Supporting Bash & Pop 29.06.17

Action Time Vision – Alternative TV

No Matter What – Badfinger

Autonomy – Buzzcocks

Television Screen – Radiators From Space

Long Live Rock – The Who

Public Image – Public Image

Elected – Alice Cooper

Complete Control – The Clash

Smash It Up – The Damned

This Perfect Day – The Saints

Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr

Ain’t That Nothin’ – Television

This Ain’t The Summer Of Love – Blue Oyster Cult

Seven Deadly Finns – Eno

Surrender – Cheap Trick

I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

Rockaway Beach – The Ramones

Chinese Rocks – Heartbreakers

I Don’t Care – The Boys

She’s Got Everything – Kinks

Tall Stories – PPK

Panic In Detroit – David Bowie

Ghosts Of Princes In Towers – Rich Kids

Let It Rock – The Rolling Stones

Dyslexic Heart – Paul Westerberg

Brand New Cadillac – The Clash

As My Wife Says – The Only Ones

I’m Not Like Everybody Else – The Kinks

Slow Death – Flamin’ Groovies

Neat Neat Neat – Damned

Beck’s Bolero – Jeff Beck Group

Pump It Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Slaughter On Tenth Avenue – Mick Ronson

You’re My Favourite Waste Of Time – Marshall Crenshaw

 

I got more compliments about my choice of records last night than I have ever got before (including some kind words from band and crew).

One guy took my picture and posted it online with the tag “ They say the devil has all the best tunes – nah it’s this fella!”

Second Tall Stories Review

This one is from the new edition of Shindig! magazine – issue number 67. Not as positive as the review in Record Collector but all names are spelt correctly, the sound quality is praised and there is a colour picture of the picture sleeve. See for yourself!

 

 

Tall Stories of The Only Ones with Robert Palmer

…as it says on the front cover. Here’s the story:

Unheard Robert Palmer track for Record Store Day 2017

R’nB Records are delighted to announce the release of a brand new 7” vinyl single by the trio PPK – Robert Palmer, John Perry & Mike Kellie. Bearing catalogue number RB1978 the tracks are

  1. Tall Stories (Palmer / Perry / Kellie)
  2. Kellie’s Blues (Perry / Kellie)

Personnel:

Robert Palmer – Bass and Vocals

John Perry – Guitars

Mike Kellie – Drums

Underneath Island Records HQ in St. Peter’s Square, Hammersmith lay a compact 24 track studio much favoured by cognescenti on account of its fabulous sound. Unlikely combos of musicians from Steve Winwood to Peter Tosh jammed together there.

One such evening in the summer of 1978 saw John Perry and Mike Kellie of The Only Ones record with Robert Palmer. The Tall Stories track that resulted took Palmer in a new, grittier direction. Kellie’s rock-steady beat aligned with Palmer’s own bass playing and Perry’s melodic guitar brought the sparse loping sound of Free bang up to date.

Sadly record company politics prevented the release of this track and the tapes were mislaid until 2016, when intense sleuthing by Pedro Mercedes turned up a cassette version. Careful tape transfer by Rob Keyloch and remastering by Nick Duckett has polished this performance into a jewel that does all three musicians great credit. The B-side instrumental was cut at the same session.

This record is a fitting tribute to the late Robert Palmer and to Mike Kellie, who sadly died whilst we were working on this release. Kellie told John Perry he was delighted by this record.  He liked the finished product and loved the spontaneity of the session. He recalled the session as inspired and enjoyed recalling times when a high level of inspiration flowed with such ease.

Here is what Record Collector Editor Ian McCann said about the record:

From May 1st you can order here http://www.1960s.london/ (scroll down). Vinyl copies are already selling on eBay and Discogs.

 

Anything Could Happen

 

Bash & Pop

Fat Possum FP1582-2

Way back in 1991 when the Replacements split up for the first time the consensus was that Paul Westerberg would be the Mat to watch. Not true. His excellent solo work on the Singles OST proved an early highspot, after that it all got very grown up and a bit dull. The Mats dishonourable tradition was best upheld by bassist Tommy Stinson, who formed Bash & Pop and released Friday Night Is Killing Me in 1993. Overlooked at the time, it’s reputation has grown subsequently, aided by a vinyl release this year (which sounds fabulous). The band did not hold, but after years as a solo act Tommy has now formed a new Bash & Pop and released a follow-up.

It was worth the 14 year wait. A thankfully modest dozen songs, split equally between upbeat rockers and more reflective numbers with a faint country feel. Luther Dickinson’s guitar on opening track Not This Time sounds like a party that has already started, whilst the following On The Rocks has a suitably dishevelled everyone-falling-over extended ending. The title track makes it three rockers in a row with the catchiest melody here. Breathing Room is more reflective and evidence lyrically of an emerging theme of broken relationships, personal and/or musical. A welcome change of pace follows as Tony Keraldo’s keyboards drive Anybody Else, which containins my favourite lyric: “If you’re going to tell me all my faults, I’ll tell you the ones I’m gonna keep’”. The song shifts up a gear to a strong bridge nicked from Absolutely Sweet Marie. Languid slide and acoustic guitars run through Can’t Be Bothered, recorded at the London Roundhouse in London when Tommy and Luther were in town for the 2015 farewell Replacements gigs (detailed in Bucketful of Brains 83). After that things drop away slightly on the songwriting front, although Unf*ck You has such a fantastic Faces ending that, to borrow from Charles Shaar-Murray, if you woke Kenny Jones or Ronnie Wood up in the middle of the night they would be convinced they’d played on it. Anything Could Happen is definitely the best Faces album since Ooh La La.

I fully expect these songs to come to life when played live and I look forward to Tommy’s forthcoming UK visit. Clearly being in a band setting brings out the best in Tommy’s songwriting. I am less convinced that he is his own best producer – Don Smith got a wider range of sounds and textures on Friday Night Is Killing Me. And the sleeve design here is brown and sludgy. But these are minor concerns. It is great to have Bash & Pop back again, bashing and popping.