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Post  misery guts on Sat May 12, 2018 6:22 am

Only Men Aloud
Don't always list all of these, but this included an act called the Three Welsh Tenors, which led to versions of Libiamo and Nessun Dorma, which reminded me much of the Andre Rieu formula. Rebecca Evans was the other guest.

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Quite a spirited and free-flowing set, notable for Frank asking the audience to thanks not only the other bands at the festival, but all the workers behind the scenes who make it a success.

Celebrity Damage Control: Britney Spears
She was a child star, then she was a pop star, then she was a superstar, then she got into romance, and things went badly. After 2 marriages and 2 kids, she needed her parents to take control and put her back on the straight and narrow. And she seems to be steadied again now.
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Post  misery guts on Mon May 14, 2018 6:56 am

Belladrum 2017 - Cridhe Tartan - Milburn
Likeable indie band with a short but lively set of songs which begs the question why they never quite made it bigger.

The Pere Ubu Story, with David Thomas
Another CherryRed feature, with John Reed asking the questions for a change. David wasn't the most articulate at times, but he was at least cheerfully modest a lot, disagreeing with questions and proud of some works which might not have been as well received as others. The band was formed back in 1975 in Cleveland partly as an exercise in proving it could be done. I was also taken with his tale of visiting Salvation Army stores for album bargains (something I too find rewarding). He disliked Patti Smith and the New York scene too, so how could I be critical? Their album process involved recording for 36 minutes and then stopping. He defined their music as the usage of but as a sentence qualifier rather than and. He disliked most UK acts besides Soft Machine, Van der Graaf Generator and John Lydon. Silence denotes wisdom.
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Amon Amarth
4th & final of these Bloodstock 2017 shows, and probably a favourite (also the longest). The Swedish metallers with Viking inspiration and somewhat OTT song titles like Destroyer of the Universe or Deceiver of the Gods at least allowed people in on the joke.

Still on the Run - The Jeff Beck Story
As well as Jeff himself, his story was recounted by Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood, and fellow guitar legends like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Slash, friend Jimmy Page and so on. His experimentations are respected, and he seems a champion of women players and singers on the quiet too.

Celebrity Damage Control: Sean Combs
He'll be 50 next November, if we're all spared. His father was a drug dealer, killed when Sean was 3. He was drawn to hip-hop and hustled his way into a position as A&R, where he launched Jodeci. Forced into a backstep by a tragic event, he launched his own label. Then came the Tupac/Biggie saga, and he launched his own singing career. After big sales, and diversified products like clothes lines and restaurants, he was linked to a club shooting involving his latest protegee Shyne. But he got over that, and changed his name a few times, and remains a hip-hop legend.
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One More Time With Feeling
Profile in b&w of Nick Cave during the making of his recent Skeleton Tree album, with some internal monologue chats amidst the general footage. Towards the end, discussion turns to his son Arthur, who must have recently died, an event which understandably throws life into contrast.

Austin City Limits: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
2014 gig with Nick in fine form, and afterwards talking about the influence of Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen on him whilst he was growing up in Australia.

The Christians at Electric Dreams
A shorter set than some of these 80s bands seem to get, but still worthy, particularly tracks like Forgotten Town and Hooverville, all too timeless alas.

Only Men Aloud
Support guests this time being a girl choir called Serendipity, and also Welsh legend Bonnie Tyler, who unsurprisingly got to close the show with full support on Total Eclipse of the Heart.
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