New Venues, Old Acts

Can’t believe I didn’t post anything during last week. But here a brief diary entry.

Monday (18th) I attended two venues new to me.

During the day I was at Lincoln University – great new location – at an event in memory of John Friend of (Community) Operations Research fame – more “systems thinking response to (human) complexity” for me. In addition to the current academic / researcher and host Rebecca Herron, probably the most significant new (old) contact was Gerard de Zeeuw.

That same evening I was at the converted and newly refurbished Sunderland Fire Station – another great new venue- and saw Public Image Limited in fine form with three new numbers and a not so obvious selection of oldies, with the usual final three for an encore.
(Sadly no USLS1, setlist in footer).

I’m returning to the Sunderland Fire Station on Tuesday this coming week.

I have tickets for golden oldie Graham Parker with new band The Goldtops. I was a massive fan in the 70’s up to and including “Squeezing Out Sparks” seeing him with The Rumour a dozen or more times. He’s been in the US since then, and I never did see him there, still writing but mostly doing solo unplugged new stuff I understand. That said my 2023 playlist does include his 21st C work too, England’s Latest Clown and I Discovered America – both excellent – from Don’t Tell Columbus (2007). I shall be fascinated to see what mix of tracks he brings to Sunderland after all this time.

(My pic of GP from the November 1978
opening night of Virgin Victoria Venue, London,
pre Squeezing Out Sparks release.)

And, talking of venues new to me, newly re-opened Stockton Globe Theatre looks to have had a fine refurbishment:

Anyway, I have tickets for QOTSA (Josh Homme’s – Queens of the Stone Age) in November.



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