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Let it roll

Last night I went to see UFO on their farewell “Last Orders” tour, which was also their 50th anniversary tour.

When I was at school, UFO were pretty much my favourite band, and I’ve seen them quite a few times over the years, so there was no way I was missing this tour.
They did not disappoint.  From the off it was classic song after classic song, until they “buggered off” as Phil Mogg put it, before coming back for a stormer of an encore.

The only complaint I would have was the price of the merchandise.  £25 for a tshirt with just the band logo on the front, and £30 for one with the tour dates on the back.  This isn’t a gripe I’ve got with them alone, it’s almost standard for any big name group to charge an arm and a leg for merch.  Outside the gig was a guy selling bootleg merch, exactly the same designs as the tour merch inside.  £10 for a tshirt and £20 for a hoodie.
While I’m not condoning this, it’s understandable why people buy from these guys, and this one seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

Now if they’d charged £15 – £20 for the tshirts inside the gig, more people would have bought them and the money would have been in their pockets.

I know some bands have said their only source of profit is merch, but if they made a smaller profit per shirt, they’d shift more units, and make more money, and the fans would get an official shirt at a reasonable price, and everyone would win.

But I digress.

An excellent gig by an excellent band who have never disappointed me.  I’ll be sorry to see them go, but 50 of quality music is an awesome legacy.

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Free your mind……….and your ass will follow.

Last night I went to see the living legend that is George Clinton.  It was the second time I’ve managed to see him, and what a show.
I’m not a fan of funk, but seriously, this was an amazing gig.  If you get a chance to see him, don’t hesitate, just go.  You won’t regret it.
Here’s s few photos.

 

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Christmas clearout

Over the last few days I’ve managed to clear out a few bags of stuff that’s been taken to the charity shop (PDSA).  I’ve also managed to clear out a load of dvd’s that I’ll probably never want to watch again.  These were taken to the greatest 2nd hand record/dvd shop in Glasgow – Missing (formerly Missing Records, in the days before it sold movies) – where I came out with a credit note for £23 and the cd of Blackout by the Scorpions.  That’s my idea of a result 🙂

It wasn’t all good though.  I woke up one morning to find a filling had fallen out, then went downstairs to phone the dentist, to find a text from a work colleague telling me that Lemmy from Motorhead had died.  I’ve been going to see them live since 1986, and had (still have) a ticket to see them later this month.  They were to be supported by Saxon and Girlschool, and being realistic, with the previous tour having been cut short due to ill health, I thought this would probably be the last tour.

It’s a real shame I never got to see them one last time.  At the moment we’re still waiting to find out if the other bands are still going to go ahead and play, or if the whole thing is cancelled.

And so to the new year, where I still want to reduce the amount of “stuff” that’s cluttering up the house and my life.
I’m also about to get a new DSLR that my better half is paying for as a Christmas present.  So watch this space for some photos once I pick it up.

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