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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 14 Dec 2008, 10:49 
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Duke Special is a musical genius and a complete legend. Just can't stop listening to his new album 'I Never Thought This Day Would Come', even though I find the lead single 'Sweet Sweet Kisses' a bit "throwaway". Almost certainly my second favourite artist.

Sorry, just had to say that (and I am sober!!!)

Reassuringly, I know for a fact that at least five other forum members share the 'Duke love'.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... D=18954346

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 14 Dec 2008, 12:18 
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I still haven't heard the full album - I really must get around to getting it.

An indication of how life has been I think :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 11:46 
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I've just realised that the Camden gig is this Monday. Hooray!

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 12:02 
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If it's even remotely as good as last night in Nottingham then we're in for an absolute treat.

I'll hopefully post more later about last night's gig - but very busy at work right now!

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 15:26 
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What an incredible gig, duke was amazing. I'm writing this on my phone, but will write more when my computer's fixed. I met Duke in the toilet before the gig too! I was so awestruck I actually didn't go to the toilet! :) Amazing setlist, beautifully played and sung, and chip bailey is a true legend! Amazing company for the evening too, wish I could go to other dates!


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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 16:13 
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I was so awestruck I actually didn't go to the toilet!


That nearly made me fall off the sofa. Roll on Monday (and I hope I've got rid of this cold by then!)

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 18:30 
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Still reeling from just how good the gig was last night. If anyone (other than the already 'converted') reading this forum ever gets the chance to go and see Duke live please do.

The great thing about a Duke gig is that however long a set he gets he always seems ready to play on, and on, and on. Much to the audience's delight. Unlike some other recent gigs (both large and small) the Nottingham audience was there to listen - even in the quieter songs - except where called upon to sing along of course!

My enjoyment of the gig was further enhanced by sharing the experience with two of my three favourite musicians - who seemed equally as spellbound as I was by the magic that Duke and Chip wove last night.

I think this was the setlist, although there's a bit of indecipherable scribble on my piece of paper between the 4th and 5th songs, so I could possibly have missed one.

1: Mockingbird (Wish Me Luck)
2: Sweet Sweet Kisses
3: Brixton Leaves
4: I Never Thought This Day Would Come
5: Portrait

“The Graveyard Trilogy”
6: Digging An Early Grave
7: Henry Lee
8: Flesh & Blood Dance

9:These Proverbs We Made In The Winter Must End
10: Jockey Club (A Bitch Called Wanda) acoustic on piano in audience
11: Salvation Tambourine
12: Nothing Comes Easy
13: Why Does Anybody Love?
14: Last Night I Nearly Died
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Encore (at piano in audience)
15: First Of The Gang To Die
16: Down At The Old Bull & Bush
17: No Cover Up
18: Our Love Goes Deeper Than This
19: Ballad Of A Broken Man
20: Everybody Wants A Little Something

It wasn't just us that were impressed. Here's a nice review from a local website:-
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/ ... ticle.html

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 18:41 
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'First Of The Gang To Die'? As in the Morrissey song? Awesome! Roll on Monday, even faster.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 19:01 
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I don't want to read the set list - I should have gone last night - had a ticket but the unpredictably of life - yet again - floored me and I couldn't go :evil: :evil: :evil:

Am still booked for Birmingham though so really looking forward to that.

Please - if anyone posts set lists can they put spoiler in the thread title - I nearly got caught out :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 19:04 
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morganalefay wrote:
'First Of The Gang To Die'? As in the Morrissey song? Awesome! Roll on Monday, even faster.

That's the one.

Two (not particularly brilliant) photos taken during the encore:-

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Hopefully Scott can be persuaded to post Cathy's picture of a certain 'great candle larceny' taking place after the gig....

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 21:16 
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I've just had a look on UTube for Duke Special's music. :) He sounds lovely! What a nice voice, and who would have thought he would sing "Drink to me only with thine eyes" (that's going back a bit!) :shock: Seems like a very talented guy. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 21:44 
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Diana P wrote:
I've just had a look on UTube for Duke Special's music. :) He sounds lovely! What a nice voice, and who would have thought he would sing "Drink to me only with thine eyes" (that's going back a bit!) :shock: Seems like a very talented guy. :)

Diana :)
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He is amazing Diana.

One of the nicest chaps you'll ever meet too.

There are few bands I would travel abroad to see but his would be one of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 22:09 
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poppiesfan wrote:
Please - if anyone posts set lists can they put spoiler in the thread title - I nearly got caught out :wink:

Sorry Chris :oops:

Duke was recently described by David Ford (another of my musical heroes) as "the greatest living songwriter".

And, as Chris says, he seems a genuinely nice guy too.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 16 Jan 2009, 23:14 
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MCGlentworth wrote:
poppiesfan wrote:
Please - if anyone posts set lists can they put spoiler in the thread title - I nearly got caught out :wink:

Sorry Chris :oops:

Duke was recently described by David Ford (another of my musical heroes) as "the greatest living songwriter".

And, as Chris says, he seems a genuinely nice guy too.


Oh! I thought that was Rufus Wainwright! :wink: Well, they'll just have to share the title. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 17 Jan 2009, 01:15 
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Well I'd have said that accolade lies somewhere between Bowie/Wilson/Mezzatesta/Shiels/McEwan/Ford/Rice-Oxley/Frame/Sigur Ros - too late and too intoxicated (due to the delights of a 6.5% IPA!) to quote the latter Icelandic genii's individual names. :)

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