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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 17 Jan 2009, 11:50 
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I'd have to add Heaton/Rotheray, Chadwick, Friend and Cunningham to that list :D

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 20 Jan 2009, 16:53 
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Another amazing Duke Special gig last night in Camden, with a few changes to the set-list to that in Nottingham last Thursday.

There was an additional support in the shape of long term Duke collaborator Paul Pilot, accompanied by a steel guitarist and pianist. The touring support was once again Dan Michaelson and The Coostguards – although I appreciated their music a bit more tonight I still couldn’t really warm to Dan’s unusual vocals.

As in Nottingham, the audience appeared completely spellbound by Duke and Chip’s performance and stage presence, with barely a murmur of conversation to be heard at any time – quite an achievement for a London audience!

It was wonderful indeed to see the very talented Bernard Butler (the original Suede guitarist) join Duke on stage to play on ‘Proverbs’.

Set list
1: Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
2: Closer To The Start
3: Sweet Sweet Kisses
4: Brixton Leaves
5: I Never Thought This Day Would Come
6: Portrait

‘Death Trilogy’
7: Diggin’ An Early Grave
8: Henry Lee (duet with Dan Michaelson)
9: Flesh And Blood Dance

10: These Proverbs We Made In The Winter Must End (featuring Bernard Butler, who co-wrote the song, on guitar)
11: Jockey Club (A Bitch Called Wanda) acoustic on piano in audience
12: Salvation Tambourine
13: Nothing Comes Easy
14: Why Does Anyone Love?
15: Last Night I Nearly Died

Encore acoustic on piano in audience
16: Baby Britain (Elliott Smith cover)
17: Down At The Old Bull & Bush
18: No Cover Up
19: Our Loves Goes Deeper Than This
20: Maps (the now familiar Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)

Good to see Alex, Fliss and Tony there last night – hopefully Alex and Fliss will post a few pictures. Chris (Flynn) was also in the audience, so we had a total of four forum members in attendance at the gig.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 21 Jan 2009, 21:18 
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Birmingham was fabulous too.

Have the set list next door but am too lazy to get up and scan it in :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 22 Jan 2009, 14:56 
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Sorry about the radio silence since Monday - blame work! I'll try and get my photos up tonight or tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 22 Jan 2009, 23:25 
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Ok, review of the whole gig coming up.

I liked Paul Pilot's songs (Martin and I were speculating about whether that's his real name ....) but I think I would like them better sung by someone else. He has a definite 'Beck' thing going on (great songs, terrible singer).

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The best thing about his set was "Rockin'" Dave Ludlow, who played awesome pedal steel guitar, an instrument for which I am a complete and utter sucker. (And he took it apart himself afterwards - we were watching him take all the pedals off! Geek heaven!)

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Also, it's a really bad idea to get someone who's a much better singer than you on backing vocals.

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Next up were Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards.
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I'd put money on the keyboard/guitarist and bassist being brothers.
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In spite of Dan himself's rather fabulous gravelly voice (imagine a cross between Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits)

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and some rather good Telecaster action from the keyboard/guitarist
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they were a bit boring .It all sounded quite nice, but the whole was somehow less than the sum of the parts.

And so, to Duke himself.

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What can I say? He was amazing. He really isn't like anybody else. We were particularly enchanted by 'Jockey Club', which Tony has been desperate to download from somewhere (haven't found it yet! I hope he releases it on something!)

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Not forgetting Chip (Tony: 'Why is he called "Temperance Society"? Is it because he drinks a lot?')

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For 'Henry Lee' he was rejoined by "Growlin'" Dan Michaelson, who sounds much better when singing something decent.
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Legend time! Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Bernard Butler.
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Apologies for the random photo sizes. I blame half a bottle of red wine.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 22 Jan 2009, 23:37 
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Some excellent photos (and entertaining commentary) there Fliss. A great reminder of a superb evening (a description that genuinely applies to every single Duke gig I've ever been to!).

Alex, can you share any of your photos too please?

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2009, 18:58 
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Will do :)

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2009, 19:43 
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Meyer wrote:
Will do :)

Thanks! Duke's latest e-newsletter has a link to a rather glowing review of the London gig we were at.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 24 Jan 2009, 00:08 
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Here you go:

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Full set can be seen here

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 24 Jan 2009, 00:40 
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Wow, amazing work Alex - some really powerful images there. Thanks for posting them, and the link to the rest of the set. I'll have to get in contact as I need a Duke photo to join the 'hall of talent/fame' on my 'chimney-breast'.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 00:53 
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Just back from the third (and sadly last) of my 'January trilogy' of Duke gigs, putting him in an early lead in the 'most seen in 2009' league! (Duke on 3 gigs 'plays' mesh on 2 gigs 'plays' Scott & The Candle Thieves on a solitary 1). These totals will f course change!

Tonight's gig was in the smaller room in the Leadmill, very conveniently situated only 5 minutes walk from Sheffield station, I've probably already used all the 'superlatives' to describe the gigs on this tour, so suffice it to say this gig was well up to the very very high standards Duke & Chip have been achieving. Once again you could hear the proverbial 'pin drop' and once again the audience (young and old) were more than enthusiastic whenever encouraged to participate.

f.a.o. Chris: please stop reading here if you don't want to see tonight's setlist:-

1: Low
2: Closer To The Start
3: Sweet Sweet Kisses
4: Brixton Leaves
5: I Never Thought This Day Would Come
6: Portrait

‘Death Trilogy’
7: Diggin’ An Early Grave
8: Henry Lee (duet with 'droning' Dan Michaelson)
9: Flesh And Blood Dance

10: These Proverbs We Made In The Winter Must End
11: Jockey Club (A Bitch Called Wanda) acoustic on piano in audience
12: Salvation Tambourine
13: Nothing Comes Easy
14: Why Does Anyone Love?
15: Last Night I Nearly Died

Encore acoustic on piano in audience
16: Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck
17: The Night Yhey Drove Ol' Dixie Down (The Band cover)
18: Our Love Goes Deeper Than This

Sadly, the imminence of the venue's 'clubnight' cut Duke short in his prime, but at least this curfew (he stopped playing at 22.19) made it possible for me to (just!) catch the 22.24 train and be back at home just as the church bells tolled 23:00. Not bad for 20 miles.

Great, great tour. Roll on April.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 25 Jan 2009, 10:08 
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I don't mind now - I'm not seeing him again for a while.

Even the April gigs look out of the question :( :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2009, 02:24 
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Oh my heavens above what a night.

I can't type much more now as I need to comprehend just how good tonight was (or last night as it is now)

For those who don't know I won a competition to witness Duke and his band record live - direct on to vinyl at the Metropolis Studios in London. It's the first time this has happened in 30 years.

I have to say it was one of the best musical experiences I have ever had - amazing isn't a big enough word to describe just how good this was.

Off to try and get some sleep in a moment - if I can!

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2009, 11:18 
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poppiesfan wrote:
I have to say it was one of the best musical experiences I have ever had - amazing isn't a big enough word to describe just how good this was.

Sounds like a very 'Special' night indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke Special
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2009, 11:29 
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MCGlentworth wrote:
poppiesfan wrote:
I have to say it was one of the best musical experiences I have ever had - amazing isn't a big enough word to describe just how good this was.

Sounds like a very 'Special' night indeed.

It certainly was.

Just absolutely FANTASTIC. An experience that will live long in the memory.

I don't know much about recording studios but this was an exception to the rule it seems. At some point in your life you are going to have to record there Adam and co (I presume you haven't been there already as it's probably quite a costly place even in comparison to others - not that I know anything about these things!)

Far far better than I ever imagined - not that I really knew what to expect. My friend had a better camera than me and got some superb shots. I've a few of my own though that I'll sort at some point.

Talking to a few others pre event Mesh-29's name came up and a couple have said they'll give you a Google guys!

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