A LONG planned visit to
By coincidence I had read the day before that the Greek dramatist Aeschylus was killed in 456 BC by an eagle dropping a tortoise onto his bald head.
The city has regular festivals to promote the city with the famous Fiesta de los Patios (Patio Festival) in May each year, then a Flamenco festival and in July the guitar festival which attracts world famous artists.
This year Paco de Lucia, Deep Purple and Placebo all headlined with Mark Knopfler closing the event with a performance at the Plaza de Toros. Live music has always been a passion of mine which was nurtured at an early age by living close to
Over the last 35 years I have seen loads of performers and one day I will do as I have promised myself for ages and transform all my carefully collected tickets into a collage and frame them, a job for a rainy winter’s day methinks.
Being into all sorts of music I have been lucky enough to see some of the rock greats such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, David Bowie, ACDC, Tangerine Dream, Peter Gabriel, Hawkwind (so loud they made my nose bleed), John Martyn, Supertramp, Brian Eno, Jethro Tull and then more recent acts (I class recent as under 25 years old) such as U2, Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, David Gray, Massive Attack, Faithless, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Prodigy, Radiohead, The Orb, The Blue Nile, Orbital, REM, Leftfield, Cocteau Twins and so many others.
Some acts broke up or I was simply not in town so Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin
and others I regrettably missed. Then this year Roger Waters (we are not worthy) announced after 30 long years that he would again tour the world to perform The Wall. For the aficionados out there Dave Gilmour has agreed to play at one
The two of them played three songs together in
The tour starts on September 15 in
Thinking back Peter Gabriel enlisted the help of the lovely Kate Bush on the album ‘So’ for the beautiful duet ‘Don’t Give Up’ which they only ever once sang live together, at the London Olympia
An act I had missed ‘til now was Dire Straits but Mark Knopfler put that right last Sunday evening and now Romeo and Juliet, Telegraph Road, Sultans of Swing, and most of his great new solo album, ‘Get Lucky’ have all now been heard as they should be – Live.
Viewpoint By Stephen Amore