mandag 27. oktober 2014

Planet Parker - live @ Chevys

October 17th, I went to see a local Pink Floyd cover band here in Stavanger. I was working till 23.30 and then I had to run to get to Chevys - which is a pretty good place to be. They usually have focus on rock and good music. My friend Linn met me at work, so we walked down to city centre together, and then we met my boyfriend Sam outside the club. When we got there, the warm-up band was still playing. Well, they played the end of the last song when we got down the stairs. So we bought ourselves a beer and found a table. After a while, the band started to play. I was quite tired after work, but as soon as they started to play, I was wide awake!

Sam, Linn & myself

I've met most of the people in the band before, so it was so much fun to see them performe live again. It's been about a year since I saw them the last time. They had two new members in the band, and it was their first live performance. They had a new guy on keyboard and a new girl on vocal.
Me and my friends found a table close to the stage and enjoyed the show with a few beers.

It was a fairly short gig, but after talking to the band members after the show, I got to know that not everything worked as good as it should. They felt themselves that it wasn't a good gig, but I tried to make them realise that it was a great gig. I had so much fun, and they are all so great musicians. I'm so glad some people in this county, performe the music I love the most.

Me and some of the band members

The bands new members did a great job, and the old members were good as always. I had such a great time! If I could change anything, I would change the location. At Chevys, the stage is placed a bit strange. It's placed between the bathrooms and the bar, so if people are going to one of these places, they have to walk in front of the audience. The place is also quite big, so there were a few people who was there - not to see the show. So they were standing in the background, shooting pools and talking. So that was a bit of a distraction for us who was there for the show. Other then that, I was quite pleased about the night.

The band played loads of great songs. My favourites was "Sheep", "Any colour you like", "Have a cigar", "Astronomy Domine" and "Learning to fly". Some of these are rarely played by live bands. "Learning to fly" is not rarely performed, but I just love the way Planet Parker performe this song! One of the bacground vocals are singing a small solo towards the end of the song,  and she did a hell of a good job. Gave me goosebumps! I'm not the biggest fan of people trying to make something 'new' out of a Floyd song, or do something different. But this really worked!

Loads of cred's to this girl

I got to talk to the band about upcoming gigs. They told me that they would have a big show early next year. Other then that, I do hope they will have a few more gigs in Stavanger before next year. They are such a great band and it's so great to know about a band, this close, that play my favourite music.

Me and some of the band members

All in all, I really enjoyed the show, and I really can't wait for the next gig! Shine on!
Thanks guys!

Foggy stage

torsdag 2. oktober 2014

The Endless River - Still waiting

For most of you, this is no news. But the release of Pink Floyd's fifteenth studio album is on the way. The album will be released 7th of november, or a few days earlier. That album will be the first album in 20 years! Wow, 20 years since the release of "The Division Bell". The time really is going by fast.

The cover 

I've been reading loads about this release, and it seems like may people out there still think that Roger Waters will be a part of the album. That, of course, is not the case. Roger quit the band in 1985. Yes, they had a small reunion in 2005 during live8, but they never got back together as a band. Roger Waters is working on his own album, and he finished touring around the world with "The Wall" a year ago. So there are no connections there.

I am not sure if I would have wanted Roger to join in the album, if there would be a possibility. For me, the original Pink Floyd era is over, and I think they are doing it quite great on their own as well. The last two Pink Floyd album that was released, did not involve Roger, so it would not be natural for me to have him joining the band again. After so many years! It's almost 30 years since he left the band. And if they were to do something again (Roger, David and Nick), I think they should rather go on a tour and play the good old classics. Not make something new.

I really am quite exited about the new album. I think it might be very good. But I've always had some problems liking albums right away. They have to prove themselves worthy to me. So even if it's Pink Floyd, my all time favourite, "The endless river" have to make itself worthy.

The track listing is put up like this: Side 1, 2, 3 and 4. In total there are 18 songs, and you have music to listen to for almost 43 minutes. I guess I'm most exited about Richard Wright's swansong. He was such a musical genious, and since not everything could make it to an album, there must be many great treasures left for us fans to discover.

All in all, I am very exited, and I can't wait to listen to it. I will go and buy it as soon as it's released, and then there will of course be a new blog update. I probably want to share my opinion once again.
This is exiting stuff. New Pink Floyd album. Bring it on!

Thumbs up! And please let it be good!