Archive for October, 2014

Panic! Outcry! It’s an outrage!

No, but I do work lateshifts on weekends sometimes…

Hey, I’ll hold back my excuses, but still explain my p.o.v. hopefully.

(Hang on one second-terrible music on the tv…)

Well right, actually this has been a pretty great week looking back now. How did it start? Well there was the big build-up for a fantastic rock gig in Wolverhampton with American christian band SKILLET on their first UK headlining tour. Really, really fantastic night, got back home around one in the morning due to confused drive on dark motorway roads.

Also met a famous book author at his book signing event, really inspirational guy, really nice.

Since then, the rest of the week was possibly the usual challenge, attempting to hold down my human ego, be humble, listen to many others, remain calm and consider all sides of every story.

I have reached the weekend with some cynicism, head full of my regular conflicting views on class, politics, national and international problems as usual. It also looks like the rain is about to pour down again outside….

Again, I have remembered the music/band project that I planned a long while back which I really want to get going at some point between my many projects. Along with my slow moving musical tests and experiments, I intended to put together or at least write some spiritual songs/music and this still has to happen, it really does. It will also be in a very honest, truthful form that suits my tastes musically-heavy, strange, crushing possibly experimental rock tunes of faith. Be warned.

Well, this is actually an important weekend for myself and my wife, so I must get back to reading now and probably walk out into the cleansing rain later…


Yes on their first full UK headline tour right now, American huge Christian rock band Skillet made it down to Wolverhampton last night. I went along myself, and after some stressed out confusion over roundabouts on the road journey, finally parked up and walked in as the support band were doing their thing loud and proud on stage. I picked up a nice tour t-shirt and walked in to see what they were like.

I had not heard of this band, and actually for a support band they had some decent songs, and seemed quite confident and tight as a band. I was looking around, and seeing the people in the venue, the crowd building up as more folks entered and walked in and around inside.

I was curious to see what kind of crowd, audience and people would be turning up at this gig-you see I am a rock music guy, a ‘metalhead’ at times. I’ve seen most of the big legenary bands such as Motorhead, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Def Leppard-all kinds of great rock and metal music over the years. I’ve also seen the people of many kinds-usually in black or/and denim-often and usually friendly, happy, wild and joyful in these events and venues. But this time, this is a christian rock band who are massive over in America, but not really very well known of much at all in the UK.

I hoped that there would be a good turn out, I wanted to see that their great music might have been heard and drawn in a good audience, keen to see this passionate band live. That is what I saw, but more than that. I could see a good mix of some regular rock music fans and some who had possibly never really been to a real rock gig previously. I saw a good number of happy small kids and children brought along, and that was really cool, and I hope that they had a great time and that others showed them that a rock gig can be good fun and not scary or dangerous or even ‘evil’.

I just have to say that I was really super-impressed when I heard the familiar song ‘Dogman’ from one of my favorite bands KING’S X played over the venue right before the band hit the stage. That really was very cool.

So SKILLET came on, and it was stunning and more theatrical and grand than I possibly expected. They reminded me live of some bands like Within Temptation, Evanescence, with their stong and powerful lighting and two string musicians with them onstage playing along with the band.

The songs were so strong and tight, a great start and the audience seemed to be well connected with the band, clapping along, fists in the air in time to the tunes. Inbetween some songs, the singer casually chatted to the audience, seeing some who had been at the gig the previous night in Scotland, talking about growing up, nintendo, music, their tour.

It was visible that they band were clearly enjoing themselves, while playing with such fierce passion and energy. While they did play most of the big recent hits such as Monster, Sick of it, Comatose, and a few much older tunes, they probably didn’t play enough from the great new album RISE I think.

Overall though, certainly one very fantastic and great gig, a very stunning rock band who will hopefully return to the UK again not too long from now.