|The Shining Hour Gig 12.06.10|
|Supporting Sleeping Policemen & Brideshead at Hafenbahnhof, Hamburg, Germany|
I visited Hamburg for a weekend in early June to see the fabulous Brideshead
play live in Hamburg. Apart
from a gig at a band member's wedding, they had not played live for 7
or 8 years. It
was to be their second live gig following the previous evening's concert
in Berlin. The gigs were
organised to celebrate and promote a new 10 inch single containing 4 songs
which they recorded last year. All the songs are excellent but one in
particular, 'Love In June' is a classic. (I think they missed a good pun
in not calling their mini tour 'Live In June'!) In Hamburg Brideshead
were playing a small venue called the Hafenbahnhof - which is a disused
train station on the harbour side now converted to a bar. Brideshead were
being supported by Hamburg's Sleeping Policemen who were playing their
first gig. A few days before I travelled, I was asked if I wanted to play
a some songs so I practiced about six just to be on the safe side. On
the evening it was all quite low key and I decided to play two songs.
I plugged in Hanns-Christian's Rickenbacker 480 with the intention of
playing two songs but as it went well and the
audience was so nice
I played a further song. I was asked later why I didn't do more. Well,
always leave them wanting more...!
Thinking About Her (from 'Long Lost')
Sleeping Policemen then followed and played a really great set. They've got some lovely songs and are super people. Sonja, the keyboard player and singer, gave me a nice demonstration of the Omnichord she plays and is a fellow Richard Hawley fan. Check them out here. Brideshead were excellent and played a lively set including the 4 new songs and other classics. I like them a lot as a band and as people. They're great blokes. I managed to video the whole concert, albeit it was a bit dark. The last time I supported Brideshead was in November 1998 and strangely the last time I did a solo gig in November 2002, it was also a disused railway station. All in all, it was a fabulous weekend and dispelled some of my reluctance to play live again. Check Brideshead's site at Myspace to hear some samples of the new songs .
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