Top gigs of 2008

Thanks to Glen Colegate:

I only went to about 20 last year but the top 10 – if you’re interested – were:

Mark Oliver Everett – St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London – Jan. Twas the day his wonderful book came out and was a one-off acoustic show sans eels

Robert Plant/Alison Krauss – Wembley Arena – Tbone, buddy miller in the band…and front row tickets – perfect

Bob Dylan – Lorca, Spain – hot night, 3or 4 thousand people in a tiny bullring in a Spanish hill top town and Bob well up for it!

Fleet Foxes – University of London Union (ULU)- couple of weeks before the album came out and the buzz has already started – and they deliver big time

Jenny Lewis – Koko – it’s just like 1972 never happened – indie pin-up and crack band make loud noise – crikey!

Terry Reid – Borderline – didn’t wanna go after god-awful Ronnie Scott’s show a couple of years ago but with a yank stoner band, no booze inside him, a bit of inspiration and kicking off with Ballad of Easy Rider, the voice shows he’s back in the game

Neil Young – Hammersmith Apollo – he saw, he came, he did Ambulance Blues – yep – he did Ambulance Blues

Leonard Cohen – Brighton Centre – arena that only holds four and half thousand seated- much better than the o2 methinks!


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