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- MIKEY B's 2009 GIG SCHEDULE:
PUSSYCAT DOLLS & LADY GAGA - Sun 19th Jan - AECC, Aberdeen
SANDI THOM - Sun 1st Feb - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
METALLICA - Thu 26th Mar - SECC, Glasgow
BLAKE & NATASHA MARSH - Sat 28th March - Music Hall, Aberdeen
PINK - Mon 13th Apr - AECC, Aberdeen
GIRLS ALOUD - Fri 8th May - SECC, Glasgow
GIRLS ALOUD - Sat 30th May - SECC, Glasgow
BEYONCE - Mon 8th Jun - O2 Arena, London
KATY PERRY - Tue 9th Jun - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
BRITNEY SPEARS & CIARA - Wed 10th Jun - O2 Arena, London
AC/DC - Tue 30th Jun - Hampden Park, Glasgow
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND - Tue 14th Jul - Hampden Park, Glasgow
BRANDI CARLILE - Sat 8th Aug - The Garage, Glasgow
NERINA PALLOT - Tue 6th Oct - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS - Fri 9th October - SECC, Glasgow
MICHAEL BOLTON - Mon 26th Oct - Music Hall, Aberdeen
STATUS QUO - Tue 15th Dec - AECC, Aberdeen
KELLY CLARKSON - Thu 11th Feb 2010 - O2 Academy, Glasgow
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- All Time Favourite Rockers...
- Queen...no-one else even comes close!!! But also... Status Quo, AC/DC, Slade, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Meat Loaf, KISS, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Thunder, Aerosmith, Magnum, ZZ Top, Electric Light Orchestra and so SO many more!!
- All Time Favourite Poppers...
- Kylie...the queen of my heart!!! But also... Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, Steps and... well, my ever multiplying record collection speaks for itself!!
- Honourable Mentions To...
- ...all the ones that first got me interested in music in the first place... step forward the legends that are Showaddywaddy!! Also, big love to Kim Wilde, Shakin' Stevens, Adam & The Ants and Matchbox to name but a few...
- Tipped For Greatness In 2009...
- Lady Gaga...Little Boots...Ladyhawke...The Asteroids Galaxy Tour...Taylor Swift... Diana Vickers... Gabriella Cilmi... The Saturdays... Escala... The Veronicas
- Currently Excited About...
- A phenomenal week of gigs lined up for London in June 09... Being within touching distance of Britney Spears... The imminent return of Kelly Clarkson to her rightful superstar status... The potential domination of the music world by Taylor Swift when anyone outside of the USA finally hears about her... Seeing AC/DC in the flesh again after 12 long years...
- Unbelievably Impressed By...
- Leona Lewis' incredible version of "Run", definite single of the year for 2008... Ashley Roberts out-pussycatting all the other dolls by a country mile... Jessica Simpson's new 'curvy' look... the hot-panted girl next door dream that IS Kaley Cuoco in The Big Bang Theory... Also, The Big Bang Theory, THE funniest sitcom to come out of the USA since Friends bit the dust... And the new series of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Boston Legal, Gossip Girl and Criminal Minds - all likely to be the some of the best telly of the year!!
- This week's special Mikey Love goes to...
- ...The Saturdays. All of them. Completely, totally and utterly smitten. awww. Mmmm...
AMY MACDONALD - Mon 25th Feb - Music Hall, Aberdeen
RIHANNA - Mon 3rd Mar - AECC, Aberdeen
SANDI THOM - Tue 4th Mar - The Tunnels, Aberdeen
SUGABABES - Wed 26th Mar - Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
BRANDI CARLILE - Sat 19th Apr - ABC2, Glasgow
KT TUNSTALL - Sun 20th Apr - AECC, Aberdeen
CELINE DION - Thu 8th May - O2 Arena, London
GIRLS ALOUD - Tue 27th May - AECC, Aberdeen
GIRLS ALOUD - Wed 28th May - AECC, Aberdeen
DEF LEPPARD & WHITESNAKE - Tue 17th Jun - SECC, Glasgow
KYLIE MINOGUE - Sat 5th Jul - SECC, Glasgow
GIRLS ALOUD - Fri 25th Jul - The Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh
QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS - Sat 11th Oct - SECC, Glasgow
HAYLEY WESTENRA - Sun 19th Oct - Music Hall, Aberdeen
KATIE MELUA - Tue 4th Nov - AECC, Aberdeen
FEEDER - Tue 25th Nov - Music Hall, Aberdeen
STATUS QUO - Tue 16th Dec - AECC, Aberdeen
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For the uninitiated, Brandi Carlile is a 26 year old singer songwriter, hailing from Ravensdale, Seattle on the west coast of the USA. Her style is heavily influenced by country and bluegrass music but add in some blues and soul and wrap it all up with a rock ribbon and you've still hardly scratched the surface of this amazing talent.
I first heard of her back in 2006, when one of her songs was used as backing music on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy'". Within minutes of the show ending, by the power of the internet, I had hunted down the track in question and ordered her self titled debut album from an American website. Since then I have been hooked and the release, in April 2007, of her sophomore album "The Story" only added to the admiration. Now, one year on, the album finally gets a UK outing and this show is part of her first headlining tour of the UK in support of the release.
Backed by twins, and co-writers of many of her songs, Phil and Tim Hanseroth on guitars, plus the services of her drummer and cellist (not something you see often at a gig!), the sound created on stage by Brandi and the band was something truly wonderful to behold.
Kicking off with the opening tracks from both her albums to date, 'Late Morning Lullaby' and Follow', these tracks showcased Brandi's vocals perfectly and the hugely appreciative crowd spurred her on through a varied set of ballads and rockers, which demonstrated a vocal talent which was, by turns, both heartbreakingly fragile and tender and then devastatingly raw and powerful.
Her own catalogue of songs, although only two full albums old, is already bursting with potential classics and my highlights of the night could run to the whole set. However, forcing myself to choose... the stripped down country of "Have You Ever" was authentic and very effective, the ballad "What Can I Say", the aforementioned song which started it all for me, sounded even better live. New album highlight "My Song" nearly blew the roof off the place, and new song "Love Songs" is an absolutely beautiful track which signals the great things still to come for this girl. Last, but definitely not least - "The Story", which was the song I was waiting for all night and it didn't disappoint. Quite simply, the song is a gem, a future classic, and went straight into my list of all-time favourite songs from the first time I heard it. That song, much like Brandi's voice, is something I will surely never tire of hearing. Legendary.
As if her own songs weren't enough she also scattered four cover versions throughout her set, brilliant choices which to any true music fan are required listening - starting with a truly stunning rendition of the first two verses of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (simply performed by herself at the keyboards), this was followed later in the set by Radiohead's "Creep" (sung with the passion of at least ten Thom Yorke's), then later still, a hugely entertaining and energetic version of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues". And as if that wasn't enough, the final song of the night was another solo performance, just Brandi and her guitar providing us with a raw, powerful version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Now this song has been covered many, many times in recent years, but never quite so well and as heartfelt as this and it brought this fantastic show to a fitting and emotional end.
Once the show was over, despite giving her all during the 90 minute set, Brandi was soon back out front, signing autographs and chatting to fans - a nice touch that very few performers bother with these days, and for me, a chance to meet and chat with, what I hope will one day be, a well deserved huge star. She is a unique, genuine talent that deserves to be heard by a much wider audience and given the proper exposure, there is no reason why this can't happen. If you haven't heard her already, check her out - you won't be disappointed.
Official Mikey B Show Rating: 10/10
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So the annual embarrassment to the British music industry has came and went, and I felt it only appropriate to comment on the highs and lows of the occasion: -
Firstly, the ominous selection of the unpredictable Osbourne clan was actually genius - in fact, it was probably the slickest presentation in quite a few years (not that THAT's much to go by, but still...!) and Kelly Osbourne (looking WELL fit, even if she DOES have the jawline of David Coulthard!) provided the comedy moment of the night by telling perennial arseholes the Arctic Monkeys (i'm NOT a fan) to "F**k off the stage". Class.
As for the highlights - KYLIE (for it is she!) winning Best International Female, and her fab performance of new single "Wow" was tops for me, closely followed by LEONA LEWIS' effortlessly flawless rendition of "Bleeding Love" - what a stunner. MARK RONSON running through his set was enjoyable - although I still prefer hearing Amy Winehouse to seeing her. KATE NASH picking up an award was a pleasant surprise. Frankly, she gives me the horn... and finally, Fearne Cotton's presence is always a highlight. Mmmm.
And the lowlights - the Arctic Monkeys (i'm NOT a fan) conning everyone into believing their own hype and carrying off two awards that should have had better homes. The Arctic Monkeys (i'm SO not a fan) dressed like a bunch of twonks showing themselves to be the arrogant immature kids that they are on stage. Its NOT rock'n'roll, it's not even roll. Mika - please don't sing live often, its not a good idea and ruins your otherwise poptastic tunes. Beth Ditto - have a wash love, what a state. And WHO let the Klaxons onstage with Rihanna? Killing the melody of 'Umbrella' stone dead was NOT a good plan. And neither was dressing Rihanna in two foot heels and a duvet...and finally, Chris Moyles - why oh why? Twonk.
BUT as with all awards shows the main problem I have is that the awards never go to the right people. As far as I am concerned, awards should reward success and Leona Lewis had both the biggest selling single AND album last year - yet no recognition given. Rihanna spent 10 weeks at number one, probably the biggest bona-fide hit for several years - plus three more hits and a top 10 album, recognition - NONE!! Its a joke!
Lastly, if awards are meant to reward success, then why create an award to give to people who have yet to have success? It makes NO sense - and, whilst I am a fan and have no doubt she WILL have major success this year - Adele did NOTHING last year, so....why receive a Brit?!?
At least the finale was a well deserved hat doffing to Sir Paul McCartney, but I always feel that these Outstanding Achievment awards should warrant a half hour at the end of the show, not "three songs and your off"!!
All in all, a reasonable show, better than some in recent memory - i'll give it a 6/10! Comments please, always welcome!
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