LIVE REVIEWS MUSIC
concerts listed are those at major venues, for which tickets are on public sale at time of going to press.
I GLASGOW ARCHES (556 5555) Pink Floyd Show. 15 Feb.
I GLASGOW BARROWLANDS (226 4679) Deep Purple. 2 Mar; Stiff Little Fingers. 17 Mar; Garbage. 21 Mar. I GLASGOW CONCERT HALL (227 5511) Eternal. 27 Feb; Tori Amos. 29 Feb; Mike and the Mechanics. 18 Mar; Solid Gold Rock and Roll. 19 Mar; k d lang. 26—27 Apr. I GLASGOW GARAGE (332 1120) Flaming Lips. 25 Feb.
I MSGOW IBROX STADIUM (339 8383) Bon Jovi. 11 Jul.
I GLASGOW SECC (248 9999) Michael Bolton. 20 Mar; Meatloaf. 24 Apr; Green Day. 25 Apr; AC/DC. 1 Jun.
I LIVINGSTON FORUM (557 6969) Saw Doctors. 15 Feb.
I EDINBURGH ASSEMBLY ROOMS (220 4348) Mike Flowers Pops, 9 Feb.
I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE (529 6000) Blues Brothers Tribute. 5-9 Mar.
I EDINBURGH INGLISTON (557 6969) Pulp. 25 Feb; M People. 14 Jun.
I EDINBURGH MURRAYFIELD STADIUM (557 6969) Tina Turner.
I EDINBURGH USHER HALL(228 1155) Eternal. 26 Feb; Tori Amos. 27 Feb; Mike and the Mechanics. 14 Mar; Solid Gold Rock and Roll. 21 Mar.
I GLASGOW PAVILION (332 1846) Patsy Cline Tribute. 4—9 Mar.
I EDINBURGH KING'S THEATRE (220 4249) Patsy Cline Tribute. ll—I6 Mar.
I EDINBURGH KING’S THEATRE (220 4249) Five Guys Named Moe. 4—9 Mar.
I GLASGOW CONCERT HALL (227 5511) Clannad. 20 May.
I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE (529 6000) The Fureys. 3 Mar; Mystere des Voix Bulgares. 11
I EDINBURGH USHER HALL (228 1155) Clannad. 22 May.
I EASGDW CMER'I’ HALL (227 5511) Shirley
Bassey. 13 May; Connie Francis. 19 May.
I GLASGOW SECC (248 9999) Barry Manilow. 12 Apr.
I GLASGOW CONCERT HALL (227 5511) 1 Like To Be In America. ll. 14, 16-17 Feb; Alfred andel. 12 Feb; Children’s Classics. 24 Feb; Warsaw Sinfonia. 14 Apr; Anne-Sophie Mutter. 18 Apr; John Williams. 9 May; Vienna Phil. 11 May; Evelyn Glennie. 17 May; Napoleon. 26 May.
I GLASGOW RSAMD (332
5057) Midday Concerts. 9.16.23 Feb. 1. 8.15.22 Mar; Paragon. 9 Feb. Gulliver Pn'ze. 18 Feb; BTSE. 23 Feb; GCO. 24 Feb; Hebrides Ensemble, 25 Feb; Academy Strings. 29 Feb; Chamber Group of Scotland. 3 Mar; SU Big Band. 10 Mar; Academy CO. 14 Mar; Glasgow Wind Band, 15 Mar; Paragon, 17 Mar. Singing Dept Concert. 20 Mar; Junior Academy Orch. 24 Mar; Verdi‘s MacBeth. 24—30 Mar; SEMC. 30 Mar. Paragon. 28 Apr; Hebrides Ensemble. 5 May.
I EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE (529 6000) BBCSSO. 11 Feb; More About Opera, 18 Feb; BBCSSO. 25 Feb; Zaide. 16 Mar; BBC 850. 17 Mar; Peter Grimes. 27—30 Mar; Travelling Opera. 17-18 Apr.
I EDINBURGH KING’S THEATRE (220 4249) lolanthe. 20—24 Feb; The Count of Luxembourg. 27 Feb-2 Mar.
I EDINBURGH QUEEN’S HALL (668 2019) Paragon. 10 Feb; BTSE. 15 Feb; Quator Ysaye. 19 Feb; Just Flutes. 21 Feb; E80. 24 Feb; Barbican Trio. 25 Feb; Hebrides Ensemble. 27 Feb; John Currie Singers. 29 Feb; Chamber Group of Scotland. 4 Mar; SCO Qt. 10 Mar; Meadows CO. 10 Mar; Grieg Trio. 11 Mar; Talisker Trio. 13 Mar; King's Conson. 16 Mar; Endellion Qt. 17 Mar; Emperor Qrt. 19 Mar; Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 25 Mar; BTSE. 11 Apr; Chamber Group of Scotland. 22 Apr; SCO Wind Ens. 5 May; Hebrides Ens. 6 May; King's Consort. 9 May; Endellion Qt. 21 May.
I SUBSCRIPTION SEASONS Programme details and tickets for RSNO. SCO. BBC SSO and CGPO concerts are available from Ticketcentre. Glasgow (227 5511); Usher Hall. Edinburgh (228 1155); Queen‘s Hall. Edinburgh (668 2019). Tickets for Scottish Opera from Theatre Royal. Glasgow (332 9000); Festival Theatre. Edinburgh (529 6000).
Liam Gallagher: pimp-roll with it
Inglisfon, Edinburgh, 21 Jan. In the heyday of Beatlemania, you went to a Fab Four gig with limited expectations. You got to see your mopheaded idols all right, but with all that squealing and sobbing even they couldn’t hear a thing. A third of a century later, top-notch PA systems have taken care oi that, blasting out Oasis’s surly snarl as fresh and mean as a newborn demon, but the kids these days don’t take it sitting down. Oh no — jumping and armwaving and all sorts, if you please.
In consequence, audience members under five foot six (a fair proportion,
given the average age of the Manc
so much as a Gallagher eyebrow above the throng. But that’s okay . . . it’s not
go ten minutes between sightings of
cats’ fanbase) will be lucky to glimpse
like they do much up there. You might
Bonehead, for example, but you could be fairly sure he hadn’t moved in the , interim. Gallagher Senior’s got a pretty commanding presence, basically because he’s in charge, and he makes sure everyone knows it; but you don’t see much of him until he’s up on his stool for Noel’s Acoustic Interlude. And liam’ll hove into view now and then, turning the lassies’ knees to jelly with that wolfish pimp-roll of his, all elbows, shoulders and jutting chin. But visibility being minimal, most of the focus falls on the atmosphere (a heady brew of teenage sweat, football-crowd Iaddishness and cannabis smoke), the humungous light show and - as you might expect — the music. Much spittle has been squandered lubricating the debate on
what Noel did or didn’t steal from his heroes Lennon and McCartney; but at the end of the day, Oasis are the proud 1 (some might say arrogant) owners of a superb catalogue of songs, and they play them superbly. No new stuff, no surprises, no encores, just an hour and a quarter of damn fine rock ’n’ roll. In a word, supersonic. (Andrew Burnet)
The Arches, Glasgow, 11 Jan.
For the second year running, the Bratbus chooses Glasgow as its first target In a nationwide mission to introduce some bright, foxy new talent to Britain as a whole, and for the second year it has made a commercial killing, enlivening an otherwise barren time of year.
But as with last year, it promises more than It delivers. Much-fancied headliners (last year, Veruca Salt, this year, The Bluetones) can’t justify the hysteria they’ve aroused In some quarters and only one less frantically tipped act sound like they’re on nodding terms with talent (last year Skunk Anansle, this year The Cardigans).
First up are Fluffy, when somebody decided to hype one afternoon when they couldn’t be bothered watching Neighbours. Fortunately for the boys In the audience the four Fluffy ones are terribly attractive young women not scared of flauntlng some flesh. Unfortunately for the girls In the audience they offer no groovy fashion
tips, presence or role model potential.
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| And most unfortunately, for the music
Fluffy: pretty but vacant
lovers in the audience, they’re sub- bedroom fuzzpunit conceived before the invention of tunes.
Heavy Stereo revel in the little they have going for them, so much so that when things do come together, as on romping, stomping single ‘Srnller’, they make for one of the better Oasis surrogates to emerge in recent times.
They beamed In specially from a 60s Vogue photo shoot, did The Cardigans. but as with most of these model types, close up and in the flesh they can't hide the blemishes. They were never going to even try to recreate the pristine sugary wondermet of their tops album Life, but the dimpletastlc line and her Scandic cohorts are still a pastelly pop treat putting the British acts on the bill completely In the shade.
Which only leaves roorn for a brief dismissal of. The Bluetones, who shine convincingly on ‘Blnetonlc’ and ‘Sllght Return’ but fail to come up with any other reason for giving them the tinte of day In their hopelessly Madcth
derivative set. (Fiona Shepherd)
[III- SHED SEVEN
Shed Seven: ‘frlghteningly confldent’
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Could this be the year of Shed Seven‘.’ ()asis are pretty much taking 1996 oil. presumably so that Noel can learn to drive his chocolate brown Roller arid spend some of that loot. while the rest of the opposition‘looks decidedly lightweight. 'l'he Sheds. back after a six month hiatus. must be laughing like liyenas on helium.
But then a Shed Seven gig is a serious business. Tonight The Venue is turned into a giant heaving teen tantrum. with copious tears wept on the stairs and much suffering in the toilets. an entire army — wardrobe courtesy of Adidas and Miss Sell‘ridge -— wigging out as one. The kids are. in popular parlance. totally mad for it.
It starts from the shul'lling bluesey funk of ‘1)irty Soul' and carries right through the hits. ‘l)olphin‘ and ‘Speakeasy'. to the inscrutable. spaneg pop of the new material. ‘(ietting Better' may lack the lovely t'ooty tooly brass treatment of the record but nobody is here to quibble. Rick Witter. hall Jaggeresque sex god. hall' one of the Munchkins from the Jal‘l‘a Cake ad. snakes his hips. pouts his lips and bends the crowd to his will with an case that would impress the Reverend Sun Moon.
‘We‘re "All New" us!‘ chirps the singer with the physique of Charles Atlas when he still got sand kicked in his face. He's not wrong. The new- formula-all-improved Shed Seven are frighteningly confident right now. ‘Going For Gold'. :1 future single. is all but hopping distance from greatness. beginning like lilvis‘s ‘Suspicious Minds' then turning into a bumping and bumping Shedrock anthem that will go Top Ten before you can say Boo Radleys to a goose. Bobby Gillespie would sell his granny and all his Marc Bolan LPs for far less. (Rodger Evans)
The List 26 Jan-8 Feb 1996 SB