I’m back in the BBC tonight to sit in for Iain Anderson for a week. I’m very much looking forward to it though I’m always aware that sitting in for someone means the audience at home will be impatient to hear the main man as soon as possible. I should think so too. Iain is a great communicator and the success of his show is down to his ability to make you feel as if he’s only talking to you. Looking forward too to spending sometime on board the Hesperus (is that how they spell it?) with Much Ado and The Professor.
I’m just back from the Deacon Blue tour which wound up on Sunday at Hammersmith Apollo in London. It was, as always, an exhausting but increasingly exhilarating few weeks. Thank you for coming if you came. If you didn’t – fear not there’s going to be a film of the show, and if you can’t wait for that you can find out via our website how to buy official bootlegs of four of the gigs.
Interesting too to read people’s comments. Often the atmosphere is much debated. I find this interesting as we often don’t pick up the nuances of particular venues or groups of people. What I would say is this: I love shows where people are wanting to be part of the show, but I love it as much when audiences listen to what you have to play. There’s no sight worse for me than looking out into a theatre to see people’s tails as they head for the bar knowing you’re about to do a song they don’t know. Personally, I love going to shows where I hear things I don’t know or know less well – it makes me go home and love them again or discover them for myself. So to play in Manchester – in a great rock n roll venue – but also to people who love to listen is a joy. Having a ‘mad’ audience in front of you can be a mixed blessing, and exciting though it is, it isn’t always what I’d prefer.
Whichever audience you were please believe me when I tell you you were always great. Whatever night you came I honestly know we gave you the best we had to give on the night. Each show was very special and I can’t really pick out one
more than any other – though we all felt Dublin was a real high as it reminded us of the old days at The Barrowlands. It’s a long time since we’ve played properly there – last year was a botched job as the venue had moved – so to go and give it our best shot was a real pleasure.
So tonight I’ll be back to playing songs and talking with songwriters about songwriting. What could be better than that? If you’re in your car or near a computer or a radio between 10.30 and 12.30 tonight (St Andrews Day/30th November) join me. I’d love to hear from you if you want to mail, text or blog!
It’s so, so great to have you back on the air, although it was only by chance that I discovered you were back on the airwaves via the Deacon Blue site! And the reason I was there? I’m still on something of a high from having been at the Hammersmith Apollo show last Sunday night.
I actually managed to miss your visit there of just over a year ago as I was on a long weekend away in Norfolk. A great weekend it was too, but I often rued the fact that I missed yourself and the band being in town and so jumped at the chance to be there this time around.
And thank you so much for a great night. I’d not seen you on stage since you played at The Troubadour in Earls Court a couple or so years back but this night at once lent me a hint of nostalgia whilst also reassuring me that Deacon Blue still sound as wonderful as ever they did. I was there with a long-time fan who’d never seen you live before and he was blown away too. Your own songs sounded like old friends, and the choice of covers as ever blended with them perfectly. I was struck with more than a shade of melancholy to think that may have been the last time you ever tour as a band, but felt priviledged to have been there if indeed it was.
I’ve had one helluva week at work this week, and in fact have worked for 12 days on the trot (to which you must be able to relate at this end of the tour!) so to hear both your good self and your exquisite choice of music back on the radio is the perfect tonic.
You’re here all next week? Then so am I.
All the best,
And incidentally, I have to agree when it comes to hearing songs I don’t know so well. When it comes to your own back catalogue I have to say that I know it so well that it’s only the covers that are often a revelation, much like your choice of songs on this show. It’s also a reason I love the solo gigs — for the chance to hear the songs shine in stripped-down versions, and to hear you talk about your craft.
That said, I still found myself singing along last Sunday when the moment lent itself, so it’s all good.
Good to have you back on here Ricky and i loved the Deacon Blue shows i got to see this month… Friday night in Glasgow was a mad end to a special day. Saturday show in Glasgow was a great crowd and loved Homesick that night and was stunned you a) did That Country and b) it sounded like it had never been out the setlist. Dundee seemed pretty special too and i loved hearing Bound to Love and Walking Back Home then. I think my favourite was London… was kind of emotional hearing the thank you’s during Walking Back Home and wondering when we’ll get the chance to se the band tour again. Thanks for playing a decent number of anorakish requests too!
Its always great to find out your covering for Iain,it gives me a reason to turn tv off and discover some new music,something i should do more often.
On previous appearances you have already put me onto some new artists especially KD lang and her album hymns of the 49th parallel.
Anyways looking forward to the week ahead,and hearing some of your tales.
Me and my partner went to 3 of your shows and im very excited to hear there’s gonna be a DVD were hoping its one of the shows we were at because we were on the front row for 2 of the gigs .
Great to hear Yvonne Lyon on tonight’s show and one of my favourite tracks from her new album!
Anyway can you let us know which show the DVD will be from? For me i enjoyed the Wales gig as we could stay seated and listen to the music and lyrics rarther than listening to the dignity yobo’s.
Also really enjoyed the Preston and Manchester gigs and hope its not the last we see of you and the band..
I was at the Manchester concert on the 22nd November & would just like to say that was the best concert I’ve been to in years. So glad you guys are still as impressive as you were when I last saw you at Birmingham in 1990. Yes, Im ashamed to say I left it so long before coming back to one of your gigs. Will definitely be coming back in future. As my daughter is Scottish, I’ve been getting her into your stuff and I’m amazed to say, for a 17 yr old she is getting hooked. Anyway, best of luck in everything you do in the future.
I went to Hammersmith, which was undoubtedly the best gig I have seen DB play, so don’t give up just yet! Also great to hear James Joyce Soles in the set, my absolute fave DB song.
nice to have you back sorry not too have replied sooner new baby bobbie is taking up alot o time.
splendid job your doing my friend.
keep up the good work your making a lot of people happy.
we done on the gigs.
hope that our paths will cross in new year as i still want to do the photo’s.
anyhow happy birthday merry x-mas
and seasons greatings too both you lorraine and the weeyins.
Hey Ricky Birmingham Symphony Hall 16th November 2006. Fantastic Venue, fantastic performance, fantastic night!!!
Please pass on my remarks to the rest of the band.
I know it meant a lot to you cus your kids were in the audience. Tell me did they pay? lol.
Concerts aint cheap entertainment, but yours was well worth the money and more. I even splashed out on the Live CD. Come back to Brum soon.
ditto Helen my lovelly wife from Wishaw nr Motherwell.