I guess I’d better recap my last gigs of the year. Well – it’s either that, or get ready for the international flight I should be on in a few hours.
Rufus Wainwright – gay. Not in a derogatory way. Just… gay. Possibly – no, definitely – the most “camp” gig I’ve ever been to. Opened by Leonard Cohen’s son. Who, as chips off the old block go – as you can probably guess by the fact you’ve never heard of him – a very small chip. But apparently also has a sister, who has a child with Rufus (quote: “… and none of us can figure how that happened!” …cue laughter). None of which I knew beforehand – and couldn’t figure out how much of this banter was serious.
Glasvegas – went along with a workmate who had tickets. And yeah, it was Glasvegas. Solid standard rock gig.
Martha Wainwright – much better than her brother. Allusions to family much more muted, but still there. The Wainwrights – syndicated drama series – or so they’d like to think.
Beth Orton – at Union Chapel… a brilliant combo. Good gig, very good. Charming crowd banter, that voice, in that venue. Cool.
Wye Oak – gave a spare ticket to random guy outside the venue. He didn’t even buy me a drink… said he would, then didn’t. Which maybe put me in bad mood, as I didn’t really enjoy the gig as much as I did the previous time I saw them. Or maybe the venue was just a little too big for the show? Although Scala – not exactly a big venue. Or maybe I was just too tired. But – good gig, just not up to my very very high expectations after last time I saw them. But watching a youtube clip just now – I should have enjoyed it more.
And two gigs got cancelled on me – Felice Brothers & Cat Power. Was looking forward to both very much. But, hopefully next year. And that leaves my gig count for the year on 69, I think. Far too many, and I am going on a gig diet in 2013… try to get my bank balance to rebound.