Nerf Herder Psoma – 6th October 2002
This is a strange entry to my ticket collection as we never actually saw any of the bands listed on the ticket.
Some friends and I had bought tickets to go and see Nerf Herder. This was the band who performed the soundtrack to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Being Buffy fans at the time (well I was actually more a fan of every other character but Buffy – god she’s annoying), I’d decided to look in to the band and get their album to try it out.
It was actually really good. Quite similar sounding to Weezer.
Anyway as I was saying, my friends and I had become fans of the band based on this album so we decided to get tickets to see them. After all it was only £6 each!!! If only all concert tickets were this price!
We arrived at the Corporation night club where the show was and after a short queue at the door we were told that Nerf Herder were stuck in transit somewhere so the show would probably go on later than anticipated.
Not a problem for us we went on in.
Anyway once inside we learned that the support band was no longer going to be ‘Captain Everything’ as advertised on the tickets (I’ve no idea what this band are like) but instead it was going to be a band called Psoma which featured Nerf Herders current bass player as their lead vocals.
After a while it became known to us that Psoma were actually at the club already so were going to play an extended set until Nerf Herder arrived – which they never did.
Anyway Psoma took the club by storm with their brand of pop-punk rock and played a long set with singer (and Nerf Herder member) Justin Fisher explaining how he had travelled to the show with Psoma rather than with Nerf Herder and apologising for his other band mates’ delay.
As it turned out Psoma were actually really good! We all really enjoyed the show and it was made even better when the band came straight out to the bar for a drink after their set. We hung out and chatted to the various member of the band who were all obliging and genuine folk.
So all in all what should have potentially been a disappointing night actually turn out to be a great one! I still listen to my signed copy Fear The Penguin sometimes even now.
The Art of Star Wars- Barbican Centre, London – 18th August 2000
This was a good weekend as I remember.
We were in London for a few days as part of our summer holiday before heading further south to the coast.
Anyone that knows me will know how much of a Star Wars fanboy I am.
I’d seen on television – on Blue Peter - that there was going to be an exhibition of Star Wars art as well as costumes, production models and props from the films and I really wanted to go so I managed to convince my parents to tie it in to the holiday. They didn’t mind so much because I’d actually get free admission (as the exhibition had featured on Blue Peter I was eligible for free admission as I had Blue Peter Competition Winners Badge that I won when I was younger).
The exhibition was great – the best and biggest collection of Star Wars props and costumes etc that I’ve seen.
As we entered we were handed a flyer that advertised that there was to be a signing at Forbidden Planet (a Sci-fi shop) the following morning by Ray Park – the actor who played Darth Maul in Episode I (and who played Toad in the X-Men movies).
So the next day I spent my morning queuing alone as my parents and brother went for a wander around London for a couple of hours before returning as I was nearer the front of the queue.
Anyway, all in all it was a great geeky weekend for me. Not only had I been to the fantastic exhibition – at which I got to sit in one of the actual Pod Racers used in Episode I – but I also got to meet and chat to Darth Maul himself!
Edinburgh's Hogmanay Millennium Street Party - 31st Dec 1999/1st Jan 2000
This is the first non-concert ticket in my collection and what more momentous event than the turn of the millennium.
It was 1999 and everyone was talking about making plans for how they were going to spend the eve of the new millennium. People were also worrying that the world might end or that perhaps some miracle cyber-virus would destroy all technology!
My parents kept talking about how we should do something special with it being a ’big, once-in-a-lifetime’ event.
In my opinion are only two places in the world that are truly famous for their New Years Eve celebrations: New York’s Times Square and Edinburgh. Obviously living in Sheffield, England, Times Square was a bit out of reach and out of the budget at the time so we went to Edinburgh.
I can only remember bits of our time there but not due to alcohol – after all I was only 14 years old AND on holiday with my parents and grandparents! Maybe it’s because at the time, I was wishing I’d been able to stay in Sheffield and party with my friends or maybe it’s just so long ago that my memory has faded.
I remember skating on the outdoor ice rink in the Princess St Gardens and visiting the castle during the daytime. As for the night time I remember a lot of people wearing silly hat except for my Granddad who was wearing his trademark flat cap. I remember some drunken guy coming over and telling Granddad in a thick Scottish accent ‘I love your hat mate!’
I also remember catching glimpses of The Mavericks performing the gardens in the evening and a drunken naked man climbing on to the roof of the Royal Bank of Scotland and everyone cheering.
Its strange how what should have been one of the most memorable nights ever is all quite a blur. However I am glad that I can remember the bits that I do.
Looking back now I’m glad that I didn’t stay in Sheffield and get drunk with my friends and inevitably remember even less because when I think about it going to the Hogmanay on any normal new year is a big deal but being there for the millennium is pretty epic!
Stereophonics - 18th December 1999
I saw the Stereophonics at the peak of their fame when ‘Performance and Cocktails’ was in everyone’s stereo. Although the band were decent enough musicians and everything was technically sound, i have to say that - and theres no other way to put it - this was the most boring concert i’ve ever been too.
Although the Stereophonics have been a very consistent band on CD, as live performers they are lacking any sort of charisma and stage presence. There was no interaction or connection with the audience apart from as the band left the stage prior to their encore when one member announced ‘I really need a sh*t’ and the crowd were left waiting what felt like an age for the band to return.
I have not seen the Stereophonics since based on this experience however i have continued to enjoy their music. Maybe they have improved since but I guess I’ll never know.
Barenaked Ladies - 23rd November 1999
As you’ve probably guessed, 1999 was the year I started to get really into music and going to live shows. It was also the year I first saw my all time favourite band live.
Barenaked Ladies - I’d heard a couple of their songs playing at my uncle’s house a year earlier and been hooked since. I got hold of all of their albums and even some rare tracks from on the web and grew in to a huge fan in the space of just a few months.
So when in mid ‘99 my uncle said that they were playing in Manchester in November and asked if i wanted to go with him, I jumped at the chance!
Even though it was a school night and even though it was my best friend at the time’s birthday, I had to go! This was the band that had dominated my stereo for at least the last 12 months!
The concert was brilliant and as a bonus I managed to get one of the plectrums that singer/guitarist Steve Page through in to the crowd (as can be seen in the picture).
To this day, the concert sticks in my mind and Barenaked Ladies are still the best live band I’ve seen. This is not just me being biased towards my favourite band - I try to judge concerts separate from the bands themselves. It’s just that the performance and music is always spot on and there is so much interaction with the audience and usually several new ad-lib songs at every venue.
Whether a person knows the music or not, if I could recommend one band to see live it would be Barenaked Ladies!
Bryan Adams - 14th October 1999
I mentioned in my previous post I had actually seen Bryan Adams prior to 1999 in Palma Bullring in Majorca. I have looked in to this and realised that it was infact on 2nd June 1999 and the venue is actually known as the ‘Balearic Coliseo’.
This was however this was the first of several times I’d attend on of his concerts in my home city of Sheffield, England.
After seeing Adams in Palma earlier in the year Ii couldnt miss him playing so close to home. He put on a great show yet again.
Meat Loaf - 2nd May 1999
Although this is the first ticket in my collection i had previously been to other concerts. The one i remember from this early time above all others was Bryan Adams at Palma Bullring in Majorca. I was on holiday with my family and on the hotel reception was a sign advertising Bryan Adams tickets. We naturally thought this would just be some random tribute act at a local bar but when we enquired it turned out to be the real deal. It was a great show in a fantastic setting - an open air ancient style ampitheater with stone seat tiers.
Anyway this ticket is actually for Meat Loaf. As i remember it was a greatest hits tour and as everyone knows at least two Meat Load hits I thought I’d go.
I ended up going with my aunt but I can’t remember the reason why - maybe none of my friends wanted to go, or maybe 1999 was still a time when parents were reluctant to let their 14 year olds go to a concert alone. How times have changed!
I remember enjoying the show and for that reason I have subsequently seen Meat Loaf in concert on a further two occasions.