Blimey, I went and saw Katy Tunstall, The Pretenders, and Simple Minds yesterday at Newark – turned out pretty good – weather was A-Ok, which was lucky, cos it rained Friday, and its raining today, but yesterday was fine!
The site at Newark is remarkable, Look! There’s a castle!
First up was KT Tunstall, I didn’t know much about her, she’s Scottish, witty, chats a lot with the audience which is always nice – a perfect warm up act, not that many people were there for her, but she won the crowd over effortlessly, she has talent alright, and she makes her own backing sounds with a loop machine and claps, shakes of maracas, bangs on guitar etc, then plays along to those – it really works well.
Next is the Pretenders, very good! Chrissie Hynde has always been someone I admired, great singer, she works that – and you can tell its not something she finds that easy, I mean, I could ‘feel’ her – you have to work at it to achieve it with your voice & you have to live to write those lyrics, she’s all that!
Finally, Simple Minds, thats where the blimey comes in! I didn’t know they were going to be so “out there” its like a religious experience seeing them, its worth checking out, I would recommend it. I bought their first big hit single back in the 80’s, but then I kind of went in a different direction and didn’t follow it up with more, I always thought they might have been something I’d like, and I’m still in that place, I don’t know wether it sounds better in the studio or live, that probably depends on what you like and how you like it – I’m not very good at writing this up am I? Anyhow, the lighting rigs were amazing, I have never ever seen such a lot of electric stuffs! Check out these photos! Amazing!