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Tonight’s show at Klub Klimat has been cancelled.
The whole band have been hit by a virus meaning everyone is unable to perform, including Fish who won’t be able to sing tonight! We’ll attempt to reschedule the show for after Glasgow.
Sorry to the fans, and we’ll keep you up-to-date here and on social media.
I’m sorry to say that tonight’s Erfurt gig is cancelled.
My voice is gone due to illness. Aiming to replace the show in January. Despite best efforts to save the show and waiting as long as I could to see if I could make it through we had to make this late decision to cancel.
A decision will be made on the Koln show tomorrow early afternoon.
I’m seriously disappointed and apologise for any inconvenience caused to people who were planning to attend tonight’s gig.
The “Daleks” are as pointed out extractor fans from the flat roof at the back of the house. They were used when it was a fully functioning commercial studio to move fresh air around the building and into the booths on the North side of the building.
They had brick surrounds as when we opened up the place to record “Internal Exile” with Chris Kimsey producing we kept on hearing low range hums that we couldn’t identify.Turned out it was the wind blowing under the unit’s cowling so we made low brick structures around them.It did the trick. … Continue Reading
A wonderful positive weekend and great karma all round.
After a short rehearsal in the afternoon the 3 F’s reconvened in the church at night in front of a healthy turn out made up of fans and friends, strangers with good hearts and all well meaning people.
We tripped through a fine Somebody Special, 52, a rollicking Punch and Judy, Jumpsuit City, a passionate Pilgrims Address, a moving Gentleman’s, moody Torch Song and Slainthe to rattle the beams with Lucky closing the set and a Company to encore where yours truly forgot the words. It was a relatively tight little set considering we hadn’t played in this format for a while and a few blunders in the ranks were excusable! :-)As always there was no plan when we hit the stage and I probably forgot a couple of numbers in the list above. I don’t really know what happened in the hour and 45 mins up there :-))) … Continue Reading
fantastic gig last night, over 2 hrs 30 thanks to some false starts:-)
After the “Lisa” intro Frank is supposed to walk on stage on his own and begin the “Punter” riff” and we join him to begin the song.
He stood there defiantly on his own and then began playing the “Fellini” riff.As we took our places he was confidently out there in his own Frankie world and I decided to follow him into the song.As we all started to play he realised what he’d done and the assurance drained from his playing and the song started to collapse.
I called a halt and said we should start again on the intended opener.The band stilled and Frankie started a riff again this time it was “Long Cold Day”.
We couldn’t believe he could screw up twice and I ended up banging my head laughing on the stage.
It wasn’t Frankies best night and a couple more fluffs and bad endings had him a wee bit nervy.Glad it wasn’t the London show!
All in all a great show and a lot of Fishy gabbing added to the set length which went well over curfew but no one at the venue cared.
Vigil was tremendous last night as was Cliche, Dark Star and Square Go.
Hand up from singer for getting a bit carried away on intros and a couple of “bad words” crept in when talking about Lockerbie.Two young boys with parents had to be given the Men In Black “forget you heard this” treatment much to their bemusement.:-0
It was hot, hearty and sweaty and we all had smiles backstage.
Now I have to cut back the set length and tbh it’s a tough decision.
It’ll be strange only playing for an hour and 20 minutes on stage over the next 3 shows!! Especially going on at 7.40pm and being loused by 9 o clock!!!!
London we have to be out the city before midnight as regulations mean we have to pay
I decided not to take merchandise out on these dates as I had nothing new to offer and as it is only 6 shows I determined to go instead with a flyer with information on what is happening this year and pointing people at the fishheadsclub.com web site which will be live and buzzing next month.
The big news is that the Convention at Leamington Spa is gaining a momentum and taking a fine shape.
I can confirm that “It Bites” will be special guests on the Saturday and “The Reasoning” will be the special guests on the Sunday night. Both bands will be on-stage at 7pm on the respective nights with my full electric band on at 8.45.
I will be performing an acoustic set on the Saturday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon there will be a screening of the “Electric Man” movie with a Q and A session with actors, director and writers after.
Doors on Saturday will be at 12 followed by an introduction and an in depth Q and A with myself.
Doors on Sunday will be at 1pm.
Various film footage from across the eras and projects will be screened throughout the weekend as “fillers” between other events which will include a return of “The Grumpy Old Musicians” and “Weakest Link” with special guests. Further attractions are to be added in the coming weeks together with more details on timings and other activities.
My set list will include some rarities as well as a performance of what should be the entire “Feast of Consequences” album over the 2 nights.
I have also decided to put together an arrangement of “Grendel” for a one off performance :-))
Tickets will be available in 2 weeks time and are priced at £60 (inc vat) for a weekend laminate which will get holders into the Assembly rooms for the Saturday and Sunday events and the evening performances.
The laminates will be individually numbered and come with a special lanyard. They must be retained throughout the weekend and will be “punched” on the relevant days.
Only weekend laminates will be on sale with individual performance only tickets made available on the night at the door should there be spaces. Individual tickets will not be available
Laminates are only available through the website mail order service at http://www.fish-thecompany.com.
When ordering you must supply your name and the names of anyone you are ordering for as I plan to put a project together from the weekend and would like to have all the attendees involved! 🙂
More information and further details will be posted next week when I get back from the tour and there will be a special page on the web site with a FAQ section to hopefully answer any questions you may have.
It’s all coming together nicely! 🙂
You can go to the fishheadsclub.com web site now and register your e mail address and you will be sent updates and blogs directly to your mailbox as the convention develops as well as other news and relative Fishy info on releases of the Fishheads Club projects as they move into production.
Spread the word!!
Ensconced in the café bar at Exeter Phoenix now, long time ago we were here on the “13thStar” tour with damp laundry bedecking the rails on the load out bay! Considering the promo machine only ticked over on these gigs the numbers have been more than healthy and the band despite having been in storage for over 3 years are together and grooving in a sweet space.
Set list for these shows clocked in at an hour and 45 in rehearsals but with Fishy jabbering and incidental music it’s been over 2hrs 15 in Southampton and 2.20 last night in Bath!!”Perception of Johnny Punter” launches the show followed quickly by “Credo” and “Assassing” that sit well together early doors.”Long Cold Day” is the first song where I allow myself an intro. … Continue Reading
As well as the photo shoot and interview with Taz yesterday there were smatterings of con jointed work which seemed at times like trying to play ping pong with butterflies blindfolded. Emails keep pinging out into the ether and I am starting to think I am like the Omega Man sometimes and there’s no one else out there!
Did finally get down and check the Derby filming and audio as it has now moved into position in the intended box set. Russell Cherrington the director was probably thinking I’d disappeared over the eternal horizon in the Clown Carrier as it has been so long since I was in touch re the footage.
It had been a while since I’d last looked at it but with the Studio Sessions moving forward I needed to follow up with the next wave of mixing otherwise I was going to lose momentum.
The Pro tools sessions from Derby are now on their way up to Calum and I am locked into a visit to Russell’s in Carlisle after the Glenn Hughes shows to go through micro editing on footage that will stand perfectly with the Spittalrig sessions and the Glasgow IAEFTL speech and interviews which I now have permission to release.
The Derby set is from December 2010 and it’s really interesting to hear the versions of the songs in early stages and against their evolution in the set throughout 2011!
Set list “Chocolate Frog”, “State of Mind” “Somebody Special”, “Jumpsuit City”., “Slainthe Mhath”,”Brother52″, “Vigil”, “Punch and Judy”, “Out of My Life”, “Incubus”,”Jigsaw”,”Pilgrims Address”,”Gentleman’s Excuse Me”, Kayleigh”,”Lavender” and “The Company”.
There are a couple of guitar and keyboard repairs that will take a few hours one morning but the set is pretty good and totally different projection energy wise from the studio recordings. Strange hearing us finding the dynamic at the end of “Special” which we were just starting to try out. 52 has a tentative confused “everyone stare at each other ” moment and there’s some interesting on stage banter! :-0
“Just Good Friends” was in the set list on the night but it’s questionable due to a couple of horrendous mistakes that would make milk curdle!
I still have to go through the material for the “Miscellaneous” DVD but these are all taken from various sources and don’t require mixing, just EQ’ing.It’s still a chunk of time to sift through what I have and to chase other sources!
Gavin Griffiths is on his way up, picking up his kit from York en route, so we start our move into the rehearsal space tomorrow. FTC and Clown Carrier will be managing the monitor set up.I’ll probably not be in there working until Sunday, allowing the band to come together and work out arrangements before I start chanting!
It’s going to be a busy time as I also have to deal with my own workload from here in the morning before I go down to the borders.
Off to Edinburgh now to buy a tripod for the Sony DVD camera so we can film rehearsals and the upcoming gigs. Luckily the FTC found my pro mikes I got from Henk Tempelman in Holland in a flight-case that I thought I’d lost at Leamington last convention.
The Leamington tickets are going to the printers next week so should be ready before the end of the month.
I have decided to price them at £60 inc vat for the weekend.
The tickets are laminates which will come with a lanyard and should be retained to get you in and out over the weekend.
I already have 2 bands confirmed as special guests and am negotiating with other “artists” to see if we can come up with a really varied menu of entertainment to carry us across the two full days.
Saturday doors are at 12 and Sunday doors at 1pm. Special Guests will be on stage at 7 and I will be on stage at 8.45.
Both nights will be full electric outfits but I will be playing an acoustic set on Saturday afternoon.
With a bit of luck and some serious hard work I intend to play most of the material from “Feast of Consequences” over the weekend as we will be writing throughout July, August and September.
There will be a premier of “Electric Man” on the Sunday afternoon which I think could be an ideal piece of eye candy for those with hangovers from the previous night!
More details will be posted as well as information on buying tickets in the coming week.
It’s a highly busy time and everyone is buzzing and looking forward to the electric shows in the next 2 weeks.
I must admit having that nervous high at the prospect of a dramatically different approach with songs some of which I haven’t played for a very long time.
For now it’s a drive in the rain to Auld Reekie and listen to the songs on the car CD player. Nice to get reacquainted again 🙂
I sincerely appreciate all your pleas to come to your particular country/city but if we don’t get serious offers of shows then we can’t make it happen. There are lots of places in the World I want to play where I know there are fans but in a lot of cases not enough to sustain a serious show that makes financial sense to either the promoter ( who’s ass is primarily on the line if it fails) and mine (who’s ass is secondary on the line if it fails).If I won Euro millions and didn’t have to bother about keeping a roof over my head then I am sure I would love to take an extremely long “busman’s holiday” touring the World at leisure, seeing the sights and playing shows to a few hundred fans in a small town or a club somewhere every few days. As is I can’t. … Continue Reading