As some of you know I’ve recently been performing with a band, and we have a very important gig coming up this month. It’s a charity do to help raise money for the Kendal Middleton Jessop appeal. Kendal is a 3-year-old girl from Leeds who has had her life changed forever after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which had spread to every bone in her body, leaving her with only a 40% chance of survival. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy and fighting every step of the way.
The event that has been put together is to raise money for Kendal’s appeal and ensure that her treatment continues, and her chances of relapse are greatly reduced.
Date: Friday 19th July
Venue: The Irish Centre (Leeds), York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT
Two weeks ago I was offered the chance of a lifetime – one of my Twitter pals (@timesmasher) offered me a pair of spare tickets for one of just three shows that Queen were playing in London. As luck would have it, I happened to be in London on just that night, so I seized the opportunity. A lifelong Queen fan and a (relatively) new Adam Lambert fan, I knew that this would be a night to remember.
Before their recent string of shows in Moscow & Poland, I remember reading an interview with Adam, where the interviewer asked him how he felt about filling the shoes of Freddie Mercury. I liked his answer a lot:
“I do have big shoes to fill, fronting with Queen. But – I’m bringing my own shoes. Ones Freddie would have thought were cute.”
Ask anyone to describe the experience of hearing a Regina Spektor song for the first time and I guarantee that one of those three words will pop up at some point.
I first heard Regina’s song ‘Fidelity’ playing in a clothes shop in New York back in 2006. I’m a sucker for a great pop song, but there was something utterly quirky about her voice that made me stop and listen [dammit, third paragraph and I’ve already used ‘quirky’]! I was instantly a fan. Seeing her live for the first time at Glastonbury 2009 was a terrific experience and I couldn’t wait to see her in a more intimate setting.
Earlier this year Regina released her latest album “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats”. I wouldn’t call our seats cheap…but this is what we saw/heard from our seats that night.