The Soundtrack To Now: Little Boots, Gaz Coombes, Kylie Minogue, Manic Street Preachers, Let’s Eat Grandma

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All the gigs of my life: Gig 13 – Placebo, Thursday, May 22, 1997, Brixton Academy

In May 1997, I had epic plans for the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend: travelling up to Manchester for the mega Manics/Mansun gig at the Nynex Arena on the 24th of May. I decided to make an even longer weekend of it, travelling up on Friday the 23rd, returning to London on the Tuesday. And then, I decided nothing could be better than to start it all off on the Thursday night by seeing this new intriguing band Placebo.

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Paul Draper at the Manchester Ritz and Electric Brixton, 1st and 8th March 2018

In a few weeks’ time on this blog, I will reach gig no.11 of All The Gigs Of My Life,  a truly astonishing night that completely turned my little music-obsessed world around: my first ever Mansun gig in April 1997. But for now, I have my 149th and 150th gigs to talk about, and they were seeing Mansun’s singer Paul Draper playing one of the most important albums of my life, the album that led me to go and see them on that amazing night in 1997: “Attack of the Grey Lantern”.

 

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All the gigs of my life: Gig 8 – My Life Story / Orlando, Friday, February 14, 1997, ULU

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My first gig as a Proper Londoner, living and working in the city I’d dreamed of for years, was to see the flamboyantly orchestral My Life Story. But it was the support band I really wanted to see that might, a band I thought, for a few glorious weeks, were going to become my New Fave Band Ever: Orlando.

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