3rd December

December 3, 2003

This is the first posting that finds me on the wrong side of 40.

Pass the suicide pills, kids!


Despite me suffering from a debilitating migraine and a grotesque facial rash that re-cast me as pop’s most eligible Elephant Man lookalike, the Bowness/Chilvers Blues Explosion’s support to Porcupine Tree went as well as we could have hoped.

Although we started at the unfashionably early time of 7.30pm, there were still around a thousand people in attendance, of which 300-400 seemed genuinely pleased to see us (the rest, of course, preferred us as a background to some, no doubt, interesting conversations!).

A reasonable performance and a warm reception from some of the fans (including the likes of John D and Diane, who’d travelled from North America), made for a memorable experience.

‘Photographs In Black And White’ was as good a version as we’d ever done and, for various reasons, ‘Returning Jesus’ and ‘Things I Want To Tell You’ were especially poignant to perform.



Due to my Birthday, I’m currently residing in box-set heaven, so

Scott Walker – In Five Easy Pieces
Nina Simone – The Nina Simone Philips Recordings
Joni Mitchell – The Complete Geffen Recordings
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (deluxe version)

form the basis of this week’s madness.