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Paul McCartney Plays Dive Bar

Pretty decent bar band for Pappy and Harriet’s last night.  In one of the cooler shows of the year, Paul McCartney played in front of 300 people at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.  From the clips below it looked awesome.  Must be a blast for Paul and the band to go from an audience of 60,000 to 300.  Looks like everyone had a blast, really cool.

Here is what Pappy & Harriet’s looks like when a Beatle is not playing

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And when a Beatle shows up

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Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize 

American music icon Bob Dylan is now a Nobel Laureate.
The folk songwriter won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the committee announced Thursday.
The last American to win the international literature award was novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.

A long time coming for the best America has to offer. 

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Chris Helme – Concert Review – The Record Factory, Glasgow – October 8 2016

The Back Of The Crowd ’90s revival has officially jumped the shark.

After a year spent catching the 20th anniversary tours of seminal albums by Manic Street Preachers, The Bluetones, Kula Shaker and catching up with The Stone Roses twice in Manchester and New York we’ve finally got round to seeing…Chris Helme.
Who? Well, ’90s music trivia fans and die-hard Roses aficionados (like me, sadly) will tell you that Helme was the shaggy haired frontman of John Squire’s short-lived post-Roses project The Seahorses.

The band was hugely popular in the late 90s (mostly because of Squire), but critically derided for their naff lyrics (mostly Squire’s) and slight whiff of inauthenticity.

Former busker Helme was recruited straight from the streets, and he was thrown onstage with a couple of pub musicians – hardly a match for the streetwise cool of Brown, Mani and Reni.

However, The Seahorses’ failings weren’t Helme’s fault so his low key acoustic set at Glasgow’s Record Factory was greeted with goodwill and few expectations.

Squire’s guitar playing on their only completed album Do It Yourself was outstanding in its own right, but it was a bit too showy and suffocated the rest of the music – not that you would be desperate to tune in to most of Squire’s horrid lyrics about strap-ons, discount Weetabix and interstellar police cars.

Tellingly, the best songs on the album were Helme’s and they still stand the test of time 20 years on.

He opened in Glasgow with DIY’s closer Hello, a simple little ditty which wasn’t too despoiled by Squire’s fretwanking on the album and sounds even better stripped down to just an acoustic.

A loud cheer goes up when he begins playing one of his lesser known (or rather, completely unknown) post-Seahorses songs and Helme must have thought he had found his next single until it emerged that Scotland had just equalised in the World Cup qualifier being shown at the back of the pub.

The crowd gamely sang along to the ‘Horses final standalone single You Can Talk To Me, another Helme track with hints of Paul Simon, and he recalls The Seahorses “greatest ever gig” at Glasgow’s Barrowlands.

Helme later played one of Squire’s more accomplished lyrical efforts Boy In The Picture, before holding his nose for the Seahorses naff debut single Love Is The Law.

“You’ll need to clap through the intro cos I can’t play it,” he said, gamely trying to emulate the Zeppelinesque riff on his acoustic guitar.

“I had to Google ‘dogfish egg case’ when John wrote this,” he added with a wince and a shrug.

He closed with Blinded By The Sun, by far Helme’s best song both lyrically and musically. It’s not quite as epic without the bluesy intro but the acoustic version has some interesting flourishes and a more bombastic vocal.

For an encore, he does a note perfect rendition of The Doors Five To One, giving a hint of what The Seahorses could’ve become if Squire had loosened his grip on the band, turned down his Les Paul and let Helme off the leash.

But with Squire now limbering up for another round of Roses stadium gigs in 2017 (hopefully, finally, with a new album), I wouldn’t hold out much hope of a Seahorses reunion!

 

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