Thursday, September 29, 2005

The 100 club, Oxford street, London.

Travelled back to my home town across London last night after the 'Who TV' show, I was exhausted. It takes me 2 hours, which isn't bad. I really enjoyed myself, and felt the whole thing went really smoothly, I just hope that didn't destroy any of the charm. I made an error in my 'useless fact' about babies, so sorry mothers I've annoyed. Hey, whoever wins them prizes is real lucky, hope you're all enjoying it.

Thanks for the compliments folks, you're really sweet. Just so you all know, I don't have anything for anyone to buy, meaning my music, but i am working on that, so if you could be just a little patient, I'll sort it out soon... It's really cool to hear you like my stuff, thanks very much.

Here's a picture of me playing 'the 100 club' in London some time in August, i was supporting 'The Casbah Club'. The venue is world famous, and everybody's played there. So, i was over the moon to be offered the slot by Simon, the frontman of 'the Casbah club', and my producer, and Pete's brother. There was some confusion as to whether i was playing, but i got the call, and played.
My brother Shaun travelled with me, cause i was nervous of travelling in London just after 7/7 the London bombings. Rene joined us later with hoards of friendly faces, Pete and Rachel came along too and were right up the front.

But just before i was going on, i realised i couldn't find my set list, so i scrawled another and went on. Although i had done a sound check, with the place packed out, it was a little hard to hear me well, i found it hard hearing myself. But people gave me a great applause at the end of each song, so i steamed on. I found difficulties re-tuning with the hum of the crowd but done quite well in retrospect. All in all, nothing to be ashamed of.
After finishing the performance i gave Rene a big cuddle. Then had a few drinks, and enjoyed the 'Casbah club'. They sounded amazing, and i was in great company.

Hope you like the picture, give me a shout. mikey


Blogger Mike S said...

Great photo,Mikey! Kinda reminds
me of a young Kim Simmonds of
Savoy Brown.

Look forward to a future CD
by you.

Very cool opening up for
the Casbah Club and I think
that you,Rachel and the band
should open up for THE WHO
when they tour again.


Thursday, September 29, 2005  
Blogger Tom Pratt said...


You were great once again on the WHOTV show yesterday. Thanks for posting the picture, you must have been really excited to play a big London club like that.

Say, I know you are strictly playing acoustic guitar in your act, but you can still hook up an electric tuner. I know there is no way I could tune in front of an audience without one. I've got one built in to my guitar effects unit and it is great! You could even switch pretty quickly to an alternate tuning using one of those. Then all you have to do is have a few stories or "fun facts" to entertain the audience with while you tune up.



Thursday, September 29, 2005  
Blogger Gary said...

you're making me homesick for London mate, such a descriptive passage about the 100 club. Simon's a great songwriter in his own right. I remember buying his first album on vinyl, and one of my faves was his tune "I'm the answer", loved the refrain toward the end, a real gliding groove, must have been fun to play that one live.

You've got some really good songs yourself. Can you let us know the status of your record, if you are recording for an album. I've listened to the snippets on Eel Pie, and would really like to hear more.

There's a guy from London who plays the bars around here. He's very good, apparently he was well known in London, his name is Jason Feddy. He moved to Laguna Beach. He's got some really good songs too. It's a real shame the music business is what it is these days. Kids are starved for real music in my opinion. I don't want to sounds like an old fart, but it's mostly crap on the radio. The music of the late 70's and early 80's was so good because of the benchmark made by The Who, The Stones, Lennon & McCartney, and there just aren't a who lot of those kind left.

I'm glad we have the Internet to tap into new sounds. Looking forward to hearing more and wishing you and Rachel find success.


Friday, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

I will be one of your first buyers!

Friday, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Michael said...

Great photo!!! You were/are great on the WHO/TV. The J200 sounds great. Now I think Im going to get one.I do have a question. What do you look for in buying an acoustic guitar. I know the J200 is nice but what about it do you like, and what do you look for.. michael :)

Friday, September 30, 2005  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Dear Mikey,

As I told Rachel, I dig the strummin without that electric hummin'.

Its great to be part of watching someone get their shot..what a great friend you have in Rachel. But she wouldn't be so supportive if she didn't really enjoy your talent! Best of luck and I will keep my fingers crossed for you (so yours are free to strum the strings of course)

Friday, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

I love the picture, Mikey.
I just listened to your clips on Eel Pie and oh man, they are simply gorgeous! I can't wait for your cd. Even though I've really enjoyed hearing you on WHO TV, the audio doesn't do you the production is just lovely.
Pete is right about Simon - he's a great producer.
I have a Simon story, but I won't bore you with it!
Ok I lied...
Tell him I said "hi" and ask him if he remembers recording station IDs in a hotel bathroom in Providence!
I was such a silly girl. But I did play his album, with the IDs on FM radio. So there ya go.
He was a very sweet guy (I'm sure he still is!).
I drove him and Mark B. to their sound check and Simon invited me into the club to hang out, but I was too shy! So tell him I wasn't rejecting him or anything! LOL!
I hope to see you next week on WHO TV. I don't work on Wednesdays because of the show!
See ya-

Saturday, October 01, 2005  
Blogger AlianaDrex said...

I just listened to your music clips and they are wonderful.
I was surprised to see that you are one of five children. I have five children and just hope we all make it through (still liking each other) in the end.
I enjoyed the show. I am looking forward to next week.

Saturday, October 01, 2005  
Blogger Auntie said...

Saw you on with Rachel. The 2 of you really have some talent going. I think together you could conquer the world. Sounding good to my ears!

Saturday, October 01, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Thanks everyone, questions answered; Tommy, just bought the tuner in question, but thanks mate.
Peace to Gary. Thanks Jessica, sweetie. Michael, I don't look for anything, I listen, also I don't like things that look as though they would brake if you played them a bit to hard. Thanks Izygirl, Suesjoy, I'll tell him, when I see him. Thanks Ali, thenks Auntie. mikey

Sunday, October 02, 2005  
Blogger Mike S said...

Always loved to be left out.
But,what else is new?


Sunday, October 02, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Sorry for the oversight Mike, you weren't forgotton, I just hadn't found out who Kim Simmond's from Savoy brown, was. I still don't know, but youv'e forced my hand. I'm terrible at names, I'll look into it, people have said to me in the past that I sound like someone, and I only usually manage a responce of 'oh, really', then go out and buy the cd later.
I'm constantly learning.
Glad you like the music, take care.

Sunday, October 02, 2005  
Blogger Mike S said...

Thanks Mikey.I was having a bad
hangover day the day I posted that

You'll have to copy and paste these
links below....

It's this photo of you in b&w..

That reminds me of some of these
blues artists photos that I have...

Irishman Rory Gallagher...

Britain's Kim Simmmonds blues guitarist of Savoy Brown...

Monday, October 03, 2005  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Thanks Mike, this is brilliant.

Monday, October 03, 2005  
Blogger alan said...

Dear Mikey
I have been watching the show and I think it's really good. I am sure you will get much exposure through it, seems to me that you are already which is good. I like the songs and production and the Gibbo also sounds great! (Wish I could afford one!) I've got some old aftermark Takamine G series - but it has got a built in tuner on it ha ha. I've been recording some of my own stuff, have been writing for quite a few years but have recently started to do some home recording. I could send you something but not sure how to do it on BLOG. Maybe you could advise me on this. Do you record your stuff yourself? Hope you have time to reply (seeing that you are now a budding rock star) Alan

Tuesday, October 11, 2005  

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