Gigography of Paul Clarke for 2003

Gigography 2003

Getting there with my gigography now, all the gigs I was at, from '87 up to about now. A natural progression from my Best gigs of all time post. Well that's the theory, but there's A LOT missing. I have added details from the big bag of old gig tickets that I gathered while I was in London, + a box of old concert tickets + stuff from Mum and Dad's loft. Also got lots of gaps regarding bands seen at festivals, they'll probably stay missing, it's so hard to remember. There's a lot missing where I've lost tickets or never had them, most of the guestlist actions during my NME and Popex years + that. Yeah I know very geeky, let's let that go though, I'm having fun remembering this stuff. At least I've not started scanning the tickets in yet Of course I have scanned the tickets now...

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Damon Albarn @ Neighbourhood

Democrazy, bit worthy really, + not that thrilling, so nice to be somehwere trendy for a change... Did not go to many gigs out in West…

Mon Dec 22 2003

Travis @ Alexandra Palace

plus Kings Of Leon who were OK, Travis a bit boring. VERY annoyed by the Carling-ness of it all + so we left early to get a proper drink. I was meant to be reviewing this the PR was not happy with my "I hate Carling"…

Sat Dec 20 2003

Suede @ Astoria

Last gig ever! They announced they were splitting up before this gig came around. Played some great sets, the gig seemingly got chopped short, we left to the ghostly strains of "We'll Meet Again"... I hope we do. UPDATE: we did, Suede reformed, + we saw them…

Sat Dec 13 2003

Electric Soft Parade @ Barfly

Fri Dec 12 2003

Tokyo Dragons

plus Renegade Playboys, midweek rock night at On The Rocks, Kingsland Road. Went along as The Darkness had played here recently + g this kind of rock was having a brief…

Tue Dec 09 2003

Turbonegro @ Mean Fiddler

Whole lot of sailor hats in the audience, great…

Mon Dec 08 2003

Belle & Sebastian @ Astoria

Karaoke as a warm up act? Or was it Franz Ferdinand? We went in late + missed all that, but a friend of a friend did get up + sing "Lazy Line Painter Jane" with the…

Wed Dec 03 2003

stellastarr* @ Islington Academy

plus The Ordinary Boys and The 22s. Looks like everyone was there to see the Ordinary Boys, but I thought they were a bit, um, ordinary... stellastarr were OK, not quite as convincing as on record…

Mon Nov 24 2003

Bruce Forsyth @ Theatre Royal Haymarket

Charity comedy gala thing, cool as, lots of names present, including Ian McKellen. Search the blog, I must have written this one…

Sun Oct 26 2003

The Darkness @ Hammersmith Odeon

The Darkness on the turn I would say, possibly the last good…

Wed Oct 22 2003

AC/DC @ Hammersmith Odeon

Special gig, celebrating the reopening / refurbishment of the venue. We had to queue all day for tickets. Support from Hundred Reasons. Tickets were a tenner, same as when AC/DC last played the…

Tue Oct 21 2003

Duran Duran @ Forum

Celeb-tastic, we were sat just a couple of rows behind Stephen…

Sun Oct 12 2003

Limp Bizkit @ Finsbury Park

plus Cooper Temple Clause and…

Sat Sep 06 2003

Darkness album launch @ The Cross

With free bar + rock karaoke! Just found invites + a promotional sick bag, was I that…

Wed Jul 09 2003

The Darkness @ HMV

Ace in-store gig, then a free barbecue on the roof…

Mon Jul 07 2003

Kelly Osborne @ Electric Ballroom

plus Har Mar Superstar. Another Glastonbury…

Wed Jun 25 2003

Glastonbury 2003 @ Glastonbury

Suede, REM, Radiohead, and The Darkness opening the main stage on the Friday…

Wed Jun 25 2003

REM @ Brixton Academy

Glastonbury warmup, had a great…

Tue Jun 24 2003

VH1 Divas @ MGM Grand

Chaka Khan, Celine Dion, Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Jewel, Lisa Marie Presley, Ashanti, Shania Twain, Pat Benatar, Isley Brothers, Queen Latifah, Sharon Osbourne and ONLY STEVIE BLOODY WONDER! This was the prize we won in a VH1 competion, a free trip to Las Vegas plus spending money.…

Thu May 22 2003

Plans and Apologies @ Bull and Gate

Friend from…

Tue May 20 2003

King Adora @ The Garage

+ Saint Rose + Corporation:Blend. King Adora were dreadful, Corporation:Blend were managed by a…

Wed May 14 2003

Blur @ Astoria

Last of a five night residency. Would you adam + eve it PHIL DANIELS showed up! Not sure he did Parklife though was it only "Me White…

Mon May 12 2003

Bearsuit @ Bull and Gate

Some sort of twee indie bear themed evening. Last minute addition to the bill were The Futureheads for some reason. I am sure MJ Hibbett was here though maybe not…

Sat May 10 2003

Ricky Gervais @ Crown & 2 Chairmen

Excellent little pub warm up for his Animals shows / DVD... Sharks + Nazis! Not sure he had done much stand-up before this gig. Seems strange now so we heard he was doing this gig somehow + got tickets for it no problem. I remember talking about it online, probably on popbitch a few days later and someone saying "it's no big deal, they're still advertising it". Was definitely a big deal to us at the time. So pretty much Ricky Gervais first gig I would say... Shark would have found Anne Frank like…

Sat May 03 2003

Athlete @ Astoria

ZZZzzzz. Don't think I like Athlete much, but I do remember one quite good gig they did in Deptford when I lived…

Wed Apr 30 2003

Stephen Malkmus @ Royal Festival Hall

and Graham Coxon and Super Furry Animals + more. Think I spent quite a lot of this one just hanging out in the bar…

Sat Apr 19 2003

Paul McCartney @ Earls Court

Mothers Day present for Mum + Clare's mum, we went with them + Dad and Emma. Jim missed out as he has been to more gigs with us before... A good old singalong at the end, but a bit of a weird theatrical show for…

Fri Apr 18 2003

The Darkness @ Astoria

Was this the Carling "Homecoming" type event? I saw The Darkness a…

Sat Apr 05 2003

The Darkness @ 93 Feet East

BANG Magazine launch party, free booze! Plus another band, was it The Libertines…

Tue Mar 25 2003

Def Leppard @ Brixton Academy

support from The Darkness and Ricky Warwick of The…

Thu Feb 27 2003

Snooker @ Wembley Arena

Jimmy White beat Peter Ebdon. Sure we went to a couple of days of this, Nic and I went to 2 sessions, Clare and Emma had tickets for more of…

Wed Feb 05 2003

Love with Arthur Lee @ Royal Festival Hall

Love, so really just Arthur Lee I think + all new younger supporting band. plus My Morning Jacket, so I don't think we saw…

Mon Feb 03 2003

The Music @ Brixton Academy

Fri Jan 10 2003