Performance & Cocktails

Kelly Jones

Originally uploaded by citizenerased.

The gig this evening was amazing, did not fail my expectations at all.
Kelly Jones was on top form after the harrowing experience of the stadium on Saturday where he was apparently backstage throwing up in unison with badly drawn boy in nervousness of playing solo in front of 61,000 expectant fans.

The gig was so intimate this evening, only about 200 people were there, tickets could not be bought, it was invite or giveaway only.
They played a few from their upcoming album, which very few people have heard, but from what they played this evening, it does look as though it going to be a cracker of an disc, much more back to their rock roots than the last two albums that the Stereophonics have put out there.
A lot of their classic tunes were belted out too with such enthusiasm, Local Boy, Bartender & The Theif, Too many Sandwiches, etc.
I was surprised also that they played a b-side from one of the performance and cocktails singles, one of my favourite Stereophonics tracks of all time, Raymonds Shop. The atmosphere was amazing.

After receiving so much stick for firing Stuart Cable (which I do still think was a very big mistake as I have a lot of respect for Stuart as a musician and performer) on the drums I think this may be the album that puts the Stereophonics back on the map.

See Flickr account for more amazing photographs.

An amazing sight..

An amazing sight..

Originally uploaded by citizenerased.

The above was taken at the Tsunami Relief concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on the 25th January, absolutely amazing. 61,000 people converged upon my home city to see the likes of Keane, Manic Street Preachers, Kelly Jones, Feeder, Jools Holland, Snow Patrol & the great Eric Clapton play an extremely long, but thoroughly enjoyable gig.

We got there at about 2pm, the gig started at 3 and didn’t leave until 11pm, the beer queues were huge, but we had the best seats in the house, the standing area. The views were amazing, we had the freedom to move around, it wasn’t as squashed as it looks on the TV or in photographs.
The atmosphere was electric, everybody was in high spirits from the get-go and I didn’t see one “kerfuffle” all day, even at the end when most had spent the entire day drinking.

You can find more pictures from the day on my Flickr account, some are courtesy of my great mate Daniel G. (Thanks Dan!)

On another gig related note, Laura managed to, for the second time in as many years, get tickets to the exclusive Stereophonics album launch gig that is happening this Thursday. We don’t as yet know where in South Wales it’s being held, we’re due to receive that information tomorrow but if ]the last time, for the “You’ve gotta go there to come back” album launch is anything to go by it’s going to be an amazingly intimate gig. It’ll be amazing.

Shameful exposé

I am disgusted to have to post about such dispicable, low acts of selfishness that are currently being commited on eBay.

Yes, eBay is great, yes it connects the world with products that may be hard to come by, but what I am talking about, is the sale of tickets for the Tsunami Aid concert that is being held at the millennium stadium in Cardiff for an extremely high markup with the seller quite obviously having no valid reason for the sale of the tickets other than pure greed and profit mongering.

For example, let us look at this auction, one of many others found on eBay, by “fronttickets”, a ticket company based in London. The starting bid on these tickets two tickets was £39.00. The postage & packing added on top of that, £4.99. These are the exact same type of tickets that I bought, directly from the millennium stadium, for £30 + 3.50 postage. Total, £33.50, and I can be assured that the bulk of that ticket price (95% apparently) will be donated directly to the charities operating in Asia that need it.
At this time, the tickets are, with 10 minutes to go, set to sell for £105 (plus p+p) with absolutely no doubt in my mind that 100% of those profits will be sent directly to line the pockets of the people in charge of the company that are re-selling them.

I have sent an email to all the sellers who clearly are just in the business of making profits from selling these tickets on eBay and I’m sure that I’m not the first to do so.

The email went like this,

“Dear Sir/Madam,

I think it is absolutely disgusting that you are selling tickets to this particular concert with such a high markup. A starting bid of £39.00? I paid, directly to the venue, £33.50, including postage and packing and can be assured that this is going to go to those in Asia that need the aid.
I’m pretty sure that the profits made, which are going to be quite considerable, from this auction will go no place else than to the lining of your pockets.

I’m also sure that your company nor anybody employed by you are currently not in desperate need of food aid, have been orphaned or have had had their houses destroyed and lives destroyed.

I hope you sleep well in the knowledge you are doing absolutely nothing to help a bad situation and are siphoning much deserved money from people who need and deserve it much more than you.


Nathan Collins”

Obviously this email will do nothing to stop the sale, but hopefully will give the seller such a guilty concience that it will vye them into giving at least part of their enormous profits to the DEC or another related charity.

Another year, another hint..

Of sarcasm, that is.

The ressurection of this site has been slow, painful and slightly rewarding. I’ve been putting it off for months, but one friday night/saturday morning I decided to get off my arse and do it. I was up until 6am. What a blurry, burning eyed day that was after that.
But hell, I have some kind of sense of achievement after finishing it.

It’s been a long time coming, a lot has not been written about.
Citizendildo was there, but it was very abridged, a lot missed out. A lot omitted, perhaps purposely?

Well, to give a quick run down, a few points as to what has happened in the 5 months since I last filled you in..

  • Left Fujitsu/NTL got a new job at Blackhorse Finance in their collections department
  • Applied for and successfully got a job in the IT department of Blackhorse after only 4 months of being in the company
  • Laura and I passed our 18 month anniversary
  • Booked a holiday to Mauritius in June
  • Booked a week in New York in February
  • Got a new phone, a Nokia 7610
  • Got another new phone, a Nokia 6630
  • Drank for almost 24hours straight from 9am xmas eve to 4am xmas morning
  • Saw a Smiths tribute band
  • Saw the Manic Street Preachers in concert
  • Became a vegetarian
  • Started my second decade on this planet
  • Went to my first horse racing meeting

Not very much, not very interesting and I’m sure we have even more interesting feats approaching. :eyes roll:

Well then, to finish off my first post, as I have work at 9am, here is an assorted mixture of photographs from the last 5 months, let us just hope and pray that I’m more awake and creative the next time I attempt to post something, and that i’m even vaguely coherent.

I got a scalextric for christmas from Laura!

Got a kitten, named it Ally, mischievous sod.

And…I became a fashion victim, giving in to the iPod revolution