December 1st 2005, in my mind, has gone down in history as an unforgettable day.
It was the day I met my biggest hero.
And whoever said that to meet your hero is usually a disappointing affair was wrong
in this instance, and since meeting Bob Geldof (twice in one night!),
I'm filled with even more respect for the man ... the god.
I never ever thought I'd get the chance to meet him, but there he was, lonesomely standing
round the side of the City Hall, in that limbo-time between sound check and the big gig itself.
He'd gone outside to get some fresh air, and while Christmas shoppers scooted past
oblivious to his presence a few yards away, there Bob stood ... stamping his feet,
and with his hands plunged deep in his coat pockets to keep warm.
Although he had on a face-shielding hat and he was staring down at the pavement to
further deflect the possibility of being noticed, it really couldn't have been anyone other than Bob.
Still, it wasn't entirely obvious that he was playing at the venue that night; there were
no huge tour buses or trucks carting huge quantities of gear for the gig.
Only a couple of subtle posters at the front of the venue foretold the flavour of the evening's entertainment.
Thus, Bob Geldof stood on the pavement, attempting to get back into the side
entrance of the venue in anticipation of show-time. Until I humbly bumbled into the fray,
and hesitantly tried to catch his attention, not quite 100% convinced that it was in fact
Bob standing there before me.
Bob?, I said with a whisper, so as not to attract attention from anybody else who has
walking by at the time ... both in case it wasn't him and I was embarrassed for having
thought it could be, and in case it was Bob afterall ... because as soon as his identity
was unveiled he might rush back into the venue to get away from Joe Public's petty harassment.
I had no idea how he was going to react. But it was him. I still couldn't see his face all
that clearly because of his trademark hat, but he discreetly acknowledged that yes, he was Bob.
The Bob. At this point I was pathetically lost for words.
Typical. Your biggest hero is standing before you, with no other distraction to come between you,
and you don't know what to say to him.
OK, it's not that I didn't have anything to say to him; it's that I had too
much to say to him and needed to be quick and concise with what I said for maximum impact.
Given more time I would have loved to wax lyrical about how Live Aid was the most
spectacular thing I had ever seen on TV, and how it inspired both myself and the
world at large to be charitable; to think less of oneself and more about everyone else.
I would have loved to chat about his ongoing work in Africa, his musical career, his
many friends in high places, and the impact this Irish legend has had both on music and in political realms.
But there wasn't time.
There barely seemed to be time to ask if he would kindly
sign something for me, for proof if proof be needed that I really had met Bob Geldof
outside Hull City Hall on a cold, wet and windy December night. It was surreal to say the least.
Thankfully, Bob reacted in great spirits, despite being afflicted with a killer cold.
Please would you mind signing this? I asked, as I literally dropped to my knees in front
of him: as though in prayer.
Music Reviews - 3rd November - Mystery Jets at The Adelphi By Emily
Thursday 3rd was Mystery Jets' third visit to the Adelphi -
their previous gig, earlier in the year - and proves that they are only
getting bigger and better.
This time around the venue was a lot fuller; buzzing with people curious
as to whether the Mystery Jets live up to the hype.
Since the Jets' last Hull appearance, the band has gained coverage through
the NMERead more...
Music Reviews - Kill Surf City By Michelle Dee
The fresh five-piece from Hull have fast become the band name to drop in any
discerning musos discourse.
Recent months has seen them leapfrogging the opposition and quickly reaching and
surpassing a few significant milestones.
The band had barely been together two months when they headlined at the
Sesh (see review thisisull.com
) Linnet and Lark.
This was quickly followed by more
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - Friday 2nd December - Regis at Pure Techno at Rhythm Room By Michelle Dee
Friday night in the icy rain I flagged down a cab to town.
My preferred late night spot tonight was Rhythm Room on Baker Street for a heady night of uplifting beats.
Someone once enquired, What is this rude, lewd, lascivious junk called techno? What, indeed.
One way of describing it is like a sonic sunburst
Music Reviews - 13th October 05 - thisisUll.com Keeping It Peel at The Silhouette By Joe Hakim Photographs by Darren Rogers and Mo
Whenever a musical icon dies, there always follows a period where their name and
image is turned into a commodity.
The best current example would be John Lennon.
The celebration of what would have been his sixty-fifth birthday and the impending
twentieth anniversary of his death has sent the record companies and the various
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th November - She Likes Parties at The Sesh By Becky
Over the last few weeks I have watched She Likes Parties come forward in leaps and bounds.
Having gained a reputation from Sally Likes Parties (vocals) performing a capella at
Staks cafe bar, acoustic sets at Linnet, Staks and Adelphi and drunken spur of the moment
sets in the back room of Saturday night Silhouettes, the band had a lot to live up to at
their debut gig as a full
Music Reviews -
Scarborough Beached Festival 2005 Sunday By Michelle Dee Photos by Roland Standaert and Michelle Dee
Sand beneath my feet, sounds of activity on the stage, blue skies overhead, sun blazing: a strange
but rather pleasant surrounding for a gig.
Amaya Huntly and Jon Neeves had the unenviable task to open the show on Sunday.
An acoustician and Keyboard duo; the highlight of their set was the Credence Clearwater Revival
cover where they proved with a strong number they can do a
Music Reviews -
Friday 25th November 05 - Franz Ferdinand at Hull Ice Arena By Michelle Dee
Last night probably the biggest name in recent Indie music touched down in Hull as part of their Europe-wide tour. A tour, which, will see them play thirty-seven dates in sixteen different countries.
The tickets were sold out almost as soon as they came on sale, so we knew we were in for a
packed gig with plenty of people and a great atmosphere.
The Glaswegian multi-award winners sure know
Music Reviews -
Friday 4th November 05 - Shinobi featuring Grooverider and MC AOB at The Welly By Michelle Dee - 3 Page Photo Gallery.
Drum n bass creeps up from your feet to your fingaz and puts a smile on everyone's face...
I am aware of the genre drum n bass or d n b as it is commonly referred.
A good few years ago I stayed by my radio all night to tape the Bristol pioneer Roni Size playing live on air.
I watched with interest a docu-road movie on LTJ Bukem and the antics of MC Conrad.
The show ended up with the
Music Gig Gallery - 11 November 05 - Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at The Ringside by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at
The Ringside Hull
Friday 11 November 05 by By Michelle Dee. Check it out...
Music Reviews - Sunday 6th November - Staks Battle of the Bands 05 By Michelle Dee
On Sunday 6th of November the popular cafè bar cum restaurant on Beverley
Road held the final of the Battle of the Bands competition.
This event is not to be confused with Band Wars organised by the staff at the
Polar Bear on Springbank.
The bands that had successfully made it to the final were Hollywood, Minus 272 and the Vels.
Regular readers of this site will
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 20th September - SideWinder and The Raindogs at The Sesh By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 5 page Photograph Gallery of SideWinder and The Raindogs
at The Sesh on Tuesday 20th September 2005 By Darren Rogers.
Music Gig Gallery - Friday 9th September - Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This Photo Gallery of Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette,
Hull Friday 9th September 2005 is by Michelle Dee with photograph production by Kayleigh Tate.
Music Reviews - Saturday 8th October 05 - The Mardous and 59 Violets at Yo-Yo By David Thurlby Photos By Michelle Dee
The Yo-Yo night at The Welly Club on Beverley Road is slap bang in the middle
of its most hectic period what with all the students back in place and the host of bands that
are lined up to play it's Live Lab. Tonight saw a band from just across the bridge
share a small and compact stage with some up and coming chancers from down south.
Barton's own 59 VioletsRead more...
Music Reviews - 14th August 05 - Frank's Right Hand Trouser, Shindigg, Sal Paradise and The Vultures at the Adelphi By Anthony Baine.
So, another week, another gig.
This time it's the Paul Jackson's gaff for some of Hull's top local fare.
Sundays are usually quite hit and miss in the summer months while there are
no students about and this on this occasion I took a seat in a half-full
Adelphi just in time to witness four bands strut their stuff.
First up were The Vultures.
Hull's music scene at the moment consists mainly of
Music Reviews - The Leeds Festival Diary - 25th to 28th August 05 By Andy Knudsen Photos by Em Alexander, Steve Clappison at (www.tallorders.org) and Sam Saunders
In the same inexplicable way that you sometimes wake up a second or two before the alarm goes off, I wake up just before the door to the room I'm sleeping in opens. Dave bends his blonde head round the door.
"Helloo" he sings and advances into the room wearing a face like the Cheshire Cat.
I muster some kind of greeting and check my watch for the time.
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - 26th August 05 - Eat Your Words at The Welly By Diane
What a night to remember!
If you enjoy continuous dance music then get yourself down to Eat Your Words
at the Welly Club on Beverley Road and dance the night away like I did.
Very friendly staff as I entered the building.
Somewhere to drop your bag and coat and helpful staff at the bar if you're like me and can
never decide what you want to drink! A kind lass behind the bar offered