Fans of rock music in Hull haven't really had much cause to complain over the past couple of
years, given the fact that the likes of Bryan Adams and REM have both played at the KC Stadium.
I could hardly believe it when Bon Jovi were announced to play as the final date of the band's
European leg of their world-wide Have A Nice Day tour, and thus I duly snapped up a ticket straight away.
With Chesterfield band Reminiscence and the soul-stirring indie-rock band Kubb supporting,
the huge crowd was beside itself with anticipation for Jon and the boys to hit the stage ASAP,
and just as they did - at spot-on 8pm - the rain that had plagued most of the evening suddenly eased off,
with Jon bounding around a ramp that cut into the Gold Circle to sing one of the band's newest songs
off their latest album, Last Man Standing, before knocking out a corking cover of
Status Quo's Rockin' All Over The World for good measure.
What ensued, as soon as Jon had joined his fellow band-mates, in guitar God Richie Sambora, ace
keyboardist David Bryan, drum-basher Tico Torres and long-time bassist for the band (since
Alec John Such left) Huey McDonald on-stage, was a marathon run-through some of the
New Jersey band's greatest hits.
Hit songs were interspersed with a spicy smattering of newer tunes and a fair few nice
surprises from the past... a past that reaches back into the early 1980's, with the band
having released their debut eponymous LP way back in 1984.
Their classic 1986 album Slippery When Wet broke Bon Jovi into the big-time, and the
best-known tune from that album in Livin' On A Prayer is still the band's signature
tune that everybody goes crazy for. Indeed, when they blasted it out, the resultant
crowd sing-a-long was understandably deafening.
Another tune that they aired from such an album was the anthemic Raise Your Hands,
while the new tunes that they stampeded through included the mightily catchy
Have A Nice Day, new single Who Says You Can't Go Home, Complicated and Story Of My Life.
Still, for those people in the crowd who might - for whatever reason - not have been familiar
with their latest material, there was still tunes such as I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Keep The Faith,
the truly brilliant Blood On Blood and Born To Be My Baby (both from the New Jersey album) and
You Give Love A Bad Name to keep the masses entertained.
Jon is sounding and looking the best he has ever looked, yet I'm sure some people might agree
that guitarist Richie Sambora is actually a far better singer than Jon in many respects.
Richie's vocals are always immensely soulful and heart-wrenchingly Blues-rooted, and when
he took the lead vocals to I'll Be There For You, nobody could really deny the raw
emotion-drenched pulling power of his mesmerising voice. For further proof of just
how incredible a singer-songwriter he is in his own right, I urge you to check out
his two solo albums, Stranger In This Town and Undiscovered Soul.
Music Reviews - Sunday 25th June 06 - Wireless Festival with The Who, The Eels and Turismo at Harewood House Leeds By Moggy SideWinder (Good friend of Pete Townshend)
After careful, strategic, military organisation (something that has always come
naturally to Hull bands) Turismo and their entourage were ready for lift off
which would launch them bang in the middle of Harewood House in Leeds for the
Sadly, much to the distaste of your humble narrator, the organisation committee
had exempted me
Music Reviews - 27th June Shindigg Le Shed Franks and Khi at Piper Club By Michelle Dee with photo gallery
Tonight was a break from the norm, Piper on a Tuesday instead of the Sesh?
My step-dad once said enough is as good as a feast and a change is as good as a rest.
He also had things to say about fruit machines, one-legged men in arse kicking
competitions and matchboxes, but they aren't particularly relevant here.
So there we were,
Music Reviews, Galleries - Friday 31st March 06 - Pure Techno 2nd Birthday Party
Checkout this 4 page photo gallery of Pure Techno 2nd Birthday PartyBen Sims (Ingoma/Hardgroove/Primate/Theory)
Wilko (Ignition Technician) B2B Phil Walls (Primate/Yin Yang/Player)
Swiv (R3TOX/Pure Techno)
Maily & Biskit.
Bungle (Larkin Out)
Ben Jammin'DJ Long
Live visuals by Eyeball ToastRead more...
Music Reviews - Friday 2nd June 06 - Outspoken Silence Jack Knife and Screaming Sorrow at The Ringside By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
In the last month I have spoken about trying to publicise different genres on
thisisull.com so to this end I accepted the invitation from Outspoken Silence to the
half term gig at The Ringside on Beverley Rd.
First off I am not versed in the intricacies of the Emo genre, nor do I have any real
knowledge about the subculture built around the Emo bands.
But I can simply
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May06 - iLiKETRAiNS, Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames and The Minor Fall at Piper Club By Michelle Dee Photographs By David Robinson
Tonight was the night that Leeds came to Hull problem was not many turned up for the welcoming party.
Sure enough Piper Club on Newland Avenue was peopled with a number of discerning music fans ready
to witness the fine selection of bands chosen by the Silver Star/Raw Talent partnership.
It also played host to a bunch of students who sounded like they were
Music Reviews, Galleries - 27th May 06 Star Attraction Photo Gallery at City Hall by Mo
Checkout this 10 page photo gallery of Magnet Man, Georgia Taylor, Da Maniacs, D-Koy, Hollywood, Dari, Kill Surf City, Ronson Kiplin,
Sidewinder, The Maker, Claudette Tiller, Thief, R.D. Terry, Afterglow, Andy Whitehouse and
Elf 27th May 06 at Hull City Hall. Read more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 1st June 06 - The Johnsons, Unless, The Everydays and special guests from Japan The Warm at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Thursday night saw four different live music acts playing the De Grey Street venue.
The night was organised by Matt from The Johnsons and new management team
Silver Star Media fronted by Gareth Jones.
Their night was once again up against some fairly stiff competition in the
form of The Paddingtons who were playing Staks Café Bar fifty
Music Reviews, Galleries - 22nd April 06 - The Dirty Dreamers do it for thisisUll.com at The Adelphi
You missed it? You were there? Well, whichever - here are some photos from the gig back in April,
organised by local boys with the eye lashes, Dirty Dreamers for thisisUll.com.
A brilliant gig - thanks to all of you who filled the Adelphi and showed us all your
appreciation for local brilliant bands and a local brilliant website!
We're here for you, by you. Don't forget,
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May 06 - The Beautiful South at The City Hall with support from Aberfeldy By Michelle Dee Photographs by Matt Rudd
Yesterday was a very special day. Around five o'clock on Thursday evening, I was listening to
The Beautiful South sound check.
The hall was a hive of activity with technicians climbing rope ladders to the gantries,
erecting barriers at the front of the hall, and making ready for the first TBS gig
at the city centre venue for over 16 years.
I listened to the band running
Music Reviews, Galleries - Saturday 22nd April 06 - Dirty Pretty Things in Bristol By Julia Grant
Music Reviews - 21st April 06 - Chaser at The Bluebell Riverside Restaurant, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Chaser are a well-known band in Driffield, largely due to having been around for
a few years now, and because they are mean purveyors of some truly awesome cover songs.
Driffield, unfortunately, is pretty thin on the ground when it comes to great bands worth
shouting about. Since the main venue in town,
Mavericks nightclub, didn't renew its entertainments license,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 2nd May 06 - The Sesh With Ivy Sins, Cherry Cob Cartel and The Blueslide Circle By Michelle Dee
This weeks Sesh night down the Linnet and Lark fell just after yet another bank holiday weekend. This meant that many regulars were spent up or still feeling the effects of partying till the wee small hours. I know my own weekend was full of drunken forays into various different pubs in the Avenues area.
The highlight of my weekend was on Sunday night; yes the Sunday Sesh had
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - John Copley, Afterglow and Sidewinder at Quayside By Emily
This relatively new night has been running at the Quayside for just over a month now- named
Quintessential Sessions- with live bands and fine Indie tunes every week.
However, this gig showed the best turn-out so far.
Regardless of whether this was due to the bands individual followings or simply word of mouth,
it still proved that this night
Music Reviews - Wednesday 19th April 06 - The Peasants, The Blackouts and The Landaus at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
It was only a week ago when I met The Peasants for the first time but I had heard them
being played by Alan on Raw Talent a month or two back.
Also Steve Rudd had reviewed their CD on this site and as
often happens round these parts I had been bumping into Jody, singer for
The Peasants, regularly on the Avenues.
Tonight, I was determined to see them.