Saturday, January 29, 2005

"When The Angels Sing"

Well, Jesse’s last night of the UK tour at London’s Islington Carling Academy turned out to be a great night, even if Jesse does always appear a little nervous every time I’ve seen him play in the capital. It must be said that Richard Bacchus looked rather smart in his new purple shirt and gold tie, & tonight he played ‘Long Lost Debbie’ which I think was missed out of the set in Leicester.

I guess for me, the highlight of Jesse’s set was ‘Love Streams’ with its newly added Boomtown Rats ‘Someone’s Looking at You’ intro & outro… I’m not sure if it was Jesse’s intention to emulate the Boomtown Rats, but that’s what it sounded like to me! Other musical highlights of the night were Ricky & Jesse’s duet on ‘Capital Offender’ (apparently only the second time on the tour that Jesse & Ricky did this together, the other night being at Leicester), Jesse’s take on Cher’s ‘Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves’, and The Clash’s ‘Death Or Glory’. I don’t imagine there are many other musicians around throwing as many different influences into the mixing pot as Jesse does… Christ, it’s pure genius how the man gets away with it sometimes! I also believe that Jesse hinted that he may not be able to stay away from the UK for a whole year, although I doubt we’ll be getting another tour this year.

I did note also that Richard Bacchus will be back in the UK on March 23rd to play a show at the Camden Underworld. There’ll be more news on that when I have it!

It was great to see & speak to a few new and familiar faces too, & a BIG THANKS to Rich for the loan of the D Generation video, I’m off to watch that now…

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Dreams can come true!

Well it’s getting close to Jesse’s last UK show for this year (if you believe what you read!)… What about the UK summer festivals Jesse? And then you’ll need a couple of warm-up shows before and after to make it worth your while coming over! Surely Jesse will not be able to stay away for a whole year?!

Richard Bacchus told me it is possible that he will be back in the UK by the spring. So 2005 is not as gloomy as it might at first appear.

And if Jesse is taking some time off to write and record a new album, then maybe I’ll have more time to add the content to the sections of the site that I still haven’t completed! Also, there will be some new updates to Guitar Mafia that will be quite exciting for all the DGenerates (D Generation fanatics) out there.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to sign the Guestbook, email me or say hello at a show, particularly the very perceptive ones amongst you who realized how much time it takes to put together and run the site… I’m glad you all appreciate it, I definitely enjoy doing it and I hope you have all found the info informative and useful!! I actually started the site about 5 years ago when Rock City (the Nottingham club) gave me my own web space on their website, but that fell apart as the club went through a bit of a change! Back then it was D Generation and a bit about PCP Highway… Who’d have thought back then that 5 years on, Jesse & Ricky would be doing a sell-out acoustic tour of the UK?! Dreams can come true… See you in London.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Jesse & Ricky Live in Leicester!

I discovered this Blogger diary thing on Richard Bacchus’s website & thought, hey, what a great way to quickly get something off your chest & out there in a very informal way!

And as it was Richard Bacchus who introduced me to Blogger, where better to start…

I went to see Jesse Malin & Ricky Bacchus last night at the Charlotte in Leicester. Ricky's set was BRILLIANT (as was Jesse’s of course) & I hope that people give him the same support & respect on this tour that they give to Jesse. Last night's audience were great except for one twat during Jesse's set who interrupted Jesse continually and when Jesse politely asked her to calm down she disappeared for a couple of minutes before returning from the ladies toilets with a wet toilet roll which she threw & hit Jesse with mid way through ‘Almost Grown’. She then made a quick exit before someone gave her the slap she deserved! In fact, I thought Christine, Jesse’s keyboard player, was going to do just that when she left the stage just after the incident. I do think the audience could have been a little bit more appreciative of Ricky's set, though. I know it’s difficult when you’re not sure of the music but I think Jesse has made a great choice with his support acts for this tour. Pacific Ocean Fire, the first band playing last night, were great, too.

Ricky played 'Age Of Confusion' & 'Waiting For The Next Big Parade' from his D Generation back catalogue. Ricky also joined Jesse for his encore and the pair belted out 'Capital Offender' which was just FANTASTIC for an old DGenerate like myself!

Ricky is selling his acoustic solo album 'The Bicycle Diaries' for £6 & some great Richard Bacchus T-Shirts for £8... That's value! & the CD is BRILLIANT! I'm sure that if you like Jesse's music then you'll love Ricky's CD. It has acoustic versions of 'Age Of Confusion', 'Long Lost Debbie' & 'How You Gonna Ball', which is my favourite.

Oh yeah, Ricky also told me he thought about playing 'Luckiest Girl' (one of the songs he wrote for NY Loose) but he didn't! …Which is a shame as that's another great song only heard by very few people. Maybe the final show of the tour in London would be a good night to slip it into the set!

You can hear the rough demos of Ricky's CD on his website

Jesse is also selling his new DVD Star•Smile•Strong on the current tour, priced £15. have the DVD advertised for £7.99 including postage but the release date is listed as 28th January, & of course you can't get it signed! One Little Indian are also selling it for just over £8 plus postage... So the choice is yours!

I bought a copy last night at Leicester but have not yet watched it from beginning to end. From what I've seen so far, Jesse has done a great job! My only criticism is that there are no bonus features. I was really hoping that the promo videos would be on there! Maybe we've got another DVD to look forward to... The Jesse Malin Videos Collection! Jesse did say last night at Leicester that when he returns to the USA after this tour, he will be filming a promo video for 'Since You're In Love'. Maybe a little late as the single was released in the UK 2 months ago, but I'm sure we'll appreciate it none the less!

Well, I finally got to meet Richard Bacchus & I had songs dedicated to me by both Ricky and Jesse… Christ, life doesn’t get much better than this!

…See you all in London on January 28th.