11 Dec 2014

Trioooooooooooooooo!

Today's shirt is a rarity and a half. In fact I always wear it to Alkaline Trio shows now and high five anyone I see that is also wearing it!

Alkaline Trio at The Underworld, Camden Mon 25th Jan 2010
https://www.songkick.com/concerts/3950101-alkaline-trio-at-underworld

This was a rare gig which you could only buy one ticket for hence another rarity, I went to the show solo. Armed with a cider, I headed over to the merch stand to pick up my shirt that came with the ticket. Made for that one show only as it was an album launch show (for 'This Addiction)' in a venue so tiny its silly. The band were hot sweaty and wild in such a small space, you can step up onto the stage with ease which helped the old crowdsurfers a tad! Not so much the famous large pillar in the middle of the floor which is great fun to try and avoid in the pit, NOT! The whole show was a hits set with shout outs and rarely heard oldies played to a room of massive fans. It was so good, its actually kinda sucky that I didn't know a soul in there as I don't have anyone to share it with! Hence the high fives with the shirt! If you haven't been to see the Trio live, do it, they are a great live band, Matt Skiba is a god (fangirl in me coming out a little there :P) and they appreciate their fans a lot. The same year I saw the band at the Roundhouse, a far, far bigger venue so they didn't have to put on such an intimate show but I'm glad they did. Underrated band who remain very high on my list of favourite bands. Oh and if you do see them, make sure you know every last word to 'Radio'. One of the fun-est songs ever to scream along with the band!

With the back print, great shirt, if a little oddly shaped as I think its a youth large (aka girls fit to yanks?!)

I've got...a big fat fucking bone to pick...with you my darling!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 Nov 2014

Billy Talent birdies

Billy Talent
Sun 1st Nov 2009
At Brixton Academy

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/2527016-billy-talent-at-o2-academy-brixton

So a band I'd wanted to see for a while, nothing like a bit of Canadian screamy pop-punk to cheer the soul! I took Damian, my bosses son along as he had been getting into rock and metal and fancied a good moshpit. Cancer Bats were the support and despite not liking their records too much, I thought they were pretty decent live, just not my cup of tea.
Billy Talent were wired and crazy that night and with young'un Damo with me who wanted to be at the front, I had to man up and get the elbows out lol. Was great fun, but reminded me I'm not quite the spring chicken I once was! I've actually not got their last album they released as just haven't picked it up yeat, but I've heard good things so I'm sure its as good as I, II and III (genius album titles by the way!)

The shirt is one I love wearing as I love the birds and the unusual placement of them on the shirt, damo actually has a tattoo now of a similar looking bird to these on this chest so evidently he was influenced!

20 Oct 2014

More Beatles stuff!

Here is some more of my non gig band merch. I only allow three bands into this catagory (The Beatles, The Clash and The Ramones) because I will never see them live due to some of the members being a bit dead!

So here are a few more from my Beatles collection:




Top one is my awesome 'Come Together' shirt I got in Virgin Megastores (remember them) in Los Angeles. They had about twenty different shirts , all based on a different Beatles track and I still hate myself for not buying the 'Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' shirts too cos I've never seen any of them again :( Anyho I really liked the notation on the back of this one.

Next up is a new addition to the collection, with Sesame Street characters replacing the fab four.

Lastly my favourite Beatles shirt, as its the original photo that my tattoo is based off. Love the iconic poses and its from the photoshoots from around the filming of 'A Hard Day's Night' which is the film that cemented my love of the band.

14 Oct 2014

Time for an eventful post....

Ha figured it was time this story got an airing. Nope not my other go to story about Green Day, I'll write that one up someday as it doesn't technically involve a gig (although there is a tshirt involved!)

No this story actually is the closest I've got to having a friend die because of a gig which isn't the most humorous of things, I mean we all laugh about it now as it was very what the fuck but at the time it was pretty scary!

Anyho the gig was:
Green Day at Emirates Stadium, Sat 1st June 2013

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/13813999-green-day-at-emirates-stadium

Yep the most deadly of gigs was a pop punk gig lol. Actually it was the copious amounts of drinking and disorientation of a certain William that almost had us at the ER. The gig was a Sat, a pretty laid back one as Emirates is ridiculously easy to get to my house from it turns out. We decided eating and drinking was the way forward so we started early. We were a jolly bunch, all of us had seen the band before I think except Joel and we soon schooled him on what happens when the band play 'King for a Day'. Inside the venue we met up with my usual gig amigos, Adam and Caspar. Caspar was in poor spirits as he'd had knee surgery a week before so had been banned from skanking moshing and general crazyness one usually assumes at a GD gig so after me and Adam made our amazing merch purchases (onto that in a sec) and promptly left them with him to guard at his disabled seat (lol) we dived into the crowd and enjoyed Kaiser Chiefs. An odd support choice but alright, I like them and have seen them plenty of times before so wasn't as fussed about it but they put on a great warm up. During this I add me and the Pompey gang had been beering up a bit, I stopped as I wanted to be down the front but from what I've heard the others continued behind me.... I got forward and pretty much ended up almost towards the barrier on the right hand side and danced like a loon and sang along. This is where my bugbears begin. I'd already realised that Emirates is not as well set out or set up for gigs as say the new Wembley Stadium as the pitch had an odd raised angle to it meaning at times it was hard to see the stage. Boo number one. Boo number two as always at GD gigs nowadays, theres always those people who for some reason think the band started in 2004 and have absolutely no idea whats going on when the good stuff kicks in. Honestly if I have to sing 'Going to Pasalacqua' again at either a confused 12 year old or a 50 year old man who will only show the slightest hint of enjoyment when 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' comes on, I'm gonna go wacko. Back catalogues people, a little itty bit of research will help you when you are right near the barrier and suddenly the boys kick into Platypus (I Hate You) and a giant dancing circle pit erupts and you just stand there looking confused as to what a rock show at the front entails. ANYWAY RANT OVER!
So I wasn't too hot on the venue and the crowd were a bit meh, got myself into a fun position with another group and still had a blast. Gotta say though my elats favourite time seeing them by a long shot. Once you've A hugged the band and B been at secret shows, a behemoth stadium just doesn't cut it anymore for ya and I'm looking forward to their next tour mixing up the venues a bit. Just two months later I went to the band's secret reading warm up show at Brixton Academy and it was just fabulous in every way so venue and crowd do go a long way to making the gig!
Right onto the death part! So we stumbled out at the end, me sweaty and happy, my Pompey mates also very happy but also a tad more drunk than me, I thought oh well onto the bus home to Camden. We catch the bus and the boys give the N214 a rousing rendition of the 'Vengabus' song which incites a lot of giggling, then a swift one at my local (The Oxford) then we headed into Camden's Sat nightlife of which my fave haunt it the Monarch pub for its 'movie music' night. After a lot of spirits the guys are completely smashed, in particular Will and we decide to hobble home to crash. And boy did that happen. Two hours after we'd all passed out asleep, I'm awakened to an almighty crash in my hallway and suddenly Sarah shouting Will's name at the top of her voice. I get out there and Will is stone cold knocked out on my hallway floor with Sarah shaking him trying to revive him, after a minute of this and splashing his face and my my mate Zena about to dial 999, we get him to wake up and he is concused as fuck. Turns out on his way to the bathroom, he just passed out and hit his head on our wall as he went down. He had a lump and a half on his head and Joel sat up with him all night cos we didn't want him to sleep after that. We got him home the next day, him hungover and saying he was alright but he got himself checked out just to be safe. Nothing quite as scary as seeing your mate unconscious and nothing reviving him I'll tell ya! Like I said we laugh about it now but at the time it was a scary conclusion to an otherwise crazy fun night! Beware beer, whiskey and pop punk combined, a deadly combo!
Onto the shirt...or I should say hoodie!
Ladies and Gents, by far this is the highest quality merch I've ever bought. And I paid highly for it. Considering my old black GD hoodie is a washed out faded version of its former self, I figured upgrade! Its one of those really soft hoodies and all the hand embroided patches are really cool, even the zipper is a lightning bolt if you can see. Great colours and great details, I love this hoodie so much! The band even wore it on the tour for their warm ups and sound rehearsals so they must have liked them. 10 out of 10 for quality! Adam got the same one and Caspar got the replica of Mike's tour vest which was equally as awesome. You don't mind paying for merch if it actually is wearable and will last so well done Green Day!

1 Oct 2014

Its not always Rock n Roll folks :)

It would all be boring if everyone narrowed down their tastes to one genre. I mean even in playing instruments, I loved playing classical violin in an orchestra and I played blues numbers on piano. I also played Nirvana tracks on the drums and play punk rock in my current band on bass. I'm all for different music mixing it up. This is why I don't get when people are shocked that I love some pop music. Sure pop at the moment is dire but in the past there have been some great artists playing amazing songs and I am proud to be a fan of pop. This leads into one of my all-time favourite artists, someone who I'm proud to say sings one of top 3 favourite songs ever, part of my first ever favourite band and kicks absolute ass live.

Robbie Williams at Milton Keynes Bowl Fri 15th Sept 2006.
https://www.songkick.com/concerts/831252-robbie-williams-at-national-bowl

I've been a fan of Robbie since 1992, when a little girl got to buy a cd for her mum's brand spanking new cd player in the living room. I had cassette tapes at this point (and actually their next album, Everything Changes I bought for my own white cassette boom box in 93 and still have somewhere in my mum's attic!) but this was the first cd I had imput on. And like most 90s girls the Take That bug bit hard. I was gutted when Robbie left the band and even have his first solo single, a cover of George Michael's 'Freedom' on tape as I wanted solo Rob to do well. And boy has he! I've been to see him 3 times now solo and once with Take That and man alive does he put on a show. I have a story relating to one of my all time favourite live gigs ever ( a little known gig called Robbie Williams at Knebworth) but we'll get to that another time.

This gig was me and my mum alone which is funny cos RW and Take That are pretty much the only things (aside from Disney) we have in common. She is a huge fan and I wanted to take her to see him again after Knebworth. It was quite the pain to get to MK bowl (the only reason I dislike this venue is the location, the actual setup and atmosphere is great inside) but we managed to get there. I decided I wanted to buy my mum a new lanyard for work as a present so leaving her on the edge I popped up and got one and also a shirt for me. I actually rarely wear this shirt but its great quality and a unique design makes it stand out. Mum loved her lanyard too. Basement Jaxx supported and they were amazing, a killer warm up and I'm glad I've seen them again since at IOW fest. The main man himself was on fire and he filled the stadium up with a uniquely shaped stage with a giant arm podium at the top and we could get really quite close to the stage to see him which was fab for mum who isn't so up for the rough front like me. This tour was in support of RW's odd album Rudebox and to be honest him dressed head to toe in Adidas and rapping was really fun and even got the crowd going who didn't like the album. He did all his hits aswell and I think this was around the time he started singing 'No Regrets' again which is my fave RW song and one of my all time favourite songs in general. He finished on 'Angels' of course and me and mum left elated to brave the long trek home on a coach. Rob you are the man and I'll be a fan to the last!

Heres the shirt. I have one of the RW football shirts from his 'Sing When You're Winning' album which I always wear to his gigs (got it in 99 when the album came out and its a brilliant gig shirt). this is the one I bought this time though instead:

Let Me Entertain You!

21 Sep 2014

It was a bit of a Blur....

Blur at Hyde Park Thurs 2nd July 2009

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/490871-blur-at-hyde-park

This tshirt makes me so happy :) Defo one of my favourites in the collection. As who can resist the Coffee and TV milk carton, he's so cute!!

The music video for this song is brilliant and will forever go down as one of the best music videos ever made. Anyway onto the gig!

Not much to say about it to be honest as me Sarah and Nat got a liiiittttllleee bit too drunk during the hot day in Hyde Park and it is a bit of a blur lol! I do remember there was a Dominoes pizza truck there though! I've loved Blur for a very long time, I learned to play drums in 94 around the time of the Britpop wars and personally as much as I like Oasis, I was more of a Blur fan. I remember learning to play Song 2 on drums and being so excited by it! The gig was good despite the booze and in true Natalie Kerr style, we lost her at the end and I found her wandering round a bar in Brixton a few hours later, the silly moo! I'd love to see them again although not sure how viable that is now. Great shirt great band!



QOTSA time!

Queens of the Stone Age at Wembley Arena Nov 22nd 2013

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/17055414-queens-of-the-stone-age-at-wembley-arena

QOTSA are a beast of a band and despite their various line-up changes they still pack a massive punch. This show was in support of their latest album 'Like Clockwork' which is a great album, much improved on their last few efforts.

I've had a love/hate relationship with QOTSA live for many years, given that the first 2 times I saw them they were a disappointment! Once was right after Nick Oliveri left the band and Josh did not give a fuck about the show and just didn't want to be there at all. Which sucks as 'Rated R' and 'Songs for the Deaf' are two of my favourite albums. I had a third chance to see them at Reading Festival and decided to skip them and go see Against Me! who were great and after their set I went back to the main stage to catch the end of QOTSA and they were killing it. I couldn't believe it, was a huge improvement on the last two times and I regretted not seeing more of their set. So when this tour came around I thought fuck it, lets give them another shot live. And they delivered! Me and my drummer Fred had standing tickets and left our two other very jealous friends Jelle and Ben in the seating section and headed to the front. It was a brilliant set and we managed to get right to the barrier which was awesome! Real glad I gave them another chance live, Josh all is forgiven!

The shirts for this tour were all based on their previous album covers and I plumped for a 'Songs for the Deaf' shirt as it was girl fit. However my friend Caspar went the following night and found a 'Rated R' shirt that I would have killed for and  Ididn't see which was a bummer. Oh well, cool shirt anyway! Check out QOTSA if you have the chance!


27 Aug 2014

The one that started it all...

Everybody has a 'first' proper gig, I mean I'd been to plenty of pop concerts and Power in the Parks (old Radio day festival in Southampton) and had seen bands before as well as my fair share of...questionable artists (Spice Girls....yeaaaaahhhhh!) in the past but you know the one. The one that drags you kicking and screaming into the world of live bands, mosh pits and adrenalin. Mine was Sum 41 supported by Reel Big Fish. It could be worse I guess! This was the tour supporting the 2001/2002 inescapable album that was 'All Killer No Filler' and it seemed like all the grunger kids at my school were going to it. I had just turned 16, a living billboard for early 00's skate/surf punk style. The lyrics to Bowling For Soup's 'Punk Rock 101' come to mind actually lol. Checkerboard everything, sweatbands, Roxy/Hurley longsleeve under short sleeve thirts, beaded necklaces, baggy as hell jeans or Dickies. Vans...everything Vans.....I guess some things never change!

Sum 41 at Portsmouth Guildhall Friday 15th March 2002.
Support: Reel Big Fish.
https://www.songkick.com/concerts/2340126-sum-41-at-portsmouth-guildhall

My friend Sam got us tickets to the gig and we were so excited about it, lunchbreaks playing 'All killer..' and 'Half Hour of Power' in build up, talking about what other bands we wanted to see (basically Blink 182, Green Day, Foo Fighters etc) Its quite funny thinking back on it. It would be a large gap before I saw Sum 41 again, with a different line up and on a different continent actually but that's for another time.
We had seating tickets which immediately made me vow not to get them again as I wanted to be in the front, where the action was. My mates were down there, I was very jealous. Reel Big Fish brought the party hard and were as fabulous then as they were when I saw them this year. A great big laugh, nothing quite like singing along to 'Beer' and miming the air trumpet along to the band. A great support band and really got us pumped. Sum 41 were great, the original lineup with Brown Sound on lead guitar bringing the metal licks that sadly lack in their more recent albums. I remember laughing at their stupid dance routines while playing and coming out in 80s hair metal fancy dress for 'Pain for Pleasure'. The show rocked my little brain and firmly dropped me on the path of rock n roll. Those two bands have cost me a fortune, really given how many live gigs I've been to now :D
Onto the merch and I plumped for the official girl's shirt to mark the occasion:
 The old thing is looking a bit battered and washed out, as I have worn the shit out of it over the years. Love the Super Soaker design, typical pop punk goofy fun. Its shrunk a bit too but seeing it reminds me of being 16 and excited to see a rock show. I should remember that kid when I feel jaded with the music industry. Funny how things link up, when I first met my best mate at work, Ian, we bonded over our love of live music and it turns out his first rock gig was the London date of this very tour too which really made me smile. :-)

25 Aug 2014

Stupid Dumbshit Gawdamn Motherfucker! The Offspring ladies and Gentlemen.

The Offspring at Brixton Academy 25th Aug 2009.

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/1363378-offspring-at-o2-academy-brixton

Having split up with my ex about a week before, I was ready for some much needed fun and drinks and The Offspring provided a great little bit of escapism for a short while. We drank a lot at this gig (and before and after lol!) Will and Sarah came up from Pompey for it and my housemate Jesskaa joined us for a night of epic Swedish shots and drunkard singalongs. From what I can remember The Offspring were great, played a killer set with a few new unfamiliars and a lot of Smash stuff which I appreciated.

The shirt is pretty cool, if not immediately obviously an Offspring shirt. I like the band name being along the bottom back as its different and its a decent material for once.



20 Aug 2014

Couple of classics.....

Non gig shirts post now as I dig through my rather large Beatles and The Clash collection!
 My mate Zena got me this, not usually a fan of shirts with people's actual faces on (prefer a design) but I like this one as its black and white so a good choice!

Classic album next, Amplified do great shirts with iconic album covers on them and I couldn't resist this London Calling shirt as I love this album. This is an example of album art done right and I wear this shirt a lot as grey goes with everything! Brilliant band, fabulous album. For my fave Clash album though I have another item of clothing that I believe is my most expensive band related piece of merch I own and as such they live in their box and are never ever worn in the rain.
These are my limited edition The Clash Converse that I had to go to the Converse store on Carnaby Street on release day to obtain. They fucking rule, the materials are much more luxurious than regular Chucks and the detailing is fab. Each of the released Chucks in the line were based around the colour and design of a different Clash album and I plumped for their debut as its my favourite. The badges do click though when I walk which is entertaining! I've owned these for about 5 years and out of all of my shoes these bad boys look the newest cos I guard them like a hawk, no rain allowed! Its a rare day when I wear them out! This won't be the last time sneakers 'sneak' onto this list either!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryy-KIAqL2Y


NOFX keeping punk rock elite!

NOFX at Reading Festival 25th-28th Aug 2005
https://www.songkick.com/festivals/57-reading/id/2711256-reading-festival-2005

First time seeing one of my all time favourite bands and they didn't disappoint. Part punk rock, part comedy show, Fat Mike took the heaving mosh pit and got them to go mental. Me and my mates decided to head in and it was insane! The boys all decided before jumping into the pit that they'd all go shirtless which was quite the sight and lurking somewhere is an excellent/hilarious photo of them all posing reading to dive in but alas I can't find it, pre digital cameras at gig era it being! They played a greatest hits set which Fat Mike as always hates to do and did it in front of their teeny tiny backdrop which looked amazingly silly on the huge Reading main stage.

Onto the shirt and its another fake shirt again! Bought on the long road that leads from Reading town centre to the festival site. I think the lettering was faded already when I bought it but given its NOFX, it kinda fits their haphazard-ly sloppy style and I like that. Its a well worn friend and I love it in all its weirdly shrunken glory!

This was my second Reading so I was a heck of a lot more prepared than the first time. Good old Shannon the tent did us well and going in a big group this time made it all the more fun. Reading 2005 also marks the first time I saw a certain Frank Turner or as I knew him, the long haired front man from Million Dead. Anyway this festival will come up again as my favourite Dave headlined this year aswell so more to come!

17 Aug 2014

In a town where I was born, lived a man who sailed to sea.............

The Beatles, what can you say that hasn't been said? I am a huge huge fan of the band, even going so far as to have a Beatles tattoo on my leg. They are inspirational and undoubtedly the best band England has ever produced. Now I have a rule with band shirts, I never buy a shirt unless I have seen the band live. It really gets on my tits when I see twatty idiots wearing a band shirt of a band they have no idea who they are and bought it cos some z-list celebrity was wearing the same one. In the words of Peter Griffins, it really grinds my gears! There are three bands who I have bent the rules for over the years and for good reason, I will never see them live as members of the bands have passed away. These bands are The Beatles, The Clash and The Ramones. Three bands I absolutely love and despite not being able to see them, love all the band merch I have acquired over the years for them.

I have a lot of Beatles related attire. A fucking lot. And I'm sure some of it will end up on this site as its too good not to share. I also have had the privilege to have seen Paul McCartney live and it was a gamechanger for me.

Paul McCartney at Isle of Wight Festival Sun 13th June (Fest was 10th-13th) 2010.

https://www.songkick.com/festivals/1233-isle-of-wight/id/3662451-isle-of-wight-festival-2010

I had to have a shirt for this gig and I love that its got the two crossed Hofner basses at the bottom. This was the highlight of the whole festival for me Nat and Sarah, we got a good position on the right hand side and just had a blast. So much singing along, hit after hit after hit and after all these years, McCartney is still hitting it out of the park. I got quite emotional during his tribute to George Harrison by playing 'Something' and 'While my Guitar gently weeps' because I adore those songs and it pains me I won't ever see Harrison myself now. It was a good mix of Beatles tracks, Wings tracks and solo stuff. 'Live and Let Die' was just mindblowingly epic to see live and I can't stress enough if you are a Beatles fan, please please please go catch Paul's show if you ahve the chance. A showman through and through and a legend worthy enough to be on my leg forever!
The rest of the festival was fantastic, I love IOW Festival as its easily the closest big festival to my home town and we always go in a big group and just generally have a great time together. The line up is always diverse and even though I'm more of a fan of the heavier side of things, there is always something great to catch at IOW even for me. Here's to the next one bring on June 2015!


Plug in Baby....

Muse
Brighton Centre 04th Dec 2003
Support: Elbow

Yikes not sure why my camera is yellow!

Oh well, dodgy photo fits dodgy fake tshirt I suppose! The first entry of 'unofficial merch' which basically means bought off a bloke in the street outside the venue. I was a poor student back in 03 so cut me some slack plus I have bought Muse shirts since officially.
The shirt is army green and has shrunk and gone misshapen over the years, This gig was great, I really dig the Brighton Centre as a venue as unlike a lot of places, it retains its 'arena' show size but feels much much smaller than it is. Its wide as opposed to long so getting to the front is easy peasy. This was the first time I saw Elbow too and they were a great warm up for Muse. This was the 'Absolution' tour as the album was released a couple of months before.
Me and my mate Rachel (Raggle as she will be known) went to this gig together on our own, as Raggle had been to the 'Origin of Symmetry' tour previously and said how awesome Muse were live. Raggle had only just passed her driving test and we thought fuck it lets test out the car and drive the hour from Pompey to Brighton. Was a great laugh, particularly the giant Muse balloons they sent out into the audience. Muse are huge stadium filling demi-gods now but back then they had the bold crazy flashing instruments but less of a crazy stage show and mainly let their music do the talking. It certainly worked as I have kept coming back for more and more despite going off their later stuff and lack of older songs in the setlists. Muse are a band that have to be seen to be believed and I'm really glad I got to see them up close in a smaller venue before they exploded out into the realms of super stadiums. Do yourself a favour and go marvel at their crazy genius live, you won't be disappointed. Oh and make sure to get your moshing hat on for Plug in baby, Muscle Museum and Newborn :D

12 Aug 2014

The vest

I cannot sew, when I had to do textiles at school, I basically did nothing in lessons (well draw cartoons) and ignored what we were up to unless I could draw something. My friend Zena did all my sewing and I thank her kindly for it! Anyway my friend Caspar has a jacket that over the years he has covered in band patches and its fucking awesome and he said why not try and do one of your own. Yeah right I can't sew remember?! I got to thinking and decided fuck it I might as well try. Caspar gave me a leftover patch he had that wouldn't matter if I fucked it up and I bought a studded vest and set to work. After a lot of faffing and stabbings, I managed to sew on the small Heartgranade patch onto the vest and was very pleased with myself ( never look at how bad the stitches are on the inside though) and decided to try and add more. Three gigs later and I have four patches on my vest!

The FTHC patch and the Less Than Jake patches have stories all on their own which will have its own post so I'll focus on the Larry patch.

Larry and His Flask at The Borderline Weds 4th Dec 2013. Support: Crazy Arm acoustic.

I got turned onto LAHF by my friend Dave and our mutual love for a certain Frank Turner who I have a lot of stories to elaborate on at a later date. LAHF are an amazing folk punk band who thrive in small venues and causing a ruckus and their live shows are fantastic, I whole-heartedly recommend you check them out live if you can. After a few drinks at the Cro Bar (which is conveniently next door!) we headed in and after a fab acoustic set by Crazy Arm, we joined in the madness that is lots of beer and pogo-ing that come with a LAHF gig. It was sweaty and crazy and we crawled out into Soho as happy as we can be only to remember that it was a Weds and work was a calling the next day. Wasn't my finest morning at work the next day but it was worth it :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-i0tS-REco

The blog is alive!!! A random change of pace...

Hello!

I've been absent from my blog since I fell behind with the Daily Zoo uploads. To put it into perspective on how slow on uploading I am, I stopped the Zoo at Day 757 and the last Zoo post was what 400...and something! So one day I think I'll upload the best ones from the rest of the Zoo. But for now a new chapter of the blog begins....

I now have a twitter account and since joining have discovered several interesting new websites, one of which being:

 http://minorthread.com/

Bio: A Band T-Shirt Archivist..who crushed a 1000+ Days in a row with out wearing the same band shirt twice.

I really loved all the stories he has with each shirt, either cos he was at the gig or he's replicated a long destroyed shirt he had long ago or been sent a rarity by fellow band shirt geeks and I got to thinking. I too have a heck of a lot of band tshirts, majority of which were bought at a different show and have been a part of my life in the last 12 years or so. Most have a story attached or are a cool design that I figured, why wait til I'm old and senile to to look back on these memories in a haze when I can write down these anecdotes relating to each bit of clothing so I'll have something written to look back on. I'm not gonna waffle on and unlike the Zoo won't do it every day, just when I have chance and I won't do them in order to save brain function. I also realise that I have been to see certain bands multiple times *cough Foo Fighters* so I'll try and space out those so I don't O.D on one band.

Anyho after just saying that...I'm gonna start with the Foos as its the nearest band merch to me right now and I might as well start with my favourite band ever who may end up with the most entries on this blog anyway! To help the old brainbox, I will link each entry to my Songkick account which is an online concert database. I went through all my ticket stubs a few years ago and uploaded which gigs I'd been present at. On some occasions I'll put up the stub seeing as I don't actually buy merch at every single gig I ever attend but that'll only be if there is a story to it.

So we begin:

Foo Fighters Milton Keynes Bowl Sunday 03rd July 2011.
Support: Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World
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Easy guess, which album was this tour in support of?! Wasting Light is an absolutely amazing record and quickly clawed its way into my heart on release, its easily the best thing the Foos has done in years and I say that as a superfan. As you may have noticed, this isn't a band shirt at all, its a hoodie. That is because I'd already seen the Foos twice that year already in support of this album so there are two more shirts to upload here someday! I don't usually buy hoodies unless I really love the band as they are usually only men's sizes and I'm rather small but for this band I plumpted for spending the extra cash that day and I fucking love it, its decent quality, very soft and hasn't faded in the wash at all. And it has Dave's beautiful horsey mug on the back, what more could I want?! This gig was on the Sunday after a very hectic weekend (seeing Take That the night before at Wembley believe it or not!) and my usual gig companions of Sarah and Nat had travelled up to London to see the Foos with the Icelander aswell of course. It was a lovely sunny day, aside from the fact the MK Bowl is a pain in the arse to get to and from and for once I was happy to stand further back on the bowl edge and relax for once at a Foo gig (usually I'm at the barrier). Great support lineup, especially Jimmy Eat World and the Foos were on fire, Dave doing Everlong solo from a mini stage in the middle of the field being a highlight and Bob Mold (Husker Du) and Seasick Steve joining for a few songs was fab too. In terms of Foo gigs, it wasn't my favourite but that was mainly to do with the venue really and it worked out cos after 10 years, I finally got a Foo hoodie :D

12 Jan 2014

Some Tattoo practice. Learning Chris Sander's style.

Quick go at developing Chris Sander's style for my next tattoo. I want to have his character Ogo drawn by me and possibly my Batcat character in the same style. Then Dean Dublois's version of Stitch, as it more true to the movie's form and I won't have people asking me why Stitch looks weird (Sander's original version is a bit different).




Hey, I'm Amy Davis! I am a character designer/compositor/animator who currently works for the VFX studio Framestore. Enjoy my blog and feel free to contact me at amy_davis86@hotmail.co.uk and on 07515060296.