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Blurred Scenes From A Thomas Dolby Gig

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 29, 2006

Blurred Scenes From A Thomas Dolby Gig
Little camera at the back of the hall – what else do you expect!

Last Friday Thomas Dolby played another small gig at the Scala in London. Like the earlier concert and I saw back in March in San Francisco it was an intimate event, with a lot of interaction with the audience. TMDR is obviously playing because he wants to, not because he has to…

And last Friday night he was coming home…

The set started out with a system reboot a few chords into Leipzig, so TMDR gave a short talk about his life, his music, and why he was playing again. Then on with the songs. Leipzig was followed by One Of Our Submarines. The video rig that was being tried out in SF had matured over the tour, and I Live in A Suitcase and Flying North, two of my favourite travel songs, showed off the mix of live images and video clips.

Much like the video clip from TED he blogged a few months ago, The Flat Earth showed how he used his collection of equipment to build up songs from snippets of sounds. Windpower introduced a little experimentation, that led on from some of the work on his studio last album, The Gate To The Minds Eye, turning data from the SOHO satellite into sounds to build a new introduction to a familiar song. Europa and The Pirate Twins was a blast (as always), and we were in the home straight with a ride through Hyperactive, She Blinded Me With Science, and a complete reworking of the George Clinton collaboration Hot Sauce.

The show ended with a final blast of Airhead. Unfortunately the Scala’s early curfew brought things to an end too quickly, though we did get nearly two hours of prime Dolby.

It’s been a blast seeing TMDR twice this year. Well worth the 23 (or is it 24?) year wait, from those Saturday afternoons with an early interview and session on the Stereo Sequence, and then finding a cassette of The Golden Age Of Wireless.

And of course the evening rounded of nicely with a drink with and …

Yes, I have ordered the T-shirt. Both of them!

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  1. flyingsauce said,

    Damn. Wish I was there…

  2. anonymous said,

    I was. It was great. And we had passes to meet him afterwards. Took some pics, had a chat, got stuff signed etc…he’s back next year with an album and tour and DVD’s too 🙂

  3. sneerpout said,

    It was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. It was great to catch up with you and Mary afterwards – we must start making a habit of it!

  4. sbisson said,

    I couldn’t get there in time to get a meet’n’greet ticket… Next time!

  5. davesslave said,

    The photographs are still fascinating, though. Thanks for posting!

  6. kevinwmoor said,

    One of those up-close images would make a good LJ icon (I’m not sure what for though!)


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