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  • Hadyn Green,

    At the R.E.M. concert last year (New Plymouth version) we got The Checks and Brighteyes! (R.E.M. were great too)

    I felt that the Checks had the edge over Brighteyes (Peter Buck even played the riff from What You Heard). My friend disagreed, but what does he know.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Ray Gilbert,

    Today's Herald has an article on the World Music Awards in London. Seems we're all wrong about Nickelback as they've just been voted the worlds best - "Nickelback beat Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to win World's Best Rock Group".

    Go figure!

    Since Nov 2006 • 104 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    I know someone who went to see the Stones purely for Nickleback. She left after they finished.

    We don't talk anymore, obviously.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Spare Room offers an inspired solution to Nickelback's creativity slump here.

    I have seen the future of schlock and roll and its name is Hurra Torpedo.

    Andre, if you have any more horrifying stories like that, you would be most welcome to do a guest post on Island Life in the weekly Discouraging Revelations feature.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Nick Howells,

    Can't blame the stones for picking them though - there was never any danger of them being upstaged by the support.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    For god's sake Russ it's "Champion _in_ the Arena"!

    But you're right, it's a stone cold classic.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Hogan,

    Saw The Checks at one of the BfM Summer Series gigs in Albert Park a couple of years ago, and they blew the place away. I imagine they have only gotten better.
    That is the real shit, and coming from someone who first saw the Stones in early 70's...

    Waiheke Island • Since Nov 2006 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Just don't let them (the Checks) get on the cover of the NME.
    Seems to be the kiss of death for any band.

    Besides, to we need that stale old rag to tell us how good a band (NZ bands in particular) is?

    The cover of the NME is not the measure of NZ tax-payer dollars.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    While we're all talking digital music and Rock'n'Roll, I just discovered Wolfgang's Vault yesterday.

    300 free-to-stream (and fully legal) live concerts from Billy Graham's Fillmore archives + King Biscuit Flower Hour tapes.

    60, 70,80s stuff from Springsteen to Cream, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Crowded House, Cure, Duran Duran, Led Zep,
    Stevie Ray Vaughan...

    http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/

    Enough to get lost in for months...

    And I'm also enjoying the Bernie Worrell (P-Funk) and 60+ Warren Zevon live recordings that are available on archive.org

    http://www.archive.org/details/etree

    JP

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    JP, I'd be keen to hear the Bernie Worrell stuff.

    Speaking of Bernie, what ever happend to Aja Rock?

    lol

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh my god, JP - how brilliant is that website. So many thanks for that. Wow. Sly and the Family Stone live? Frigging genius.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    The search results are awkward to link to (lots of spaces etc), but here's some;

    http://www.archive.org/details/BernieWorrellandtheWOOWarriors

    There's also stuff without WOOWarriors, but I'll let you fight your way through the http://www.archive.org/details/etree links to find it.

    Wolfgang's Vault has a couple of Hendrix shows plus some Sly Stone if you like the Funk. I was hoping for some classic soul performers (ABC doesn't really count), but it seems a bit light in that area. Maybe with the future additions? (5 new (old) shows added per week they're saying)

    One of the real gems is Elton John on his first US tour in 1970, 3 piece band. Nice cover of the Stones Honky Tonk Woman too...

    http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/ConcertDetail.aspx?id=1367|2163

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Ack - that Elton John URL got cut off due to vertical bar. Just cut & paste the whole thing.

    And Jackie, you're welcome. I've spent hours on there. Streaming Van Morrison while I work this morning. Laughed that Flock of Seaguls made the US fans wait until the very last song before pulling out I Ran...

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Hogan,

    Wowsa! Yes, many thanks, JP. Those Fillmore and Winterland concerts were monumental.

    Waiheke Island • Since Nov 2006 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    You have A Flock of Seagulls live link too?

    'I Ran' was a hit, yes, but they had much better songs!

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Tomorrowpeople, just head to concerts.wolfgangsvault.com and you can browse artists by name - that link will take you straight to "A" where "A flock of Seagulls" is first on the list...

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Muriel Lockheed,

    Thanks JP

    I am listening to A flock of seagulls now, simply because it was the first one that I came to. What a fantastic find!!!

    Wellywood • Since Nov 2006 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Wow - I'm going to be spending some time there!

    Funny to note the site's catch phrase is 'Where Music Lives'.

    C4 TV anybody?

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Nickelback beat Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to win World's Best Rock Group".

    Three of the world's worst groups right there.

    Chili Peppers are just AWFUL.
    Coldplay - yeurgh!

    Followed closely by U2 post 'POP' album, Goodcharlottespanicatthediscomychemialromance etc.

    ;)

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Damn - and I paid $35 US for a bootleg of the Berlin Live at the Savoy gig on ebay last year!

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • hudsie,

    Someone has to say this... Nickle Spack

    Since Nov 2006 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Obviously it's possible to register successfully at concertvaults, but apparently not for me. It's been timing out forever. "Disappointed!"

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • JP Hansen,

    Yeah - I think I must have told too many people today ;)

    Keep trying though, especially later in the evening as America goes to sleep.

    I can get in OK to play tracks, but there is some network congestion interfering with it all.

    Waitakere • Since Nov 2006 • 206 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I have the Someday/Remind split on mp3. Every now and then it comes up on shuffle on my iPod and I always listen to it because it brings me such pleasure.

    The funny thing is that I can absolutely tolarate "How you remind me", but yet "Someday" makes me feel ill, so even though both songs have the same structure, there's something else going on that means they're not total clones.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Ray Gilbert,

    Three of the world's worst groups right there.

    Chili Peppers are just AWFUL.
    Coldplay - yeurgh!

    Couldn't agree more. I can't work out how these guys decide which bands are in competition for the world's best. Perhaps it's measured by the length of time since they last had an original or inspirational idea.

    Since Nov 2006 • 104 posts Report Reply

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