The bass player of Yes has died. I recall helping my mates Martin and Geoff with their lightshow at the Pier on the evening that Iron Butterfly, Yes and Dada played (maybe 1970?).



My resident astrologer this morning by Lord’s Grace Gates wearing a posh titfer on Ladies’ day at the county match

Lou Grace gates



I was on the bus

Played the Rose in June ‘Festival’ today with my new lot Scarlet Town. They said don’t try to park, so MRA and I went by bus. First time I’ve caught a bus to a gig since about 1965. There again, as Ken said …



I’ve been to a couple of Glastonburys but not in this century – still I LOVE checking it out on TV and flicking channels to find good stuff. Gives me a sense of what’s happening these days. I’ve just been watching Jungle who probably play jungle (I’m not an expert!) – sounded a bit like Massive Attack for the modern world which is alright by me.

Earlier I liked Alabama Shakes, MRA liked James Bay and I thought Mark Ronson’s set was pretty fine including a remarkable version of Amy’s “Valerie” using her original vocal track. He finished with “Uptown Funk” with George Clinton, Mary J Blige etc and also a rather nice almost psychedelic thing with an Australian singer/guitarist called Kevin Parker. Acts like Ronson are remarkable for their capacity to shift styles and genres with real skill but I must admit, every year watching these broadcasts also confirms my considerable lack of interest in most guitar bands. I caught Motorhead briefly which I thought (notice how careful I’m being here) was just horrid – and so old. Not worthy – I didn’t like Libertines or Vaccines either. Leon Bridges whose album I mentioned below was on – OK but not stunning but there was a trio of young ladies called the Staves who sang quite beautifully. A lot of what I liked had its roots in black music. Most of the rest that I liked was black music. No surprise there then, although the Staves were very English.


Back in the UK

Regular and loyal Blogger Pete White from the USA but (until mid-70s) formerly of this parish came on a visit to AAA today. Here we are together with Mick. Couple more pix should follow. Pete’s son (still in Pompey) then took him down to Pie & Vinyl.

Pete W, Mick, Me

Pete White in Pompey 2