Tour Diary – Manchester (January 24th, 2013)

A late night last night and an early morning drive today. We all piled into the Sprinter and headed south to England. It was a beautiful drive through the north country, especially with the hills and valleys covered in snow. Jeff, Marg and I were dropped off at the BBC complex in the old Manchester docklands area, which is fittingly overseen by an enormous picture of Dr Who. The whole area has a distinct “futureworld” vibe about it: I kept expecting to see workers scurrying about in identical colour-coded jumpsuits. The radio show, The Verve, was hosted by a famous BBC personality, Ian McMillan (sp?), and was a refreshing twist on the usual radio performance/interview format. We were joined in the studio by a playwright, a poet and an author and a conversation about words ensued. Unfortunately, our brains were still back in Glasgow, in the bottom of a John Smith’s pint glass, so we just followed along, played our song and did a lot of staring in to space.

The gig tonight was just outside of Manchester in the suburb of Sale. We had no time to look around, but we did pass by the Manchester United stadium on the way to the venue, which is sort of like catching a glimpse of Yankee Stadium or Cowboy Stadium or the Duomo in Milan. It wasn’t exactly a beautiful looking room tonight, but it sure sounded great. We had a very good and very fun night of music….another sold out show and another great audience…all is good in our world.

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6 Responses to “Tour Diary – Manchester (January 24th, 2013)”

  1. Mike Stevens Says:

    January 25th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The Sale show was fab. Loved the Nomad numbers. Especially great to hear Third Crusade. And the RVP tribute!

  2. AndyS Says:

    January 25th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Another great show. Nice to have some different tunes from the night before too.

    Any chance of hearing Lungs again at Warwick on Saturday (and perhaps Cold Evening Wind or Fuck, I Hate The Cold) as a finale to my little Junkies roadtrip?

  3. Steve W Says:

    January 25th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for playing my request, "Powderfinger", at Sale. It was great to see you close up in a small venue after sitting a long way back in the cavernous Gorton Monastery last time. Pity you didn't counterbalance the RVP references with "Blue Moon" :) Are you aware that it is the theme song of the current champions, Manchester City? 


  4. Stewart Nordoff Says:

    January 26th, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Superb Barbican gig last night. Thank you so much for bringing sunshine to our winter. Never apologize for playing "new" Nomad numbers! They are your best spine wriggling get up and dance work! Every success at Warwick University tonight – [HQ of the UK Anarchist Party in the 1970's]   

  5. Keith Davies Says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Fabulous show in Sale – both sets excellent. I also requested Powderfinger so thanks for that. The Nomad numbers were particularly good so I didn't understand why there was so much apologising for them – you are a great band!!

  6. Niko Says:

    January 28th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Great night in Sale, mesmerising sounds again. Last time was at Union Chapel in Islington, just proves the CJs music suits a wide array of venues. Nomad series songs very welcome too. Next time you come to UK I’ll be requesting Sun comes up it’s Tuesday morning, for old times (= nostalgia) sake again….! Welcome back again soon and any time guys!