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  1. I’d get it done, though if you’re feeling unsure then a decent stop-gap could be a fret dress (might send that idea to J.P. Gaultier!). That can often put a bit of life back into worn frets...
  2. I imagine that’s going to be a fairly common reaction!
  3. Looks wise it might do the trick. Price wise maybe less so..! https://www.peachguitars.com/fender-custom-shop-mbvt-55-p-bass-heavy-relic-2-tone-sunburst.htm
  4. Excellent! She’s still got it then..!
  5. That’s a great story! What sort of stuff did they used to do? Vocally I always thought they were the perfect foil for Paul Young...
  6. Definitely. I’m 58, and started going to see bands in the mid 70s. Myself and my mates were obsessed with music, and as we got a bit older in the late 70s/80s could see bands in Coventry at Coventry Theatre, Tiffanys/Locarno, Lanchester Polytechnic, Warwick University, The General Wolfe and more. Then we also had a short train journey to Brum to the Odeon, Town Hall, Hippodrome, Edwards, Barrel Organ etc. We were spoilt for choice as there was always something happening. I feel so lucky to have grown up when I did and been able to see some brilliant bands fairly easily. Some of those nights were the most positive, enjoyable and memorable of my life, such was/is the importance of music, and I was not alone in feeling that...
  7. We had a similar venue in Coventry called The General Wolfe. It was a big old pub on the outskirts of the city and had a great venue room separate in the back of the pub. As well as the landlord giving local bands a chance to rehearse/gig there, they also had some excellent gigs on - including very early U2, Eurythmics, Thompson Twins, Hambi & the Dance, Steve Marriott's Packet of Three, and also a secret Robert Plant Honeydrippers gig. It's probably now luxury flats...
  8. Apparently the story of the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts name was that they (along with Pino) were playing with Jools Holland (before Paul Young). Jools wanted to have a name for the band and especially the backing singers. They agreed as long as it didn’t make them “sound cheap”! Over to Jools...
  9. I saw that band in 1983 at Warwick University. Pino was in full effect! I think it may have been his first solo tour so some of the venues were smaller like WU. He then went on The Tube and it all exploded from there (I think they were asked back onto the show the following week, such was the response to their performance). As I recall there were then a number of further shows booked in larger theatres so the tour was a bit of a mish-mash of club size venues and larger theatres. A really good band...
  10. Mrs Riva feels suitable admonished. She now tells me that she’s listening to Peruvian techno-metal indie releases from 2021, but only those that quote Rimbaud (translated from French to German to Spanish to Quechua and/or Aymara), in an oblique way or not at all. Either that or X-Ray Spex...
  11. Been listening to a lot of it (there’s a lot of music on there!) and some of the performances are superb. The whole band are right on it, but Mogg takes it to another level. Really makes me wonder just how big they could have been had Schenker stayed and they’d built on the foundations of SITN...
  12. It is, isn’t it! He’s such a wonderful player. His version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is another one of his ‘moments’ for me...
  13. Funnily enough one of the people I went to the gig was a guitarist who did the same! He was/is an accomplished player himself, though more rooted in blues/rock etc. He couldn’t get over how Geordie was getting the sound he did, especially with seemingly so little effort! I also think they are one of the most effortlessly cool bands I’ve seen - nothing contrived about them, and everything on their own terms (I’m sure they would have had their label challenges/input, but that’s how it seemed, at any road)...
  14. When I saw them/him live it wasn’t so much the volume but the actual vastness of the sound - it was absolutely huge. It swarmed every inch of the venue. Backed by the driving rhythm section it was an incredible experience, and not one I’ve experienced since. And all played with the lightest of touches and minimum of fuss...
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