Kiefer Connnections – A rambling account.

Well I have to say I am well impressed.

When I first saw that Kiefer Sutherland was coming to play at Gorilla my first thought was that if Jack Bauer was going to rock up near my house then the least I could do was get my arse round to the venue and see what all the fuss was about.

But just to keep you on tenterhooks (do you know what tenterhooks are? I’m a Yorkshire lad) I’ll say a little about the support band.

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Yes you know that part of the evening where you are jostling for position for the main gig and getting the right amount of alcohol down you before optimising the drink purchase at the bar so you don’t need to leave the main event in case you miss the right selfie or video of the event.

OK HOLD IT THERE. yes there were people constantly taking video and stills like there was no tomorrow.

At one or two points I think people did actually stop to enjoy the music. FFS please take the time to enjoy the moment not film the damn moment… I should know I film for a living, believe me how can you enjoy things while you are working and concentrating on focus, white balance, composition, framing, how much of a wanker you look etc. OK maybe if you are shooting porn and you get invited to join in after! But we all know that it would be the opposite sex to the ones you were attracted to that gave you the invite! Nothing more to see here move along…

I digress. The Sound of the Sirens were fab. I was just getting into them when they made their excuses and left the roadies to clear the stage, tune up and generally get the vibe going for the main gig. I didn’t get the time to find them after to buy the album but will chase them down online.

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Top quality musicians, great harmony and what enthusiasm, not so much a support band as a frustratingly short second main gig.

Yes girls I think I am a fan in waiting, am I a sucker for blondes?, yes. Am I a sucker for talented enthusiastic musicians that will go far and even play Glastonbury. Oh hang on they already did that as they and Kiefer were hotfoot (thankfully not this year “trench foot”) from Glasto.

Kiefer hit the stage with a very OTT cowboy hat and I thought oh dear! He really needs to kick it around stage a bit and get it grubby.But the first track was a hello me and the band have arrived. He paid testament to the fact that Manchester had the right spirit and sentiments during and after the recent terrorist bombing.

Then we started to get a feel for him, his music and the covers he liked. One of the best being a Bob Dylan classic Knocking on Heavens Door.

I loved his story about how he and his sister were left with his dad while his mum went over to Canada to get settled post breakup.

His dad (Donald Sutherland) was of course a bit of a hell raiser and after a session he lost his keys and had to climb over the fence to get back in the house. In doing so he ripped his trousers and as he didn’t have much money and not being very good with a needle he just blacked his ass with shoe polish!

I think he said this was around the time Donald made Kelly’s Heroes and drove the three of them around in a two seater sports car  (different times). It was also the year my yacht was made and Kelly’s Heroes was the last film shown on a projector that graced the reception at Mersey Television (now Lime Pictures). I passed that projector many times on the way into work. I love connections.

Sutherland says of the 11 tracks that make up the album, “It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on”.

Anyhow I am just downloading from iTunes. Oh no I’m not it’s trying to get me to join some bloody thing called music. No doubt the claims of free months will translate to repetitive billing. No I just want to buy the girls album and play it, bloody Nora (sorry Nora you deserve better, not iNora).

Right I’ll sort all this crazy Apple/music/tunes out later. I seem to remember in the early days that it was supposed to be easy, download it they said, don’t even need to go to the shops to stand in line and brave a queue of teenagers buying vinyl to get your toons.  This would seem quite appealing compared to passwords and licensing and buy unlimited shit right to your laptop. When I asked for my first single (Roy C – Shotgun Wedding) they didn’t say what is your password and would you like to subscribe for ever.

Right I think you get the gist that SOTS were fab, check em out. If you can ever listen to them without taking out a mortgage for APPMUSIC or whatever it is. Talk about APPMUSIC talk about APPMUSIC seems to have a ring to it.

And of course Kiefer was great, professional, relaxed and you could tell he was glad to be in Manchester and performing his music.



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