A couple of weeks ago I got to see Darius Rucker at Shepherds Bush. I loved Hootie when I was younger (which you can read a bit about here http://wp.me/p5oOZ3-z) and when Darius was announced as a Country 2 Country act for 2013 I started listening to his country music. I was so excited to be seeing him for a second time.
When Darius performs, he has this cute little wiggle and dance he does and a smile on his face. He looks so happy to be up their singing. Now he always plays a couple of Hootie songs and at C2C he covered Family Tradition. That first time seeing him the UK fans weren’t really sure what to do in this song. But by this visit we all knew our parts and this is one of my favourite songs to sing along too.
Now my sister had googled the set list and as it neared the end my friend turned to me and said “No Wagon Wheel?” and I whispered “Encore!” The band left and came back on to this song, now the set list said the final song was Purple Rain, and Darius had ended his C2C set with this song. As the opening bars started to play, I thought, this isn’t Purple Rain, it was Champagne Supernova, by Oasis! Now my sister and I were very much team Oasis in the whole Oasis vs Blur Battle of the Nineties, so we just SANG our hearts out! Apologies to those around us as we were SCREAMING! It was a brilliant end to an amazing gig!
Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
Southern State of Mind
Let Her Cry
Hold My Hand
It Won’t Be Like This For Long
Only Wanna Be With You
Come Back Song
East Bound and Down
In Session with Bob Harris
While Darius was over he also did a session with Bob Harris, this was aired last night on Radio Two as part of Bob Harris Country. He sang the latest single, Homegrown Honey, Radio and a song called What God Wants for Christmas. Bob hinted a new studio album at the start of 2015 and Darius talked about wanting to return to the UK as often as he can. He wants to play The Royal Albert Hall and I’m sure a lot of Darius Fans what his too as well!
Listen to his session here (available till 2nd Jan 2015)
You bought the tickets, waited patiently for them to arrive and now its the day of the gig!
A weekend gig is the best, no rushing or time off work needed. A work day gig, for me usually requires an afternoon off. I don’t like to rush around before a gig. Me and my gig gang, have a gig routine. If it’s a gig with my sister, we have to plan outfits! Otherwise we end up in very similar ensembles.
I am really lucky, we are close enough to all the major London venues. We always head over early, usually about 3ish so we can get to the venue, get parked and get some food. The journey over always consists of listening to the group we are going to see and saying ‘ohh hope they sing this’ and speculating on surprise guests, B Stages and Ticker Tape. Then there is the decision on what to eat. Each venue has a favourite of ours nearby. At the O2 we usually have a Wagamamas, at Hammersmith there is a nice pub round the corner that serves a Dolly Parton Burger! For Shepherds Bush a new fave has been Byron Burger and Wembley its TGI’s or Cabana.
Once we’ve eaten we’ll head over to the venue, if we are standing, then we’ll want to get in the queue to make sure we have a good chance of standing where we want too. Shepherds Bush means we are able to join the O2 priority queue so usually manage to get the best spot by the side of the bar.
I love getting into the venue, it means its almost starting… the crowd slowly fills up and you go from having all the room in the world to none at all. First the lights go out and the support is on. We always get in to see the support, I mean why not, you’ve paid to see it and sometimes you find a great new band to like. I remember seeing Example support Tinchy Stryder and had no idea who he was, but all these young lads were singing every word! The support hypes everyone up.. and finally its their last song. Lights up again and we wait!
I feel like the tension slowly builds, you always roughly know what time an act will come on and as the minutes pass, you become impatient. Why can’t they just come out! The crowd slowly moves in, people stand even closer to you, the time ticks by…
And then the lights go out and the screaming starts!
Finally, this year’s gigs
Sun 2nd Feb – Taylor Swift @02
Sun 2nd Mar – Eric Church @Shepherds Bush (for the second time)
Tues 4th Mar – Beyonce @02 (for the second time)
Sat 15th Mar – C2C Festival feat Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks & Zac Brown Band
Sun 16th Mar – C2C Festival feat Chris Young, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts & Brad Paisley
Wed 14th May – Barry Manilow @Wembley Arena
Wed 28th May – NKOTB @Hammersmith (third time)
Sun 8th Jun – One Direction @Wembley Stadium
Sun 6th July – Kasey Musgraves @Shepherds Bush (second time & John & Jacob support)
Sat 12th July – Eminem @Wembley Stadium
Mon 21st July – John & Jacob @The Borderline
Sun 12th October – Ed Sheeran @02 (for the second time)
Tues 18th Nov – Darius Rucker @Shepherds Bush
Plus still to come
Thurs 11th Dec – Professor Green @Roundhouse