Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Wilko Johnson Band Buxton Gig review

Wilko Johnson playing his Stratocaster
Wilko Johnson Band Live in Buxton Gig Review!
George reviews Wilko through a haze of stella!

In honor of Wilko Johnson being on our second podcast, I've decided to do a little review of the gig in which we interviewed the main man himself.I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed watching Wilko, live at the Buxton Opea House.

After seven pints of Stella at the pub opposite the Buxton Opera house I started to relax, all around me were 40 something rugby fans. The smell of cheap cologne and sweat would be enough to put someone off coming in, but I decided I needed some dutch courage to interview Wilko. Man I was scared, this is the man known for his glazed stare and aggression on stage.

After being locked out of the venue for 30 minuets I finally managed to sneak my way in by showing my recording equipment and made my way into the bowels of the 100-year-old Opera house. You find in the interviewing business you spend a lot of time waiting around, I am constantly waiting by dressing rooms. But eventually someone found me and brought me to see Wilko. I asked him how his trip up to Buxton was (A good 4 hour journey from Canvey Island) and his reply was 'I can't remember coming up'...I knew it was going to be a good interview.

After spending an hour talking to Wilko, the interview was only meant to last 15 minuets; I was ushered out of the room and went upstairs to watch the gig. I was abit early so I had a couple more beers and a whiskey. Total at 9 beers and a whiskey, now. I was unstable to say the least.

I entered the hall to find it was only a sit down affair and everyone seemed sedated. It was a bit like an old folks home, but with rock and roll. Me being intoxicated I ran to the front and stood there, it was like I was the only one that turned up to watch.

The stage was sparse, a Drum kit, Bass amp and Fender Deluxe amp. Once The Wilko Johnson band got on stage it was electric! The movement and power of them playing filled the stage, there was no need for them to have a huge lighting system and effects, this was raw rock and roll at it's best. Two more people got up and stood with me, I could feel the crowd easing up a bit. I began filming at Wilko kicked into a mean cover of Wooly Bully.  Luckily I took out my trusty Iphone and filmed the event.
My Signed Fender Telecaster
Looking back I must have been a bit of a nuisance to all the people sitting down, but god damn it! They weren’t dead yet! I was fantastic! The support band Film Extras had a great Psych/Garage sound too. I'm going to keep an eye out for them playing around my parts soon.  Anyway, that’s enough of me going on, I ended up going home worse for wear clutching my signed telecaster guitar.

Now just a quick note to remind everyone that GDTKC Podcast 2 is going to be out on Monday, It's going to feature a lengthy chat with Wilko Johnson about Life, The Universe and Everything. There will also be some chat about the latest rock and roll news as well! Here's a video of Wilko doing Roxette from Buxton, yes thats me screaming like a drunken Oaf!

If you have any thoughts, rants or death threats email me at
Listen to GDTKC Podcast - Death to the Strange
Listen to GDTKC Podcast 2 - Wilko Johnson Talks

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