Music Diary – 11th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 11th September!

Gerry Conway

Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens)

In 1947 drummer Gerald „Gerry“ Conway was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk (UK). In the seventies Conway played for Cat Stevens‚ backing band for six years. In 1981 he joined Jethro Tull for the recordings of „The Broadsword and the Beast“ and also played the tour in Europe.


In 1987 he did some recording sessions with Tull again for the album „Crest of a Knave„. His drumming can be heard on the tracks „Jump Start“, „Said she was a Dancer“, „Budapest“, „The Waking Edge“ and „Part of the Machine“. In 1998 he became the drummer and percussionist for the legendary Folk-Rock band Fairport Convention.

Buy recommendations (Germany/Europe):

Jethro Tull - The Broadsword and the Beast (1982) Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave (1987) Jethro Tull - Nightcap (Unreleased Masters)(ed. 1993)
Cat Stevens - Teaserand the Firecat (1971)  Cat Stevens - Catch Bull at Four (1972) Cat Stevens - Foreigner (1973)
Fairport Convention - Live at Cropredy (2008) Faiport Convention - Babcombee Lee Live Again (2011)  Fairport Convention - By Popular Request (2012)

Buy recommendations (USA):

Jethro Tull - The Broadsword and the Beast (1982) Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave (1987) Jethro Tull - Nightcap (Unreleased Masters)(ed. 1993)Cat Stevens - Teaserand the Firecat (1971) Cat Stevens - Catch Bull at Four (1972)  Cat Stevens - Foreigner (1973)
Fairport Convention - Live at Cropredy (2008) Faiport Convention - Babcombee Lee Live Again (2011) Fairport Convention - By Popular Request (2012)

 

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Music Diary – 7th November

Welcome to my personal music diary – today for the 7th November!

Back in 1999 my long time favorite band Jethro Tull stopped during the „j-tull.com“ tour in Munich at the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle. Beside brand new songs like “Spiral”, “Hunt by Numbers” or “AWOL” Ian Anderson and his band surprised us with some nice tunes like “Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square”, “Hunting Girl” and a special performance with Leslie Mandoki (“Back to Budapest”).

Jethro Tull – Munich (Rudi Sedlmayer Halle)(07.11.1999) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Jethro Tull – Munich (Rudi Sedlmayer Halle)(07.11.1999) Ticket © Alex Melomane

The support was by The Mark Gillespie Band and I can remember that the Tull members Jonathan Noyce and Andrew Giddings joined for some songs on stage.

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 29th July

Welcome to another page in my music diary – today for the 29th July!

In 1993, when I was still a HUGE Jethro Tull fan (well, as Bob Dylan already knew – „The Times They Are a-Changin’“) I added two nice items to my collection:
Beside the maxi vinyl single of „This is not Love“, which was originally released two years before, I also bought the wonderful picture disc of „Rock Island“ from 1989 and which is a limited edition. What a beauty – look:

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Cheers and have a nice day!

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 27th June

Welcome back to another entry in my personal music diary!

Today is a very special day for me because on the 27th June 2001 I did an interview with one of my favorite musicians: Mr. Martin Lancelot Barre who played the guitar for Jethro Tull from the early beginning back in January 1969 until 31st July 2011. We met before the gig in Munich at the Tollwood area. You can watch the video here:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/interviews-video

After the interview Tull performed in typically way – very professional and solid. A good chosen setlist which featured all classics and also some rarities like „Love Story„. And as me and my video man (thanks Tom!) got backstage passes we found us after the show with the band and some other press people behind the stage 😉

The complete setlist and a review of the show can you find here (just scroll down to 27/06/):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june

Another gig of that day was on the 27th June 2004 and it took place at the Donauinselfest (a free annual festival) in Vienna. There I got my first live experience with the Norwegian band Kaizers Orchestra, which was just breathtaking. No wonder that Tom Waits is also a fan of this outstanding band. A short review you also find on the mentioned link 😉

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Music Diary – 24th June

Dear Musiclovers!

Here is my music diary entry for today, 24th June:
Back in 2003 I attended another Jethro Tull gig – this time in Munich at the Zenith. This is one of those locations you will never like – too huge and very cold.

The support act were Leslie Mandoki with his Soulmates feat. Masha, a german female singer and better known as the daughter of Frank Elstner. This is the guy who invented the German TV show „Wetten, dass..?“. And I do think this says it all 😉

The Tull performance was solid and unfortunately nothing special at all. Apart from the horrible background singing by Masha (especially during „Heavy Horses“ – she just killed this song) I can remember that Ian Anderson reminded us on buying Christmas presents because of the upcoming album called „The Jethro Tull Christmas Album„, which was released later that year.

The exact setlist and a short review can be found here (just scroll down to 24/06/2003):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-june

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

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Interviews (Video)

 Interview with Martin Barre from JETHRO TULL (27th June 2001)

I did this interview with Martin Barre from Jethro Tull shortly before the Tull show in Munich on 26th June 2001 (backstage area).

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Interview with Eicca Toppinen from APOCALYPTICA (18th August 2000)

I did this interview with Eicca Toppinen from Apocalyptica in a sauna of his hotel suite. It was recorded during the music fair in Cologne on the 18th August 2000.