Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Back, back, back: Ride

I'm genuinely conflicted about this:

Friday 22 May Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow, UK
Saturday 23 May 2015 Albert Hall Manchester, UK
Sunday 24 May 2015 Roundhouse London, UK
Tuesday 26 May 2015 Paradiso Amsterdam, Holland
Wednesday 27 May 2015 Olympia Paris, France
Friday 29 May 2015 PrimaveraFestival Barcelona, Spain
Tuesday 2 June 2015 DanForth Music Hall Toronto, Canada
Thursday 4 June 2015 Terminal New York, US
Sunday 7 June 2015 Field Day London, UK

Ride were one of the most important bands in my life. One of the most important things in my life. Seeing Chelsea Girl on Snub TV is one of those events where my narrative changed.

But also: late-period, when Andy took over most of the duties. When they were a pre-echo of Hurricane Number One.

They changed my life.

They broke my heart.

Do I want to go back to that?


4 comments:

ade said...

I need to think of them as still being the skinny young lads with Rickenbackers and white long sleeve t-shirts. Seeing them as sweaty, chunky old blokes in suits doing Furthest Sense without the vim and vigour of youth would just make me want to throw my original first 3 eps in the bin and go and blub in a corner.

morag said...

Oh gosh I share your conflict. I loved them fiercely, had to get the bus to brighton to buy records but never dared go to a gig and always regreted that. But this.... I don't know

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

The (print) NME standfirst pitched it as "ex-Oasis and Beady Eye man gets his old band back together", which was worrying...

On the other hand, their (web) NME interview was more encouraging - they say they're probably going to play stuff mostly from the first two albums, which is a tacit admission that the late-period stuff was off the mark (pun half-intended)

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