Right, tiny bit of entertainment before we get started. I’m not a huge fan of Carlsberg and the whole ‘probably’ thing but if you like good adverts and the odd guerilla approach then be good to yourself and check out this offering.
Did a little Pub Tour with a group of 29 peeps in Angel last week. We had exactly 2 hours 30 min to do three pubs in and we just about did it. The best moment was when I walked into the first one and said, “15 pints of Guiness please, 8 pints of ale, 3 pints of Cider……..”. The barman said, “you know, we joke about people coming in and saying what you just said!” and I said, “it must be your lucky day mate!” …..
Anyway, on Saturday afternoon I went along to Atul’s music/rock band meetup at the Comedy pub in Oxenden Street between Piccadilly and Leicester Square. Met a couple of fellow musicians, a guy who runs a rehearsal studio in Tottenham and had a couple of drinks. My mates Rick and Cris came along as well and it was a pleasant Saturday afternoon. There is the prospect of possibly promoting a gig together in the future.
Sunday night was Bollywood night (Star Parivaar) at the Wembley Arena and we went as well. We needed to help someone pick up an award and were rewarded with some great Bollywood dance performances as well as some great music by the great Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, here’s a little taster. I was less impressed by some of the guests’ unwillingness to stick to their ticket numbers. Well, our seats were occupied by some gentlemen who clearly thought that they were beyond reproach. Two stewards failed to make an impact and we found ourselves different seats, but for some reason a small Indian looking woman steward sorted them out in the interval. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. Bless her. We stuck to our new seats as we had already made much better friends there.
Monday night we had a little session with drummer Lloyd Musto, as we can’t always expect Jari to fly over from Finland for a gig. After that I went to Justin Wayne’s musician’s clinic in Camden at the Hawley Arms where I managed to catch the second half. Lawyer Leonard Lowy talked about management and when to get a lawyer and Atul and I were impressed by the ‘industry’ advice one could glean there. I shall be there next time and I’ll be on time. They listened to some demos that people had brought along. Their usual panel of experts is about 4-5. Good stuff.