Sunday, 3 May 2020

3rd May 2020

I've been lucky to see some great bands playing live - Def Leppard, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Alter Bridge, Halestorm, Marilyn Manson et al... and not all of it has been heavy rock stuff.  I saw an amazing concert by classical guitar genius John Williams at the Hay-On-Wye literary festival over 20 years ago, where he played some magical African-inspired pieces.

I missed out on AC/DC when Brian Johnson quit/was sacked and replaced by Axl Rose (formery of Guns & Roses).  Although I had a ticket for their show in Manchester, I requested my money back - AC/DC without Mr. Johnson or the ill Malcolm Young (the driving force of the band, according to his little brother Angus) wasn't really AC/DC, I thought.

However, the bloody coronavirus will probably add another band to the nearly-seen list.  Rammstein's recent tour of the UK was a sell-out, and so some extra dates were added - and I got a ticket to see them at the Ricoh Arena near Coventry in June.  I have a horrible suspicion that the event is going to to get cancelled - I'd much rather be able to swap my ticket for a re-arranged date than have my money back, as the Rammstein shows are apparently amazing.

Another band that I've never seen - though not high on my To-See List, to be truthful - is ZZ Top.  Their album 'Eliminator' was a massive hit, thanks to those superb songs (and classic videos) like 'Gimme All You Lovin', 'Sharp-Dressed Man'... and 'Legs'.  'Legs' is one of those songs that doesn't actually travel across the Atlantic too well, thanks to the line... "She's got legs, down to her fanny..."  'Fanny' of course has different meanings in the US to the UK - in the US, it means bum/buttocks.  Here in the UK, it is an old (navy) slang term for pussy/cunt/vulva/etc.  Let's face it, though, either way the song lyrics work - even my legs go 'up' to my fanny.

Another song that ZZ Top recorded was 'Pearl Necklace'... which seems to have the same sexual connotations on both sides of the Atlantic.  I did a version myself (with some help from a gentleman visitor)... here it is.

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