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02 Academy Glasgow


Once again Glasgow did not disappoint. Of the four shows I caught on the tour, this was by far the best of the lot. Up their with one of the best Doves shows I’ve seen. Both band and crowd were brilliant. An unscheduled performance of Spaceface topped the night off. Cherry Ghost earlier opened playing all new songs to an appreciative audience.

Glasgow Evening Times Preview

Video: The Cedar Room

Support: Cherry Ghost

Setlist

FIRESUITE
PUSH ME ON
SNOWDEN
POUNDING
WORDS
11 MILES OUT
JESTREEAM
WHERE WE’RE CALLING FROM
HOUSE OF MIRRORS
ANDALUCIA
10.03
KINGDOM OF RUST
BW TOWN
CAUGHT BY..
CEDAR ROOM
—-
BLUE WATER
LAST BROADCAST
CATCH THE SUN
THE FEAR

SPACEFACE

Spaceface In Glasgow

Wow what a night in Glasgow. Doves played to a packed out Glasgow Academy, in what was one of the best shows I have seen Doves play in a long time. The crowd played a big part in what was a top top night.

The setlist was similar to Hull, without the Greatest Denier. Doves just had to come back on stage after The Fear to play Spaceface for the first time on the tour
Cheers Glasgow, the best crowd in the UK as always, also a big cheers to big Tam!
The tour continues tomorrow in Blackburn. The blog will pick up coverage of the tour in London on Thursday. See you there!

Are you ready Glasgow?

The Glasgow Academy yesterday

Suavio posted the above picture at doves forum of the Glasgow Academy already set for Doves arrival on May 1st! This blogger shall be there also, ash willing that is!

Glasgow Barras 2002

NME picture taken at the Glasgow Barrowland November 19th 2002.

Have had a few requests for the audio from the Glasgow Barrowland show of May 1st 2002. Quite simply the best doves show I have been to. When I first saw doves live late 2000, I wasn’t that impressed to be honest! Saw them again in early 2001 at an NME show. Fast forward May 2002, The Last Broadcast had been released a couple days earlier. You wouldn’t have guessed it from this show, the new songs like Words, There Goes The Fear & Satellites among others sounded like they had been around for ages. A truely amazing show, I was hooked from then on. Took a sickie from work so I could attend the show in Manchester a couple days later!! Great times.

I was hoping to put up some good quality mp3s from the Barrowland gig. Sadly the disc that I had kept in storage, has been damaged. All I have to share from the show is a poor quality mp3 of the Cedar Room that I kept on an old computer. You can get that from here. If you have the full show in good quality mp3, I would love to hear from you.

Glasgow Academy 2005

Glasgow Academy, Febuary 24th, 2005

Bootleg: No

Sunday Mail Review

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Setlist

Pounding
Words
Where W’re Calling From
N.Y
Snowden
Black And White Town
Sea Song
Sky Starts Falling
One Of These Days
Caught By The River
Almost Forgot Myself
The Last Broadcast
Darker
Ambition
The Cedar Room

Here It Comes
Satellites

There Goes The Fear

Glasgow Barrowland 2002 First Night

Glasgow Barrowland, November 19th 2002

Notes: Taken from my old gig book. I wrote at the time: Amazing show just as with the show in May. Took the band three goes to get Catch The Sun going. Here It Comes got dropped as the band struggled to get it going. Crowd didn’t seem to mind, as we got what seemed like an extended Spaceface.

Support: The Delgados

Intro
Pounding
There Goes The Fear
Sea Song
Rise
Catch The Sun
Satellites
Words
The Man Who Told Everything
The Last Broadcast
Where We’re Calling From
NY
A House
Caught By The River
The Cedar Room
Firesuite

Spaceface

NME Review

Life, death, love, loss and songs about losing one’s marbles: how Doves can navigate such ambitious waters while consistently avoiding the rocks of self-indulgence is one of music’s most enduring wonders. Where others bend over backwards in an attempt to convince us that their pain is genuine, there’s the sense that this bluff Mancunian trio really have lived through it all; that they’ve lost love, found solace in perseverance and have the beards and broken hearts to prove it. Sung by an Ashcroft or a Gallagher, the fathoms-deep longing of ‘There Goes The Fear’ (“you turn around and life’s passed you by”) or current single ‘Caught By The River’ would all but asphyxiate on maudlin mush. Yet, when crooned by Doves’ Jimi Goodwin – a man who, with his grubby T-shirt and builder’s waddle, looks better equipped to fit a sink than front a rock band – it all melts into a deliciously un-sanitised pool of emotion. Clearly, the Doves haven’t a contrived bone in their bodies. They couldn’t ‘do’ arrogant or ersatz if they tried. Honesty and an effortless lack of self-consciousness are their calling cards; qualities that inevitably see them bypass the smug pitfalls of dad-rock in favour of the unaffected wisdom of, well, elder brother-rock.

Tonight, even the frequent technical hitches (“Whoopth!” lisps Goodwin sweetly, after botching, twice, the intro to “Catch The Sun”) fail to intrude upon the sense of occasion. Indeed, these glitches – such as the moment a flustered technician scurries on stage during ‘Firesuite’ to apologise for the misbehaving equipment – appear less like intrusions and more like inevitable by-products of their redoubtable attempts to strive for ever-grander vistas. Doves are, after all, a band to whom hiccups, headaches and the vagaries of guitars that sound like galaxies imploding are all part of the process.

From ‘Pounding’s relentless neo-baggy grind to the aching, extended breakdown of ‘The Cedar Room’, their music escapes the constraints of their lyrical pre-occupations (pain, hope, regret, redemption) and heads for a realm in which cosmos-sized tunes are imbued with an irresistible everyman accessibility. To demonstrate their ability to make sonic mountains out of molehills, they play the theme to ‘Steptoe and Son’ and turn its rickety ridiculousness into a sniff-inducing lament worthy of ‘The Last Broadcast’. They are, we are relieved to note, not Elbow.

As thousands of tiny stars appear on screens behind them, Doves finish with ‘Space Face’, a relic from their days as early 90’s techno-champs Sub Sub. A swirling, nouveau-baggy instrumental in psychedelic footwear, its astral, bliss-kissed confidence provides both the perfect farewell toast to their past and a cheeky wink at a future that promises anything but the expected.

Life, death, love, loss and songs about losing one’s marbles: whichever way you look at it, Doves are untouchable.

 

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