the last broadcast
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.
Back to the song itself and ‘Pounding’ is a track so good it is embarrassing. Yes it’s simplistic in its chord progression and arrangement, but it’s effective. Yes, it’s deliberately anthemic and hook-filled, but it really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you can’t help but sing along. Yes, it owes more than a little of its origin to erstwhile Mancunian sing-along-an-anthem ‘I Am The Resurrection’ in the strict, unerring 4/4 drum beat and euphoric chorus that provides the sonic and emotional pinnacle for the melody, but ‘Doves’ takes this previous musical generation’s masterpiece and use it in a forward-facing, progressive way. The emotion is not “oh, remember this tune from the good old days” it’s “right, let’s take this musical heritage we’re so blessed with and use it to create something new –something that’s ours.” This rallying cry is expressed overtly in the lyrics as Goodwin almost pleads with the country’s aspiring musicians:
We so down, but it’s now or never baby
We don’t mind, If this don’t last forever
See the light, But it won’t last forever
Seize the time, Cause it’s now or never baby.
To read the full, rather long winded at times article, click here.
Coming soon will be a poll soon you can vote for your favourite doves songs from the entire back catalog, that will run through til the greatest hits album is put out.
Anyways, a short review of the show.
After we had finished a meal at the Majestic’s in-house restaurant we found that the queue was already stretched down and around the block…a fantastic sign given there had been very little promotion for the show. The queue seemed to be made up mostly of expats but once the venue started filling up there seemed to be a good mix of Americans and expats. There were tickets still available at the box office but by the looks of the venue near show time The Majestic had either sold out or came very close to selling out.
The show began with a low rumble while footage of a jet lifting off lit the background. Doves took the stage and broke headlong into an urgent rendition of Jetstream. The band appeared to be enthusiastic playing Detroit and it translated to their music. While the crowd’s feedback was somewhat less racauous than Chicago they were just as interested in the music. This atmosphere set the tempo for the night except for a slight hiccup with Kingdom of Rust when Jimi became frustrated about a minute into the song and had the band start over again…much to the confusion of the audience. Despite the issue this did not slow down the band the rest of the night and the audience quickly got back into the show.
Detroit received big props from the band for their musical heritage and mentioned how much that heritage has influenced them. Jimi also drew parallels between Manchester and Detroit – both being industrial cities with a rich music scenes. This obviously drew loud cheers of approval from the audience.
The highlights of the show were The Outsiders, The Greatest Denier, Rise, and Here It Comes. There was a slight teaser when Jimi broke into a few bass chords of The Doors The End that segued into The Last Broadcast. Otherwise the setlist was the exact same as the previous night’s performance in Chicago.
In closing…after a weekend of roadtripping to Doves shows, how does your blogmaster Nicky celebrate/recover? With a massive breakfast from the Cracker Barrel of course! With all the jumping and screaming done over the course of 3 days only a hearty breakfast of grease and a large slab of meat could fill up the tank again.
I don’t think I’ve seen a man happier in my life.
By the way…just a quick intro but I’m Nicky’s other half, Lindsay and I may post on here on the odd occasion. I’ve been a fan since 2002 when Doves were featured on the U2.com ZooRadio playlist Larry Mullen Jr. posted on their website. The first time I heard Words I was left in awe…I had never heard anything like it in my life. I’ve followed them since and I first saw them live in Chicago back in 2005. I look forward to contributing to this blog in whatever capacity in the future.
Continuing Doves’ guest editorship of Q
Caught By The River happened so quickly it was ridiculous. We decided to go to a rehearsal room in Stockport called The Green Room. Jimi, Andy and I just started to play these three chords. Jimi started to sing this great top line melody and there it was… very natural and easy. Andy started to write these very poignant lyrics about a friend of ours; everything started to click like at the start of the recording. That was the last piece of the jigsaw for the album.
To read the full essay, visit the site, here.
With the band now back into the grove playing live. Thoughts will now turn to promoting Kingdom Of Rust, as the release date draws near. Live sessions are scheduled for several BBC radio shows towards the end of next week. I will post more on those over the coming days.
The Kingdom Of Rust single is now available for pre-order. The best deal I have found so far is at Record Store. Both formats for £3.50.
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, August 22nd 2002 “T On The Fringe”.
Notes I wrote in my gig book at the time:
Heard the band soundcheck The Sulphur Man before the gig.
Peter Kay introduced the band saying “You do know your all missing out on tonight’s episode of Phoenix Nights” to which the crowd responded with massive cheer! Massive gig, crowd were well up for it. After the amazing shows at the Glasgow Barras & Manc Academy back in May.. Doves have landed! Now onto the Winter tour starting in Newcastle November 18th.
There Goes The Fear
The Sulphur Man
Caught By The River
The Man Who Told Everything
Catch The Sun
Here It Comes
The Cedar Room