The Places Between

Rockness Audio

Picture from the Rockness official twitter

Picture from clashmusic.com

Rockness Setlist was the same as the Isle Of Wight set.

To hear Catch The Sun & Black And White Town from yesterday’s set at Rockness. Head over to BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway show website. The audio is available to listen to for the next 7 days.

Isle Of Man Setlist

With many thanks to Team Madders!

Best Of Tour Thoughts

The Live Archive has been fully updated to include setlists for all the shows (except folkestone) from the Best Of tour. Pictures, video, links to media reviews included where possible.

From a personal point of view, it was just great seeing Doves live in the UK again. There was allot of talk of the tour being a final fling, if that was the case it sure didn’t feel like it. They surprised even me to be honest! Doves have never been a band where you expect many setlist changes on a tour.. but they sure did go all out this time.

There was no opening night nerves in Hull, you would never have guessed this was the opening night. They had an air of confidence about them that was quite refreshing. Opening the set with Firesuite then Push Me On was brilliant. A few media reviews seems to have questioned the inclusion of Push Me On from the off, but what a nice surprise for the fans. They carried on with the set changes in Leicester despite a flat crowd. M62 Song never a personal favourite of mine, sounded great live.

Glasgow as always proved once again why its the best city to play anywhere. Having seen shows in all the major UK/US cities.. none of them touch Glasgow. Great show, great crowd. Up there with the best doves shows I’ve seen, was a pleasure to be there.

They carried on the setlist changes through til the last night in Bradford. The Man Who Told Everything getting a dusting down in Blackburn, for the first time since 2003. The final show I caught was at the lovely Troxy in London where the prawn sandwich brigade were out in force. The Save 6 Music sign during the encore was a nice touch. Also a big shout out to Cherry Ghost who were brilliant at the shows I saw, only gripe was their sets were too short! Looking forward to the album.

Whatever happens next in Doves world, whether it be side projects, collaborations, tea parties.. expect to read about it on here! Cheers for reading.

Opening Night

So the tour opens tonight here in Hull at the posh looking City Hall. For those asking about set times etc, I have no idea sorry.. I have been internetless since leaving the US last week. Expect full details on the show later tonight. If your going along, have a great night.

Doves On Tour

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Doves are heading out on tour next week to celebrate the last 12 years. The tour kicks off in Hull on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for most shows, except London which has sold out. You may find some venues only have seated tickets left. Get your tickets here.

The blog may not be updated regularly over the next couple weeks. I’m flying to Manchester tomorrow (touch wood.. baring another major volcanic eruption..) on holiday, and of course luck has it, I will be catching a few shows starting in Hull before finishing up at the London Troxy. But do send in your reviews/pictures/news etc as per usual and I will put them up when I can. Hope to post tour updates/setlists where internet access allows.

Radcliffe and Maconie Show

Tune into the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow night (Tuesday) from 8pm to hear Doves talk about the Best Of and other stuff I’m sure. No word on if they are doing a wee session or not. Cheers to gibbo for the heads up!

Doves official website has been updated with some new summer festival shows announced. For all the info visit doves.net

Popmatters have posted up a good review of the Best Of.

Those singles remain the primary reason this compilation works so well, however. One of the smartest things about the first disc that might fly over the head of those who either buy the album on iTunes or purchase the CD solely to rip it is the sequencing. Instead of going chronologically, which would have clearly illustrated just how much stronger Doves’ first two albums clearly are, all 15 tracks are arranged according to feel, and as a result it becomes an even more compelling listening experience, bouncing from opener “There Goes the Fear”, to “Snowden”, to “Kingdom of Rust”, to “Catch the Sun” to the closer “The Cedar Room”. The idea to choose now to put out The Places Between might seem strange, but the music inside is revelatory, even if you’ve already been listening to Doves for the past decade. It’s the strongest best-of to come our way by a UK band since Pulp’s Hits, but unlike that venerable, dearly missed band, we have every reason to be optimistic about hearing more extraordinary music from Doves in the future.

To read the full review, click here.

The album dropped down to number 37 on the UK album chart for last week. The album is released tomorrow (Tuesday) in North America at all good record/digital stores.

Hull Promo

A promo piece that appeared in the Hull press today, thanks to richtdev for the heads up..

As Doves prepare to kickstart their “best of” Family tour at Hull City Hall, drummer Andy Williams sometimes finds it hard to believe the group are still going strong.

The twice Mercury Music Prize-nominated threesome rose out of the ashes of Manchester dance-heavy outfit Sub Sub, who scored a number three hit with their song Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use).

They decided to radically alter their sound after their studio burnt to the ground in 1996, emerging phoenix-like from the ashes as alt-rockers Doves.

Now, armed with a selection of their greatest hits and some of their older tunes, many of which have seldom – if ever – been played live, the group is heading out across the UK in celebration of its acclaimed four-album career.

Not sure where they got their info from, but it would be great to hear unplayed tracks like Your Shadow Lay Across My Life or Push Me On alongside the obvious Best Of picks.

Have your say in what you want to hear live on the tour at Doves official forum here.

UK Album Chart Highest New Entry

Doves Best of The Places Between this week scored the UK album chart’s highest new entry, coming in at number 12*.

In the Irish chart, the album came in at number 57.

More Stats:

Official album download chart: 15
Scottish Albums Chart: 13

* Not Number 11 as the BBC album chart website first reported.

Information from the official UK charts website.

Chart Update

Doves forum regular teps has been campaigning all week to get Andalicua high up on the UK singles chart. It currently sits just inside the top 200, so if you want to help move the track further up the singles chart…

iTunes
7digital

As of yesterday, the album sits at number 7 on the UK album chart. So if you haven’t bought it already..

If you are in the US. The album is available to download..

7digital

Live from Abbey Road

Tonight Doves are featured on the tv show Live from Abbey Road which airs on the Sundance Channel in the USA. The show was first aired in the UK last October, well worth a look if you haven’t seen it already.

It is already available to watch on demand if you have Comast or RCN.

Cheers to Rob for the heads up.

 

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