Abit of a blast from the past, but some of you may recall a Doves keyboard roadie kept a wee blog going during the tours in 2005. Anyhow I came across it again today, good to see its still up. Some interesting reading especially if you saw some of the shows that year. Shame the photos are no longer up. Give it a read..
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.
Just an updated line about the UK tour support. Cherry Ghost will support all the UK shows apart from Folkestone. Cherry Ghost will also play their own show at the Korova in Liverpool May 7th. Get your tickets here.
Doves will be making a return to Cornwall’s Eden Project this summer to play the Eden Sessions with Mumford & Sons. The date being July 2nd, with tickets priced £35 + fees going on sale next Tuedsay March 9th at 6pm fromedensessions.com
Of course Doves headlined the first set of Eden Sessions back in 2002, which was released on the DVD Where We’re Calling from.
Ahead of doves tour of Australia, Jez spoke to The vine.com.au about the new album and his past memories of touring Australia.
Four years is a long time in the music industry and even longer when it comes to technology. What was it like coming back and suddenly needing a MySpace, a Facebook, Twitter, free downloads et al?
We literally went away and the whole music landscape changed. Giving away a free download was a new one for us. It’s pretty mad really but once you get your head around it, the whole new digital domain makes sense in its own strange little way. It’d be nice to get paid for each record we sell, but most people seem to download it for free now, don’t they?
And then they justify it by saying ‘it’s okay, I’ll see them when they play live” but you can only play so many shows a year.
A lot of bands make their money that way but for us to come to Australia, it costs twice the amount we make from tickets. It’s a fucker, man. To be honest I wish our Australian tour was longer but somebody didn’t put their neck out. Some bright spark reckoned we should only do four shows but I think we could have done the whole east coast.
While this would not rank among my Top 5 Doves gigs, it needs to be pointed out that these guys are the most consistent live performers I’ve seen while I’ve been blogger. You know you’re going to get an aural and visual assault of emotions. Sometimes, in those rare moments, you just forget everything in the outside world and you submit yourself to their music and live show.
When you see a band 11 times in nine years, there is plenty you can count on. First, it’s all the hits we love from their previous three albums. Although “Catch the Sun” has been vanish from their setlist since 2003
So count these dudes among those beating U2 at their own game in the last decade or so, i.e. the Soaring, Grandiose, Unapologetically Bombastic Arena Rock game, the sort of anthemic, overdriven guitar rock that’s actually a pretty good fit for an airport terminal. Every song an epic, every chorus a budding soccer-stadium sing-a-long. Except Doves are (relatively) unassuming about it, affable and casual Brits who take their time (their new Kingdom of Rust was nearly a half-decade in the making) and don’t have much in the way of an agenda
Fresh from taping a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, UK indie-rock trio Doves packed the house in many ways last night at Terminal 5—first of which was filling the venue to the brim with fans. What the group lacked in physical presence (although they play with a fourth member on tour) they absolutely made up for in aural presence. Not a note was spared from the first few rows of people packed tightly against the metal barrier up to the crowded VIP balcony on the third floor in the back.
Doves shows in Sydney & Melbourne have sold out! Fear not, as an extra Sydney date has been added due to the demand. So the revised Australian tour dates are:
Tuesday 28 July –Billboard, Melbourne SOLD OUT Wednesday 29 July –The Metro Theatre, Sydney NEW SHOW ON SALE FRIDAY 12 JUNE Thursday 30 July –The Metro Theatre, Sydney SOLD OUT Saturday 1 August –Capitol, Perth GET TICKETS
As reported in the Australian press. It is expected doves will be announced to play Splendour In The Grass. Nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Thanks to Pakwoman at doves board for the heads up.