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..
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.
Apologies for the lack of updates, I’m currently enjoying some family time here in beautiful Northumberland.
Jimi recently spoke to the Daily Record and spoke about the future, its an excellent read. To read the article click here.
The NME reviewed last night’s gig at Blackburn. For the full review, click here.
Full service will resume next week with lots of reaction from the tour. If you have pictures/reviews whatever from the tour please send them in, I will put them up next week.
Next stop London on Thursday, see you there.
Edit: Actually this is not the case! Ticket sites reporting this are doing so in error.
Some good news today! Its been confirmed Cherry Ghost will be supporting doves on the UK tour in April/May. Cherry Ghost who have a new album in the pipeline due sometime in the summer are fantastic live, this is welcomed news as far I’m concerned. Well worth checking out if you are seeing a show.
28th April –Hull City Hall, Hull
29th April –De Montfort Hall , Leciester
1st May –O2 Academy, Glasgow
2nd May –King George’s Hall, Blackburn
4th May –Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
5th May –Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
6th May –Troxy, London
8th May –Liverpool University, Liverpool
Edit: Ticketmaster lists the prices as £20.35 for all except London ( £23.65).