There’s an outside chance that I could be at a bonus gig tonight, but I’m not wholly convinced that I’ll be bothered to go and shell out probably thirty quid on the door for it.
Over the past weekend I had a slew of shows to go to, but ended up at none. We now have a direct train service from where I live to Birmingham and a dual evening of shows was tempting. Melodic death metal band Frozen in Shadows were a support band in one venue and anarcho punks veterans Warwound were playing elsewhere. Unfortunately no set times were visible so I was unsure if I could make it home after one or both of the shows and actually seen who I wanted to see.
Saturday I could have been at the punk shindig in Manchester, North West Calling or seeing Sister Shotgun in Cannock. There was an outside chance I could’ve seen Oliver Dawson’s version of Saxon, but I opted to watch the yawn fest that was the Champions League Final. You know what they say about hindsight?
Sunday was what I thought was a nailed on trip to Manchester to catch Venom Prison, but getting up feeling ill at 3am and no direct trains yet again due to engineering work coupled with zero stage time annoncenebts yet again made my decision not to go. Better luck next weekend. Hopefully.
Brummie prog rockers Magnum make the short trip up the M6 to play the Kings Hall in Stoke town centre, well I say short, I don’t know if they’re still Birmingham natives or not. They’ve probably flown in from Los Angeles or somewhere more salubrious than Tile Cross and Shard End! I’m not a huge Magnum fan by any stretch of the imagination, but when I saw a local gig announced I was up for it, until I saw the £27 price tag.
I actually saw them in the Potteries back in 1992 when the Sleepwalker tour stopped at the Victoria Hall. I can’t recall much about that night at all as I only went as a friend from college was going along. I’m pretty sure that was the only time I’ve seen them live too. I had a suspicion that they’d played one of the early Bloodstock events, but if they did I can’t see when. Magnum frontman Bob Catley played one of his solo shows at the 2005 event within the Assembly Rooms and that’s been the closest I’ve been to seeing them in the intervening 27 years.
With festival season resuming in less than a fortnight the £30 splashed out tonight could be better used towards my Downland day ticket to see Slayer’s (supposedly) final UK show. At least one of this coming weekends shows is free entry and the other it a paltry fiver so they’re hardly going to break the bank.