Hello "old bean". 

I write complain about last night's "gig"at the HMV Forum in the quaint little village known as Kentish Town. I admit that from talking to my fellow moustachioed accomplices I may be in a minority of 1 with this jeremiad but I'm making it anyway. 


My grievance?  Quite simply, the gig did not last long enough. 


I won't procrastinate, I know that annoys the members of the band somewhat and I already have plenty of greys.  


According to Wikipedia (yes I am sad enough to have checked)  "evening" starts around 5pm and runs till nightfall.  As we are approaching the longest day (21 Jun) that means evening consists of at least 5 hours, possible 6 on a bright day.  Therefore, just over two and a half hours, good as it might have been, is simply NOT acceptable.  OK, so they played some pleasant "tunes" to "get on down" to, and the vast majority (OK everyone else) seemed happy enough with that, but I felt distressed, disappointed, despondent, dissatisfied, disenchanted and disgruntled.


I had actually hoped to hear the whole back catalogue, including the odd acoustic "remix" plus all of the soon to be released album, but it seems that those expectations were maybe a little high.  However, 5 hours should have been more than possible. The youngsters that perform in the band are almost children, mere anklebiters and whippersnappers.  They are clearly quite fit and apparently they work hard in the community and so this should have been easy for them.


I will be placing my complaint with the Trades Descriptions people. 


Yours Sincerely, (not really)



PS I do wish the lead singer, Mr Bead (?), would refrain from removing his clothes during the event as this just encourages the more attractive and scantily clad young ladies to attend in the hope of getting his attention. This is not good for a man of my age. I only have the one heart and it won't last for ever. You know who you are ladies. Behave!  

PPS What little they did play was quite satisfactory and had me humming along on occassion. I intend to attend and police future gigs simply to make sure they keep up those standards.  

PPPS Many thanks to Jennifer for organising the pre-gig soiree!!  That WAS outstanding.  My new chum Mr Wakeman and I extended it to around 7 hours from the originally planned 4 so please learn from that when planning for future events.


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Comment by Graham Hudson on July 22, 2011 at 9:23am

The Meet and greet isn't likely for me..but would be nice to see you somehow at either or both! Iexpect a big pre-gig-meet somewhere!


Comment by Anna Tolley on July 22, 2011 at 5:31am

Hence the reason I couldn't go with Molly, oh the nicknames that may have followed! Now that would have been madness. There's no point being sane these days, too much to worry about otherwise. You just have to get through life on the simplest (and most enjoyable) path - so to Brandon's undressing!

I have tickets for both London and Manchester in November and I'm hoping for meet and greet to be announced at some point (please). If you are at either hopefully we can exchange civilised greetings!! even though I'll be beside myself with excitement at the prospect of another Incubus gig....

Comment by Graham Hudson on July 22, 2011 at 5:07am

I use nudity to scare the cats off the lawn..Molly Tolley?  Surely not? 

And OK, I guess I can always close my eyes..look forward to meeting you in November as you seem to be a bit like me, mad as a box of frogs.. ;-)


G x


Comment by Anna Tolley on July 21, 2011 at 3:31pm
I am indeed a genuine Anna and it may surprise you to know that I was going to call my youngest 'Molly' when she was born - hence I feel a special affinity with Incubus. Nudity is natural, it's how we were born after all! and I have no objection to Brandon going with the flow when he's on stage. Us oldies don't have many vices, so please don't stop this form of artistic expression.....
Comment by Graham Hudson on July 21, 2011 at 3:14pm

Dear Mr Rennie,

Can I suggest that this Anna Tolley person (clearly a made up name cashing in on the Anna Molly song) is removed from the HQ site for suggesting nudity is a good thing. It never is except for the woman at 24 when she forgets her curtains after the shower.

Yours disgracefully,

Graham (Ger em on!) Hudson

Comment by Anna Tolley on July 21, 2011 at 2:51pm
I have to say Brandon can (and must) continue to remove his clothes during shows as it's all part of the excitement - although I appreciate for the ladies especially!! I was gutted no 'Stellar' and equally would love to have heard a few from S.C.I.E.N.C.E. namely NEW SKIN and FAVORITE THINGS - one can dream...
Comment by tbw on June 16, 2011 at 12:01pm

Ah ya bastard. You've embarrassed me now. I was genuinely thinking that you were some opera fan and that you were used to 5 hour orgies of music.

Surprised you reckon it's pretentious for bands to chat though. I really enjoy it mostly.

But yeah I agree, Brandon definitely had a lot of energy the other night. I just can't help thinking he seems a little distant from the crowd sometimes.

I had a great night though! Check out the photos I got over at my profile.

Comment by Graham Hudson on June 16, 2011 at 11:33am
PS Agree re S.C.I.E.N.C.E.  But then, as you know, I'm greedy!
Comment by Graham Hudson on June 16, 2011 at 11:32am
You do know i was joking btw, tbw? I know i would have been hard to sing much more, I have mates in bands who try to explain when I say they are wimps! ;-)  They dont get it either ;-)  I was more than happy to just get lots of music and thought the chat was just enough.  I think they aren't up themselves enough to be chatty! I think Brandon gave a lot and certainly around me there were plenty of ladies who seemed more than satisfied!
Comment by tbw on June 16, 2011 at 10:52am

Hey, unfortunately I have to disagree with you for the most part there Graham. I don't know if you're a musician or not but it'd be impossible to perform for that long, especially to sing. 3 hours is really the most I would ever expect from a rock band. I'll admit that it did feel a little short - I was really hoping for another encore and another 3 or 4 songs would've been great - but I didn't feel short-changed.


I thought the actual choice of songs was great. It really felt like they'd chosen the set for the fans. Hearing songs like 11am, A Crow Left of the Murder, Pardon Me, and Just a Phase made it a really special night for me. It was a shame not to hear anything from S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and there was a definite drop in energy when they played Drive (I wonder if they really need to play it anymore, they didn't seem that into it) but I felt like we got everything you'd expect, plus some real surprises.


My only grievance is that the band never really engages with the crowd that much. It would feel so much more personal if they just spoke to us a little bit, introduced some songs, told some stories. Brandon seems almost to avoid making eye contact with the fans sometimes, some of whom are obviously just screaming out for it and that bugs me a little bit. But overall I think they're still sounding great and it was great to see them again. I hope to see them again when they return in the Winter.


P.S. - I'd also like to thank Jennifer. The meet-up was a really nice idea.

P.P.S. - If you do read this Rennie, good job with the HQ. I think you truly are leading the way for every other band out there with a such loyal following as Incubus. Good to see you up at the mixing desk too. Best of luck with the next few months.


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