Hey, went to the Pugwash gig...
I saw Pugwash at Whelan's on Thursday. When I was queuing up to get in, Neil walked by me, lighting up a cigarette. Debated whether to go after him and decided to wait until after the gig.
Went inside and Thomas Walsh was propped up at the bar, which was very cool. Went down to the front of the stage, to get a good view. Whelan's is tiny. And has no security. God bless you!!
Anyway, the support act was very good. But when we were waiting for Pugwash to come on, my friend turned around, went pale and said- "OH my God, guess who's behind us?"
I turned around and yep, it was Graham Linehan. Again, we deabted whether to go over but we didn't want to lose our place at the front.
The gig started, Neil came on. God, he looked goooood. He was wearing sunglasses and I was so close that I could see he was wearing his ELO badge. They played "It's So Fine" which was fucking excellent. The place was packed.
It was such a fun night because they all seemed to be having a laugh. When Thomas was introducing the band, he left Neil until last and then points at him and goes-
"Oh, yeah, and there's My Little Pony in the back there."
Neil threw his head back and laughed so hard. *melts* Then he played the theme tune on this tiny keyboard balanced on another key board. THere was much slagging and bantering, and an exchange between Neil and Thomas about making an album about cricket.
Neil went off after three songs. He was meant t come back on for the encore but he came down early. (We could see him, as he was on the balcony up above us looking down). He opened the door on the side of the stage, realised his mistake and went off again. Adorable.
He arrived back for the encore, with someone from Little Britain and a guitarist from XTC. They played three more songs, including NIce to be Nice and Landsdowne Valley. I never knew that Neil was such a good piano player. He went mental on the last song, it was incredible. Then they bowed and went off stage. I realised i was standing next to hannoncom and introduced myself. Then I jumped up on the stage and nicked Neil's set list. He had it on his keyboard and he had scribbled chord changes all over it. The band said they would be signing stuff afterwards and I intended to go get it signed. Unfortunately, just as Neil was within sight, stuff happened with the people i was with that night, which scuppered those plans (don't want to get into it now). So, it started off good and kind of got a bit sticky at the end. Oh well, can't complain.
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