Tonight’s Graham Norton Show seems to be getting good today as we’ve now had TWO musical acts, first Keith Urban and Mel C and now US music legend Sheryl Crow with her new song Be Myself. I’m completely loving it after the first few seconds, though I can hear a little bit of Soak Up The Sun there. Sheryl got one of those voices which fit both the tune and song perfectly and it sounds like she’s progressed quite a bit as an artist. Don’t quite know about you but I could listen to this song a few times over and not get bored of it. Also the line ‘If I can’t be someone else’ just goes round and round your head melodically, and Sheryl’s as great as ever.
Just finished watching an amazing special duet by two musical geniuses Keith Urban and former Sporty Spice Mel C called The Fighter on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, alongside his current squeeze Nicole Kidman. Seriously, considering their musical backgrounds that was one amazing song. Complete melodic rock and Mel’s just got the voice for that sort of song, and genre and Keith’s just a rock legend in his own right. The Fighter has got to be one of the best duet songs that I’ve heard in a long time.
The latest from the One To Watch, this is Nottingham band Twin Kidd, courtesy of Nottingham Post online. Print version to follow soon.
No doubt you’ll have heard the shocking news that Audio Slave and Sound Garden front-man Chris Cornell has died. Chris also provided the theme tune to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royal ‘You Know My Name’. He was 52.
RIP Chris Cornell, we’ll continue to remember you through your music
Well it’s all over now and Portugal were the winners with their singer Salavador Sobral with his song Amar Pelos Dois. Now there’s a couple of thing that I openly have to admit, 1. I never actually watched Salavador’s performance first time round and, 2. I voted for both Ukraine and Israel mainly because I liked both their songs. Australia returned for a third time, also they did have a good entry and hope to see again next year. Now this is historic for Portugal as they’ve been apparently been waiting for over 50 years to win. Well now they can celebrate at last and though I didn’t vote for them I am actually happy for them. As anyone who watched will have no doubt have seen that Russia didn’t compete, and personally I didn’t particularly care less. Lastly we won’t be seeing Israel compete as their broadcast service (which airs the contest) is being closed down but I hope to see them again, and Greece got booed which I thought was a bit harsh. And finally, congratulations to our entry Lucie Jones with gave a good performance with her song Never Give Up On You
All that can be said is; Goodbye Eurovision, see you next year in Portugal.
Just finished watching Imelda May perform her new single Should’ve Been You on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, former Dr Who/Penny Dreadful actress Billie Piper’s also on the sofa, nice hair. As far as performances go it was really good, I’m giving it a thumbs up and Imelda’s got that voice that’s got emotion and just makes you pause and listen. It’s intriguing as she looks like a young Chrissie Hynes, with the voice to match. She’s even got the hair. If Irish singers are as good as Imelda I’d love to hear more of them. The song’s off her new album Life Love Flesh Blood
My recent One To Watch with local artist Joseph Knight for the Notts Post, online. Print version to follow soon.
British electronic/rock/hip-hop band Gorillaz are back with a brand new single, We Got The Power, on The Graham Norton Show right now and it sounds great. It was about about 4-5 years ago (I think) since we last heard anything from them and the absence was worth it. I admit I’m hooked within moments of the intro and the vocals are catchy. The lines ‘We got the power to be lovin’ it each other no matter what’ and ‘We got the power to do that’ are an amazing hook and just go round and round. This is one heck of a tune and is from their new album Humanz. Welcome back Gorillaz. Also Noel Gallagher’s on the side of the crowd, just caught a glimpse of him.
This was the first time ever covering an Easter Sunday gig, and in all fairness, it was actually worth it as three incredible bands were on. This was the last gig of the Church Of The Cosmic Skull; Is Satan Real tour.
Haggard Cat Bothday Present, of just H.C.B.P for short is a two-man band consisting of only Matt Reynolds and Tom Marsh. Now together these two were amazing to watch and their performance was quite lively and played some fresh material and ended their set on their newly released single, The Patriot which actually sounds quite good. During their performance, the main room was getting filled with many rock fans alike, and HCBP are defiantly two guys whom you should keep both your eyes and ears pealed for. Vodun are just fantastic to watch and one of the best ways to describe them is rock combined with Afro, soul and Psych with the vocal talents equal to that of Aretha Franklin or Etta James. Seriously her voice can just cut through and entire crowd she’s that good. That is pretty much how to describe them and even their on-stage presence alone will leave you very intrigued to say the least. These guys even have their own individual stage names as part of their band image. Vodun are packed with energy and fresh tribal-rock sounding music and they ended their set on one of their newest songs Possession/Loa’s Kingdom, and what a belter of a tune. Their music is as packed with energy as their performances. Just incredible and by this point the room was packed with people.
Now in terms of stage presence you could easily be forgiven if your first thoughts were that they looked like a random bunch all dressed in white. But no, they’re another great band with some great songs and on-stage presence that will actually leave you wanting more. Even their introduction is attention grabbing stuff and like something out of a 70’s sci-fi film. These are definitely one of both the biggest and hottest bands to be checking out for this year. C.O.T.C.S are definitely one of the ones to be watching out for so keep your ears pricked.