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Christie back in Leeds!

Fos, Trev, Me, Jeff, Simon

Fos, Trev, Me, Jeff, Simon

It’s always nice to combine work and play, and last week was no exception, as I flew to Leeds to rehearse and perform with Christie. We’d been invited to headline and close the J fest at The Carriageworks theatre complex in Leeds city centre, and it gave me a chance to catch up with guys who aren’t just band mates, but good mates: Jeff, Simon and Fos. Add into the mix our old mate from our 80’s band Tubeless Hearts, Trevor Midgley, who popped into the rehearsals on Wednesday and it was full-blown nostalgia!  I also got a chance to see my son Corey, currently assisting at Chairworks Studios near Leeds, and my daughter Hollie and grandson Cohen, so I was well-pleased everything came together in such a timely fashion.

Soundchecking....

Soundchecking….

Simon ponders whether the kit will disintegrate beneath him (it happens a lot)

Simon ponders whether the kit will disintegrate beneath him (it happens a lot)

The Christie set rarely alters down the years, it’s a tried and tested formula that surrounds the hits with ‘complimentary’ pieces that are either of the same style, the same era, or both, and for the most part it works well enough around the world. This night though, Thursday June 6th, as well as being the birthday of my late Mum (never mind the anniversary of D-Day!) was an anniversary that impacted upon the gig. As we prepared to launch into the famous upbeat riff of Jeff’s multi-million selling worldwide number one, he announced to the crowd that it was exactly 43 years ago to the day that ‘Yellow River’ had topped the UK singles chart. Unbelievable. The crowd went mental, and as we brought the night to a close with a 100 mph version of Johnny B Goode, the crowd gave us a standing ovation, which was in no small part an acknowledgment of a local boy made good, returning home, 4 decades after taking a Leeds band to the top of the charts for the very first time. Although we’ve been with Jeff for a mere 24 years (!) – It was nice to be part of that last week.

Two idiots enjoying the Leeds sunshine...

Two idiots enjoying the Leeds sunshine…

Still on a bit of a nostalgia trip, I suggested to the lads as we left the venue, that we take a trip down memory lane and head for Redbeck’s transport cafe just outside Wakefield, where, back in the 80’s we would regularly meet up with other working bands and compare gigs and have a laugh.  Those days are long gone, but Redbeck’s amazingly, is still there, and still serving the same all-night/all-day breakfasts that you could live on for a week! Good times.

Fos and Simon outside Redbecks, as we headed for a post-gig breakfast!

Fos and Simon outside Redbecks, as we headed for a post-gig breakfast!

Kev Moore

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June 11, 2013 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. By the smile on your face Kev, that alone speaks a thousand ‘good times’ words! I’m happy your live performance was a success; happy again that you were able to see your family on this same trip! Whoa! :)

    Comment by Metal Odyssey | June 12, 2013

  2. Hi Kev ,
    thanks for your interesting report .It is good to read the live performance was a great success and you had a good time with your mates and your family .I`m a bit sad ,that I wasn`t in Leeds.,but it wasn`t possible, I hope ,we (the German fans) can see Christie live in near future and maybe we have the time to meet and drink one or two German beers together..Looking forward to the Witch Cross CD.All the best to the Christie members and their partners

    Comment by Rainer | June 12, 2013

  3. thanks for the kind words Rainer, and yes, I hope we can get to Germany soon!

    Comment by kevmoore | June 12, 2013

  4. How lovely! Great smiles in that top pick :)

    Comment by shelleymhouse | June 12, 2013

  5. Hi Shelley! Yes, it’s always a rare privilege to meet up with lifelong friends while playing music. :-)

    Comment by kevmoore | June 12, 2013


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