Last night, I got as giddy as a schoolgirl when I read this post on the blog of Thomas Dolby, musical & technology pioneer.
October 19th, 2009
THOMAS DOLBY AND FRIENDS: Circumnavigating ‘The Flat Earth.’
Union Chapel, Islington, London
Feb 28th, 2010
I won’t copy the entire text as you can nip across to Thomas’ blog and read for yourself, but the long & short of it is that Thomas has managed to get his entire “Flat Earth” band back together from the 83/84 world tour and rather than do a traditional retrospective gig, Thomas has added a brilliant and interesting new twist to it. There will be no rehearsals before the gig. No preparation whatsoever. The guys & gals will just turn up at the same time as the audience and then the show will consist of them practising certain tracks from the era, with full interaction with the audience including chats and Q&A’s.
In Thomas’ own words….
…we’ll meet up onstage, completely unrehearsed. We’ll re-learn songs like ‘Hyperactive’, ‘Windpower’, ‘I Scare Myself’ and ‘One Of Our Submarines’, chatting and telling stories as we go. It’ll be very interactive and the audience can chime in with questions, comments and requests, like a cross between a masterclass and a talk show. And I’ll try to arrange some cameo walk-on appearances from celebrated musicians I’ve worked with over the years. At the end of the evening we’ll play a short set of the songs we’ve practiced, back-to-back.
So, being a big TD fan, you can imagine my excitement, coupled with the fear that I would not be able to get hold of one of the highly prized 750 tickets for this amazing one off show.
But this afternoon, the stakes were raised even higher when it was announced that some of the cameo guests would include members of Prefab Sprout (Paddy McAloon??), Bruce Woolley and possibly even Eddi Reader and the great Trevor Horn!!!
So imagine my utter joy & relief when the tickets went on sale and I bagged one! Phew 😉
Really looking forward to this unique event and getting to see a number of my musical heroes up close and personal and possibly having the chance to chat to them too.
A night of pure musigeekgasm!! 😉