Sunday, 9 November 2008

'How Was It For You?'

Today in the U.K it is Remembrance Sunday where we pay tribute to all those who served and died in wars. Wreaths of poppies are laid at war memorials and a two minute silence takes place as a mark of respect. I am going to leave my tribute post until the 11th which marks the anniversary of the end of World War One in 1918.

On a lighter note, the 9th of November marks a momentous day in history for me. 17 years ago in 1991 I attended my first concert. I can't believe it was that long ago.. I remember it so well

I went with around a dozen or so high school mates to see James at Edinburgh Playhouse. They were my favourite band at the time and they remain so today. I recall that we bought our tickets so far in advance that I had notes like '203 days til James gig' scrawled on my wall. The anticipation!

We were in the fifth row of the near yet so far away from the lead singer Tim Booth who I idolised completely. The concert was amazing everything I'd hoped and more. When they did their hit of the time 'Sit Down' the crowd went wild. I think I cried with sheer joy..I was 16!!

I bought a souvenir t-shirt with 'James:Edinburgh 1991' emblazoned on the back. It was about 4 sizes too big for me so it was never really wearable as such. It hangs in the wardrobe of my old bedroom at my mum's house to this day.
(Photo:Tim Booth circa 1991)

Since then I have been to see James only twice but on both occasions was lucky enough to meet the group and the very lovely Mr.Tim Booth. When they broke up in 2001 I was distraught. They reformed however in 2007 and I hope that I will get the chance to see them perform again in the not too distant future. (Photo: Tim Booth 2008)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At least you have a souvenier T shirt- I went to see Jimi Hendrix in 1968 and have nothing to show for it. Good luck with the Teddies- they're really cute.