#MindTheBand 2021: round-up

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As seems to be the norm for my challenge weeks now, here’s an incredibly belated round-up… It’s a good thing I was pretty good at updating the daily diary entry, as well as eventually getting a few proper posts done – though not as many as I had planned. To be honest, given how inconsistent I’ve been with doing any writing over the past 14 months, I’m just happy that I managed to get something out there. It was also an excellent week for music (and music t-shirts), with quite a nice range of events, albums, podcasts & things to stream during #MindTheBand 2021: Extended Play.

As usual, I made sure that my Insta stories were kept busy – so if you’re an Instagram user you would probably know what I was up to on an hour-by-hour basis.

The posts I did manage to get out (in case you missed them, sporadically published as they were) are as follows:

I also did get that Spotify playlist sorted out; as much as the #TimsTwitterListeningParty thing has got me back into listening to full albums, I do still love the mixtape idea. I took the songs from my diary entries; the easy ones were track & lyric of the day, and then there was potentially a bit more leeway with album & t-shirt of the day – I went with title tracks where appropriate, and then just whatever I wanted if that didn’t apply. There are a couple of bonus songs in there for good measure, bringing it to almost Sandinista length (2h 23min).

I really did have a great (if tiring) eight days, but probably my favourite thing of the ‘week’ was Roger Taylor’s gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. That hoped-for cameo appearance by Brian May topped off an emotional yet totally rocking night – it left me feeling elated, yet gutted that I hadn’t been able to fit in another show earlier on in the tour. Though having this particular gig as the first one was pretty epic, so really what I need is a time machine to take me to one (or more) of the others!

As you’ll know, if you’re a regular reader, I’ve managed to get myself in way too deep with a great many podcasts over the past 18 months, and made sure to listen to a few episodes from relevant pods during #MindTheBand week. Firstly my go-to 20th century history podcast We Didn’t Start The Fire managed to get Billy Joel on for an interview so that went in there, as did an episode of Handel and Hendrix Unlocked (a project from the Handel and Hendrix museum while it’s being renovated). I also finally got round to listening to an episode of Romesh Ranganathan’s Hip Hop Saved My Life (with Rafe Spall as the guest, as he’s become a great podcast guest of late), and also made time for another of James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds (I have a lot to catch up with). Finally, I’d definitely recommend giving Death of a Rock Star a go, after having listened to one in preparation for reviewing Get Up, Stand Up! – there are quite a few of those to be going on with as well.

And what’s coming up music-wise over the next year and a bit? Well, for one thing I’ve managed to book an alternative date for Tim Minchin’s tour after having to miss out on the Manchester date last weekend (stupid tonsillitis), and I also have another date with Shepherd’s Bush Empire – this time for Stereophonics’ Just Enough Education To Perform 20th anniversary show. There’s also a rather big streaming event coming up in a couple of weeks, as Peter Jackson’s Get Back series drops on Disney+. And I’m keeping my fingers well & truly crossed that nothing mucks up 2022, as I seem to have big plans already: Queen + Adam Lambert, Blondie & Alanis Morissette postponements will hopefully finally go ahead, plus I’m due to see the Phonics, Miles Kane, The Script & Coldplay (twice – Paris & London). At some point Bruce will accede to our demands and announce tour dates, so with any lucky I’ll be able to add his name to the list as well. Maybe I’ll finally be able to achieve my 2020 target of a gig a month? Whatever happens, I know what my next #MindTheBand will be, so do watch this space…

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