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Sunday 17 March 2024.

Sunday 17 March 2024. THE PIXIES live at The Forum. American alternative rock legends ,who formed back in 1986, play the second of three sold out Forums, as part of their World Tour. The Pixies will perform two of their hugely acclaimed albums: the 1990-released Bossanova and 1991's Trompe Le Monde! In the main set, and an encore of their most well known songs. I have seen The Pixies a few times before with the first time being at Hammersmith Odeon in 1990. --------- We have a nice view from the side of the mixing desk. THE PALE WHITE arrived on stage 8pm for their 30 mins set. This trio are creating a big stir in their Newcastle hometown. All three have Dave Grohl type hair to shake as they play. Their good alt-rock set finished with the drummer standing on top of his drum stool for 'Medicine'. THE PIXIES arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set. They have a backdrop of their logo, and four circular balls that start off as map of the world globes, then giant eyes. Lots of nifty indie-guitar playing, and the band’s brand of punky, indie, noisy alternative rock is still as great as ever. Lots of dancing in the front rows of the stalls standing. Not much talking between the many songs played. Only downside was the encore of hits , where they seem to change and swop around each night. We get ' Caribou' tonight but not 'Debaser', 'Where Is My Mind', 'Here Comes Your Man' or 'Monkey Gone To Heaven' . So for me , a really good show , but would have preferred a couple more of the big classics during the encore . Full PIXIES setlist played tonight... BOSSANOVA album Cecilia Ann (The Surftones cover) Rock Music Velouria Allison Is She Weird Ana All Over the World Dig for Fire Down to the Well The Happening Blown Away Hang Wire Stormy Weather Havalina TROMPE LE MONDE album Trompe le Monde Planet of Sound Alec Eiffel The Sad Punk Head On ( The Jesus and Mary Chain cover) U-Mass Palace of the Brine Letter to Memphis Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons Space (I Believe In) Subbacultcha Distance Equals Rate Times Time Lovely Day Motorway to Roswell The Navajo Know Encore: Vegas Suite Wave of Mutilation ( UK Surf) Nimrod's Son Caribou Outro Tape Song - Streams of Whiskey (The Pogues song) ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Very sad news. Musician STEVE HARLEY has died of cancer aged 73. The singer, who performed as part of Cockney Rebel, was touring up until January 2024, but was forced to cancel dates after being diagnosed with cancer. He “passed away peacefully” at his Suffolk home on Sunday morning with his family by his side, according to his daughter Greta. I saw Steve Harley with Cockney Rebel and solo over a dozen times with the first time in April 1975 at Hammersmith Odeon when ' Come Up and See Me' was number one. Support act were SAILOR. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Saturday 16 March 2024. THE PINEAPPLE THIEF live at Shepherds Bush Empire. The Pineapple Thief are a British prog-rock band, started by Bruce Soord in 1999 in Somerset, England. They have released over a dozen studio albums. Their 2024 release is titled ' It Leads To This'. This show is the last on their 20 date UK & European Tour. I have seen them three times before at this venue in 2018, 2019 and 2021. --------- Level 3 is closed , but Levels 1 and 2 seats are full as this older crowd prefer to sit , rather than stand....maybe 1200 folks here. RANDY McSTINE arrived on stage at 7.45pm for his 30 mins set....Just him and his acoustic guitar, and some proggy sounds from his keyboard. A huge pictured curtain comes down in time for the headliners THE PINEAPPLE THIEF arrived on stage at 8.35pm for their 1 hour 50 mins set. The five piece band including keyboards all arrive on stage wearing simple black t-shirts. They are all great musicians. The addition of brilliant drummer Gavin Harrison, from not one but two legendary progressive rock bands in Porcupine Tree and King Crimson, has made a quantum leap in quality and reputation. I do not know any of their songs, but they sound best when they rock out, rather than the slower ones. A good show with perfect sound quality , and the crowd loved it.