karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Getting there )

Buddy Guy
Anyway, they started on time (being introduced by a Beefeater, how cool is that?) and Buddy Guy came on stage. He's 70 this year and it doesn't show a single bit. OK, he doesn't run or jump around the stage like a madman but he definitely has a massive presence, singing, playing, gestures, every single bit conveying emotion and dedication. He played a variety of blues numbers, a few from his new album and an absolutely awesome 20 minute version of Hoochie Coochie Man. Well, it started and ended as that but had loads of extra bits in between including one of the best verses ever:
One leg was in the East
One leg was in the West
I was right down in the middle
And tryyyyyying my very best

I think only Robert Johnson's "Baby, squeeze my lemons until the juice runs down my legs" (Travelling Riverside Blues) beats that one. ;o)
Then came the best bit: He said something along the lines of "Do you mind if I come down for a bit?". Obviously nobody did, so he went backstage and came out to the front and wandered around the audience for at least 10 minutes, singing and playing and having a great time enjoying the attention. That was the one point in my life where I wished I had a camera phone (or brought my pocket digicam) as he was about 2m away at one point. He looks a bit older close up but definitely not 70. Ace.
Was it worth spending around 75 quid for not quite an hour of Buddy Guy? Hell yeah! It was an opportunity not to be missed and I'm glad I didn't. He was the last great bluesmen I hadn't seen (and who are still alive, I've missed the Alberts, for example)

A little known white guitarist called Jeff Beck was next, feel free to skip as it was dull dull dull )

Made it to KingsX in good time (caught the 10:5x) but obviously had the engineering works to contend with which meant getting off at Stevenage, taking a coach to Royston (which was quick and not too bad) but then having to wait almost 40 minutes for the train to leave from there which meant I was finally in Cambridge at 0:30. :o(

In closing, to repeat what I said last night:

Ticket for Buddy Guy and some unknown white guitarist called Jeff Beck at the Tower Festival - £60
One Day Travelcard - £15
Seeing Buddy Guy sing and play from two metres away - priceless

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