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Hippopotamus tour
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freeke
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got back from...Helsinki. Excellent. One hour, pretty much Glasgow setlist. I was right in front of the stage. Russell spoke a few words in Finnish "for those of you who don't understand English " ☺ Ron's birthday didn't go unnoticed, even though he didn't get "Outer Spaced " as I had hoped.
Nice to see lots of young people there. The very moment I exited the concert tent, it started raining. Heavily. People started running. We're talking mass stampede under a waterfall. Took me quite a while to find the way out of Helsinki as the sight was so poor. Oh well, it was my 6th Sparks gig and possibly the best so far. 5/5 .
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freeke
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read on the Flow website that the huge "Sparks tent" was closed after their performance and needed repair. All performances on outdoor stages were cancelled due to the weather. Whew, that was close. 😥
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PeterE
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for your review ...

Looking forward to see Bratislava gig ...(plus Luxembourg and Brussels)

guess R & R will relax in one of the small baltic countries
until Sept 4th
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from rosvot.fi

As the store was approaching, the Red tent was hot and humid. Come think of it, that was the right atmosphere for Sparks. The bandís 14-song set was heavy on the most recent material, including four songs from their upcoming new album Hippopotamus, their first in eight years. Contrary to many legacy act, the newer songs were among the highlights of the show. Songs like the the opener What the Hell Is It This Time? and Missionary Position were fun and a good example of the Mael Brothers witty art-pop. The show ended with a couple of glam rock classics (This Town Ainít Big For Both of Us and Amateur Hour) off their most popular album, Kimono My House. Visually, there was something terribly comforting in Sparks blue stripped sweaters. Plus, Ron Maelís trademark tap dance, on the day of his 72nd birthday, was a stroke of pure genius.
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Sparky Rickmaniac
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tix just arrived for Manchester
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allydodd
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tickets for the first week of the UK tour: Norwich, Manchester, Edinburgh have arrived at my end ok from AXS.

Newcastle through a different agency, WeGotTickets, was an e-ticket.
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Billy Stevens
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my Norwich Yesterday, Fan Club presale. Bought one for my Wife June 29th direct from the Waterfront cheaper and an e-ticket. Luxembourg was an e-ticket direct from venue. Still waiting for Nottingham and London. Looking forward to Friday at Rough Trade. Am I the only one who thinks Missionary Position should be a single and would actually enter the charts? I literally cannot get that song out of my head since Copenhagen.
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rod
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No sign of Bristol or London tickets both booked via fan club pre-sale link?
Have to agree Billy, MP is possibly the best song they've written since the 70's! It encapsulates everything I love about Sparks
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Billy Stevens
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amen to that! See you at Shepherds Bush. Rod I honestly think this could be a number one.
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allydodd
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Norwich awesome! One of the best gigs I've ever been to. Russell's glee at being in the top ten was infections. The band are so dynamic and enhancing the songs with a real live edge. None of the muted seas of the maiden Glasgow journey - this was full throttle boogey with individual flair being the polite complement to sparks fantastic new album and brilliant back catalogue. Steve nistor is a tornado of a musician, an excitement of energy and precision to behold, certainly one of the GREAT drummers. And throughout Ron gazed forebodingly to the crowd..

Special thanks to Tyler taking the stage as vinyl backed crooner as a very unique warm up act before joining the band for a blistering set.
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