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dinky
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 stars from the Indy

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/sparks-shepherds-bush-empire-london-review-one-of-the-most-innovative-outfits-in-pop-a7971371.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great review to a fantastic concert!!
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miss sparks
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed both gigs at Shepherd's Bush. Nice surprise that the set list had some changes on the 2nd night. Some bands tend to play the same songs if playing more than one gig at the same venue, but not Sparks. Backing band was superb. Looking forward to my next gig. Ron Playing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved the bow to Ron at the end!!!

Agree the backing band is great now, a lot better than FFS, which they weren't quite at the start.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant overview of the shows, Ally. Really enjoyed reading it. Well done MiniPop
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic review of the current state of things, Ally!

I'm curious about the Hippo track debuted at Bristol - anyone wish to divulge? I understand Nicotina was performed in London.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was Life With The Macbeths and it was stunning. Great addition to the set.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Lily, a pleasant surprise indeed. There's always something special about the last track on the albums and I bet it was superb.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review, Ally, as well-written and insightful as always. Great to catch up with yourself and the others at the gigs, too. I thought the band were on top form throughout, with the sound beefed up by extra guitars and keyboards. Nice choices of songs, too, with a few surprises I didn't expect to hear at the second Shepherds Bush concert. Can't wait until the next time!
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Tin Weasel
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to the first US gig on Tuesday in Brooklyn, my first live Sparks show, really enjoyed it! They seemed to be really enjoying themselves and the crowd loved it.

Any Brooklynites here that attended?

At one point Russell was thanking the audience for the great reception, seemed very genuinely touched, and mentioned something I couldn't fully hear about some previous show where maybe things didn't go so well - does anyone know what he was talking about? Not sure if he meant on this tour or a previous US tour or something else, or if I misheard completely...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen an announcement on Sparks' facebook feed about November 24th in a venue in the West Midlands... Surely not! As far as I can see it's a club in Wednesbury (MJs) listed on the 'bandsintown' website. Would it be that the club's hosting a DJ with a similar name and there's been a mix-up?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only good quality video I have seen so far with the Rebecca - Russell duet on "Life with the Macbeths"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cdl50b81sw
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

deadcalm wrote:
Only good quality video I have seen so far with the Rebecca - Russell duet on "Life with the Macbeths"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cdl50b81sw


What a great clip! Not only is Rebecca fabulous, but note also how the band seriously elevates what is already a great song on record ...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brightonian wrote:
deadcalm wrote:
Only good quality video I have seen so far with the Rebecca - Russell duet on "Life with the Macbeths"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cdl50b81sw


What a great clip! Not only is Rebecca fabulous, but note also how the band seriously elevates what is already a great song on record ...


Well said! I'm so in awe, rendered speechless. Rebecca is amazing beyond words. Wish I'd experienced this very special show stopping duet. Awesome!
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miss sparks
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are Japan gig's the last of the tour?
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Turtle152
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

miss sparks wrote:
Are Japan gig's the last of the tour?


Yes, they just said on Facebook that the Tokyo shows mark the end of the tour.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen the latest on Facebook. While the Hippopotamus Tour has come to an end (for now)
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