The Glass Spider Band to play the songs of David Bowie @ Under the Bridge, London

The Glass Spider Band
An exclusive evening in celebration of Bowie’s legendary 1987 world tour hosted by Katie Puckrik and featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle.

The Glass Spider Band

The Glass Spider Band Play The Songs of David Bowie at Under the Bridge Tuesday 17th December 2013

An exclusive evening in celebration of Bowie’s legendary 1987 world tour hosted by Katie Puckrik and featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle

“I either want a bad response or a good response, I hate something in the middle…if it’s politely received then it’s a total failure for me” – David Bowie, 1987

The Glass Spider Tour, David Bowie‘s epic world tour in 1987, was preposterous, seminal, excessive, brilliant and contradictory. Like almost no other artistic endeavour in the history of human creativity, the tour oscillated between absolute genius, kitsch and very bad, and was often all of these simultaneously. In what was a very brave move, Bowie eschewed a sterile greatest hits show, favouring an elaborate set crowned by an enormous spider, five dancers choreographed by Toni Basil and a set list heavily laden with esoteric choices from his back catalogue. Although by far Bowie’s most commercially successful period, the mid to late 1980s were seemingly his most difficult as an artist and The Glass Spider Tour, and the Never Let Me Down album that accompanied it, have become symbols of Bowie’s desolate nadir.

In 2013, the year of Bowie’s triumphant return, a reappraisal of Bowie’s mid to late 80s period is now required. Despite much criticism, the Glass Spider Tour was a major influence on many artists and changed the expectations and look of stadium rock for evermore.

To celebrate the legacy of this most Bowie-esque stadium opera, Under the Bridge presents The Glass Spider Band, featuring original tour members Erdal Kizilcay (“This guy’s incredible. An extraordinary musician” David Bowie) and Richard Cottle.

Compered by former presenter of The Word Katie Puckrik, the programme for the evening will also include a screening of the 1986 fairytale film Labyrinth, DJ sets from Jaffo – a performer in Bowie’s 1984 Jazzin’ for Blue Jean film – and a selection of Bowie’s ’60s songs performed by legendary Soho character Phil Dirtbox. Puckrik will also interview Erdal Kizilcay about life on the road with David Bowie, providing an insight into the decadence, the music and working under a 60ft high spider for 9 months.

The Glass Spider Band Play The Songs of David Bowie is at Under the Bridge on December 17, 2013.

For tickets and more information, please go to:

Under the Bridge Official Website

The Glass Spider Band Official Website

Lulu to perform her first London show in 10 years @ Under The Bridge

Lulu
A singer, actress and businesswoman – it seems there is nothing Lulu cannot do, and now she has announced a rare headline show at Under the Bridge in London on October 4, 2013.

Lulu

Lulu To Perform First London Show In 10 Years

Under the Bridge – October 4th 2013

A singer, actress and businesswoman – it seems there is nothing Lulu cannot do, and now she has announced a rare headline show at Under the Bridge in London on October 4, 2013.

Following a critically acclaimed performance at BB King‘s in New York last month (“The wall-to-wall crowd couldn’t get enough” NY Times), Lulu will be bringing her band to Under the Bridge for what will be the global star’s first headline show in London for almost 10 years.

This exclusive one-off show will see Lulu performing a rock and soul influenced set featuring music from a range of artists that have inspired her over the years such as the likes of Otis Redding, Al Green, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

“I can’t wait to get on stage with my band at Under The Bridge. It’s just me and my favourite musicians playing songs that I grew up with and that mean the most to me – a real back to my roots and back to the music – all in a great venue.” Lulu.

It was the sixties when Lulu first burst onto the scene at the tender age of 15 with the mega, definitive and enduring Shout. Since then she has topped the charts in every decade, working over the years with some of the greatest talents of our time – from Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and The Beatles to Elton John, David Bowie and Paul McCartney. Also an accomplished actress, her film debut was in the cult classic To Sir With Love, breaking hearts all over the world with her plaintive rendition of the title song.

When Lulu turned her hand to writing, her song I Don’t Wanna Fight became a world-wide number one for Tina Turner and was nominated for both Grammy and Ivor Novello Awards. And who can forget the high-energy duet with Take That, lifting Relight My Fire to new heights and taking it to number 1 in the UK. While mentoring on American Idol, Lulu stopped the show with a powerhouse version of To Sir With Love – arranged by Barry Manilow – to an audience of over 70 million. In 2000, Lulu was made an OBE.

This highly anticipated concert at one of London’s best new venues presents a unique opportunity to witness one of our greatest singers performing a selection of the most enduring songs of all time.

“Fans of Adele probably know that she is part of the second wave of British women with a deep affinity for American pop and soul music. The first was in the ’60s, when the great voices were Lulu and Dusty Springfield” – The New York Times

For tickets and more information, please go to: Under the Bridge Official Website

Lulu Official Website

Guillemots review – Under The Bridge, Chelsea Football Club

An Evening Under The Bridge at Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, London.

Guillemots
Under The Bridge is one of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, but now I can add it as one of my favorite places to be, too. Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, recently opened the 500-capacity £20million nightclub quite literally under Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge football stadium.

An Evening Under The Bridge
Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge, London
Friday 11 March 2011

Guillemots

Under The Bridge is one of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, but now I can add it as one of my favorite places to be, too.

Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, recently opened the 500-capacity £20million nightclub quite literally under Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge football stadium.

I was looking forward to the night not only because of the new venue, but also our friends Guillemots were playing. This is another gig amongst the secret shows they have been playing in a run up to their album release. The secret shows are a good idea and they also get the band used to the songs before they start to tour later this year.

Guillemots to play 4 secret shows: Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, London

The industry show they’re playing tonight though, is for the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) – so not many superfans to be seen – and most people probably aren’t here specifically to see the band.

After being treated to mini fish and chips in a basket that the waitresses were handing out, native New Yorker, turned London resident Julian Velard starts the entertainment rolling by playing quirky cheeky jazz/pop music on an electric piano. Good fun and a nice way to warm the crowd.

Guillemots follow him and start their set with songs from the forthcoming album Walk The River. It’s good to hear that they have nailed their new single “The Basket”, as the last time we saw them they left it out of the set calling it a work in progress. Well it has progressed and sounds like it could be a summer hit for them.

Guillemots

Guillemots

Guillemots

The light show is all about blue to go with the vibe of the CD. The sound is well balanced and not too loud. Compliments to the sound engineers who also work for The Specials. Guillemots play a blinding set mixing in a few old favorites such as Made Up Love Song #43, and that masterpiece Trains To Brazil. By this time they have won the crowd over and from where we are standing people are waving their arms, clapping along and shaking their legs in a good old London knees up.

I have to say that Dancing In The Devil’s Shoes is the stand out song from their new album Walk The River, and they played a perfect version of it tonight.

Finishing the set with Sao Paulo, Guillemots leave the crowd wanting more and retire to the dressing room to the right of the stage. I would say that Guillemots have to be one of the most inspiring bands in Britain today. Frontman Fyfe Dangerfield has a certain something, you know the X-thing that all greats have and I am sure he and his band will rise above the ranks in the forthcoming years becoming an important part of music history.

What an experience and what a night. You should go to Under The Bridge for an event, a night out. It has to be one of the best live music venues I’ve been to. Even the band was happy with their sound. The doormen were friendly and welcoming and I would like to thank Alan Tenenbaum, the Creative Manager of the club for providing us with a wonderful and memorable evening, and Guillemots for putting the soundtrack to it.

I have a funny feeling that we will be returning to this place soon, and not because I left my gloves there! No, this is one of those venues that leaves you feeling like it’s apart of where you should be.

Photo credits: Dave Tommo

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By: Dave Tommo