1) Rush – R40 Live
Obvious first choice! Documents what is possibly their last ever tour.
To go beyond the obvious, an album I really enjoyed, from an artist that I did not really know was:
2) Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Dirty Truth
Some good old-fashioned Blues guitar with a touch of psychedelia thrown in for good measure, not to mention an outstanding voice. Loved this album!
Best live show(s):
Sadly, not a lot to choose from this year…
1) Whitesnake with Black Star Riders in support (and some other band) at the SSE Hydro, 10 December.
I had been looking forward to this gig pretty much all year. It did not disappoint.
2) Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Oran Mor, 29 September.
Not a gig I was planning to go to, but one I am really pleased to have attended. Joanne Shaw Taylor was even better live than she is on CD.
The Whitesnake gig was the first time I have been to the Hydro. First impression was of its size. It is a huge barn of a place. I was worried that the sound quality was going to be as bad as it is in the SECC. Turned out, the sound was pretty good. Pleasantly surprised.
Neil Peart described as a “retired drummer”.
Geddy Lee saying Neil hasn’t retired. I mean, Neil is rubbish with words. Geddy is bound to know what Neil meant to say better than Neil who said it… Probably… Maybe… I hope.
Things to look forward to in 2016:
Since Neil hasn’t retired (Geddy said it, so it must be true) I am looking forward to Rush announcing that they are going to play a gig in Glasgow and give the Glaswegian Chorus another chance to sing “Closer To The Heart”. I can dream… Can’t I?