Saturday, December 03, 2005

Sheffield & Nottingham Shows... and more!

First 2 shows were fab! Sheffield Arena was a huge shock and a major step up from the tiny rehearsal room we were in the few days before and the clubs we played earlier in the year - took a while for the ears to adjust to the sound but we got there in the end. We were really well received and I felt the songs reached the people even though we were a little frantic at times. Nottingham gig was in a theatre with a much better sound on stage and we played a more controlled and tight set because of it. Day 3 - off to Cheltenham then the cybercast tomorrow (look to my website for details), Cardiff Monday and Liverpool Tuesday.... then I can rest the voice for 24 hours.

My last posting was not aimed at any particular individual/s. I can understand why certain people are taking offence and for that I'm so sorry but there has been a misunderstanding here, I wrote the piece through frustration from things in general. One point is simply that for an artist, music should come first but in the music business it rarely does. My second point that fans should understand that we are all human and can make mistakes like everybody else. I'm sorry if I have left anybody personally hurt by situations that were BEYOND MY CONTROL, nothing I have done was meant to cause anguish or harm.


Blogger PTfan said...

You ROCK Simon! I'm happy and thankful that you are keeping us updated. I'm thrilled you are on tour. (Even though I'm in the States) I understand what you mean about all the business garbage and that's exactly the way I took it when I read it. It's neat to read about teh adjustments you have had to make. Makes me think about the things that go on in my life that I have to make adjustments in. Sometimes I get frustrated that things don't work the exact way I want them to right away, but then I make adjustments and it all works out fine. MOST of the time anyway!
Take care! Great to hear from you!t

5:49 AM  
Blogger Rene said...

Glad the shows are going well, Sheffield arena is HUGE, bet that was a blast. see you at the Basement Jam Sunday...

6:18 AM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Continued luck on the tour and can't wait to watch you Sunday on the internet.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Wow, I can't even imagine, Simon!
I get a euphoric rush from singing kareoke in front of say, 1-200 people and it goes well.lollol
Performing live is such a rush. I took your last post to mean basically that.
I'm not understanding why people would take offense to what you wrote, I even went back and re-read it just now,to see if I missed something. If there were people offended, they must have either misunderstood or been personally involved with you in some way.

AFA anon posters,
Heh, dress that turd in a tuxedo,
it still ain't a penguin. A troll
is just a troll.You haven't said
anything worthy of that "crap".lol

Thanks for giving us updates on the
tour, this is killer!I'm going to go listen to my Simon downloads and drink my morning coffee.Particularly in the mood for "Next Fly" again.
And even though I am in the market for a new guitar and can't afford it, I'm thinking seriously about
buying one of your albums ( one for now,I'd buy them all if I could).
Hope you give us more post-concert
wrap ups! Sorry for so lengthy.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Delbut said...

Good to hear it's going well.

See you at the gig tomorrow.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

You're a class act Simon. I hope you have a great time.

8:22 AM  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

I think it is so good of you to keep your blog updated whilst being on tour. I don't know if I could do it.
Shut the door on negativism.
Too many positive vibes out in the world toward you, so no need accept responsibility for someone else's misperceptions.
I'm glad you addressed it though, as it probably made you feel better to get it off your chest.
Enjoy the coming gigs.....

8:40 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Mr Simon, sir- is there anything you can do about the fact that ever since i downloaded the live at the astoria gig ive had ecstacy heaven buzzing constantly in my brain, it wont go away. Seriously i love that song, im lucky to be going to the webcast on sunday -pLEASEPLEASEPLEASE do that will you mate? Im actually looking forward to you the most now ive heard that gig. Also, very glad to see youve hooked up with foxy from the jam- in my opinion one of the most underated bassplayers ever, anyway fantastic songs, see you tomorrow,
Best wishes

10:53 AM  
Blogger Kid Ric said...

Oh yes Simon, to be a music man is not always peaches and cream as you well know. Playing is the reward we get for the time and effort we put in. No other feeling in the world can compare.

You rock!

My old blog totally quit letting me post to it. Something about ftp
permissions. I have created a new blog at

Peace, love and light.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...


Great gigging mate!

Check with Bob and Stir office,
the Mercury Lounge DVD made it

12:50 PM  
Blogger haribomort said...

Best of luck with the shows Simon - after seeing you earlier this year I know what a good band Casbah Club is & I hope the tour brings closer the recognition your music and band deserves.

Hope to shake your hand tomorrow mate.

All the best


1:01 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...

I wish you all the best on your tour this December-I am sure you will blow everyone away. You are AMAZING.
Of course I will be watching the basement jam--wish I could be there in person. I hope you know how much we support you and adore you

Take Care

9:43 PM  
Blogger Bonfire Jones said...

Very well said Simon. In all honesty you don't anyone anything especially an apology. You are who you are & it's too bad if someone doesn't like it!

You seem like a very together guy!


9:46 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...


Glad the tour has started off well. Looking forward to hearing you tomorrow via TowserTV.

Expressing anything in text is like tap dancing on firecrackers.


10:39 PM  
Blogger Marietta said...


It looks like you're having fun.
Take care of that voice of yours. Drink lots of tea with honey, does wonders! Rest a lot those 24 hours.

What else was I going to say?

AH YES! See you tonight!!!!


2:58 AM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Heh, 'tap dancing on firecrackers"
I like that, Jack -Well said, my friend!:)

And Simon, looking forward to the show! Break a thumb, or strain a vocal chord, whatever one might say to a musical performer before a show,lol lolJust kidding. :)xoxoLisa

5:31 AM  
Blogger Bri said...

Hi Simon, Can't wait to see you today at the show (well, virtually, anyway!). I've missed the last two Attics, and I was in a bit of withdrawal after developing a true Attic addiction.

Thanks for posting about your Casbah Club tour. I'm happy for you, and yes, music should come first. My mom raised me with that value, too. When I was growing up, if I was practicing piano, I didn't have to do housework, cooking, laundry, etc. At our household, music came first. Of course, the other things must get done too. I understand that now that I'm an adult, and a mom.

I find my son is much the same way...he wants to play his bass and make music all the time.

Anyway, play your heart out today, I know you will. Love, Brina

9:46 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Hi Simon,

Enjoyed the gig in the Sheffield Aircraft Hangar - anyone who can nail a decent sound in there gets my respect and you certainly managed it.

Grabbed a Cd off you afterwards - cracking set of songs mate!

Looking forward to Lpool gig, have a good one!!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Johanna in Vista said...

You sound and LOOK so incredible Simon!!!

Come to America..Come to California. :)


12:49 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Watching right now.Sex Changewas HOT.
Thanks for playing that one!
I'm trying to do play by plays for
the frustrated bloggers in the chat having troubles with the feeds. I about fell out of my chair when you started playingthis one lol.Couldn't give them an
I'm postingthis duringthe 10 min. break.
What a dynamic performer. Live really
IS where you shine. xoxoLisa
Back to the poor bloggers in the chat having trouble. I feel bad for them...wish I typed faster for them.

1:15 PM  
Blogger TomHenderson said...

re: sex change,hello simon just heard sex change on basement show,one of my best friends died early this year of a drug overdose,thing is though my friend was a transexual in may on the day my friend danni died i would quite like to sing your song at the pub.I would be really gratefull if you could send my the lyrics to sex change,,thank you,i hope you can help,tom

1:15 PM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Wooo! SIMON!!!!!!!!!! MAn, I saw people sitting. How can they? Why were they not up and rocking? Simon you have such energy. Such passion when you play. You rock my world Simon. I HAVE to see you live soem day and I would really like to meet you when you tour in my part of the country if that is possible? Hey, I was cheering/hollering/whistling here in the USA. Could you hear me way over there? Soul Searching is beautiful. Si, you are a fantastic musician. We already knew that, of course. Dang man, if I'm not careful, shew I coudl really let my feelings get out of hand for you. When you play your songs, the beautiful person that you are inside really shows. You are very captivating when you perform. After Girl In NY, you were fiddling with your wrist. You ok? The Way It IS. I LOVE THAT! "A voice you never could resist."...YOURS! And then Sex Change...Rock it Baby!!! Yeah! Kick it Si! Woo, you sing it very sexy. Oh how I wish I was Rachel at the end of your set. Ok. That's enough. I just uh...Whoa. You rock. Your set was great. You are great..Wow!

1:17 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Excellent show Simon, you really shine best in front of an audience. The Blogger's chat even got me to admit I'm a Simon Townshend fangirl. (although there was a wee bit of confusion over my gender for a while...)

Very electric performance. I'm awe-struck. Must see you live sometime, without all the infuriating buffering!

Only swooned once, I swear,

2:18 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...


Wish I could of heard more than the 10 second snips--but from what I heard....WOW.

I can hardly wait for the loop and I hope a DVD will be available.

Your set list was great--You played all of my favorites--you were awesome--can't add much more to that.

Take care on your tour


2:46 PM  
Blogger Alecia said...

Thank God I had the chance to see and hear your performance on Basement Jam. Rachel's froze up after only a few songs. Its been years since I've seen you play live Simon (like 20?). Apart from a few recent The Attic shows amd now this I can honestly saw the passion behind your music is as strong if not stronger!!! Loved it! -- want to hear/see more of it. I can also say (and I know I am not alone) that there are MANY of us who never want to see you get that sex change!

3:13 PM  
Blogger AndyW said...

Your set was a TRIUMPH and so was the entire show.

4:21 PM  
Blogger fluorescein said...

I couldn't watch the Basement Jam show (I had no video stream) but for a while I was able to listen and you sounded GREAT!

I am glad to hear the SQuo shows are going well. Rest the voice and get it on again tomorrow. Rock-n-roll.


4:52 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Yep, amazing.My feed quit later but I'm so glad I caught you live.Wow!
I'm going to be very candid here and
say that the odd thing about the song sex change is that when you are actually singing " I want a sex change" you seem all the more masculine in that moment. Very...animal magnetism kind of thing, I guess. Hard to describe. Sexy, hot like I said originally, before I knew you were married, lollol.
But hey, that was before I knew.
So I stand by it. :)

4:56 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

Simon, That was the most intense, passionate performance I've seen in ages. The songs were each spot-on (did I use that British expression right? I mean they were just right for what they are), and to close with "Sex Change" was wild. Absolutely fantastic!

Bravo bravo bravo

You knock me out.


5:20 PM  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

You made Jack swoon? Wow. That's saying alot! She's not one to b.s.!
Well, I heard you more than I saw you - but you sounded fantastic. I was singing along with ya.
Can't wait until you come tour the US!
Looking forward to the loop.
Continued success w/ your UK tour. You sound happy!

5:30 PM  
Blogger SimonT said...

Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback. I had a great time last night - felt right on top.... still do! Off to Cardiff now - BBC radio at midday and the arena tonight. Bye for now!

12:29 AM  
Blogger chris said...

Si, Good to finally meet you & great show.

12:44 AM  
Blogger James Casey said...

Simon, I was in the studio audience and you absolutely rocked. I wish you'd do a solo tour of small clubs or something. Completely brilliant. I've got to get off my lazy backside and buy a CD (wait, if I do it via the Web I can stay on said lazy backside, ha HA!); those songs are too memorable not to hear again and again. I'd only heard some once before but found myself singing along.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Hi Simon

Great to briefly meet you last night at Basement Jam - love the CD! - and what a great performance - you rocked!!

I've put some pics on my blog if you're interested - nice one of you and Pete.

Thanks for such a great show - can't wait to hear more!

Steve H

4:41 AM  
Blogger tony lowe said...

What a great night that was.
Simon, you were right on the money with your set and who could ever imagine that 'Sex change' would sound so powerful with just acoustic guitar.
Mikey's songs came over really well in that room and it was great to hear his strange, but highly original lyrics.
Pete and Rachel were wonderful as usual. Quite a double act these days. Foy Vance... what can you say?? Amazing voice and presence. A big star in the making methinks.

Tony Lowe

6:03 AM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

simon, simon, SIMON!! im converted mate, your performance was out of this world and the most enjoyable of the evening for me- even though you didnt do ecstacy heaven , fantastic, wunderbar, perfect, rocking, and all those other things, wanted to shake your hand but have a shyness like an illness so skulked out the door instead. Thankyou and good luck on the tour mate,

8:26 AM  
Blogger Marietta said...

The day after...

I'm still in Oceanic, what a wonderful night! You were brilliant (as always!!!). This time I was so happy to know your songs, yey! And thank you for signing my CD, I'll treasure it forever!

I have a fab picture of you and Pete playing Shine, on my blog, I think it's one of the best pix I've taken for a long time with my crap camera.

Lots of love

1:58 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

I'm glad your shows went well!
I wasn't able to watch Basement Jam live but I'm looking forward to seeing it on the loop

Enjoy your day of rest :)

3:01 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Sounds great Simon.

Following the lead set by you, your family and friends I finally got some videos of mine up on the Blog.

8:35 PM  
Blogger psychedelic butterfly said...

Hey Simon,
So glad I got to meet you last night and Sunday night! You performed amazingly on both nights, ‘sex change’ just blew me away when you played with the band. Even though I was very very tempted to leave after yourself, Bruce and Mark had played, I didn’t find status quo that bad, but can‘t say I’m going to become a fan of theirs :P. I bought a casbah club t-shirt but its loads too big so I was wondering if there are any future plans for having ‘skinny fit’ t-shirts printed?
Also thanks a lot for signing my guitar strap and thanks to your son for getting Pete to sign it too.
charlotte x
p.s. my friend was meant to be coming to both gigs, but to cut a long story short, she was taken ill Saturday night and unfortunately wasn’t well enough to come to either of them :(

12:40 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

Nice to have met you on Sunday and had a quick chat. I hope everything works out ok with Bruce W. It must be hard work as a 3 piece playing in the big venues, especially in front of Quo fans.

Kenny Freed

4:43 AM  
Blogger Koos F said...

Hi Simon

19 of pics about last Sunday on my blog (
78 of them on

I' send the cd with images this week, as promised.


PS Don't forget to tell your kids they're beautiful (or do they know?

6:46 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...


Bob received the Mercury Lounge
Greenwich Village NYC show on
DVD from 2002.Just wondering
if you received that news.
Hope all is well on the road.
If there are any radio interviews
or plugs on the BBC is there anyway
you can inform us as to what time
and station? Cheers!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Good luck Simon. I watched the Basement Show and from what I got you were incredible, as always. Looks like you have a great band put together. great talent. Looked like the crowd was a little laid back on the show though, but from what Ive been reading the folks have a great memory to talk about.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

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1:08 PM  
Blogger Gigi NYC said...

Hey Si,

I was able to catch bits and pieces of the show as you've probably heard. Your set was really the only one that I saw with any clarity, both audio and visual. You looked cool and handsom as always and sounded great when you weren't cutting out. Get your ass over to NYC soooon!!!!

Lots of love,

1:12 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

thank you for an awesome set at Basement Jam, and for being so gracious and kind. I'll treasure that signed CD and mount it in a place of honor.

Good luck with the rest of the tour, and Merry Christmas!

2:35 PM  
Blogger neilbymouth said...

Simon, have you ever thought about posting a few chord/lyric sheet for some of your tunes? im sure there would be many a guitarist about who would kill for them?

7:13 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Hey Simon,

I've put a link up on my blog to some music by an extremely talented Canadian bassist from the city in which I am now living. Please come a check it out and let me know what you think. I'm at the end of a semester right now, so I'm going to leave that as the top entry for a few days, but just in case I have felt the need to post, it will be under "Neptoon for E.L. Wisty".

Hope you are enjoying your tour, and picking up many new fans. You deserve them. I'm waiting on my Christmas money, then I'm going to order simontownshendis. It's top of my list! :)


11:02 PM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

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7:38 AM  
Blogger PaulBLpool said...

Great set in Liverpool last night Simon, tight as feck and it was a pleasure to meet you again - you must have shifted a fair few CDs there!

What tuning did you use on 'Save Me From Me'?

If anyone out there hasn't seen the band live yet, grab a ticket, the power they bring to the songs live is ballbreaking!

Looking forward to the ful album and next CC tour.

All the best from Liverpool, home of the original Casbah Club


7:40 AM  
Blogger Debby C said...

Simon you were unbelievable at the Basement Jam. My boyfriend Jim never heard you before and he too was blown away at your performance. The show was great it was well worth flying over from the States to see it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

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1:02 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Thanks again Simon for the great set at Rachels Basement Jam, thought you really rocked the joint. Sitting so close I thought you were going to put your foot through the floor you were hitting it that hard.

Looking forward to Birmingham NEC on Sat night, I hope those Casbah Club t-shirts will be on sale :-)


1:03 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

just heard the rest of the tour has been cancelled...gutted


11:26 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

best wishes to Rick, I hope he makes a quick recovery.


11:51 AM  
Blogger PTfan said...

Oh no. I just read that on S.Q.'s web site. That's horrible! I'm so sorry.

I hope there is nothing too serious with Rick's throat.

How are you feeling about all of this?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Sorry to hear about this,Simon.
Yeah,best to Rick and his throat

2:27 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...


Better to cancel and play again in the future than risk anything with the throat. Speedy recovery to Rick.


3:04 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Simon . . . noooooooooooooooooooo . . I've just read about the tour being cancelled!!!


3:31 PM  
Blogger Steve H said...

Just read more about it - I really hope Rick is ok.

BTW, the Casbah Club CD I bought at Basement Jam is great - any plans to release more stuff soon? Don't suppose you remember me - couldn't think of anything intelligent to say except to ask you how the tour was going!


3:35 PM  
Blogger Bblayla said...


So sorry to hear about the tour..

Take care--


7:09 PM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Steve H! You should've said to him " Hey, I'm Steve H, the blogger guy that's not bad Steve"
I'd bet a hundred bucks ( or 75 pounds
or however it would convert) Simon would've known who you were! :)
Am I right, Simon? lol

I wanted to buy the Casbah Club CD
except I just noticed it uses paypal,which I'm not using because of a security problem w/ my account earlier this year.A personal issue and no one else should be
discouraged from using paypal.
So Simon or anyone, is there,or isn't there going to be a live CD of the Basement Jam?
I've heard various musings, but no
concrete declarations anywhere.

And sorry about the tour! That sucks! Hope all's well otherwise.

9:45 PM  
Blogger haribomort said...

Hi Simon

It's just one of those things that life throws at you the tour being cancelled.

Be positive and think what exposure the support slots next year will bring - next year will be THE year for Casbah Club, I'm sure of it.

All the best mate


11:55 PM  
Blogger James Casey said...

Very sorry for you about the tour. Thoughts and prayers with Rick and those close to him.

1:00 AM  
Blogger maxrnb said...

Hi Simon,
So sorry to hear the tour has been cancelled, please, if you do get a message to Rick, add the sincere, heartfelt good wishes from his very many fans, and of course to Francis and all of the Quo team and their families.

We are involved in IT, but have medical backgrounds as well, and there is only one way to meet malignant cancer, if that is indeed the final diagnosis, and that is head on. Rick may a very serious battle on his hands now, and we pray that he gets through it, stays 100% positive, and reaches remission, but it also has to be also realised that if it is throat cancer, that is generally very found to be relatively aggressive of the disease.

(For those who my not have heard yet - the Status Quo/Casbah Club tour has been officially cancelled due to Rick Parfitt being diagnosed with a throat condition that is being reported in the various media as being 'probably a malignant throat tumour').

Right now, Rick needs the unconditional support of every single one of us.

We well recall attending a Quo gig while working in the Sultanate Of Oman back in 1987, much of the audience was seated on a very poorly covered swimming pool, and Rick was making gestures with his hands that indicated the temporary flooring was rising and falling rather rapidly due to the audience reaction, and commented 'just as well you've all had a few tonight to steady the old nerves!'. Happier days, and long may they continue.

We were due to start catching the tour tonight, at Brigton, then the NEC, BIC an Wembley shows.

Simon - best wishes to you, Mark, Bruce, it must have been an upsetting shock for you guys also, and we are feeling for you all at this time.

Take care, hope to see you again soon,
Kim and Lester

1:51 AM  
Blogger TomHenderson said...

if anyone has sex change lyrics could they send me them??

4:17 AM  

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