Mrs Hideous' lie-in was rudely interupted by this air sea rescue helicopter searching the Tay this morning. All worth it, if they mange to pull someone safely out of those dark waters.
Perth Concert Hall have yet to confirm, but internet rumours suggest that John Lees' Barclay James Harvest are booked to play there on October 23rd. Young Boris and I are big fans of this band, who are the underrated giants of British 1970s rock, whose intelligent and intriguing lyrics, overlay John Lees' melodic guitar lines and Woolly Wolstenholme's classically influenced arrangements and atmospheric mellotrons. UK Gigs from Barclay James Harvest have been few and far between over recent years, I last heard them in Edinburgh three years ago where they delivered a stunning set of material from their classic era (quietly avoiding their less convincing pop experiments of the 1980s) to a wildly enthusistic packed Queen's Hall. The days in which the band used to spend months on the road, performing show after show on endless tours have gone, along with their stadium-filling European adventures, but why Perth has been chosen as a venue on their more modest 2009 tour, I don't know. We are not quite the last ditch motel at the end of the road to nowhere, but then again we are hardly a bustling metropolis, either! I hope they do take the risk of coming to this little outpost though, it's scheduled to take place the night after Boris' tenth birthday - and he's already decided how he wants to celebrate!