Portsmouth Post Mortem

Helllooooo Portsmouth!

Long drive from Birmingham, lots of traffic, and it was hot as hades in the van. Regardless, we arrived and loaded in. They had great posters for the gig, an original version before they knew who the supports were, and a later version using artwork from the site. See for yourself, here’s the first one:

Original Portsmouth Poster

And the final version:

Final Portsmouth Poster

The gig? Fabulous, of course. Unfortunately we missed the first support band, Villiers Terrace. Good reports, though. You can check them out at their MySpace page.

Also playing were Good Time Charlies, who endeared themselves to me for life by making a comment that “this song sounds like Cat Butt” (obscure Seattle band reference – nice). Haven’t had a chance to listen to the CDs but live they were freakin’ great.

Our gig was really enjoyable – best stage sound thus far, and we were relaxed yet powerful, if I do say so myself.  Next stop: London!

Stage Times – UPDATE

Kate, who is doing lights for us this time around suggested we put our expected stage times on the site. Seems like a great idea, so here you go:

Portsmouth: 10PM

London: 9PM (I imagine this will slide to 9:15-9:30)

Hop Farm Festival: UPDATE: 12:10 PM – 12:55 PM – This is twenty minutes later than originally scheduled, and now we have a 45 minute set! Brilliant!

Nottingham: 9:30 PM

Manchester: 9PM (again… 9:15?)

Leeds: 9:15 PM

Newcastle: 9:15 PM

T in the Park: 12:10 – 12:40 PM – Another short set. Harumph.

Oxegen: 4:05 – 4:50 PM

Okay, no excuses! See you there!

Birmingham post mortem

One down, nine to go!

Things got off to a slightly embarassing start when we realized we had left Ciaran’s cymbals in London. Uh, yeah. Thankfully the support band, a delightfully young group called the Dukes Jetty offered theirs. Thanks, guys!

(Like mid-60s Merseybeat? You’ll love the Dukes Jetty. Vintage down to the cuban heels and Burns guitar.)

Our set went down well. I managed to re-start the Blue to Black loop instead of Catch a Fire, and at one point punched the ceiling really hard (ow), but other than that had a great time. We played a couple of special tracks that we haven’t played in a really, really LONG time, but that were requested by folks in the forum. I won’t tell you what they were – don’t want to spoilt the surprise for those of you coming to a show this week!

Off to Portsmouth now…

Journos part II

We’re just about to get in the van and head up north to see our Brum brethren.

This rolls in, courtesy of Google Alerts. This time it’s the Guardian. No lyrical references, but we’re certainly on everyone’s mind this Wimbledon. What was it that happened at 2:20PM on this day to pop us into everyone’s head at the same time?

Hey, Venus Williams! You need a theme song. We’ve got just the ticket.

Click to see us name dropped in the Guardian sport pages.

Journos Still Coppin’ Our Licks

Nothing new here – obviously we had a knack for a turn of phrase. ;^)

But this is what, the millionth time this one has been copped? Super Furries using it as an album title, now they’re getting all Wimbledon on us. This one is so obvious, my question is how come it took so long?

Wimbledon… Venus Williams… you know where this one is going.

Check it out on the official Wimbledon site, at 14:21, another TPE lyric reference.

Let’s Get This Party Started

Reporting to you, live, from sunny London.

We had our first group rehearsal tonight and it was stonkin’, to use an old TPE phrase.

I’m jet lagged as hell and just found out that for some reason people care if Michael Jackson is alive or dead. Maybe it’s the jet lag, but I find this puzzling.

Anyhow, let me get a good night’s rest and then we’ve got a ton of news to post. Television, radio… all sorts of good stuff, and mostly because of YOU, our fans.

<yawn> Sorry – I really have to sleep now.

tour publicity

people we need your help here if poss

do you live near a venue where we will be playing on our july tour?

can you let us know if there is much/any publicity for the shows?

lemme know the good and the not so good

can’t wait! nearly there!

R.

Time to get excited.

Remember when I got the Daves mixed up awhile back? I never did post Dave Walsh’s photos from the Electric Picnic. Well, In some ways that’s kind of good, because looking at these I’m getting really excited again. See you all very soon.


That Petrol Emotion Live at Electric Picnic – Images by Dave Walsh

By the way, that little button in the lower right corner makes this play back full screen, for maximum TPE visualization!

JULY TPE tour dates announced for UK /IRELAND !

01/07/2009 Birmingham – Academy 2
02/07/2009 Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
03/07/2009 London – Bloomsbury Ballroom
05/07/2009 Kent – Hop Farm Festival
06/07/2009 Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
07/07/2009 Manchester – Academy 3
09/07/2009 Leeds – Cockpit
10/07/2009 Newcastle – Academy 2
11/07/2009 Kinross, Scotland – T In The Park
12/07/2009 Dublin – Oxegen Festival

FINALLY ! Petrol’s UK/Ireland dates in July 09

After the massive success of last year’s reunion dates and fresh from whipping up a storm at SXSW in Austin, Texas the band will finally be playing a tour and some festivals in the UK during the first two weeks of july with other dates/festivals in Ireland and Europe to follow.

First date to be definitely confirmed is at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent on July 5 – check this link to the official website:

http://www.hopfarmfestival.com/home.aspx#/line-up.aspx

More news as it happens!