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Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 02:33 pm:   

I hear the big man himself is playing in Dublin's Red Box on St.Patrick's Day _ 17th March for those who dont know..
I for one will be most definitely there (physically , at any rate....)
Peace , Ronan.

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 09:54 pm:   

Cool man, thanks for the info. Now I can not only drown my shamrock but get it incredible stoned also.

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 - 10:45 pm:   

So, the gig was last night. It was fantastic, I loved it.

Doors were supposed to open at 19:30 but we didn't get in there until about ten to eight. I had been very sceptical beforehand because I had thought there was just going to be Scratch and the Mad Professor, I found out in the queue that there was going to be a band also, things were starting to look up.

We went in a got a couple of drinks they were playing great tunes - nice reggae from the seventies mostly. They span (that I recognised):

Horace Andy - Don't Think About Me
Keith Hudson - Melody Maker
Susan Cadogan - Nice and Easy (it was nice to hear a Scratch production, I thought it was a cool touch for some reason)

Some of the music was probably a bit more modern but it was all good.

That went on for about an hour and fifteen minutes, which was fine by me, I was having a great time (I'd never heard reggae in a live envionment before, it sure beats the hell out of a stereo or headphones :)).

Then, out of the blue, they put on a instrumental version of Michael Jackson's "Beat It". Why, I'll never know, but there you go. It was quite strange, it seemed totally out of place, and it was.

Soon after (or maybe straight after) that the band came marching on. There was a keyboardist, a bassist and a drummer(ist). The keyboard guy was the spokesman, and he started bigging up the Mad Professor (who was at the back on the desk), and telling us we had to greet Scratch when he came on with shouts of "King Perry".

Then a DJ/Singer/Singjay came on and started off by telling us it was his first time in Ireland, but he'd probably be back again. He was well able to get the crowd going and he was on stage for about 45/50 minutes (? I could be way off, I don't actually have a clue). He was really good, but I didn't catch his name. Does anyone know what it could be (Valentine, Valentino? I heard something like that, but they could have been talking about something else). I don't know how to describe him, but he was black, quite tall, and he wore army fatigues. He had a bit of a goatee, and shortish hair (he was wearing a hat, but I mean he didn't have big, long dreads).

After his little encore, we were led into chanting "Lee Scratch Perry" by the keyboardist, and then on came Scratch. He was decked out in his traditional attire with shining, reflective surfaces stitched on to his hat and the jacket.

He opened with what I presume was "Happy Birthday". I've never heard the studio version of that song, but whatever the song was it had a chorus of "Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to me". The only other song I recognised was "Introducing Myself".

Not long into his set he stopped to make an announcement: "I have been told to stop smoking and drinking poison. No more ganja and no more alcohol". It was quite amusing to see a crowd of drunken Irishmen raising their alcohol-filled glasses to toast this revelation. There was also the distinct smell of cannabis in the air at certain times. Nevertheless, his little speech on the evils of these two poisons was greeted by cheers all round, and then he launched into a song on the same subject matter.

We were treated to an encore, for which I went right up to the stage, it was quite fantastic.

Well, that's pretty much all I can recall. The musicians were all fantastic, I particularily enjoyed the drumming. My first live reggae experience was an uplifting and heartical event.

Does any one know the names of Scratch's current band? I'd like to know. I also recall the keyboardist saying that the Mad Professor had CDs available, but I forgot to do something about checking that out. I'd like to get my hands on that live show somehow.

Go and see Scratch.
Sly and Robbie are playing in the next few weeks also, I'll have to see about getting tickets. :)

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 10:33 am:   

Hey BinEz,
I regret to say that "other" St. Patricks Day activities put me out of circulation for a while... causing me to miss the gig.
In any case , I was also under the impression that it was only gonna be LSP and Mad Prof., and a friend saw them at a music festival in Ireland last year said that they didnt pull it off that time.

Usually you can get tapes of all the gigs in Dublin in the Sound Cellar (i think) in Dublin on the Quays. Just ask around.

I found a microphone shaped like a pair of headphones for the minidisc which is extremely handy for recording gigs (not explosively loud ones , though) and doing field recordings, without being noticed :)

Reading your review is making me kick myself!!!

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 01:09 pm:   

Yes I...

Bin_Ez, good ting master Perry no disappoint yuh... So you nuh haffi storm the stage, seen?

One love,


Posted on Friday, March 21, 2003 - 09:39 pm:   

hahahah yes man. I went up to the stage for the last song, but didn't have to get violent. :)

It was excellent, you missed out big time, Nematod.

Yeah, I'm actually considering bringing my minidisc to the Sly and Robbie gig, the sound quailty would probably be terrible though. I could always ask the sound man if he's got a spare line out on the desk :) That would be pretty cool.

That's if I can work up the funds to get myself there, but hopefully.

I think you're thinking of Rhythm Records on the quays. The Sound Cellar is up by Grafton street. Thanks for reminding me of that though it would be worth a try.

I found out elsewhere that the name of the band was the Robotiks - I think i've seen them mentioned on this site before(?),....ah they're also mentioned in "People Funny Boy", but he doesn't say much about them.

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