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Sunderland with Grendel & System:FX

So, anyone who's read my previous entry would expect me to wake up with a screaming hangover, right?  Well NAH NAH NAH to you - I was absolutely fine when I awoke, just a slight bit tired (consequence of sleep at 4am and waking at 10am).  Still, that didn't prevent a hearty English brekky at the first service station on the way to Sunderland being extremely welcome!

The edifying topic of conversation for today was how truly awfully terrible spome of the Sci-Fi cahnnel's movies are - mainly the ones involving huge animals of some kind or another.  We're thinking Komodo vs King Cobra here, or Aztec Rex.  Or, the main case in point, Mega-shark vs Giant Octopus - the most gloriously silly part of which is presented for your delectation here:


IT'S A FRICKIN' SHARK!!!  HOW IN THE NAME OF SEVEN HELLS DOES IT JUMP 20,000 FEET IN THE AIR TO TAKE DOWN AN AIRLINER?!?!?!
Still, the "Holy Shit" guy at the start is just genius.  An Oscar for that man! 

Ahem, anyway, after discussing possible alternative movies, such as Super-possum vs Giga-mole, and Rich cracking us all up with the line "There's noe riva heear" (don't ask!) we got to the venue to find..
..that tonight, for one night only, we will be known as "Rvierbite"!  Don't ask me how the venue managed to make such an epic FAIL of a typo, but there you go..

Still, at least Kev (the promoter) and his team still score full win points for hospitaility - all sorts of yummy food and drinks were waiting for us inside.  As we were piggin out System:FX arrived, Debz with her finger in a splint from yesterday.  Turns out she'd actually broken it, and quite badly.  The hospital wanted to keep her in overnight, but she utterly refused to miss the gig - how much dedication is that?  Since they now had a one-handed drummer, they decided to rename themselves "Leppard:FX", so tonight the bill is Grendel (or Irenedl if your phone's predictive text gets it wrong!), supported by Leppard:FX and Riverbite 

One-handed drummer or no though, the FX guys totally rocked the crowd.  Admittedly, there weren't as many folks as yesterday, but they were hella loud enough!  As for us, our set got off to a storming start, before, just at the end of "Stand Up".. disaster!  The new keyboard went hatstand for the second night in a row    There followed a very fraught few minutes as we swapped out cables and DI boxes and got the thing back on its feet again.  Made me wish I had some of Ronan Harris's quick-fire chatter - I coulda provided some of his genius stand-up comedy while everyone was scurrying about!

Still, we recovered quickly and proceeded to rock the hell out of the venue.  It was great to be able to bring back "Under the Cross", even if we did have to drop the megaton stomp-fest that is "The Miracle"..  Grendel once again proved they are powerful purveyors of pure pwnage, and looked to be having huge fun on stage - I'm looking forwards to seeing them at home in Sheffield on Saturday.

Sadly there was no aftershow party this time round, but there were some folks hanging about after the show so we had a wicked time with them, chatting, signing things, getting photos and waving at the working men's club across the road    Then it was time to head home - massive kudos once again to Char and Al, our long-suffering drivers!

Finally, I'll leave you with the three choicest quotes from the weekend:

Ben: I'm sorry I'm a drunken Mexican
James: It's too early in the morning for sodomy
Rich: The 70s are alive in my pants

THANK YOU ALL TO GLASGOW AND SUNDERLAND - YOU GUYS ROCK SOCKS!!!!
12 // 12 // 2009

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