lifeblood: listlogs: 2002v05n031-news


ig-news-digest        tuesday, february 5 2002        volume 05 : number 031

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] uk tour review       [claudine lapsky <indigo2@blueyonder.co.uk>]
  [ig-news] paris concert, pics, interview...got to see!   [hunterj1@aol.com]
  [ig-news] minnesota tickets               ["karen r." <indigokare@aol.com>]
  [ig-news] europe setlists on official site  [bonster <bonster@drizzle.com>]
  [ig-news] a day in the life of dublin    [jim garvey <sjgarvey@eircom.net>]
  [ig-news] manchester review    [claudine lapsky <indigo2@blueyonder.co.uk>]
  [ig-news] big news mpls tix   [barbara bordner <ritesofpassage9@webtv.net>]
  [ig-news] re: madison show                ["karen r." <indigokare@aol.com>]
  [ig-news] uk press (good review shock!)  [jennifer mcqueen <jenmcqueen@cla]
  [ig-news] uk show reviews - manchester  [cress rolfe <cress@sportsfix.co.u]

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 11:18:06 -0000
from: claudine lapsky <indigo2@blueyonder.co.uk>
subject: [ig-news] uk tour review

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
originally sent to the indigo girls mailing list at
netspace.org.]

hey y'all,

well, i got back in the early hours of the morning after a wonderful
time following the girls around the uk.  of course, this tour was cut a
little short as try we did, we couldn't get into dublin.  the airport
was closed due to "adverse weather conditions" and so we were stuck in
glasgow.  boohoohoo.  :-(  bye bye, row a tickets.  yesterday was an
emotional roller coaster, i'd rather never go through again.

but having got that off my chest, the other 3 shows were excellent.  and
in the absence of any other reviews, i thought i'd share my thoughts...

london 30th jan 2002, shepherd's bush empire.

[...]

sulli is back teching for the girls, so it was nice to see a familiar
face.  it was also nice because although this tour was touted as an
acoustic duo tour, they had carol isaacs and clare kenny playing with
them.  we could even see blair cunningham sitting behind the sound desk
and he came out and joined the girls on power of two, adding such depth
to the sound with a shaker!  emily joked how blair is "pretty good...for
a guy" and how honoured they were to have the band with them.  

the atmosphere was electric though and totally exceeded the girls'
expectations; they were so smiley all night as we impressed them with
our singing and enthusiasm.  they commented on how wary they were coming
back after all this time...the reason being something to do with the
"american timewarp" when try as they might they can't get out of the
states.  so to make up for this, they're promising to return to our
shores twice more this year!!!!

i don't have a proper setlist for this show.  this being my very first
ig show, i didn't want to boot it, or worry about anything else except
enjoying it to the fullest.  and enjoy it i did - i have never sung
along so much at a show before!

get out the map was the intro song and the whole audience was singing
away from the get-go.  
devotion  
deconstruction - brilliant song, another new emily classic.  her vocals
are better than ever on this tour - clear and strong.  we did notice
that she's using a different microphone now from amy, so whether that
makes a difference??
[and now in no particular order]
our deliverance - a song that was started before sept 11th, but finished
after and influenced by those events.  it was her way of questioning
whether the world can ever get out of the circle of violence.
yield
become you
gone again
you've got to show - emily said we had to imagine that song with a latin
beat in the background.
virginia woolf - a big highlight.  the harmonies on that were amazing!  
closer to fine - everybody sang along and when emily let us sing the
third verse, we collectively sounded as loud as if we were amplified -
pefect pitch and timing too!  another highlight for ourselves was when
amy stepped beyond the monitors to the edge of the stage, dancing away,
to hear us all sing.  
power of two - another beautiful singalong.
faye tucker
johnny rottentale
philosophy of loss
shame on you
moment of forgiveness
chickenman with bitter root river - amazing emily solo!
galileo
kid fears - as the girls had a curfew, they didn't go off and come back
for an encore, they just played through it.  and we all know that
galileo is generally the last song.  but we were all making so much
noise that after a short consultation with the venue staff, the girls
came back out to play kid fears (which is one of the songs i really
wanted to hear).  again, we filled in the michael stipe parts to
perfection.

what a special night.  the show lasted for about 1 hour and 50 mins.  it
truly felt like being in the church of a & e.  i think we've done well
enough to convince the girls to keep coming back.

oh, and how could we forget the fashion report...

amy:  a pale blue shirt in a soft fabric, with some tassles at the
front, which opened up nicely to reveal a clear view of her tattoo.  :-d
lovely dark blue jeans - very flattering fit and had a slit at the
bottom of the leg to reveal big black boots!  
emily:  black trousers, black boots, black shirt with silver studs on
the elbows, worn over a red t-shirt with a japanese face and writing
printed on the front.  

speaking of fashion, the merchandise offering was very limited, to my
disappointment.  2 t-shirt options were available - baby doll size white
t with blue sleeves that said indigo girls surrounded by a circle of
flowers.  the other was cream colour with a design on the front that i
cannot make sense of, but the back did say ig 2002 and listed all the uk
cities they played in.  prices were #15 each.  

[...]

manchester and glasgow reviews to follow...

claudine  

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 08:46:28 est
from: hunterj1@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] paris concert, pics, interview...got to see!

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.  i only had a very quick
look, but this site appears to be in french...]

check out this beautiful website:

indigo girls : eurotour 2002 (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/sof-indigo/eurotour/)

jude :)

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 11:10:21 est
from: "karen r." <indigokare@aol.com>
subject: [ig-news] minnesota tickets

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.  tickets for this show can
apparently also be bought through ticketmaster from 10am
friday.]

minneapolis tickets do not needs to be purchased through ticketbastard.  go
to:

www.first-avenue.com and check out the other options for purchasing them.
if you live in the twin cities you can go to any number of record stores to
get them.  or another option is to reserve them through redpets.com.  i'm
guessing that the ticketbastard charges could be as high as $6 a ticket
because i looked into buying tickets for flickerstick at the quest in mpls
and a $12 turned into an $18.

hope this helps some of you.

lisa


brwgrl

i am a problem child, i've been wild all my days
all my anger and my rage, my senses said it would
lead me astray
- -amy ray

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 09:14:12 -0800
from: bonster <bonster@drizzle.com>
subject: [ig-news] europe setlists on official site

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

here's a first-

setlists for london and paris shows are scanned and available on the
official site.
http://www.indigogirls.com/news.html

- -bon

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 16:32:06 -0000
from: jim garvey <sjgarvey@eircom.net>
subject: [ig-news] a day in the life of dublin

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
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[...]

its time, we take our seats and wait.  just after 9:00 oclock the
audience sees emily appearing from backstage before the house lights have
gone down, bedlam !!

in spite of the rumours from london this is a duo appearance, just the
two girls and two guitars, well actually 8 guitars, two banjos a couple of
mandolins and a harmonica (but more about that later !)

the show opens with gone again and hammer and a nail.  then devotion and
our deliverance and deconstruction (what a song !!).  i wouldnt bet large
amounts of money on the exact order from here on in but the show was mainly
new stuff with a sprinkling of  old songs thrown in.  from become you they
played  become you, yield, moment of forgiveness, nuevas senoritas
interspersed with closer to fine (yeah we all sang along !!), power of two
(on request ), virginia woolfe, get out the map, shame on you.  amy played
a couple of songs from stag solo  lucy stoners and johnny rottentail and
then emily played philosophy of loss on her own.  then emily said i think
you all know this one and they launched into galileo, oh no that means its
over l.  damien dempsey sang a song for us to kick off the encore and this
was followed by ghost and chickenman (with bitter root in the middle).
emily simply blew the audience away with her guitar playing on chickenman !!

some humorous moments;

emily gave us the run down on the new band describing them as english,
which got some hoots of derision from a section of the crowd.  dont get me
wrong this was good natured banter which ended up with emily saying to
herself it was time to shut the fuck up.  she then referred to the band
as the non-americans.

at one point one of the men in the audience yelled out at emily go on ya
good thing.  this is a strange irish phrase which totally rocked emily.
she just said what and the guy yelled out again go on ya good thing.
the look on her face was priceless, she hadnt a clue what it was all
about.  after about twenty seconds she composed herself and said, im
sorry we dont speak english.  then she told us about how they were having
a hard time understanding everyone and as for scotland, aw forget it,
which caused great laughter !!

amy seems to have been taking harmonica lessons and she struggled with it
all the way through become you.  at the end of the song she let out a
screech and threatened to feck the thing across the stage.  (the word feck
is another strange irish concoction, in this context it means to throw in a
frustrated manner, but usually it is a sanitised version of the other f
word).

another guy yelled out for strange fire and after much discussion the girls
decided they didnt know the chords.  the guy offered to play the guitar
and amy went for it.  she said it wouldnt be the first time they had
someone up from the audience sing.  he went strangely quiet after that but
we all had a good laugh.

there were also requests for language or the kiss and midnight train to
georgia, again the chords were strangely forgotten.  

the girls seemed to have a great time, amy had a grin on her face all
night.  at the end of the show flowers were thrown on stage and banners
proclaiming irelands love of the indigo girls, from the galway girls, and
others were held aloft.

they promised to learn those forgotten chords and return to us twice this
year starting in april.  sounds like a good deal to me !!

i was looking forward to this so much and i wasnt disappointed.  it was a
great show and the only disappointment, and a very slight one it was, was
that they didnt play starkville which is my favourite of all the new songs.

roll on april

jim

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 17:07:27 -0000
from: claudine lapsky <indigo2@blueyonder.co.uk>
subject: [ig-news] manchester review

[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
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manchester university - main debating hall 31 jan 2002

[...]

let's start with the fashion report:

amy:  tan colour shirt with western style embroidery on the front,
mid-brown thin corduroy trousers, and brown thick soled shoes/boots.
emily:  blue jeans, black t-shirt and the black frilly shirt that you
see on the promo photos at the site.

the set was nice and varied compared to the london show - more new songs
and different old ones.  they were also more willing to take requests
and so the setlist was changed as they went along.  this was great for
us, but i think sulli had a stressful night as at one point she handed
amy her black guitar.  amy looked at the guitar, looked at the setlist
and then asked sulli "what is this for?".  but it was good for us as
whilst sulli was retuning, the girls took the opportunity to talk with
us.  they want to be world travellers again (yay).  :-)  emily told us
that they expect to back over here in april/may and again in the summer,
so i'm psyched and ready for that!

amy told us how she injured (pulled a muscle in) her right leg whilst
exercising and doing too many lunges.  she did give us a visual
demonstration of her lunge, albeit sheepishly.  she could use her leg to
help her keep time in songs, but just couldn't walk very well.  i did
notice her limping on stage actually, so it must've been bad.  poor amy.


again, both amy and emily were really smiley and just having a
blast...and so were we.

i have a setlist (thanks so much john), so here it is:

gone again - amy broke her mandolin string.  so yeah, she has 2
identical mandolins as she swapped in the song.
power of two
become you - amy wore a harmonica and looked all ready to play it and
such.  she told us that it was just a prop though; she just needed to
get used to the feel of it on stage.  she said she couldn't play it yet
(although she did later in starkville).
deconstruction - and now amy plays bouzouki on that one
go
watershed - wow!  and emily played classical guitar on that one
moment of forgiveness
virginia woolf
johnny rottentale
collecting you
setlist shows devotion and that was crossed off and replaced with thin
line, yet the girls actually played least complicated.  we had out na,
na's down pat!  ;-)  very cute to see emily give us cues of when to stop
and such.
philosophy of loss
reunion
get out the map
starkville
closer to fine
yield (not shown on setlist)
during the little tuning break, someone shouted up linedancing.  amy
quickly said that despite her shirt, she's not a cowgirl, but emily
knows how to...emily said that was a long time ago, when she went to the
bars and such.  but she did tell her story of how she wore a cowboy hat
and a tassely jacket to a wynonna judd concert.  apparently wynonna said
"hey cowgirl" to emily and after they chatted for a bit, talking about
songwriting together and all, emily said that wynonna said, "sure, i'll
make ya some guitar string money"!!  it was just so cute and nice to
hear the girls talk so much.
she's saving me - setlist said chickenman though.
chickenman - no bitter root river tonight, but another blistering emily
solo
devotion - on setlist, but not played
galileo

the show lasted about 1 hour 45 mins.

[...]

claudine

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 16:34:59 -0600
from: barbara bordner <ritesofpassage9@webtv.net>
subject: [ig-news] big news mpls tix

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i contacted russell carter, and the cities 97 fm  in minneapolis, is
sponsoring the event.

tix go on sale sat. feb 9th at 10:30 a.m.
if you want you can get tix a day early by becoming a member of their
frequent listener club. just go to their home page at www.cities97.com
you'll see a big picture of  ig.

click on that and you'll get the rest of the details. i'm not sure where
to get them,  i've told you everything i know.

peace, and don't beat me in line ha ha!

barb

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 17:53:59 est
from: "karen r." <indigokare@aol.com>
subject: [ig-news] re: madison show

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all,

the madison date has been changed to friday the 22nd (instead of the 20th).
it is on the official site.

:-) karen

****************
"my regrets become distractions" - amy ray
"and as for the truth, it seems like we just pick a theory" - emily saliers
become you, the new album by the indigo girls
in stores 12 march 2002
(glad i have a promo copy...)
*******************
all,

the madison date has been changed to friday the 22nd (instead of the
20th).  it is on the official site.

:-) karen

****************
"my regrets become distractions" - amy ray
"and as for the truth, it seems like we just pick a theory" - emily
saliers
become you, the new album by the indigo girls
in stores 12 march 2002
(glad i have a promo copy...)
*******************

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 22:50:36 -0000
from: jennifer mcqueen <jenmcqueen@clara.co.uk>
subject: [ig-news] uk press (good review shock!)

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hi everyone,

i don't post very often but if anything's going to lure me out of lurkdom
then it's a uk ig tour!

considering that the london show was all i could have wished for and more
(and believe me, my expectations were high!) i was seething after reading
that review by some cynical guardian hack (john aizlewood). apart from being
littered with factual inaccuracies (eg amy was *not* wearing leather pants,
and one quote attributed to emily was actually said by amy, which i think is
"mentally flabby" journalism!) the thinly veiled misogyny of the review was
the most depressing thing about it. it's no wonder that amy needed to write
a song like lucystoners...

with that in mind i was therefore delighted to find a positive review of the
london gig by someone who actually seemed to have been at the same show as
me!

indigo girls
shepherd's bush empire
sound check live review for bbc ceefax
by michael osborn

this pair of musical veterans came to london for the first time in 6 years
armed with a bewildering array of guitars, mandolins, lutes and banjos.
georgia duo amy ray and emily saliers admitted that they were nervous about
coming back after such a long break.
but the venue was packed to the gills with an amazingly dedicated and loyal
fanbase - who were richly rewarded.
and for a novice like myself, it wasn't hard to become an enthusiastic
convert.
the overall feel of this long-standing musical pairing is folksy with a
strong twang of good old american hicksville.
but the partnership makes it more subtle and sophisticated than that.
amy has a fascinating alto voice and whips up a storm with her guitar, while
emily is the gentler of the combination.
the pair amazed with their spot-on harmonies, amy's tinged with smokiness,
emily's sweet and pure - both with that irresistible southern drawl.
voices aside, i've never before seen an array of stringed instruments played
with such incredible dexterity.
the girls don't need a drummer because they create the rhythm themselves.
and plaudits must go to their musician who was a master of keyboards,
accordian and penny whistle, adding further depth to the girls' mesmerising
sounds.
as with all gigs, the older numbers proved the greatest crowd pleasers. and
i've never seen a crowd so pleased.
galileo and closer to fine were songs etched on the hearts of every fan in
the civilised, appreciative audience.
they sang a whole verse in perfect pitch and did backing vocals to another.
my highlights were a stunning solo stomper from amy where she whipped up a
storm of unadulterated energy with growling vocals and mashed guitar.
another astonishing tune evoked the drama of a long gone era with soaring
music that made the spine tingle.
other moments also pleased, including a new song with a bosa nova backdrop
just aching to be heard.
some songs simply washed over and were less memorable but the enduring
impression was made strong and clear.
their live performance was faultless, seasoned, natural and engaging.
to witness a bunch of utterly devoted fans was a real pleasure - and made
this concert one to remember.

*************

for any uk fans interested in seeing this review, as of tonight it's still
up on ceefax p.569.
the reviewer might have made more effort to find out names and song-titles
(i think the songs he refers to but doesn't name are johnny rottentale,
virgina woolf and you've got to show, and of course the unnamed musician is
carol isaacs) but at least he seemed to be more interested in the music than
the clothes and didn't appear to feel threatened by the gender of the guitar
tech!

(thanks to claudine for sitting patiently in front of the tv in our
manchester hotel at 1.30 in the morning to copy out the review!)

back to lurking now (unless anyone wants to hear more about the uk shows...)

jen
(gradually coming down from her indigo high)

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date: mon, 4 feb 2002 20:40:31 -0000
from: cress rolfe <cress@sportsfix.co.uk>
subject: [ig-news] uk show reviews - manchester

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hi all
[...]

since no-one so far's mentioned the manchester university gig here goes
(briefly) - excellent, even better than london in my view cos they played a
couple more of my favourites  - can't remember the whole set list i'm afraid -
watershed, least complicated, fugitive etc.  treated to amy's manic
banjo/mandolin numbers johnny r & faye tucker.  and emily's melodic & intense
philosophy of loss. whole load of oldies, but just anything sounded great live
again after six years' absence from these shores.  hope they are both not put
off by the driving rain & gales which have rocked the uk.  talking of rocking -
what about amy's jim morrison-style brown cord trousers with yellow tour bus
buckle & western shirt!

[...]

whole night was absolutely brilliant - jim from the dublin gig has mentioned
amy's harmonica attempts for which i feel i must be partly responsible (or
maybe i'm just kidding myself) - in manchester she told the audience how she
was just learning on it and we had to bear with her - then she proceded to play
miles away from the mike so she was the only one who could hear it anyway.
so when we caught amy before she managed to escape into the tour bus much
later, i berated her jokingly for this and said next time "hold it to the mike
so we can all hear!"  i like to think she heeded my words, but sounds like
maybe it was bad advice at this stage in her development....

anyway, you've all got some great new stuff to look forward to, even after 2
nights i feel i know the intros....
hope everyone manages to get tickets, & have as great a time as we did. like to
think the girls also enjoyed themselves, best part of the audience rapport
thing was emily trying to impersonate a northern england accent saying
something like
"awlright, mun-chest- a" like some kind of britpop bloke.
anyway, both looked well smiley by the end of both gigs.
i'm just so pleased they made it over here, i'm sure all the uk fans feel the
same way.

still enjoying the memories - 3 days later when i should put my head down & get
on with some work...
cheers
cress

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