Royal Albert Hall - Christmas Carols with the Stars

by therealting on Nov.30, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs, Nicki Rogers, The Ob-Sessions Choir

I’ve not been well this week, and when we arrived to soundcheck, I soon discovered that due to a miscommunication with the organisers, there was in fact no guitar amp (and I’d been told specifically not to bring one). Rats. Electric guitar just doesn’t sound the same when you plug it straight into the mixer… not exactly the best start when you are about to play at the coolest venue ever! 

Fortunately Ben (our keyboard player) told me I should plug into his Leslie cabinet, and the sound was monstrous! I even got to flick the rotors on for a couple tunes and got this huge vibey sound from my guitar. 

The choir performance was very well received, and our two guest stars - Heather Peace andDavid Lonsdale - performed very well. Heather in particular delivered what can only be described as a world class performance (and David would be the first to acknowledge this). Our final tune “Oh Happy Day” literally brought the entire hall to its feet… definitely the sort of Royal Albert Hall debut I was hoping for! :) 

Monday is my birthday and I will be playing with Nicki Rogers at The Bedford in Balham - it’s a free gig, so come by to enjoy the music and say hello. Then on Tuesday is the best birthday present a musician could wish for… London O2, say hello to Brown:music!

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Glasgow SECC Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Nov.25, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Another amazing gig - this arena was wider than the NEC and almost as long so the feel was a little different. Glasgow was pretty chilly, although apparently during the time we were there, London was actually colder! 

We got to watch Take That’s set from a better vantage point this time… we were at the front-of-house sound desk as opposed to being towards the side of the stage at the Birmingham gig - awesome production once again. Can’t believe we’ve already done two of these gigs now, with just two to go.

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Birmingham NEC Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Nov.20, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Onstage at the N.E.C.

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We had a fantastic time on the 17th Sept playing to more than 10,000 people… I don’t think I’ll ever forget walking out onto the stage for the first time and seeing a huge black sea of people, unseen apart from blue and green flashing glowsticks! There are already a few videos of our performance on Youtube (click here), and I also shot a “behind the scenes” clip during soundcheck which you can watch by clicking here. Look out for the enthusiastic cameo from our friend Jason from Take That! 

Some pictures viewable now on our Facebook group - click here to visit. We’ll be adding them to our Myspace soon and I’ll try and throw a few up here at some point. 

The Take That show was an almost ridiculously spectacular production, and it was a little surreal watching the boys perform in person when our school class used to listen to Take That about 12 years ago, and when we had opened the show. Surreal indeed! If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to any of the Take That gigs this year, you’re in for a heck of a show! 

We’re already really looking forward to the Glasgow gig this Friday, and the Royal Albert Hall gig is little more than a week away now…

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Christmas Carols with the Stars at the Royal Albert Hall

by therealting on Oct.22, 2007, under Gigs, The Ob-Sessions Choir

I will be playing electric guitar with the “Ob-sessions” gospel choir at the Royal Albert Hall on 29th November 2007. I’ve dreamed of playing at the RAH since I first arrived to study at Imperial College (just across the road) nine years ago, so this is definitely a big deal for me. We will be performing a few carols in a gospel style, as well as accompanying two British stars from the world of showbusiness in aid of Leukaemia Research. I’m really looking forward to this one!

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Take That “Beautiful World” Tour!

by therealting on Oct.05, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

It’s now official - Brownmusic is going to be supporting Take That on their sold-out upcoming UK tour promoting their latest studio album. We will be playing at the Birmingham NEC arena, the Glasgow SECC arena, the London O2 arena and Manchester’s MEN arena, with a total capacity of over 60,000 people! 
Read our press release on the Brown:music website.

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