This song is a little out of place on the Live and Kicking album since it was actually recorded in 2005 in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at the Sage, Gateshead. It's a nostalgic look at how we felt way back when we first started out. We appeared before a small, selective audience of old friends and acquaintances, reminiscent of the early days when we'd regularly put on this type of show. We had a great time playing lots of our old stuff and giving many new songs like this their first airing. This track also features the 'underground enigma' Arlenderre who we've known a long time and have worked with on many occasions on his tours.
Arlenderre is the complete antithesis of everything that contemporary music culture stands for. He has no management or recording contract. He doesn't sell music or merchandise. He doesn't appear on radio, TV or video, but he tours extensively. He has a massive cult following and is absolutely passionate about his fans. He is a leading light in Britain's new underground movement where artistes and musicians have abandoned the charade of today's corporate music industry and refuse to take part in the mockery that it's become.
"I wouldn't have missed that night for the world. The guys were having a nostalgic get-together for all their friends and supporters and I flew back from Berlin to be there. Juice are legends in the North East and I've been a fan for many years. Of course, I've also been privileged to have them appear at many venues on my tours and they're just a joy to work with. So natural and down to earth and such great musicians. Long may they continue." Arlenderre
The Sage at Gateshead is the home of musical life here in the North East of England. It has hosted concerts from a huge range of local and internationally famous artists. The building is an incredible feat of structural engineering with its awe inspiring design of curved glass and stainless steel. Sage contains three performance halls and the building was designed around these three spaces to allow for maximum attention to detail in their acoustic properties.
Structurally it is actually three separate buildings, insulated from each other to prevent noise and vibration travelling between them. These three buildings are enclosed by the now-famous glass and steel shell. Hall One was intended as an acoustically perfect space, modelled on the renowned Musikverein in Vienna. Its ceiling panels may be raised and lowered and curtains drawn across the ribbed wooden side walls, changing the sound profile of the room to suit any type of music. Hall Two is a smaller venue, possibly the world's only ten-sided performance space.The building's third concourse was designed to be used for informal music-making. Below the concourse level is the Music Education Centre, where workshops, community music courses and day-to-day instrumental teaching takes place in over 20 individual, largely sound-proofed rooms, one of which is also a recording studio.
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