August 1992, over sixteen years ago, I attended my first concert.

Geographically speaking I grew up in a place which saw no bands come anywhere near which would perhaps explain why I was 15 before I saw anyone play live.

Music wasn’t a huge thing in my life early on so that probably had something to do with it as well - I was a Shakin’ Stevens fan for heavens sake!

I like sleep, always have and probably always will.

But since getting our kitten, Daisy, I haven’t been getting as much as I used to due to her insistence that someone gets up to feed and play with her whenever she wakes up - which is usually a good hour or two before I’d ideally be liking to waken.

However, it’s not all bad - in fact being up and about an hour earlier hasn’t affected me as much as I thought it might.  In the past, a lack of sleep has always made me grumpy with a longing all day for an early night so I can catch up straight away but that all seems to have left me now.

During the gig at the ABC on Friday, Fran Healy did his fair share of chatting between songs - as he always does.

Of course, he mentioned that their new ablum Ode to J Smith was up for release this week and hoped we would like the new material as much as the band did.  They seem really excited about this new record which is good to see, and it’s a shame that due to fashions and trends it’s unlikely to be heard by any large number of people due to a lack of airplay.

One word - Wow!!

I’ve seen Travis quite a few times now and in venues of varying sizes, and for my money they are simply unbeatable live.

They may not be the most fashionable band, in fact I’d go as far as saying it’s now strictly unfashionable to admit you are a Travis fan but I would gladly go and see them play every night of the week.

The criticism normally levied at their albums is that their music is too soft, too safe and too samey.  Anyone thinking like that should go see them live, they will rock your socks off!

I wasn’t going to mention anything publically just yet, but apparently the newspapers are onto the story so I feel it’s time to come clean.

I’ve been asked to record the theme for the next James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

Hmm, maybe not but it seems everyone else has been linked to it!  First I seem to recall rumours of Take That having a pop at writing it, then it was Leona Lewis or Amy Winehouse and now apparently it’s going to be either Duffy or Jack White.

What a combination!

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