Oh my God, it’s alive!

Martin Gordon live! The less things change, the more they change the same. Here’s an overview of Martin Gordon’s late entry to the stage as a solo performer. It took three decades to really get going, but one’s doesn’t want to flood the market, does one?

10. Rickenbacker’s Inn, Berlin, Germany

(Melli Plauth/gtr, Ralf Leeman/gtr, Werner Molkentin/dr) September 2018

A return to Rickenbacker’s, where everything (except the ending of this tune) worked out just fine.

9. Artenschutz Theater, Berlin, Germany

(Melli Plauth/gtr, Ralf Leeman/gtr, Werner Molkentin/dr) August 2018

Before a highly informed, rational and discerning audience, the Half A Chicken band performed a selection of tunes suitable for miners.

8. Brauhaus Sudstern, Berlin, Germany

(Melli Plauth/gtr, Ralf Leeman/gtr, Werner Molkentin/dr) March 2018

This was the first time that I had ever sung (I use the term cautiously) my way through an entire set.

7. Blackland, Berlin, Germany

(Melli Plauth/gtr, Romain Vicente/dr) Jan 2017

For his 30th birthday, Romain invited everybody that he had ever played with to participate. But not at the same time. We performed three tunes.

6. Rickenbackers, Berlin, Germany

(Ralf Leeman/gtr, Werner Molkentin/dr) 2017

For no apparent reason, I was invited to appear at Ralf’s show as a guest, and we performed three tunes.

5. Rickenbackers, Berlin, Germany

(Ralf Leeman/gtr, Romain Vicente/dr) September 2015

It was Ralf’s 50th birthday, and he decide to celebrate it by inviting me to play. Well, it takes all sorts, I suppose. We did three tunes.

4. Skal, Stockholm

(Pelle Almgren/vox, Max Lorentz/keys, Mats Grundstrom/gtr, Chris Montgomery/dr) June 2011

Pelle came up with this gig, and it was great. We has a wonderful band, all of whom were great players and which included keys for the first time, and we even performed an ancient Sparks tune.

3. Ex’n’Pop, Berlin, Germany

(Pelle Almgren/vox, Ralf Leeman/gtr, Perzi Perzborn/dr) July 2009

Flushed by the resounding success of the previous two gigs, this was a local variant, to which almost 40 people turned up. I even got the contrabass out. But at this point, I decided that an easy life was preferable to these sorts of gigs, and would certainly be cheaper.

2. Metro, London, UK

(Pelle Almgren/vox, Rich Davenport/gtr, Steve Budney/dr) March 2008

Supporting some band called Radio Stars who seemed to have been about a fair bit, we were joined by special guests for ‘A Policeman’s Lot’. Steve Budney (see 1) came over to play in my set and later with Radio Stars, and he then flew to Berlin to complete the fifth part of the Mammal Trilogy. So that was good value for money, no question.

1. Boston, USA

(Pelle Almgren/vox, Ernie Kim gtr/vox, Brian Church bass/vox, Steve Budney dr) September 2007

My solo debut, after a mere three decades ‘in the business’. I was invited by Tristan da Cunha, who kindly performed as my band for the evening. The band all wore shorts as it was 40 degrees (Centithing, not Fahrenthing) in the shade. But not me. Oh no, I should think not.

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