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Stereophonics, Gangsters, Piccadilly Partnership and Comedy

Published on September 20th 2005.

Tough week for Gordo. Started Wednesday with the launch of the North West smile Comedy Awards, you can read that report by clicking here.

Dead funny side trip afterwards, we left the Piccadilly around 9.30pm with Dave Perkins, gaffer of the Frog and Bucket, one of the best comedy clubs in the North West; Gordo was fancying a decent pint, so Dave suggested The Circus Tavern. Gordo hasn’t been in there since he was barred ten years ago, but it seemed a great idea as Greek George now owns it. Terrific, best atmosphere in town and you get waitress service!

The walls are covered with pictures of Manchester personalities past and present, with a large selection of never-been-seen before snaps of the Quality Street Gang. Any of you who don’t know about the ‘QSG’ need to think 'Guy Ritchie'. The main reason why the Kray twins never set foot on Manchester soil was the welcome their lieutenants got on platform eight at Piccadilly Station when they arrived back in the early sixties. Allegedly, the police turned a blind eye and the cocknies went straight back down to London, this time in the luggage compartment spark out.

Gangsters change. Today’s are just bullies. A couple of weeks ago one pleasant chap at the Sugar Lounge threw another brain surgeon over the balcony. He landed on two girls down below. Gordo is personally delighted that the owners have had the club placed in administration and effectively taken off them. If you can’t control your door you don’t deserve to be here in Manchester.

Back to The Circus Tavern.

The Tetley’s is astonishingly good. We had an old lag sat with us; he was telling Judith Watson and Lindsay Cessford porkies all night. Gordo couldn’t believe that Lindsay and Judith were crest fallen the next morning when Tim the Editor couldn’t find his name on the Olympic register from the fifties. How old are you two?

Thursday saw the launch of Piccadilly Partnership’s marketing efforts along with their super new website www.piccadillymanchester.com. Now headed up by the absolutely delightful Jo Farrell, they put on a full sit down dinner for well over a hundred. Gordo found himself sat down next to his pal Scott Harper, gaffer from the Malmaison, and a new pal, Martin Wright, from Vision, in Liverpool. Helen Thomas from our neighbours Meredith Thomas was looking better than ever, one of the best PR Girlies in town (she will hate me calling her that) and certainly the best company; the Mullett couldn’t get enough of her.

Lisa Barker's big black boots were unfortunately made for walking, Gordo was considering a pitch but she left early. Having a cigar outside, Gordo bumped into Mark who does PR for the venue on the night - The Cotton House. Mark was twitching, they had never sat so many people down for a function before. He needn’t have bothered, the food and service went off really well, Gordo can recommend them for big parties. It’s a lovely venue as well, great atmosphere. We shall review it in the next four weeks or so, in the meantime we would welcome your comments. Email us; bottle of Champagne to the best.

Finishing off the evening at Panacea, we should all give a vote of thanks to Wayne Mellor, who inadvertently seemed to become the Champagne sponsor for the end of the evening! Congrats on getting the Inacity Tower away as well Wayne, it’s good to see a fellow Manc getting the right breaks in our market for a change.

The following day saw a long lunch at The Malmaison Brasserie with the Nordoff-Robbins crew. They are Gordo’s favourite charity. Good lunch, Mark the Chef is well on form, cheese was a star on this occasion, as were several fab bottles of wine. That list just grows and grows.

And finally, The Stereophonics! Gordo took Lindsay as he had two tickets to the gig (Gordo always feels uncomfortable using that term, it’s a sign of old age..) as guests of the rather lovely Berlinda Wander in their private box. Only just made it. The latest album, 'Language. Sex. Violence. Other?' is a welcome return to form, harsh and unsparing with riff after menacing riff flowing all the way across. It works well, you tend to listen to the whole piece through as there is a story that grabs you and won’t let go.

They aren’t very nice stories but they grab you by the balls. Live? Gordo and Linz got blown away, they were awesome. Wave after wave of good old guitar stuff, great drums and lyrics that work. Finishing on a quality rendition of 'Dakota', the new drummer, Javier Weyler showed that he ain’t just a session man, he makes your hair stand on end. In fact through most of the set Gordo was convinced that he must have looked like Jeremy Clarkson driving a fast sports car with no windscreen. It’s about time these lads got some good press, they deserve it.

Happy Trails


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