10. Less than Jake – Birmingham Academy (Dale End) – 12/4/2001

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: the Stereophonics don't like any writers, and Turin Brakes' drummer doesn't like this one: So, here's the thing. The other day I was doing some prep work for future blog posts (yes, I prepare for them, don't look so surprised!), and I thought about how the first time I went … Continue reading 10. Less than Jake – Birmingham Academy (Dale End) – 12/4/2001

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9. Stereophonics – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 24/3/2001

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: Status Quo take it real damn sloooow, and we bid farewell to drummer Jeff. An avid reader tells me "the world is praying for no more Status Quo for a while." Really? I think the world has been praying for something along those lines since 1978, and even death cannot … Continue reading 9. Stereophonics – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – 24/3/2001

8. Status Quo – NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/12/2000

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: Status Quo tease getting good again and playing Young Hodge's favourite song 14 months may be all that had passed between seeing Status Quo at the NEC Arena for the 3rd time and seeing Status Quo at the NEC Arena for the 4th time, but so very much had changed … Continue reading 8. Status Quo – NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/12/2000

7. Status Quo – NEC, Birmingham – 16/10/1999

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: urination, deathly crushes and nationalism in South Wales. We've reached a banner year for this blog: 1999, the first year to feature 2 gigs, and therefore an early leader on this super cool graph: 2015 was fun Yes, after the eurphoric highs and pee-stained lows of my trip across the … Continue reading 7. Status Quo – NEC, Birmingham – 16/10/1999

6. Stereophonics – Morfa Stadium, Swansea, 31/7/1999

Previously on Sweating With Strangers, teenage Hodge doesn't have a favourite coat, but does take a liking to a crowd of sweaty strangers. I could try to explain it to you. I could compare it to Nevermind for Seattle grunge fans, or The Clash for punks in 1977. But it would be fruitless. I could never make you understand … Continue reading 6. Stereophonics – Morfa Stadium, Swansea, 31/7/1999

5. Ocean Colour Scene, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/2/1998

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: teenage Hodge experiences a giant curtain, and doesn't really care about quality. It's happened at last: I have a different band to write about. Still at the same venue however, because as all good Dr Who showrunners know, you don't change everything all at once. One series it's the Doctor, … Continue reading 5. Ocean Colour Scene, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 16/2/1998

4. Status Quo, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 18/12/1997

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: young Hodge learns that bad behaviour sometimes pays, and is blown away by a real arena. Sad times my dear readers, sad times indeed. This is the last post about Status Quo I'll be writing for.. ooooh.. a good week and a half! I have OTHER bands to talk about … Continue reading 4. Status Quo, NEC Arena, Birmingham – 18/12/1997

2. Status Quo, Torbay Leisure Centre – 12/12/1991

Previously on Sweating With Strangers: young Hodge goes to see Status Quo at Torbay Leisure Centre, drowns in a t-shirt, protects his ears, and falls asleep. That's right folks: second gig, same as the first gig. When you're so young that you're entirely dependent on your parents to take you to see bands, you only … Continue reading 2. Status Quo, Torbay Leisure Centre – 12/12/1991

1. Status Quo – Torbay Leisure Centre – 14/12/1988

I did warn you this wouldn't be an entirely fashionable list of bands. I've probably lost myself a large portion of my potential readers by starting at the start, but never mind. The thing is, it's impossible to get across how actually really very cool I was the next day at school for having been … Continue reading 1. Status Quo – Torbay Leisure Centre – 14/12/1988