12. Status Quo – Warwick Castle – 20/7/2001

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: Rob Thomas F**KING loves Cardiff, and Bon Jovi see 80,000 faces, and rock them all. We've reached the final show of what might be considered 'Phase 2' of my existence on this earth: the Evesham years. In the summer of 2001 I was all set for a new life at … Continue reading 12. Status Quo – Warwick Castle – 20/7/2001

11. Bon Jovi – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – 17/6/2001

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: Frenzal Rhomb disturb me greatly, and Less than Jake are less than memorable. Around the turn of the millennium, I started getting massively into a genre of music that I would kindly describe as white American males, singing sincere songs really well, and playing instruments brilliantly. Unfortunately, the wider world … Continue reading 11. Bon Jovi – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – 17/6/2001

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

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