22. Lifehouse – Birmingham Academy – 8/9/2003

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: Maroon 5's career and fame levels reach their peak, as they support Matchbox Twenty in front of a couple thousand Brummies and a large black curtain. In the second part of my September 2003 American Soft Rock Band Rearranged Gig Double Bill - catchy title - it's off to see … Continue reading 22. Lifehouse – Birmingham Academy – 8/9/2003

21. Matchbox Twenty – NEC Arena, Birmingham – 05/09/2003

Previously on Sweating with Strangers: a lovely evening out in Bristol is sullied by a 'fan' doing a Tigger impression. Sorry for the delay folks, I've been massively distracted by Brexit - true story. Luckily I saw dear old Roger Daltrey say it won't make a bit of difference, and as a live music blog … Continue reading 21. Matchbox Twenty – NEC Arena, Birmingham – 05/09/2003

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

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

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