WHILE I sympathize with Malcolm Close and his difficulties in buying tickets for Bruce Springsteen at Murrayfield (Letters, July 25), I am delighted that he has finally decided to join us who refuse to feed the god of money from the music industry and supporting the many local bands and venues hosting tour outfits in our city. He has, after all, already seen The Boss nine times, which seems excessive for any artist.
Tickets for The Barrowland cost around £35-£40. You can see fabulous live music at Oran Mor and St Lukes for around £20. It was only recently that I saw three outstanding bands – The Hot Damn, Salt River Shakedown and The Dust Coda – at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for the princely sum of £12. Stereo, The Garage, Broadcast, SWG3, The Academy, The Old Fruitmarket, Nice N Sleazy and a number of great venues will provide a memorable evening of live music. And let’s not forget the bars – The Scotia, The Clutha, MacSorley’s for example – which regularly offer free live music.
Plus, the food is better and the beer cheaper than anywhere Springsteen is likely to play anytime soon.
Keep it live. Keep it local. Keep it in value.
Steve Brennan, Coatbridge.
THE BOSS HATE HACKING
I sympathize and sympathize with Bruce Springsteen fan Malcolm Close who enters the online queue early but is denied tickets by people who have no intention of going to the concert in Murrayfield and resell them immediately for huge profits.
I saw Springsteen in his first Scottish appearance at the Edinburgh Playhouse in 1981 for around five cents. A few years ago I shook my charity bucket at his gig at Eden Park Rugby Ground in Auckland, New Zealand to raise money for the homeless. The boss mentioned the city mission and the stadium erupted.
If Springsteen knew about the outrageous ticket piracy that continues to line the pockets of others at the expense of his fans, I’m sure he would have something to say.
What a coincidence that in the same edition Kevin McKenna talks about Gerry Cinnamon’s concerts from Glasgow to Hampden (“Some enchanted evenings with Gerry Cinnamon”, The Herald, July 25). Raised in Castlemilk, he became “the most recognizable Scottish musician on the planet”.
Hopefully he and Paulo Nutini, who can also sell Hampden, will appear occasionally in smaller venues around town.
There’s a common thread here, including The Boss. All recognize and are proud of their working-class roots.
For those who get Springsteen tickets, enjoy. But Mr Close urges us to celebrate the talent of great musicians and bands playing in smaller venues. Having recently visited Glad Cafe to see a wonderful and talented singer, Alas De Liona, and then various acts at Clutha and Avant Garde, I couldn’t agree more.
Andy Stenton, Glasgow.
BRING EUROVISION TO ABERDEEN
GOOD, we now know that the UK will host Eurovision in 2023 (“Going for a Song: Glasgow and Aberdeen bid to host Eurovision”, The Herald, July 27). It’s great to see so many cities interested in hosting the event, including Aberdeen and Glasgow. There is no doubt in my mind that if Eurovision is going to come to Scotland, it has to come to Aberdeen.
Aberdeen has built a new state-of-the-art events complex with a 15,000-seat arena, the largest in Scotland. This complex, P&J Live, was built by the City Council without a grant from the Scottish Government. It is located two minutes from Aberdeen International Airport and just 10 minutes from the bustling city centre. When you add Aberdeen’s cultural offerings, including the award-winning Aberdeen Art Gallery, the upgraded Provost Skene House and the soon-to-open Union Terrace Gardens, it is evident that Aberdeen has benefited from massive financial investment to regenerate the city, thus presenting it as an essential European city open to trade and tourism.
Aberdeen’s chances of hosting Eurovision are compelling from a cities perspective; after all, Aberdeen is Europe’s energy capital. Sadly, some of our key politicians – including Labor leader Anas Sarwar – can’t see past the M8 and are already touting Glasgow. If Scotland is to be outward looking, its politicians must look beyond the M8 and recognize that if Aberdeen can host the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board as well as Offshore Europe , the largest energy conference in Europe. , then it is certainly capable of hosting Eurovision.
So when it comes to deciding, let’s hear it for Aberdeen.
Willie Young, Aberdeen.
• ALTHOUGH Eurovision will be a welcome boost for a British city in these trying times, I really think that if Kyiv couldn’t host the show it should have gone to Poland, which has done so much more for Ukrainian refugees than any other country. Some 3.5 million Ukrainians found refuge there, and Lublin or Krakow could have provided Ukraine with an alternative home.
GR Weir, Ochiltree.
THE JOY OF TARADIDDLE
Yesterday’s contribution from R Russell Smith (Letters, July 26) made me smile, as it often does. I loved his use of one of my favorite words, “tarradiddle”, rarely seen in broadsheets or periodicals and certainly not in modern texts. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the definition as “a little lie; pretentious nonsense”.
I’ve always found Oxford’s interpretation somewhat harsh. ‘Nonsense’ can be nonsense without being pretentious and when it comes to ‘a little lie’ had the Oxford editor ever heard of the old adage ‘Many truths are told in jest’?
However, I’m leaning towards using the “r” spelling as opposed to the two “r’s”. Oxford English places the second “r” in parentheses, the sensitivity of the compilers being perhaps bruised by the sight of two “r”?
Maureen McGarry-O’Hanlon, Balloch.
THE ESSENCE OF ROMANCE
The coffee-based reminiscences of R RUSSELL SMITH provoked research.
The best-selling product from the Glasgow company that invented Camp Coffee was a raspberry syrup often added to whiskey or brandy to produce a drink known as “Cuddle-me-Dearie”.
How’s that for a chat line?
David Miller, Milgavie.