I wrote this 18 months ago and all last year I would tell people that the musical highlight of the year was being there watching Dexys as the horns kicked in on I Love You (Listen to this). There is now a DVD and CD of the concert and the horns still get me when they kick in. But there is also the 21 minutes of What’s She Like to get through as well. As Grant Mclennan would have it it is all part of that jazz they call rock’nroll. Somewhere on here I have written about the Bullingdon Arms that used to be on the Cowley Road in Oxford and the wall they had covered in black and white photographs of great Irish men and writers. If the wall was still there then there should be a picture of Kevin Rowland up there amongst them. Sometimes its never enough.
Having a night in London and spotting that Dexys were playing a run of ten nights in The Duke of York’s Theatre was too good an opportunity to miss. So I bought my ticket last week and slipped out my hotel late in the afternoon to pick it up.
Having picked up my ticket I was told that the show would start at 8.00 rather than 7.00 which gave me a couple of hours to kill and get something to eat in and around Soho.
Last time I had been London I had tried to squeeze Kristen and myself into Barrafina for just one plate of tapas but we had been dismissed and told that the wait for a seat was at least 45 minutes.
I had better luck this time by myself and was able to sit myself down on one of the spare seats up at the bar…
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