Monday 30 December 2013

Last shout for AB/CD

Part of my Christmas present from Sharon was two tickets to see the old tribute band stalwarts, AB/CD, through in Glasgow on Sunday. To make a day of it I went through to Glasgow early and picked up Paul Last from Cambuslang en route to Paisley to see the St. Mirren v Hearts game, my first league match in almost two years. Things started well with a goal in the third minute and a first half onslaught but the Buddies failed to capitalise and the match ended up 1-1 after a Hearts equaliser at the start of the second half. At least it was dry and not too cold.

I took Paul on the scenic route back through Paisley and Glenburn, up to Barrhead and then via Hurlet and Clarkston before he took over the directions to get us back to his house. The rest of the Lasts went through to Edinburgh to stay over at our house - I think Paul and I got the best of the deal! We got the train into Glasgow Central as the rain started to come on and eventually got into La Tasca for a quick (far quicker than Christmas Eve) tapas tea before heading down Union St to the Cathouse. I saw AB/CD a couple of times around 1999 and 2000 and, it transpired, this was their swansong, with the Monday night show in Glasgow the last they would be performing as singer Alan Moore has decided, at the age of 64 and with unspecified "health problems", to call it a day. All credit to him, he still managed to belt out a good 18-20 songs. It was deafening though! I'm not sure what Paul, as someone who had never heard any AC/DC stuff before, made of it, but it was a good blast from the past for me. We had to leg it before the end to catch the last train back to Cambuslang. It revived memories of running down Renfield St. from the Apollo and all the way up Glasgow Central station (it was always platform 13!) to get the last train back to Paisley after a gig!

Monday was absolutely miserable in Glasgow, wet and grey, so after a lazy morning and bacon sandwich with Paul, I headed back east and met up with Sharon in B&Q for some serious light, sink, tiles and taps shopping as we try to finalise the purchases required for the interior work which will recommence next week. Robert Lind babysat for the boys who were delighted as it meant they had an extended run of TV, Skylanders, Minecraft and so on. It's been electronic heaven over Christmas as we've been rising late (the boys haven't), the weather has been miserable and it's been dark by half three, so they've been indulged in inside play most of the time.

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