Like a Daydream

Well we have all known for a while that this was happening, but here it is at last.

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On April 1st, Ride sent emails out via the mailing list advertising 3 small, low-key warm-up gigs; two in the US and one in their hometown, Oxford. It being April 1st, many people assumed that it was an April Fool. It wasn’t.

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Having missed out on the Roundhouse tickets, I was pleased to nab a couple of tickets for the Oxford date. And so, joined my my friend Jeremy, I took the Oxford Tube to see Ride for the first time since…oh, I don’t know when.

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I’m glad to report that it was really pretty good. They stuck to a crowd-pleaser set, nothing much too obscure at this stage, starting with Polar Bear. Then proceded with a set that included Ride classics such as Seagull, Dreams Burn Down, all that. Vapour Trail was lovely. Drive Blind was great, although a little ‘cleaner’ than I remember, and included a little mini-holocaust of  around 5 minutes.

Here’s Loz beating up his drums during the mini-holocaust.

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The first encore was Leave Them All Behind and then the second was Like a Daydream and then Chelsea Girl to finish.

A couple of niggles, some guy yelling what I understand was an Oasis chant (seriously, eyes-roll), and THE HAT.

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It’s like an elephant in the room. Some kind soul should, gently but firmly, have a chat with Mark Gardener and explain that he really really doesn’t need it. We’re all older. And honestly, that’s fine. There’s no need to dress up like a spiv.

So, anyone with Ride gigs to look forward to, you’re almost certainly going to have a great time. But be aware, the show may contains strobes.

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And for more Ride-related nonsense, you can check out @RideTheNetwork on Twitter and the Ride Appreciation Society on Facebook. There’s also a review up here http://vapourtrailblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/ride-oxford-o2-first-gig-back-live.html. Also, If you go on Twitter and search “Ride Oxford”, there’s lots of very good fan-filmed footage.

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