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15 December 2002: D-A-D + Tim Christensen - Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England, UK

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This gig was advertised as a Danish Rock Christmas Special and if you have read some of my reviews you will already know that I have a bit of a soft spot for Scandinavian rock and with this being the first UK date for D-A-D for about ten years it was for me at least not to be missed.

This was the first ever UK date for Tim Christensen but as there was a very large Danish contingent in the crowd so that was not a problem for him and he was given a warm welcome. There is a bit of a disagreement between the two people I went with, Simon (not me another one) thought he was the Danish Jeff Buckley but Tina thought he was more like Phill Collins, I think Simons description is closer to the truth but I must confess to finding him a bit dreary, but the crowd enjoyed him and that is all that matters really.

D-A-D came on to a rapturous welcome and played a set consisting mainly of material off the last two albums Everything Glows and Soft Dogs, the tracks included Evil Twin, Nineteen Hundred and Yesterday, Soft Dogs and Un Frappe Sur La Tete, with a couple of oldies Jihad, Sympatico and reconstrudead thrown in for good measure.

This was my gig of the year, I had a great time, my only complaint is that the D-A-D set was too short. We were finished by 10:30, I suppose this was a venue restriction as I know the band have an extensive back catalogue and can and do play for much longer than this. Oh well I’ll just have to get off my arse and make that trip to Denmark I keep promising myself.

Cheers.

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