|Motörhead went on to cancel the show despite the venue initially claiming all shows there would go ahead.|
I'd booked the tickets, Eurostar and hotel months before and we'd both been looking forward to seeing Lemmy barking out Ace Of Spades as well as doing a quick once around the beautiful city. As I travelled down to London to stay with him on Friday night, the news bulletins started coming in and by the time I arrived at his in Cricklewood, it was clear that even if we did get there, our weekend in Paris would be a very different one to the one we'd planned.
Going to a gig is such a magical, freeing thing to be able to do and to know that something like that can happen in a the capital city of a country whose entire ethos is based on liberty is truly tragic. My sympathies are with anyone affected by the events.
|This roman amphitheatre style office on Sunset Boulevard was originally built in 1967 by a plastic surgeon. Mark painted it green ostensibly to offset the gold tinted windows but really I suspect because it makes it entirely Him.|
On the flight back I had an odd serendipitous experience: The overhead lockers on VS23 were all stuffed full of hand luggage and I was trying to add mine to it at the eleventh hour. Sat next to my window seat was a middle-aged man who looked all toothy and charming - a bit like the actor Phil Davies.
|If you want to hear what my fellow passenger got so excited about here it is|
|Kid is the fella sitting on the far right. He's actually much cooler looking than this pic gives him credit for.|
And so we sat there, two fellas of a certain ago talking about music and enjoying the inflight hospitality. Kid seemed remarkably adept at persuading the initially reluctant staff to keep us refreshed, something he put down to the 35 years of punk rock international travel he's had. It struck me that like The Adicts, Devo could in theory have gone on without pause given that their image was about costume and disguise too.
|The reformed Devo in the noughties. Older, wiser..|