This site has been in my plans for years. I have a lot of plans. 3 years ago, when I was made redundant, to kill the time while job hunting I started to work my way through the Now! Compilations, and then blog about it. I got up to Now That’s What I Call Music 7 before getting a job. The site still exists somewhere. I’m glad I didn’t need to do any more to be honest.
A few years back, I started to try and create a physical scrapbook for all my tickets. I got about 10 pages in, and realised that the book I’d bought wasn’t big enough and would eventually break at the seams, when I decided to digital recreate this. I don’t think I ever got round to this, but one of my friends claims I did. If I did, it certainly wasn’t to the same standard that I am aiming for now.
Over the years I’ve now collected Thousands of Gig tickets and memorabilia (setlists from some of the best gigs I’ve ever been too from bands such as Radiohead, and a Drum Stick from the worst gig I’ve ever seen (Fratelli’s at London Astoria). Everything in that box is linked to a memory, that at some point I’ve relived. I’ve made some of my best friends from these gigs, and memories shared. There are others when I rarely, if ever, see those who I shared those moments with, it’s what growing up and getting older does, but in this box is still a memory shared.
I know, I’m not the only one who hoards away all these memories. I want to share these memories with likeminded people. I want them to comment, add their own memories. I want my daughter in 15 years’ time to know about all the gigs I was went too. When Live Music goes right, when you’re with your closest friends and family, or thousands of strangers, when there is that moment when everyone becomes one. That is what I want to recreate, because this box of tat has thousands of those memories.