Boo Who? (baggy) wrote,
Boo Who?
baggy

BEST OF 2018

This year I’ve had:
Nothing exciting, although birthday month = chicken week :)
Ben’s first cinema experience which he handled rather well.
Snow! Sun!
Far away Sunday night prog gigs. Sunshine. A family wedding.
Poorly throat/chest, poorly knee, but lots of sunshine fun with the kids.
Bad knee, working nights, eating, dieting.
Escape room, being paid to eat chocolate, melting in the heat, a wedding doo, a BBQ with rain.
Holiday in Hungary, 2 family birthday parties for Max who turned 3
The kids going to school (or pretend pre-school)
Return of the gym :o Rockingham. Butlins.
Butlins. Coughing. Naughty children. Well behaved children. Ben’s 5th birthday.
Christmas. Xmas. Crimbo. + about 6 visits to Santa

Best album of recent times (3 years)
Adrenaline Rush - Soul Survivor (2017) / Doug Aldrich - Alter Ego (2017) / The Aurora Project - World Of Grey (2017) / The Corrs – Jupiter Calling (2017) / Lionville - A World Of Fools (2017) / Boulevard - IV: Luminescence (2017) / Fabio Lione & Alessandro Conti - Lione/Conti (2018) / Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (2018) / Mark Slaughter - Halfway There (2017) / Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale (2016)
Epica - The Holographic Principle (2016) / The Solace System (EP) (2017)
Magnum - Lost On The Road To Eternity (2018) / The Poodles - Prisma (2018) / The Temperance Movement - A Deeper Cut (2018) / Chris Bay – Chasing The Sun (2018)
Blood Red Saints – Love Hate & Conspiracies (2018) / Janet Gardner – Janet Gardner (2017) / Mason Hill - Mason Hill (EP) (2016) / Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection (2016) / Wildness – Wildness (2017) / Big Foot - Big Foot (2017) / Creye – Straight To The Top (2017) (EP) / Richie Kotzen - Salting Earth (2017) / Massive – Destination Somewhere (2016) / Leaves' Eyes - Sign Of The Dragonhead (2018) / Pink Cream 69 - Headstrong (2017) / Eclipse - Monumentum (2017) / Europe - Walk The Earth (2017) / Operation: Mindcrime - The New Reality (2017) / Richie Sambora + Orianthi (RSO) – Making History (2017) / Blaze Bayley - The Redemption of William Black (2018) / Martina Edoff – We Will Align (2017) / Vandroya – Beyond The Human Mind (2017) / Angel Nation – Aeon (2017) / The Dark Element - The Dark Element (2017) / Little Caesar - Eight (2018) / Salty Dog - Lost Treasure (2018) / Shadowman - Secrets & Lies (2017) / Jeff Scott Soto - Retribution (2017) / Space Elevator – II (2018) / L.A. Guns - The Missing Peace (2017) / The Night Flight Orchestra - Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough (2018) / Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2018) / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams (2018) / Roadcase Royale – First Thing First (2017) / Tokyo Motor Fist - Tokyo Motor Fist (2017) / Warrant – Louder Harder Faster (2017) / White Widdow - Silhouette (2016) / Creye - Creye (2018)
Liam Gallagher – As You Were (2017) / Masterplan – Pumpkings (2017) / The Radio Sun - Beautiful Strange (2018) / Dee Snider - For The Love Of Metal (2018) / Steel Panther - Lower The Bar (2017) / Michael Romeo - War Of The Worlds Pt. 1 (2018) / Treat - Tunguska (2018) / The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome (2016) / Tempt – Runaway (2016) / Judas Priest – Firepower (2018) / Ted Poley - Modern Art (2018)
Red Dragon Cartel - Patina (2018) / Reef - Revelation (2018) / William Shatner – Shatner Claus (2018)

GOOD
KXM - Scatterbrain (2017) / Revolution Saints – Light In The Dark (2017) / Spock’s Beard - Snow Live (2017) CD / Sweet & Lynch - Unified (2017) / Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly (2018) / Saxon - Thunderbolt (2018) / Yes - Topographic Drama: Live Across America (2017) / Myles Kennedy - Year Of The Tiger (2018) / Ammunition – Ammunition (2018) / Black Country Communion - BCC IV (2017) / Dead Daisies - Burn It Down (2018) / FM - Atomic Generation (2018) / Age Of Reflection - Age Of Reflection (2017) / Alice Cooper – Paranormal (2017) / Trillium - Tectonic (2018) – Vocalist Amanda Somerville / Styx – The Mission (2017) / Von Hertzen Brothers - War Is Over (2017) / Coheed And Cambria- The Unheavenly Creatures (2018) / Golden Caves – Collision (2017) / Uriah Heep – Living The Dream (2018) / Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (2018)

GREAT
Neal Morse - Life & Times (2018)
Sons Of Apollo - Psychotic Symphony (2017)
Royal Hunt - Cast In Stone (2018)
Dukes Of The Orient (2018)
Ghost – Prequelle (2018)
Jim Lea - Lost In Space (EP) (2018)
Wayward Sons - Ghosts Of Yet To Come (2017)
The Sea Within - The Sea Within (2018)
Flower Kings - Manifesto Of An Alchemist (2018)
Muse - Simulation Theory (2018)

SUPER GREAT
The Mute Gods - Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth (2017)
Wobbler - From Silence To Somewhere (2017) - one of Norway’s leading symphonic Prog bands
Kaipa - Children of the Sounds (2017)
Lifesigns - Cardington (2017)
Lonely Robot - The Big Dream (2017)
Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No (2017)
Arena – Double Vision (2018) CD
Steven Wilson - To the Bone (2017)
Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage (2017)
Mystery - Lies And Butterflies

BLOODY BRILLIANT TOP 3ish
Prog wins this year
Fish On Friday – Quiet Life (2017)
Gungfly - On Her Journey To The Sun (2017)
Spock’s Beard – Noise Floor (2018)
Pain Of Salvation - In The Passing Light Of Day (2017)

Best album from recent ages past (Y2K+)
The Aurora Project - Unspoken Words (2005) / Shadow Border (2009) / Selling The Aggression (2013)
Gungfly - Lamentations (2011) - Rikard Sjoblom (ex-Beardfish)
Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltry – Going Back Home (2014) / Lord Classic - Lord Classic (2015)
Epica - The Phantom Agony (2003) / The Divine Conspiracy (2007) / Design Your Universe (2009) / The Quantum Enigma (2014)
The Temperance Movement - The Temperance Movement (2013)
Wobbler – Afterglow (2009) / Rites At Dawn (2011)
Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl (2000)
Guillemots - Through the Windowpane (2006) / Walk the River (2011) / Hello Land! (2012)
Massive – Full Throttle (2014) / Eclipse - Armageddonize (2015)
Find Me – Wings of Love (2013) / Dark Angel (2015)
Vixen - Live & Learn (2006)
Nelson – Lightning Strikes Twice (2010) / Peace Out (2015)
Quidam - The Time Beneath The Sky (2002) / SurREvival (2005) / Alone Together (2007) / Saiko (2012)
Enkelination – Tears Of Lust (2014) / Little Caesar - Amercian Dream (2012) / Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (2015) / Millenium – Hourglass (2000) – feat Jorn Lande

The best
Pavlov’s Dog - Echo & Boo (2010)
Wobbler – Hinterland (2005)
Fish On Friday – Godspeed (2014) – Belgian prog /
Gungfly - Please Be Quiet (2009)

Best album from ages past
Noiseworks - Noiseworks (1987) / Touch (1988) / Love Versus Money (1991) CD
Target - Target (1976) / Captured (1977) / In Range (1979) – Featuring Jimi Jamison (R.I.P)
Nelson – Imaginator (1996) / The Silence Is Broken (1997) / Life (1999)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Vixen - Vixen (1988) / Tangerine (1998)
The Nelsons - Brother Harmony (1998)
Quidam – Quidam (1996) / Sny aniołów (Angels' Dreams) (1998)
Pavlov’s Dog - Pampered Menial (1975) / At the Sound of the Bell (1976) / Has Anyone Here Seen Siegfried? (1980) / Lost in America (1990) - progressive AOR
Glass Tiger – The Thin Red Line (1986) / Diamond Sun (1988) / Simple Mission (1991)
Boulevard – Blvd (1988) / Into The Street (1990)
Zon - Back Down to Earth (1979) / I'm Worried About the Boys (1980)
Steve Lukather – Candyman (1994)

Zon - Astral Projector (1978)

Best best of album
Pretty Maids – The Best Of...Back To Back (1984-98)
David Soul – Looking Back: The Very Best of (aka Hutch (friend of Starsky)
Nickelback – The Best Of

Gig of the year
IN ORDER
Theatre
Beauty & The Beast @ Theatre Royal Sun 7 Jan
OMG Planet Circus @ Hucknall car boot site Thu 4 Jan
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde @ Theatre Royal Wed 21 Mar
Dracula @ Theatre Royal Wed 10 Oct
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain @ Theatre Royal Wed 6 June
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again @ Notts Arena Sun 9 Sep B9d1
A Comedy About A Bank Robbery @ Theatre Royal Thu 27 Sep

Music
Hello Again - Neil Diamond (Tribute) @ Concert Hall Fri 5 Jan
Bowie Experience (Tribute) @ Concert Hall Thu 25 Jan
Cutting Crew, Nik Kershaw, Go West @ Concert Hall Sat 24 Feb
Punky Meadows & Frank Dimino Of Angel @ Rock City, Basement Thu 18 Oct
Del Amitri @ Concert Hall Wed 25 July o-29
Seyes @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 15
Richie Kotzen @ Rescue Rooms Thu 21 Jun
Eric Martin @ Rock City, Basement Mon 22 Oct
Nickleback @ Notts Arena Sun 13 Mar
Epica @ Rock City Fri 6 Apr
Rockingham Day 1 - Mason Hill / Massive / Pink Cream 69 / Vixen @ The Level Fri 19 Oct
Rockingham Day 2 – Departed / Wildness / Big Foot / Ammunition / Boulevard / Tokyo Motor Fist / Nelson @ The Level Sat 20 Oct
Rockingham Day 3 - Creye / Age Of Reflection / White Widdow / Find Me / Glass Tiger / Pretty Maids / Warrant @ The Level Sun 21 Oct
Mystery + Midnight Sun @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 22 Apr
I.Q. @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sat 5 May
Magenta @ The Robin 2, Bilston Sun 8 Apr
Uriah Heep & Von Hertzen Bros @ Rock City Sat 15 Dec
Gomez @ Rock City Wed 25 Apr
Sons Of Apollo @ Rescue Rooms Sun 8th Jul
Saxon + Doro + Wayward Sons @ Concert Hall Sat 10 Nov
Def Leppard + Cheap Trick @ Notts Arena Sat 8 Dec
Yes Wed 14 Mar @ Sheffield City Hall
An Evening with King Crimson Wed 7 Nov @ Concert Hall
Spock’s Beard + The Flower Kings @ Machester Academy Club Mon 10 Dec

Cinema film of the year
In order of brilliance
Muse – Drones Tour
Hotel Transylvania 3 (with Ben)
Coco (with Ben)
Smallfoot (with Ben)
Early Man (with Ben)
Peter Rabbit (with Ben)
Pacific Rim Uprising
The Predator
The Commuter
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Mortal Engines
The Shape Of Water
Bumblebee
A Quiet Place
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Aquaman
Black Panther
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Deadpool 2
Avengers: Infinity War

Film on TV
Final Recall / Bill / Resident Evil: The Final Chapter / Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage / Maleficent / This is Your Death / Fear Inc / Chips: Law And Disorder / King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword / Escape Room / Sicario / The Mummy / Monster Family / The Take / Cult of Chucky / Annihilation / Numb / The Ones Below / Eat Locals / The Belko Experiment / Creep 2 / Day Of The Dead: Bloodline / Snatched / Where’s The Money? / The Hurricane Heist / Day of the Dead: Bloodline / Patient Seven / Anon / The Snowman / Aliens Invasion S.U.M. 1 / The Midnight Man / Flatliners (2017) / B & B / The Rezort / 2:22 / Don’t Hang Up / Fun Mom Dinner / Final Score / Guardians Of The Tomb / Insidious: The Last Key / Downsizing / Sex Bot / The Funhouse Massacre / From A House On Willow Street / Murder On The Orient Express (2017) / Father Figures / The Christmas Chronicles / I Kill Giants / Killing Gunther / Naked

GOOD
T2: Trainspotting / Table 19 / Ghost In The Shell / John Wick Chapter 2 / Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge / The Lego Batman Movie & Shaun The Sheep Movie / Upside Down / A Cure For Wellness / Baywatch / The Cloverfeild Paradox / Fast & Furious 8 / Killing Hasselhoff / Our Kind Of Traitor / Double Date / Batman: The Killing Joke / Rough Night / Batman: Assault on Arkham / Atomic Blonde / Sinister 2 / The Dark Tower / Girls Trip / Mother! / Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders / ABCs of Death 2 / The Week Of / The Layover / The Night Watchmen / Annabelle: Creation / Before I Wake / Geostorm / Happy Death Day / The Void / The Vault / Last Shift / The Package
The Mountain Between Us / Kingsman: The Golden Circle / The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time / Canaries / The Lego Ninjago Movie / The Little Hours / Game Night / Clown

GREAT
Fist Fight / Get Out / Creep (2014) / Dunkirk / Solace / Cargo / Father Of The Year / Eddie The Eagle / Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle / Daddy’s Home 2 / TAU / Cold Skin

SUPERDOOPER
Baby Driver
Train To Busan
The Voices
Whatever Happened To Monday

Best DVD bought
Home Alone
Peter Rabbit - Because Max loves it so much

Book read
Noddy Holder – Who’s Crazee Now?

Top purchase
Garden rake
Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Nutri Juicer
Magican Can opener
Bathroom scales
JVC Bluetooth speaker
Integral Courier 32 GB USB Flash Drive-Blue
Super king mattress
Virgin Media new hub
8ft trampoline
The Hobbit Board Game
A day at the spa
Egg slicer

If I had got round to playing Betrayal At The House On The Hill Board Game it might have been that. But for now it’s the keep the kids happy in summer 8ft trampoline


For 2019 I have 35 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + whatever I toil I rack up.
So far I have 16 gigs lined up and young boy going to school full time.
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