Febr. 25. 2016 David Gray at the Dubai Jazz Festival

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  1. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

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    On February 25, David will be co-headlining the second night of the Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Festival 2016 with Chris Botti, featuring Sting.
    For more information, visit: http://www.dubaijazzfest.com/
    For tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/1T2xmrE
     
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  2. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

    Here a promo video:

     
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  3. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian Member Grayhead

    Holy smokes... now wouldn't this be fun...
     
  4. chris johnson

    chris johnson Member Grayhead

    Wouldn't it be great if this gig was filmed and/or recorded?
     
  5. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian Member Grayhead

    So, I looked into the Dubai gig... It's a mere 10,000 km for me to travel... hmmmmm....
     
  6. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

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  7. Marcel

    Marcel Administrator Staff Member

    Another interview here http://whatson.ae/dubai/2016/02/david-gray-interview/

    David Gray on his influences, pre-show nerves & yoga
    We speak to singer-songwriter David Gray ahead of his Dubai Jazz Fest gig tonight, covering everything from his disdain for today’s top hits, to his idols and his Dubai go karting experience.

    This will be your third time in Dubai. What are you looking forward to about being back in the city? I think we’re all just looking forward to getting a bit of sunshine on us. You know, it’s the winter blues kicking in over here.
    We had a real laugh at the Go Kart circuit – not the fancy one that’s in town but the one that’s way out of the city. We had a crazy night there quite a few years ago, and that was a lot of fun. No proper health and safety stuff at all, exactly as it should be.
    What can we expect from you set at Jazz Festival? I think when you’re on a mixed bill, you tend to play your most popular songs. I’ll be playing a bit of a Greatest Hits set, with some stuff from my last album, and a smattering of different things from across my albums. It’ll be like a panoramic snapshot from across my life in music so far.
    Do you still enjoy playing those crowd pleasers? Is there ever a moment where you think ‘If I have to play Babylon one more time…’ Well, what the crowd give you back is what lights those moments up. But there are the odd occasions when I do get bored. So we try and spice up the songs, and do them differently now and again, because that challenges us, which keeps it fun to play. Nobody wants to watch an artist who’s just going through the motions.
    You have to gauge it to the point where you’re satisfied too. If you just please everyone by playing the same thing over and over again, you’ll end up completely bored, and burned out, and just buying a place in the south of France, moving away and giving it all up!
    But with this being a mixed bill, and a one-off, I think we’re going to enjoy playing everything, and it will be a very fresh and raw performance.
    Is there anyone else on the bill that you’re very excited to share the bill with? Well, Sting of course. He’s a phenomenal talent who we’ve all enjoyed in various ways over the years – apart from his yoga moves.
    You’re not interested in yoga? No issue with yoga, I just don’t like people who do it in public in their underpants!
    Apart from that, he’s a force to be reckoned with. I’ve never seen Sting or the Police live, so I’ll be fascinated to watch. We’re all massive Police fans, and I’ll be interested to see if he’s going to play a jazzy show, or throw some of his classics into the mix.
    Is he one of your big influences? Definitely. Although I’ve probably been more influenced by Bob Dylan and other singer songwriters in terms of my own style, and what I’ve tried to do. Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, John Martin… Those solo artists are really the ones that inspired me.
    What about artists working now? Are there any that you really rate? I like a guy called Bill Callahan. I think he’s as good as anybody, I snap up everything that comes out by him. He’s got a dark sense of humour, and he sounds quite unlike anything that’s come before. He’s difficult to categorise.
    The music I like is quite underground. The music in the charts now is very pop, and very brash; unlistenably so, for me anyway. I pay no attention to it.
    You’ve been writing and touring for well over a decade now. Do you ever still get nervous before a gig? I think I might get a few butterflies before this show in Dubai. It’s natural, but as soon as I get into my stride, I’m okay. It’s a bit like being a footballer, and just focusing on a big game. I’m in my own world then, really.
     
  8. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

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  9. Marcel

    Marcel Administrator Staff Member

  10. Marcel

    Marcel Administrator Staff Member

    from: http://gulfnews.com/life-style/music/david-gray-sting-and-chris-botti-treat-dubai-audience-1.1679742

    David Gray, Sting and Chris Botti treat Dubai audience
    The voices of the legendary singers resonated through Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday night, as they seem to enjoy the show as much as the crowd

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    For me, David Gray represents my days at university in Manchester, when the carefree feeling of youth, now long gone, was under-appreciated and underused.

    Maybe because Gray is a North West lad that his music got more than its fair share of radio play in that region then. It was around the time of the release of his best-selling work, White Ladder, circa 1998, which defines the musician’s style — pop, a touch folky, nice melodies and decent lyrics that captured the carefree mood of the time.

    Gray’s soulful voice resonated through Media City Amphitheatre on Thursday night when he performed to a thronging crowd. Although he could have had a bit more interaction with the audience, he performed the old favourites with energy and flare.

    Hits such as Babylon, This Year’s Love and Please Forgive Me got the crowd screaming for more. Gray has been credited with kicking off the soul-searching guitarist and singer song-writer genre, so we can thank him for the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith (I’ll never forgive anyone for Sam Smith.)

    But as David Gray was exiting the stage, I wasn’t prepared for the next act: Chris Botti and his band with a special appearance by Sting. Shivers went coursing through my body when they began. Pure soul, jazz and class came bursting from the stage. It was what we were all there to hear. At last — jazz at the jazz festival!

    With fantastic musicians and singer Sy Smith, the stage came to life with rendition of In the Wee Small Hours and much more, with Botti carrying the audience into the arms of ecstasy with his trumpet. Yes, it was intoxicating. And it seemed that everyone on the stage was having as good a time as those watching it.

    Sting brought his own brand of sophistication and professionalism as he delivered some of his old hits, Fields of Gold, Roxanne and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, as if they were new releases, and it felt like they were with the new jazz spin and that amazing band.

    It was a great night and a great atmosphere, and the highlight for me was singer Sy Smith, with her beautiful, powerful voice, and a phenomenal drummer’s solo that sent the crowd into convulsions.

    Thank you, Sting, for bringing this treat to Dubai.
     
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  11. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

    Get well soon, David!



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  12. chris johnson

    chris johnson Member Grayhead

    Sounds to me like you need that peace and quiet you've been hoping for. Please take care!
     
  13. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian Member Grayhead

    Thank you everyone for these posts.... Nice to be part of such an informed community...
     
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  14. nevermind

    nevermind Well-Known Grayhead

    Here a few "highlights" from Dubai including an interview with David!

     
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  15. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian Member Grayhead

    Great interview.. :) but perhaps a bit nervous....
     
  16. davidcotyalex

    davidcotyalex Well-Known Grayhead

    just saw this ... bill callahan

    of course
     

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