Kings of Leon play the Rivoli Ballroom

The Kings of Leon played a secret gig at the Rivoli Ballroom for Radio 1 tonight, something we completely missed until it was too late.


However, we do have the scoop on this postcard of Brockley Lane railway station, circa 1917, and unlike the gig tickets, there is still plenty of time to buy it.

Thanks to Maradoll for the postcard tip. No thanks to any of the rest of you for the Kings of Leon story.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

why don't they tell the locals about these events!?! :(

Ramble said...

OMG how did we miss this! Absolutely gutted! :-(

THRoses said...

If they told the locals it would not be a secret gig... How do they ever get anyone to go to secret gigs if no one knows about them?

Ramble said...

Apparently the secret gig but not it's location was mentioned on radio 1 in September. You had to register for the chance to get tickets by 6th Oct. Really gutted I missed this.

Matthew said...

I was there, it was ace. They played for one hour and the place wasn't packed. Great atmosphere and cheap beer.

Vesta Curry said...

Kings of Leon: most awful band to arrive on the scene at any point in the last 215 years. Fact. Give me a pain in the arse and ear-ache ... simultaneously.

Ah ... feel better now that's off my chest.

Brockley Nick said...

You're thinking of The Killers ;)

aero-static said...

Sounds more like an accurate description of Oasis, surely? ;)

Anonymous said...

You also missed Celia Hammond Cat Rescue on BBC2.

Brockley Nick said...

I can live with that oversight

Vesta Curry said...

... good point about The Killers ... they seem to induce intense nausea and an all-over existential urticaria

Yesfaceman said...

I was there! You had to register with radio 1 in September and they had 130 pairs of tickets to give away. Was an amazing set with a great mix of new and previous material. Feel priveleged to have been there.

The Oracle said...

Note St Peter's church in the b/ground, with original spire.

Anonymous said...

"I can live with that oversight"

Dont be so mean about Celia Hammond - they do an admirable job should be lauded as a Brockley institution.

They must have bins full of castrated pet bits at the end of every day. Maybe if they pureed them all and sold it as a new organic pate you would be saying how great they are?

Brockley Nick said...

I have written lots of nice things about the Celia Hammond centre if you care to look for them. On the other hand, I'm not bothered about missing every fleeting reference to Brockley on telly.

Brockley Nick said...

PS - I don't care about organic and I don't like pate.

Ed said...

KOL sound like a U2 tribute band now anyway...

drakefell debaser said...

I have mixed feelings about KOL, I like some of their songs particularly from the first 3 albums but I found Sex is On Fire’ as embarrassing as Offspring’s ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’ in 1998.

Also, they cancelled a gig in the US because a pigeon shat on the bass players head and the band considered it unhygienic to continue the concert, so walked off. Pigeon shit is unhygienic, yes, but get a face wipe, put those amps to maximum and blast the pigeons off the rafters. I know they refunded the fans but come on, this is meant to be rock and roll!

Paddyom said...

OMG I absolutely love the Kings of Leon - would have been happy just to stand outside and listen through the walls! Gutted!

Tyrwhitt B said...

G-U-T-T-E-D I've missed it!

depressed cat lover said...

It wasn't the Lewisham branch of Celia Hammond's rescue place that was featured anyway.

It was a dreadfully depressing programme actually - a kitten being rescued from boys using it as a football, others being thrust by angry owners into the rescuers' arms because they couldn't be bothered with them any more, and Celia Hammond (who had just turned 70) breaking down in tears because after many years of running the charity successfully she felt they were starting to lose the battle.

Tom said...

I'm off to Celia Hammond's for a vasectomy :-(

Anonymous said...

i was there!!! amazing gig!!!

Headhunter said...

What happened to the original spire of St Peters in that postcard?

Tamsin said...

I don't think it shows a spire - just the same truncated octagonal (or whatever it is) tower as there is now.

Interestingly low American style platforms though.

Headhunter said...

Somehow it looks different though... I don't think the pointy pinnacles are there anymore. I'll have to compare later this evening when I walk the dog. Yeah I read somewhere that Brockley Lane station had wooden platforms and wooden station bldgs. Probably the reason why nothing exists anymore (apart from the street level gateway).

Headhunter said...

"They must have bins full of castrated pet bits at the end of every day. Maybe if they pureed them all and sold it as a new organic pate you would be saying how great they are?"

This is an interesting concept. Do you think it could be a fund raising idea for Celia Hammond? I remember seeing a shop in Islington once which sold scorpions and cockroaches and other insects encase in sugar lollipops... Dog balls pate... Hmmm.... I can see it adorning Xmas dinner tables up and down the land. You have to admit it would be the dogs bollox.

M said...

There's a write up of the KOL gig in the Standard this evening. Very complimentary about the Rivoli.

Anonymous said...

Brockley Nick said "I don't care about organic"

Have we just borne witness to an old Hugh/new Hugh style crossover?

Brockley Nick said...

I've said that several times. What you've done is confuse the fact that I like people and the ability to shop locally for things other than scratch cards and fags with the idea that I only eat organic food.

I have low-brow tastes when it comes to food. Give me Dairy Milk over 70% cocoa solids any day.

Tamsin said...

But not Hersheys? Some American chocolate is actually unpleasant to eat.

Headhunter said...

God Hershey's is revolting... It's like lumps of brown vegetable fat.

Danja said...

Anon, Nick wears shellsuits and has loads of tats. You really shouldn't leap to assumptions about the man.

Anonymous said...

Given the snotty posts about Pizzas that "come with chicken wings or a free bottle of pepsi" and the rest over the years, methinks Nick is telling organic porky pies and is in fact a full on raging munger.

Brockley Nick said...

Again, what I think you have done there is seen the fact that I don't like an unending stream of leaflets being shoved through my door, offering nothing but disgusting-looking food, bundled together with more disgusting looking food and cola (which I hate) and you've confused it with the idea that there is no alternative but mung beans.

There is lots of nice organic food, but the fact that it is organic is not in itself a selling point for me.

Danja said...

I don't care about organic apart from the fact that the organic rules have higher animal welfare standards than any other scheme, and I prefer the animals I eat to have had a good life before their death for me.

But this is about Nick not me, and the moral for all those rubbish pizza joints is that they would be better off offering free Dairy Milk than free cola.

Monkeyboy said...

I'm half way through Peter Singers "Practical Ethics". I now eat meat but feel suitably un-ethical. Turns out I'm a speciest.

On a lighter note it turns out that experimenting on intellectually disabled humans may be no more un-ethical than research using primates. Catman, I’m looking at you.

Brockley Nick said...

fair point on the animal welfare front - I was thinking more in terms of organic veg, bread, etc.

Basically, if you buy battery chicken or eggs, you are a bit of a bastard.

Anonymous said...

not sure about that statement Monkeyboy - you're effectively saying that intellectually disabled people are the same as apes.

Mb said...

I'm not, read the book. Its his interpretation of 'preference utilitarianism'.

Anonymous said...

I always buy battery eggs. For the simple reason that the eggs will exist whether you buy them or not.

Mb said...

ah! metaphysics. Thats next term

Paddyom said...

One commentator who attended the gig on Radio 1 said "it was so far south it may as well have been in France"!

DJ said...

A bastard AND an idiot - congratulations battery egg Anonymous!

Headhunter said...

"Basically, if you buy battery chicken or eggs, you are a bit of a bastard."

Strong words from Nick!! I agree though and can see clearly what you are saying. You have higher expectations of Brockley than shops which sell fags n scratch cards, fried chicken, pizza and cola and junk mail that advertises other culinary delights as crappy pizza with wings, cola and burgers.

The other day someone delivered an Abel and Cole leaflet through my door. I almost framed it.

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