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Dazed and confused

Simon Mayo | 07:39 UK time, Friday, 29 October 2010

So I've been up since 4.30, had my breakfast, read the paper, tweeted for England, made the tea for Mrs M, done the emails and it isn't even 0800 am yet. I'll be hyper-active and irritating for a while then crash about 4.55pm. I'm sure you wont notice.

Hope you enjoyed some of the Electric Prom last night, the chat with Elton and Leon was my highlight. It was the one bit we couldn't nail down and weren't sure about. Would it be five minutes only? Might it get cancelled all together? Will Nigel's fish pie fill the gap we need it to? Well as it turned out, it went swimmingly. Being ushered into the inner sanctum is a weird experience. Darkened lighting, sofas and flowers. Leon Russell all ready seated and ready to go, Elton's team lined up by the food and then EJ arrives in a blue tracksuit and we're off. You can listen again if you missed it, I think they were both enjoying themselves.

And a word for Judie Tzuke who sang with her two daughters. Sounded terrific under very trying circumstances-tannoy announcements and rude bar chatter from people who should know better. She's still got it!

So it's Robert Plant today and we warm you up from 5-8 again with an ARF as ever and then we speak to Robert and the legendary Buddy Miller who's in his "Band of Joy".

Plus Lissie returns to reprise her "Stairway to Heaven" performance which was such a hit when she sang it for us a few weeks back. Whether she knows that Mr Plant will be watching I'm not too sure...

But we'll bring you the All request Friday first and I'm of a mind to play some Led Zep. But that's up to you really.

Have a wild Friday, see you at 17.05.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Simon

    I was awake at that time too - we could have had a Tweetathon!

    How's about kicking off ARF with


    just because!



  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all, morning Simon

    Can I make a small request for tonight's opener? It's not 'the Zep' but it is by Mr Plant, flying solo:

    29 Palms

    A truly beautiful song.

    Have a good day all.

  • Comment number 3.



  • Comment number 4.

    Oh gawd! Simon, you do know that the mental image inside my head now for the rest of the day is of Mr Robert Plant in those spray on jeans, with that blue cheesecloth shirt open to the waist, long blond locks thrashing about, gripping that microphone for all it's worth .....

    Cold shower for Deevs .....


  • Comment number 5.

    (and I think I was only about 5 when that was filmed!) x

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all

    I really enjoyed last night's show, Simon and it certainly sounded as though you all enjoyed yourselves too!

    Not a big fan of Robert Plant, but I'm looking forward to Neil Diamond tomorrow and seeing Elton John's session on TV.

    Happy Birthday Deebee

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi everyone

    First of all please may I second Deevs and wish poorly Deebee a happy birthday

    Being current holder of the ARF crown, no opener request from me this week ... and I hope to be able to hand it over to another blog-poppet to wear with pride

    But if time permits I would appreciate a mensh for myself and Micky (Mr from Eastleigh) as we celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary on Hallow'een ... we chose that day as he is rubbish with dates, but funnily enough, he always remembers that one

    Finally I saw Robert Plant at the Southampton Guildhall in 1983, when Big Log was high in the charts ... and I remember being totally mesmerised by his hair ...

    Happy Hallow'een x

  • Comment number 8.

    "Black Dog" or "Ramble On" please Simon. Or "29 Palms" would be great, it's a lovely song as Andrew says.

    Great to hear you're speaking to Buddy as well. I think he's pretty much the nicest man in music and so humble. And legendary is fair enough, not for nothing does he almost always win Americana instrumentalist of the year. Mind you, he does have a head start over everyone else - the sound from his mando-guitar is the best sound on the planet bar none. And as good a male harmony voice as you will ever hear too.

    Bob H really does have the best job in the world given the relationship he has with these great musicians, such that people like Buddy will divert the van to chez-Bob to pop in for a cup of tea when they're on tour here in their own right.

  • Comment number 9.

    Oh, morning all. What a beautiful, sunny, glorious day it is :-)

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Ken.

    Sunny, eh? I'm in the wrong county - or the wrong country. I think I've forgotten what sunny is.

  • Comment number 11.

    Actually, if anyone is discovering new country/Americana music, Lauren St John who was once the golf correspondent of the Sunday Times packed that job in to head off on a journey to Nashville and wrote a lovely book where she spoke to people like Emmylou Harris, Buddy and Julie Miller, Steve Earle and so on. A great quote in there from Buddy - "my records are the sound of my house" - his studio is actually his living room at home :-).

    I think Lauren went on to write Steve Earle's biography as well which I must dig out some day and read.

  • Comment number 12.

    #10 Sunny, metaphorically speaking :-)

  • Comment number 13.

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    (Hope you are feeling a smidge better and that the family are spoiling you!)

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning all and thanks for all your birthday wishes yesterday! Happy birthday to Deebee for today. I know Mr Mayo is angling for a Led Zep starter today but I can't ignore my usual U2 request so how about their live cover of "All Along the Watchtower" from the Rattle & Hum album.

  • Comment number 15.

    Not that big a fan of Led Zepp, but I do seem to remember liking this one when it was played in the VIth form Common Room! Might not be noisy enough for Simon and Matt, but I'll give it a go:


    Have a lovely weekend, one and all

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning each! Sorry for my absence - I'be been in Wales with limited computer access. Anywho, HAPPY FRIDAY, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

    3 word Friday: TRUCK RACING WEEKEND. (woop.)

    Weasant Pleekend


  • Comment number 17.

    I was going to mention Red Rum in my original post, but I feared that would be blogging a dead horse.


  • Comment number 18.


  • Comment number 19.

    Very old joke time:

    A white horse walks into a pub. The barman says, 'That's amazing. We've got a whisky named after you.' The horse says, 'What? Dobbin?'

  • Comment number 20.

    My favourite joke of all time ever:-

    A blind man walks into a pub, picks his guide dog up by the tail and starts swinging the dog around his head. The barman says "Oi, mate, what do you think you're doing" .... to which the blind man replies "just having a look around!"

    boom boom!



  • Comment number 21.

    #20 hahahahahahahaha superb. And Andrew's joke is good too. How goes it all? Quiet in here today!

  • Comment number 22.

    Malcolm - I can't actually keep a straight face when telling that joke - I even make myself laugh!

    I shouldn't be here. But I am. Such a rebel!


  • Comment number 23.

    An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a pub. The barman says, 'Is this some kind of joke?'

    I'm 'ere all week...

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning all,

    Apologies for tardiness, but was slaving over a hot keyboard and phones and just wanted to let you and the world know I HAVE GOT TICKETS FOR TAKE THAT!

    3 word friday? "Feeling very smug"

    (Or should that be "Gotta have patience":)))


  • Comment number 25.

    morning all....me making a soulie song suggestion brings to mind the exchange between Mr MacKay and Fletcher in Porridge
    Mc 'any questions'
    Fletch 'any point'
    Mc 'none whatsoever!'...


  • Comment number 26.

    C&P from last blog
    Deep breath - such a lot to catchup on from yesterday......
    Deebee - Happy Birthday, hope you are feeling much much better
    Katy - hope the hosp visit went ok
    MCW - root canal treatment - OUCH in mouth and pocket!
    Ken - #86 - didn't understand a word but sounds good ;-)
    BP - I love Broadway songs and wish I had kept up my piano playing from when I was a kid
    Gazza - hi
    CSN - hope you feel better today too
    Alex G - Edinburgh one of my favourite cities. Shame it's always cold. Have a good day
    MTF - LOL at farting settee. I was devatstaed when Matt left 5 live and mightily pleased to hear him with Simon on R2. there's something about him...
    So wrong for a Friday but another busy day ahead. Will try to poop back later with an ARF (and a shorter post LOL). Loving the jokes x

  • Comment number 27.

    Well done Lophoman on the TT tickets.

  • Comment number 28.

    Here is my joke for the day.

    Simon, would you please consider playing ....

    *** Twilight *** By -- ELO as my ARF opener.

    What do you reckon?

    Funny enough?

    Morning all. Very blowy here in Somerset, but still warm, which is cool by me.


  • Comment number 29.

    Deevs - I can understand not keeping a straight face telling that!! That's quite funny.

    I heard the opener on last Friday's show - Won't get fooled again. Huzzah! I had that played as the opener to the second ever ARF under Simon's tenure. I can't remember who suggested it last week but top choice I reckon!

  • Comment number 30.

    MTF - that is CLASSIC!

  • Comment number 31.

    Oh yes thanks for the reminder Mo.

    3 word friday, I know the occasional one gets through ...

    New settee farts!


  • Comment number 32.

    I can't remember if I've posted this before, so apologoes to any whohave heard it before:

    Cannibal comes back from holidays, with one leg missing..

    It was self-catering..

  • Comment number 33.

    Gotta be Whole Lotta Love for Led Zep, unless of course the full version of Stairway to Heaven gets played. With the extra hour on the show tonight, they've got the time... :-)

    Anyway, no posts from me next week - training course. I shall be listening in the car on the way home though...so good luck everyone.

    Finally, Happy 40th to Mrs Skeeve for yesterday. She'll probably miss the blog today as it's a "girlie day" with friends, culminating in a night out with the girls tonight. I shall give them a lift into town, get the curry on the way home for the men and then drink beer...

  • Comment number 34.

    Afraid I have to shoot and get ready for heading away for the weekend. Take care all!

  • Comment number 35.

    Five minutes until departure from office. Haircut, sandwich, then train to London, Camden-bound.

    Enjoy your afternoon of bloggery.

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning All,

    Happy Birthday Deebee, hope you have a great day

    Can't think of anything apart from obvious Led Zep tracks as ARF openers so will stick with.............

    ARF suggestion 'Dignity' Deacon Blue

  • Comment number 37.

    Good Morning Everybody.

    Had the opposite morning from Simon. Day off - so have only just surfaced.

    Happy Birthday Deebee. Happy Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. from Eastleigh.

    3 Worder -




  • Comment number 38.

    ARF openener -

    in celebration of my ticket success, and to make a change from all this AC/DC-Iron Maiden - Led Zeppelin noise, I boldly suggest:

    Relight My Fire or Could it be magic - Take That

    Go on, indulge me. (And I promise this is the last time I ever ask for or mention this again)


  • Comment number 39.

    I'm quite relieved that I can't afford the ridiculous TT ticket prices - I saw Beautiful World and The Circus tours, and they were fantastic, but I think the prices for this tour are extortionate.

    So I shall be asking Mr S Claus for the DVD for Christmas 2011 instead, and enjoying a morning of no refreshing browsers or pressing re-dial to an over-inflated ticket agent phone line.

    Yikes. I'm getting old. Or sensisble ...


  • Comment number 40.

    #39 I see what you mean about the prices Deevs. £110 to stand up? I'm getting old too!

  • Comment number 41.

    Already there are 1,000 lots of Take That tickets on e bay at THOUSANDS of pounds!!! :o( Some people have bought dozens of tickets at several venues???? I really think Gary Barlow should have contacted e bay and had rip-off sales like that BANNED... just like Cliff Richard did a few years ago for his then annual Christmas show!!!

    I saw their last two tours and like them as a 4some as I feel Robbie will be too overpowering!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    I really don't know how these peoplehave got the tickets - I spent 2 and a half hours this morning with two screens and a phone and couldn't get anywhere near ticketmaster, etc. Ho hum...

    Anyway, hope we're all well! And a Happy birthday Deebs!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    Yes, the prices are crazy - but even more crazy that "most" of the tickets were already snapped up by 9.01 by resellers and touts offering them at 3X - 5X face value. I've already seen them on ebay for £250 each.

    I understand this is the only way for bands to make money in music today.
    But based on this demand, they could easily have charged double for every ticket.

    So you have to then ask yourself, are they trying to manufacture a situation where they make some of their money from the face value of the ticket, and are then actually encouraging s short-supply which pushes people to the ticket touts?

    It creates an even bigger PR story to get even more attention which nets them more money from TV and sponsor fees in the end.

    Supply and demand, I suppose. And business is business.

    Cynical, moi?

  • Comment number 44.

    £250 Lophoman???? There are hundreds priced at several thousand pounds with load of bids!!!! But how did so many people get so many tickets at so many venues? They must be well in with the ticket agency staff because the majority of people who want tickets sit for hours without getting through for one venue.

    There's something far wrong when this goes on... and 'real fans' of Take That probably can't afford these over inflated price... either that or they'll be hugely in debt after buying them!

  • Comment number 45.

    Makes me really angry when this happens. I didn't try for tickets but would be majorly hacked off if I had. But more fool the people who are prepared to pay thousands of pounds. I love music, especially live shows, but is any band really worth that? Especially when the money is going straight into the pockets of the touts. Of course I am delighted for, and a little envious of, those that were successful. TT will put on a fab show.
    Struggling to come up with an ARF today. Budget deadline day and I can't focus on anything else.

  • Comment number 46.

    #29 'Twas me ... as Simon said on last Friday's show, it contains one of the best mid-track yells in rock history

    #37 Thank you Billy ... they said it would never last ... they really did so we are happy to prove them wrong!

  • Comment number 47.

    Oh apologies Alison, I missed your celebration. Congratulations x

  • Comment number 48.

    Ready for a laugh? Or cry?

    Two TT tickets on ebay for £750,000. Yes, seven hundred and fifty thousand pounds.


    With 20 genuine bids. Allegedly.

  • Comment number 49.

    Apparently TT fans crashed the Seetickets site. Which is frustrating for someone I know as they seem to have seen an announcement on the BBC site that some Plant returns may be available to buy.

  • Comment number 50.

    My first and last word on TT tickets - save yourself a lot of hassle and just go to the venue and buy from a tout. You'd still get it cheaper than e-bay!

    ARF request - Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild. (Ok it's not a Led Zep or Robert Plant song but you could link him with it!


  • Comment number 51.

    #47 No worries but thank you anyway x

  • Comment number 52.

    Good ARFternoon all (I've always wanted to say that, but I usually get here too early!)

    Thank you for all the birthday messages, cakes, etc. The day started well with a lovely bunch of roses from Mr B and croissants for breakfast instead of the usual slice of toast. I won't tell you want my GD put in her card to me, but let's just say my allegiances to this blog and to Simon haven't gone unnoticed in my family... Still not feeling 100% but I made it into work for Wear it Pink day.

    I'm a bit confused - Simon didn't specifically ask for an ARF opener. Is there going to be one, or are we sticking with Robert Plant/Led Zep? Oh well, just in case - please can we have:


    Or, if it does have to be related to tonight's prom, I do like Stairway to Heaven - but it would have to be the full version, of course.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 53.

    Good ARFternoon Each! I seem to struggle to find the time to blog very much on a Friday, but I had to make time to pop by and wish the delightful Deebs a most wonderful and Happy Birthday. Hope it's all you would wish for, Debbie. Enjoy! (I have arranged for Robert Plant to pop by a bit later, and sing you a few tunes.)

  • Comment number 54.

    Also, happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs from Eastleigh! You should send Simon a text, Alison.

    And happy birthday for yesterday to Mrs Skeeve. Not much younger than me... ;o)

    And to Ken - have a fantastic time tonight! Hope you get the chance to blog or tweet while you're there. And if you see Simon, be sure to identify yourself to him as one of his blogpoppets!


  • Comment number 55.

    Quickly back with an ARF request. Cracking song, but seems to get a bit overlooked on the radio, so hows about an outing for...

    "D'yer Maker" by Led Zep. Seems like a fine opportunity.

  • Comment number 56.

    Thanks Deebee. Wristband safely attached. Now feels official. Now have four hours to kill until the doors open.

  • Comment number 57.

    How about starting tonight all request show with Robert Plant's Morning Dew from the Dreamland album

  • Comment number 58.

    I never thought about making an ARF request, just assumed it would be all Led Zep!

    So, can I request, please Simon

    For the Longest Time - Billy Joel

    Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs of Eastleigh!

  • Comment number 59.

    I love that song, Tortie!

  • Comment number 60.

    Just off out the door to battle the half term holiday traffic. Such joy!

    Pooping back to wish Deebee, the best birthday.xx (thought you might be having a day out as I didn't see you here this morning.)

    Mr and Mrs of Eastleigh, many congrats to you two too.

    Must fly................. Bye.


  • Comment number 61.


    A quick hop to Camden Lock will easily kill those 4 hours!

    Enjoy. I am envious!!


  • Comment number 62.

    Congratuations to Mr and Mrs of Eastleigh

  • Comment number 63.

    Here's the 'l' that got left behind

  • Comment number 64.

    Enjoy tonight Ken - and don't lose that wristband ;-)

  • Comment number 65.

    Thank you MTF! And to Paul, who sneaked in earlier.

    And thanks so much for your earlier tweet to the main man, Deevs! Don't think it will do any good, but it was a lovely thought!


  • Comment number 66.

    Simon, I absolutely LOVED Judie Tzuke yesterday, singing "Sorry" and her gorgeous song "If" on your show... I saw her on stage last week with her daughters Bailey and Tallula and her brilliant band so it's good seeing she is getting some 'new' recognition on Wogan's and your show!

    Could you get her back in sometime for your 'after 6' part of the show for a chat and to do a song for your Great British Songbook?

    Thanks Simon
    SylviaB x

  • Comment number 67.

    What about if ALL Tweeting blogpoppets Tweeted The Main Man Mayo to wish our Deebee a Happy Birthday!?!?


  • Comment number 68.

    happy birthday deebee

    arf song "something about you-level 42"

    4 deebee as its her birthday

    gazza xx

  • Comment number 69.

    3 word friday happy birthdy deebee

  • Comment number 70.

    #66 Sylvia - I thought Judie Tzuke was great! In fact, I've added her new CD to my Christmas list!

  • Comment number 71.

    have you seen the pic of leon russell he looks like father christmas

  • Comment number 72.

    #67 Nice thought Deevs, but you know he's not one for giving in to pressure.

    #68 #69 Thanks Gazza!

  • Comment number 73.

    I note the 'isn't it terrible that Take That tickets are being sold on Ebay' sentiments and generally disagree with the views expressed here. Concert tickets are a commodity and they will realise what someone is prepared to pay for them. This comes up every time gigs of this nature take place on the discussion boards on Ebay (and no doubt they will be today).

    I actually like the fact that there is a secondary market for tickets and that Ebay provides a (relatively) straightforward method of sourcing them. A few years ago I wanted to go to a concert in Newcastle (Neil Finn), but me being me I turned out to be too lazy to get around to doing anything about it before they had sold out. Thankfully, I managed to get a couple via Ebay. I paid more than face value (not extortionately so) and was very happy. If it hadn't been for Ebay I might not have been able to go.

    (By the way, the Take That tickets currently at three quarters of million pounds will be as a result of auction wreckers - people artificially bidding up the prices of the tickets in order to ruin the perfectly legal process of reselling tickets. Choosing which 'rules' to observe and taking matters into their own hands, presumably because they are disgruntled at missing out).

    Some people will miss out. That is the way it is. Take That would not be able to perform enough concerts to satisfy all their so-called 'genuine' fans - nor would they want to. Some will get to go, some won't. That's life.

  • Comment number 74.

    Highly recommended to go and see Judy Tzuke if she's ever in your neck of the woods. Saw her at the Stables a few years ago and it was great.

  • Comment number 75.

    #72 happy a nice day

    gazza ♥♥~~x

  • Comment number 76.

    #74 the stables is that in milton keynes

  • Comment number 77.

    #74 Ken. Judie is still sounding and looking fantastic now and her daughter Bailey is also following in her mum's footsteps and has written a lot of her own songs, does her own set and she has a lovely voice. Her young sister Tallula does some harmonies and sounds really angelic on stage.

  • Comment number 78.

    where is every one

  • Comment number 79.

    I'm here.

  • Comment number 80.

    Me too!

  • Comment number 81.

    Me three!

  • Comment number 82.

    I shouldn't be. But I am! Blogpoppery is much more fun than drafting up Leases and scanning docs in. Office to self. So let it blog, let it blog, let it blog!


  • Comment number 83.

    I shouldn't be here either - lots of presentations and year end stuff to do, but this blog is a nice distraction for me!

    How's your back today, Deevs?

  • Comment number 84.

    Well, I succumbed to some painkillers earlier as I think I've been over-compensating with my back, thus making my left knee rather sore! Doh! The acupuncture has definitely loosened it up though Tortie. I went to yoga last night for the first time and realyl enjoyed it. There were a couple of postures I struggled with, but I am confident that once the bum/back is sorted out, I'll be Little Miss Bendy!

    Thanks for asking.


  • Comment number 85.

    #73 Andrew

    Thanks for your really well-balanced reply. I hope I didn;t come across as a moaning minnie. I think we're in violent disagreement with each other. Yes, ebay is good, and yes, it works. My main point is that I think in a situation like this, the big bands work the system for all it's worth to get the extra publicity and media coverage.

    Let's face it these "extra" dates that have suddenly been announced were always part of the plan - keeps the story active during today and probably into next week, when "overwhelming public demand" will mean they add more dates.

    No different really from the encore at a gig , or the encore to the encore - always part of the plan . Was any band really not going to play their megahit, but just decides to do it because the public wants more?!

    OK, didn't mean to hijack the blog for this (really quite unimportant) issue on a Friday afternoon.

    Have a great weekend all, (Or as my teutonic colleagues say "Heppy Veekend")


  • Comment number 86.

    Please please please could you start All Request Friday with Ace Of Spades by Motorhead. I will be making tea at this time and there would be nothing better than listening to this as i slave over a hot stove for the wife and kids.


  • Comment number 87.

    Hi Lopho

    You are absolutely correct in what you write. I've had Radio Five on for most of the day and the Take That ticket rush has been on every news bulletin. I'm sure a marketing expert would be able to put a value on this sort of coverage - no doubt it will be immense but, of course, free of charge to Take That.

    I quite like Take That (and the new single) but is the fact that there is a great clamour for tickets news? I'm not entirely convinced.

  • Comment number 88.

    With extra Take Taht dates now available (and possibly already sold out) I wonder if the 3,700+ lots of tickets on ebay will be selling for as much as the touts had hoped for! I feel sorry for the genuine fans who want to by a couple of tickets to actually go to see the show and not buy dozens to make a killing from! :o(

  • Comment number 89.

    #76 Gazza, yes the Stables at Wavendon on the edge of Milton Keynes.

    Now standing about 20th in queue outside the venue. No way this queue discipline will be maintained without more railings.

    Curse on Steve Wright for the spoiler he just gave. I hate that man.

  • Comment number 90.

    Just Back,

    Have a good time Ken

  • Comment number 91.

    Good Evening All

    Good luck with the ARF openers.

  • Comment number 92.

    evening bp well done on the arf ken


  • Comment number 93.

    Haha guess whose 3G stream died during the Jools opening and recovered for the word "Twitter" and the opening notes of Black Dog. Had no idea it was me until one of mates texted and asked if that was me getting requests in the radio. :-)

    Thanks Simon, getting chilly outside. Hope you have the heating on inside!

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi All.

    Well done on the opener Ken. I kept expecting Matt to talk to you in the queue. Thought you might have elbowed your way to the front.

    Enjoy yourself.



  • Comment number 95.

    Well done Ken ... I am delighted to hand the ARF Opener crown to you for the next week ... probably best if you check it in the cloakroom as I'd hate for it to fall off in the mosh pit x

  • Comment number 96.

    Hi Gazza - how are you? Strop over?

    It's been overcast, misty & droopy here all day and as I said this morning
    the mountains have disappeared. Now it's just started raining heavily - just as some logs were being delivered. Shucks!

  • Comment number 97.

    Well done Ken - and following on from Alison's post, make sure you're not standing in front of anyone short. It would be a shame for that crown to obscure their view of the stage.

  • Comment number 98.

    Well done Ken on the ARF opener

  • Comment number 99.

    Can I?

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