I'm always jealous when friends and coworkers tell us they saw so-and-so walking down the street of London. One of my coworkers saw Rod Stewart at Harrods on the second day he was in the UK. Another coworker sees Madonna on her bike regularly. Another dude lives a block from Boy George. Sure, I've seen plenty of celebrities like Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Daniel Radcliffe, and Queen Elizabeth. But those were all in prearranged settings like movie premieres and press conferences.
Last night, after 18 months in London, we saw our first celebrity in the "wild": Damon Albarn. He's best known as the lead singer of Blur (famous for "Song Number Two", aka "The Woo-Hoo Song"). Most recently, he became the co-creator of the virtual band, Gorillaz. And last month, he released a new concept album called "The Good, the Bad and the Queen" with Paul Simonon of The Clash and Verge guitarist Simon Tong.
On the spur of the moment last night, the Two Crabs decided to venture to west London to check out a club called Harlem Soul Food, which specializes in USA southern comfort food. We were going to check out an American expat country singer named Cheyne Pride and the Tenderhearts.
The bar is divided into two floors, a main street level bar, and a tiny dark basement room with a small bar used for live music. When we got there, we spotted Cheyne and introduced ourselves. Sadly, she said, her band had been bumped. By whom, we asked? Oh, just some guy from a little band called Blur!
Damon Albarn then proceeded to jam on a Melodica wind piano with about 10 other people, one of whom was an African fellow in this photo. I forget his name, but he is known as the Jimmy Hendrix of whatever that instrument is called that he was playing. Another guy with lightening fingers played a mandolin. And a Spanish dude played bass. Cheyne's band members joined in with guitars and percussion.
It was crazy mad, free-form, fun. I can't even describe the music. It was like improv jazz mixed with Spanish, Greek and African sounds.
Of all the times NOT to have my camera! Hence, this crappy shot taken with my crappy camera phone. PS: Do not, under any circumstance, ever purchase the Motorola L6 mobile phone. It's RUBBISH!