Travis I was ecstatic to see one of my favourite bands of all time Travis on Monday night at Symphony Hall Birmingham.


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 Rodriguez Rodriguez tonight is supported by two acts Chloe Charles who gives a confident and sassy performance with strong harmonious vocals, and Dennis Coffey a well seasoned guitarist. In every area of the world that Rodriguez performs he has a different backing band, and for his British stint Coffey's backing then supports Rodriguez on stage with drums, bass and guitar. Coffey leads in nicely and fills the auditorium with a set of real crowd pleasers from the likes of Stevie Wonder and co.


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Goo Goo Dolls Some bands seem to have been around forever. They've been good enough to never really leave the public consciousness but they haven't been setting the world alight for years on end either. They've made their mark, had some classic hits and got on with doing their own thing. They've grown up with their fans and managed to retain them and acquire a group of new ones along the way. It's fair to say American rock band Goo Goo Dolls fall into this category. Formed in 1985, they have stood the test of time and aren't ready to give up or go anywhere yet. They rocked up in Manchester on Wednesday evening to promote their latest record and we were there to check it out.


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Simple Minds Simple Minds flatly refuse to give up and go away. Na no. Stadia shows may be a few years ago (although arenas are a' beckoning later in the year) this is the second time in just over 12 months they've played a mid-sized venue, playing all their hits from days gone by. And by all accounts it's a great idea - tonight's gig is totally sold out.


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