Just to prove I do occasionally (mostly by accident) take advice, I did take a pub tip from Chris Dyson for my second pre-gig pint in Leeds.
Chris and 6 Towns Mart are probably my Leeds experts since the loss of dear old Richard and the imprisonment of BRAPA in a flat in York.
Perhaps the pace of change has slowed a little in the east of Leeds, but the Calls District was busy enough, though Northern Guitars was only ticking over. I guess their trade comes from music nights.
Proper tables where your feet touch the floor, note. It’s a cosy bar, and a top recommendation from Chris.
I couldn’t get excited by the cask, which will horrify the Southworths, but I fancied the milk stout.
I learnt two significant things here.
Milk stout should only be drunk in cask, on keg the Lucid Dream was tasty but watery. Hey, talking like I know anything about beer !
And secondly, I really must play that Rory Gallagher live ’74 album I bought by post from Demon Records in 1990 and have NEVER played.
Take a peak upstairs and admire the guitar collection they had to acquire to go with the theme of the pub, and the gig posters from the decades since Rory.
But would my own gig, starting in an hour, build on Leeds hard-rocking legacy? (I also have a virtually unplaced copy of The Who Live at Leeds 72).
We shall see.