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"Ready for This" - Tim Minchin Tour 2009

Date - Saturday 17th October 2009

Time - 1930hours

Location - Sheffield Venue - City Hall - Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall

Arrived into Sheffield WAY WAY early lol around 3pm early doors to venue though open for ticket collection werent opening for the event till 7pm so classic "schoolboy error" if ever could be said as got to kill three and half hours in Sheffield wandering around which isnt easy when you are on limited fundings but none-the-less i wasnt missing this performance regardless of anything .. given that the week had turned even shittier due to my Maternal Grandfather dying suddenly on Wednesday from an anuerism apparently from initial Post Mortem findngs

So to Sheffield i have come for some Tim Minchin goodness and happiness :)

Weather is cool and overcast and will get colder as the minutes and hours tick by im outside the venue on the steps just watching the people go about their daily travels - I should have sat near the stage door would have been a good idea perhaps to catch a glimpse of Tim prior to the show, i'll stretch my legs shortly i think cant even pick up a decent WIFI signal from outside the venue which is FREE by way.
I'll try to document the show from memory best i can really ... security now present and going round the venue perimeter.

This may turn into a coldness arse numbing sit down ever and longest - but whats a girl to do! :(

I do suppose this puts me in good stead when i head to Birmingham to see Derren Brown on his Enigma Tour next year attending events on my own rather than in the company of someone.  I do wonder how many people are waiting by the stage door actually i guess after the performance people will be there  but given my last train is at 2234hours i cant take that chance just to meet him in person and the prospect of walking from Sheffield to Leeds at that time of night (or anytime of day) doesnt really enlighten me in the slightest.
So if i just by chance get to catch a glimpse of the Lyrical genius piano player australian who sorry Australia you arent having back but you can gladly have "Neighbours" and "Home and Away" back quite gladly.
If i did get him to sign anything i would get him to sign my top "We are all just fucking monkeys in shoes" and sign it haha its unique at least and i would be only one walking round with that on a top!

My arse is now officially numb and its only 1630hours LOL
Im going to go for a wander ....... OH GREAT ... just missed Tim arriving at the venue by mere minutes .. there was my only one chance to meet him say hello and grab a photo and get my top signed :( :(
Just my luck

Still i stay near stage door and chat to two girls from Bradford called Fiona and Jess who are total die hard Tim fans who met him in Bradford and have turned up in a hope to secure tickets to tonights SOLD OUT show at the venue. Though Tim doesnt come back out before the show i secure his autograph (so thats better than nothing) though he could have been witty with the question on the card (it was the only thing in my bag other than my iPod Touch) for him to sign - so i am happy with this and maybe another time i will get chance to meet him in person :) his manager John thank you kindly for doing that for me in getting him to scribble on the card :)

My autograph from Tim Minchin

Ok can wait inside the main entrance of the venue now oh the FREE WIFI access is now working you LITERALLY have to be inside the venue entrance to get this. I can hear him doing soundcheck heard him doing "If i cant have you" -- one of my favourite songs by him really sweet and what you would think about someone that you are in a long term relationship with :)

Doors open for the bars at about 1845hours ... the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall doors open at 7pm as still doing checks ....

Find my seat good position as you can see from this (only picture i could take as none were allowed to be taken)

Where i was sat for Tim's Show

The following is now all from memory:

Lights Dim ....It is now total darkness Tim's voice starts with Errmmm Ahem ok thats a kick drum .... high hat ... snare ... bass ... geeee-guitar try some distortion - argh better ... some lady vocals arrrrrrrrrrr ... WHO NEEDS A BAND! show starts

(see end of blog for songs played)
The material is generally same as prior heard on "Ready for This" had for months but obviously a few changes here and there .... Derren Brown gets a mention in a nice way from Tim ... he balances a mic on the bottom of the mic stand and goes "Look Im Derren Brown" to which he then fires back "No im not really though he is handsome he could do with winning the lottery and fucking off" LOL bless .. then Tim followed that through with "But that would be selfish" he then twirls the mic stand around in a reference to the Sheffield EYE thing just outside the venue (see told you)

Sheffield Eye Sheffield Eye @ Night

Then he glides the stand like he is pole dancing along his body and between his legs he is soooooo comical it is such a marvel to witness his genuine talent up close for the first time ever.
He then makes a reference to Peado's with an Ice Cream jingle and why would you as a parent send your child/ren towards such a sound that sounds like a call of a child fiddler. I'll try and find the tune somehow and incorporate in this blog so you understand. He then apologises that he has made the suggestion that all those that own Ice Cream vans are child fiddlers when it should be other way round .. had to be there to fully understand the context of this joke i guess!

Here is the ice cream jingle - www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php (almost sure this is the one)

He links into songs he is playing with wit and rapport and comments am i Jimmy Carr now at one point lmao (Jimmy Carr was playing at the venue the week previously)  .... he takes a dig at a "posh" girl called Claire who happened to arrive with her "emo" boyfriend LATE due to traffic she responsed and Tim went Traffic are you old enough to drive what are you 15 and pointed out they even have clocks built in and that you would have bought your ticket 6months ago you could have started traveling then LMAO she pointed out she was 17 Tim kept throughout the show taking a swipe all in humour ... he then said what you going in your bag for Claire lost your phone, your spangly bracelet what you left it in "your" drivers car.
Second Half of the show starts with Tim asking a member of the audience at the front to come on stage reculantant at first a male gets up he is Scott 30yr old Primary School Teacher ... Tim gets him to put on a bear costume stating zip to the front otherwise tail will look like a ball sack on you ... Scott still trying to get into the bear outfit when Tim goes you're making a meal out of this arent you ... Song kicks in after Tim instructs Scott what to do Song is "Bears Dont Dig on Dancing" ..... more one liners follow between songs and the wit
Darkside saw loads of smoke from the machine making Tim disappear from view lol and then going cough ahem cough and making out the smoke was killing him LMAO during the playing of this song Tim played the Ice Cream Jingle from earlier and WINKED HAHAHA so funny it was one of them moments you had to visually see (but a definite missed KODAK opportunity) he ended with some audience members shouting a few things out Tim stating City Hall was largest gig played and it was a weird arse venue curved shaped .... He had already earlier in the evening pointed out to those in the balcony levels that it looked like they were sat in an English Boat due to this curved effect.
He ended with the lovely beautiful song "White Wine in the Sun" moves me to tears the lyrics so poetically written and meaningful :)

I wouldnt have missed this for anything really and glad i didnt .. Look forward to seeing Tim LIVE again in the future.

Songs played:

Ready for This

Prejudice - with orange lightening to add effect to the song Loved it haha

I l♥ve Jesus - which he gets the audience to sing a long with though the i hate faggots line (no offense is intended and those that take offense really dont understand Tim's work and humour, plus many of you know i am not Homophobic in any way shape or form and havent been since i was 14 years old) made many many people fall silent in the singing and the gestures Tim does like giving a Blow Job or being fucked in the arse just add to the humour

Good Book

If I didnt have you - my favourite song - was also written for his wife Sarah

Confessions - in three movements (Feminism, Poverty (alteruism) and Environment and is basically about his love of Boobs

Canvas Bags

First half of show over - The Interval Song is played

Bears dont dig on Dancing

This is a song for Phil Daoust - a song to a humourless reviewer of the Guardian newspaper (occassional) from a review he wrote on Tim 3 years ago

Cant remember the song played at this point :(

one that follows is - Tim's fantastic 9min beat poem entitled "Storm" (its on youtube)


Followed by show finale "White Wine in the Sun"

Please excuse any spelling errors with some words


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