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only 2 days to go until The Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline.

as well as a framed Skids photo and an electric guitar as raffle prizes there will also be an aftershow party after the main event.

The aftershow will take place in the Tiffany Bar area, next door to the main hall.

Due to limited spaces we are sorry to say that we will not be able to fit everyone into the aftershow party.

Once band members, friends, family and VIP’s have all been taken care of, there will be some extra wristbands available.

For those of you lucky enough to get a Skids wristband for the aftershow, all we ask in return is for you to make a small donation into the Help For Heroes collection tins that will be available in the foyer.

Myself, Smid and some band members will have the extra wristbands for the aftershow so feel free to ask and make sure you make a donatioin.

see you all on Sunday and we hope you enjoy the show 🙂

The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline will be playing host to the Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere showing on Sunday 31st October 2010, the show starts at 6pm. As well as the DVD launch there will be a special, one-off performance with The Skids & The Gospel Truth Choir (not to be missed) as well as a raffle for signed photos and a signed guitar.

Richard Jobson and special guests are pleased to be hosting the official launch of The Skids …Live 2010 DVD. Sunday 31st October will see the premiere showing of the new DVD at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The DVD will go on sale officially at this event which will include live music performances as well as the first showing of the DVD on the big screen.

TO WIN TWO TICKETS TO THIS FANTASTIC EVENT AS WELL AS A COPY OF THE DVD SIMPLY EMAIL THE ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION TO info@visitdunfermline.com

QUESTION : WHICH TRULY WORTHY CHARITY WILL BE BENEFITING FROM THE SALE OF ‘ THE SKIDS LIVE ‘ DVD ?

***WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28th.

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Dunfermline Press article by Gary Fitzpatrick
read the original article here

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The memorable Skids home town concert at the Alhambra in March has been captured on film and will be released at a special launch event.  

The fund-raiser for the ‘Help for Heroes’ at the Carnegie Hall on 31st October will feature the first screening of the movie as well as an acoustic gig by the band, perhaps their last ever.

Those present in the packed audience will long remember the electric atmosphere as the Skids turned back the clock with a wonderful performance of hits such as ‘Into the Valley’, ‘The Saints are Coming’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Yankee Dollar’.

The film is the work of Richard Jobson singer, film director and music video creator for artists such as Richard Ashcroft.

The Skids frontman told the Press, “You’ve probably heard it before but this could well be the last performance of the band. I start a new film soon and it’s hard to see when will be able to get together again.”

Looking back to the Alhambra concert, Richard said, “It was an incredible night. I can’t remember a better atmosphere – ever. The vibe was just right and everybody was there to have a great time.

“It was just amazing to look out and see the faces. There were those who had been there from the beginning and some had brought their children and grandchildren in some cases.

“It was a great night and the end of the Fifer Festival week. I enjoyed being able to spend time with young people who were interested in a career in film-making and music.

“The legacy of the Skids is to encourage these young people to believe that if they want to do something then do it and not to listen to what anyone else says.

“We didn’t get much encouragement when we started certainly from the older generation who either thought the whole thing was threatening or didn’t like the music. But each generation comes along and has their own thing to say.”

The Alhambra gig was captured using Canon 5D Mark II stills cameras which have hi-spec video capability and being compact gave the photographers great flexibility of movement.

“I didn’t want the enjoyment of the audience to be spoilt by cameramen running around all over the place getting in their way and blocking the view,” said Richard.

“By using this technology, the team, who I’ve worked with before and are very talented, could move around freely and the results are spectacular.

“This will be the first time it’s been used in that environment and when people see what we’ve achieved I’m sure many will want to follow. We had five cameras but when you see the film you would think we had 50 in there.”

The DVD is intercut with the interview Skids fan and Rebus author Ian Rankin conducted with Richard earlier that week as part of the Fifer Festival.

“One point I was making was the thing about a Skids gig was that the audience were same type of people as the band. There was never anything pompous about a Skids gig.”

Richard previously helped the people of New Orleans in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the tune of a massive £500,000. That was the figure he would have made in royalties from U2 and Green Day’s cover of ‘The Saints are Coming’ released for the Music Rising appeal.

This time the beneficiary will be the Help for Heroes campaign and a prevalent theme in the Skids songs was the fate of young people who joined the army as a way out of unemployment.

At that time, back in the ’70s. the young recruits were thrown into the turmoil of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles and in recent years it has been Iraq and Afghanistan.

Richard said, “I feel for these young men and women. The thing’s come full circle back to when we were writing the songs with the economic situation and the lack of chances for young people.

“When there are no jobs one of the things young people are told is to join the army and they can learn something. When it’s the British Government involved the chances are you’re going to be sent to a war somewhere.

“These people have joined up to serve their country and some have been badly injured. Whether you agree with the war in Iraq or Afghanistan is irrelevant.

“Sometimes we turn our back on these young men and women and that shouldn’t happen.”

The Skids DVD premiere and launch night on 31st October starts at 6pm and tickets are on sale priced £10. Prizes, including a signed guitar, will up for grabs in the raffle.

Original Article in the Courier Newspaper

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Richard Jobson of The Skids Courier Newspaper article

Frontman Richard Jobson and special guests will be at the official launch of the Skids Live 2010 DVD on October 31.

The DVD will go on sale officially at the event which will include live music performances, as well as the first showing on the big screen.

Copies will be for sale and raffle prizes will include tickets for events at the Carnegie Hall, a signed guitar and a signed photo.

The event is in aid of Help For Heroes, the charity which promotes and protects the health of those who have been wounded while serving in the armed forces.

The DVD features footage of The Skids’ 2010 tour, which included a memorable concert at the Alhambra Theatre as part of Celebrating Fife 2010.

The format for the evening has a 6pm-6.30pm introduction and acoustic performance, followed by a break before a DVD showing, raffle prizegiving and signing of the DVD.

Tickets cost £10.

The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline will be playing host to the Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere showing on Sunday 31st October 2010, the show starts at 6pm, tickets have been priced at a very reasonable £10 with NO BOOKING FEES!

Tickets are on sale in person from the Carnegie Hall Box Office
Carnegie Hall
East Port
Dunfermline
KY12 7JA

tel: 01383 602302

Mon to Fri 10.00am – 9.00pm, Sat 9.00am – 3.30pm, (till 8pm on show nights).

Tickets will also available to buy online soon from the Carnegie Hall website and some tickets will also be available soon from Third Base Records in Chapel Street.

If you want to be really quick and get seats as near to the front as possible then click this link http://www.attfife.org.uk/attFife/index.cfm?fuseaction=org.EventDisplay&objectid=0FC5FD8B-9849-268E-B95D422DDC5B085B&contentID 

Richard Jobson and special guests are pleased to be hosting the official launch of The Skids Live 2010 DVD.
Sunday 31st October will see the premiere showing of the new DVD at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The DVD will go on sale officially at this event which will include live music performances as well as the first showing of the DVD on the big screen.

Copies of the new DVD will be available for sale and some very special raffle prices can also be won, prizes include tickets for events at the Carnegie Hall, a signed guitar, a signed framed photo and more.This event is in aid of Help For Heroes a charity which promotes and protects the health of those who have been wounded in the armed forces.

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The Skids at The Alhambra Dunfermline News Of The World Review
March 14th 2010

THE SKIDS, Alhambra, Dunfermline

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FIST clenched, standing four- square in the centre of the stage, Richard Jobson is belting out the lung-busting chorus of the classic Into The Valley.

And as Bill Simpson drills out the song’s trademark bassline, the sell-out crowd is going MENTAL.

In scenes that’d rival even the mighty Barrowland, this hometown show – in one of Scotland’s best venues – sees both fans and band going for it big-time, expending enough energy to power the national grid.

It’s a reminder that The Skids, who last reunited in 2007 for their incredible 30th anniversary show on the main stage at T In The Park, have lost none of their power.

In an action-packed 24-song set – full of pulse-quickening hits like Masquerade, Working For The Yankee Dollar and, of course, The Saints Are Coming – they constantly spring surprises.

Not the least of which are the songs themselves. As they rocket into Charles – originally penned by a teenage Stuart Adamson back in 1977 – it’s clear the track hasn’t gathered dust at all. Its spiralling guitar riff and lyric about the creeping depersonalisation of corporate culture, still sound radical now.

With Adamson’s Big Country bandmate Bruce Watson depping for the much- missed guitar hero, old favourites like Out Of Town and Melancholy Soldiers are delivered with the force of a runaway train.

Drummer Mike Baillie – who joined the Fife band in time for 1980’s Absolute Game album – is a revelation too, sticks skipping around the kit as he hammers out the rock solid beat of a blistering Circus Games.

There’s a neat moment when those on stage salute original sticksman Tam Kellichan, who’s among tonight’s crowd.

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But while the music (including a rare romp through the much-underrated and never-before-played-live 1981 Fields single) is the undisputed star of the show, Jobson himself runs it a pretty close second.

He’s a magnetic presence, leaping into the air one minute, spinning round with a boxer’s finesse the next, all the while bellowing out those king-size choruses. As a frontman he’s up there with Daltrey, Lydon and Strummer.

That’s summed up as they launch into Of One Skin – the 1978 hit that inspired both U2 and The Cult – Jobson sailing through the air like he’s 17 again, still striking a blow for the newest of the new wave.