Lee Wochner: Writer. Director. Writing instructor. Thinker about things.


The big event in London

This Saturday night, there’s a big event in London that you may have heard about. It’s been getting a lot of international attention, and rightly so:  It’s always heart-warming to see notable people who really belong together become united in a ceremony.

This is the sort of once-in-a-lifetime event that I would regret missing, so I’m getting on a flight in a few hours and heading over to England so that I’m there for the big day on Saturday.

Yes, I feel truly blessed to have gotten into the only Pere Ubu tour stop featuring all nine band members on stage (!!!).

The last time I was in London, in 1999, it was to see a play of mine that was running in King’s Cross, and to have dinner with David Thomas, the lead singer of Pere Ubu, who proved to be kind, thoughtful, and able to drink me under the table. (I had a pint and a half, next to his four at dinner and two during my play.) I’ve seen him many times since then, but only at the band’s shows.

There’s always something big going on in London. While I’m there, I plan to go to the British Museum again (to my knowledge, the only museum that houses one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World), and perhaps the British Library, the Dunhill cigar lounge, and more than one pub and theatre.  I’m also given to understand that there’s some other big event in London happening on the same day as the Pere Ubu concert, involving other notable people being brought together, but I don’t plan to attend.

As for the concert, I’m wishing the band the very best, and I’m looking forward to all the beautiful music they’ll make together.

3 Responses to “The big event in London”

  1. Joe Stafford Says:

    Bon voyage and ‘woosh’

  2. Dan Says:

    Hey, if you’re gonna be in London anyway, could you drop by the Royal Wedding and drop off a gift? So e friends & I got together & bought a blender for the Royal Couple, but I forgot to mail it. Lemmeknow.

  3. Lex Says:

    If it was half as good as the Chicago concert, it’ll still be the best concert I’ve seen since probably 2014. And, since I know it was even MORE than half as good as the Chicago concert, I’m thrilled (and jealous) you got to see them in London.

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