The Dave Berry Show

This month Ab­so­lute Ra­dio’s Dave Berry has mostly been lis­ten­ing to…

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I am await­ing the ar­rival of Rag’ n’ Bone Man at Birm­ing­ham Town Hall, the lat­est venue to play host to a spe­cial Ab­so­lute Ra­dio gig. Rory Gra­ham, Rag’ n’ Bone Man] has

re­cently had two sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tions to his al­ready busy life – one is a baby son and the other is a face tat­too. I am not a fa­ther my­self, but it is cer­tainly worth think­ing about as a way to mark the birth of your first-born. Just be­fore I get to in­tro­duce him on­stage, I can hear the vo­cal warm-up em­a­nat­ing from his dress­ing room. He is in fine voice. It’s a voice the crowd that evening loved and the

rea­son he’d go on to win a Brit Award a cou­ple of weeks later. Back in Lon­don, I meet Muse for the first time. They are charm­ing and, to be hon­est, I am a lit­tle shocked at how “nor­mal” they are for one of the world’s big­gest bands. Matt Bel­lamy tells me they are re­leas­ing tracks as and when they want to, but says fans can ex­pect an al­bum later this year. If their new sin­gle, Thought Con­ta­gion, is any­thing to go by, Muse lovers are in for treat. The boys also tell me that the name of one of their big­gest-ever tunes, Plug In Baby, came af­ter leaf­ing through the Ar­gos cat­a­logue and stum­bling across a baby mon­i­tor! All in all, it has very much been a cer­tifi­cate PG month in my world of rock’n’roll. Lis­ten to The Dave Berry Show, week­days 4-7pm on Ab­so­lute Ra­dio.

Dave with Muse’s Dom Howard (left) and Matt Bel­lamy.

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