De­signer Ni­cholas Daley ar­rives at last night’s red car­pet event at V&A Dundee along­side his mother, Mau­reen Daley, who orig­i­nally hails from the city. Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

Lead singer of Pri­mal Scream prom­ises a great rock ‘n’ roll party to start off 3D Fes­ti­val tonight

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN WIL­SON

The lead singer of Pri­mal Scream said he has been en­thralled by the build­ing of the V&A Dundee which, he says, is a “fan­tas­tic thing” for Dundee and Scot­land.

Bobby Gille­spie has promised a great rock ‘n’ roll party at Slessor Gar­dens tonight to kick­start the 3D Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions.

“The show for the open­ing of the V&A is both a big gig for us and a spe­cial event for Dundee,” Bobby said.

Ap­pro­pri­ately for the event, cel­e­brated artist Jim Lam­bie, who has de­signed al­bum cov­ers for the band and was pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated for the Turner Prize, is col­lab­o­rat­ing with them in a spe­cially com­mis­sioned new work, which will be un­veiled for the first time tonight.

“As with ev­ery gig we’ll play as well as we can but it is a big day for Dundee and for Scot­land.

“We don’t know what Jim is do­ing, he’s cre­at­ing a film but we have no idea what it’s about so it’ll be as much of a sur­prise to us as it will be for the au­di­ence.

“We trust Jim to do a good job. “I think this new mu­seum is a fan­tas­tic thing, it’s un­be­liev­able, they should have them all over the coun­try.

“Things like this democra­tise us. I think it goes a long way to­wards that, it’s great that it’s go­ing to be free en­try to a lot of the ex­hi­bi­tions, that makes it a more so­cial place.

“I’ll be hang­ing around to have a look at the V&A, it’s a great thing and we’ll be hav­ing a look in there.”

The free-en­try Slessor Gar­dens gig will also help Bobby and the boys as they pro­mote their “new,” (for­got­ten) al­bum, which they ac­tu­ally recorded in Mem­phis in the sum­mer of 1993, but shelved it al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the band and the record com­pany de­cided it wasn’t the right vibe for them at the time.

Now though, Bobby ex­plains, af­ter the dis­cov­ery ear­lier this year of the tracks in rhythm gui­tarist An­drew Innes’ base­ment, it’s time for the orig­i­nal mix to be re­vealed to the world.

Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Orig­i­nal Mem­phis Ses­sions, is fi­nally re­leased on Oc­to­ber 12 and will be ac­com­pa­nied by a BBC4 doc­u­men­tary on the al­bum.

The mix by leg­endary pro­ducer Tom Dowd at his Ar­dent Stu­dio in Mem­phis, along with the Mus­cle Shoals rhythm sec­tion, Bobby says, is “time­less.”

“We started remix­ing and re-record­ing it in Mem­phis at the time. It was crazy,” he said.

“I don’t know what we were think­ing about, maybe we thought it was too clean and so­phis­ti­cated, too slick.

“I think we were a bit shocked at how great it was recorded, we were used to stuff that was a bit more frac­tured.

“We’ve just left it as Tom Dowd has mixed it. This is the mix that he played to us, there are nine tracks.

“I’m very happy, re­ally proud of it, proud of the band, proud of the level of play­ing.

“We can’t re­ally play much of it live though, it’s re­ally a bal­lad al­bum. It would be difficult to do it that way.”

So the gig at Slessor Gar­dens, Bobby says, will be “a rock ‘n’ roll party.

“It’s like a fes­ti­val,” he says. “A cel­e­bra­tion.”

Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall. The V&A held a red car­pet event for in­vited guests last night ahead of the week­end open­ing cel­e­bra­tions start­ing tonight.

Bobby Gille­spie says the show is a spe­cial event for Dundee.

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