Gary Flockhart: We’ve never had it so good, music lovers

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IT’S time to dust off that old chestnut about corporation buses. You wait ages for a decent gig round these parts and then loads come along at once.

Indeed, after what seems like an eternity since there was anything to get even remotely excited about, the next few weeks will see a host of big-name acts heading this way.

Among them, there’s Blondie at the Usher Hall on Tuesday, and of course, the three Castle concerts – Jessie J (July 17), Runrig (July 20) and Paul Weller (July 21).

Before then, there’s the appearance of Burt Bacharach at the Usher Hall tomorrow night.

I’ll be heading along to that one (see Monday’s review for my verdict on the legendary songwriter’s gig), though sadly missing the Castle shows due to summer holidays.

Keen to get my live music fix before heading off to warmer climes, I’ll also be at Liquid Room tonight to see Glasvegas.

It’s been a couple of years since I last caught the Dalmarnock boys with one of the worst monikers in music – face it, it would have been a decent enough name for the west coast supercasino that never was, but it’s a naff name for a band – and I’m looking forward to hearing the tracks from their forthcoming newbie.

The Scottish indie rockers release third album Later... When The TV Turns To Static on July 8, so tonight’s gig offers an early chance to run the rule over it.

So far, all I’ve heard from it is lead single If, which features none other than William Shatner in the video.

In it, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk is seen introducing the band, declaring: “They’re young, they’re brash and tonight they are playing their new single... Please welcome Glasvegas.”

It’s a great comeback single from James Allan and co and, if the rest of the album is half as good, then Later... will be worth forking out for.

I can’t agree with music mogul Alan McGee that Glasvegas are “the best Scottish band for the last 20 years”, but there’s no denying that they’ve written some good songs.