Fan Blog: Primal Scream star on new season hopes
8th Aug 2013
It's been a busy summer with Primal Scream and we've had a great time doing the festival circuit, including Glastonbury where we played before the Rolling Stones.
Now it has just hit me that the football season is about to start again. To be honest, I can't believe it is here already but I'm really positive about Villa this season.
Last season was one of the toughest I can remember being a Villa fan and I'm glad we pulled through.
My bandmates Bobby Gillespie [singer] and Andrew Innes [guitarist] are big football fans too and they do like to take the mick out of me about Villa. At times last season it was quite easy for them. Mind you, being Celtic supporters they definitely don't have a problem with Paul Lambert!
There were a few occasions between Christmas and April where I was chewing my fingers off. My 10-year-old son Louie is a massive Villa fan too and he kept telling me "we'll be alright dad". He was right. The young players pulled it off. They got a bit of confidence towards the end and I think that will carry through now.
We had to go through that tough last few months to come out the other side. Now there is plenty to be positive about.
I'm not really familiar with the new players like Nicklas Helenius and Leandro Bacuna but I do trust Lambert. His record with signings so far has been excellent.
Nobody had heard of Christian Benteke this time last year either and even though we had a tough season he was out of this world.
I've always liked the strikers - Brian Little and Andy Gray were my heroes growing up. Dwight Yorke was great too. But, thinking about it, Benteke is probably one of the best players I've ever seen play for us. He is just so strong and skilful. I was a bit shocked when he signed his new contract but I'm so glad.
Under Lambert, when the team gels it is so entertaining. It is the way Villa should be playing. We've got a tough start coming up with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all in the first week but it is probably better to get those games out of the way. You never know at the start of the season - we will be feeling pretty confident and the big teams won't be in their stride yet, we hope!
I've got my tickets for the Liverpool game and Louie wants the new away kit in time for it. [By the way, it made me smile when I heard 'Come Together' was the slogan for the campaign because it's also the title of one our popular tunes off the 'Screamadelica' album!]
The tour for our new album 'More Light' has been going great although our schedule, plus the fact that I live in Brighton, make it difficult for me to get to a lot of Villa games.
The chances of us playing in Birmingham when the Villa are at home are usually pretty slim. We're doing a few UK dates in December but they are in Manchester, London and Glasgow. There are some more pencilled in for the New Year when the season will still be going on.
But wherever you go in the world there's always somewhere to watch the game. I've got some great memories of watching matches in places like Australia when it is 6am in the morning.
Staying up to see our win over Manchester City a couple of years ago when Darren Bent scored on his debut is one that stands out. In Japan too there's always a sports bar open in the early hours showing the Premier League. That's Tokyo for you!
When [bassist] Mani was in the band before he left to rejoin the Stone Roses, there were occasions where we had TVs at the side of the stage if his beloved Man United had a big European game or if there was a World Cup on.
I haven't been in that situation with Villa yet but I would love to see us back in Europe. So hopefully we can do well in the league and have a good run in the FA Cup too as that's the only one I haven't seen us win!
My first memories are the 1975 League Cup final with Ray Graydon's penalty and also the second replay against Everton in 1975 when my uncle got us tickets. But the FA Cup is the one that's missing so I'd love to see us do well in that.
Here's to a good season. UTV!
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