Where Did the Fox Go? (Part Two)

At the end of January 2021, I moved out of Rochester and back to Central New York, leaving behind some great friends and the routes I had grown to love: the Durand Eastman arboretum, the scenic shores of Lake Ontario, the River Trail from the port in Charlotte up to Lake Avenue, the canal trail from Perinton to Pittsford. No more training around Mount Hope cemetery with Drew and the Rochester Running Company folks, or around Josh Park at the back of the Hudson Avenue Wegmans with Kelly and her group. No more running with the iRundequoit crew. Routines and habits that grounded and stabilized me in the end all disappeared in just a handful of days.

Not for the first time in my life, it was time to begin again.

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Where Did the Fox Go? (Part One)

Well, now. That’s a good — and reasonable — question. It’s also a difficult one for me to answer, first because I am not sure I can provide a clear answer and, second, because part of any answer I may have will be very personal in nature.

I’ve always regarded the purpose of the Flat-Footed Fox blog is to document my running, simply and purely. I will do my best to make these posts no different. But the separation between the physical and the mental — if there is one — is paper thin. And these posts, as much as I don’t want them to, will bear testimony to that.

The simple version of the story as I understand it is this: two years’ accumulated stress took its toll on my mental and physical health. It affected my ability and desire to run, which, in turn, increased my stress levels, creating a feedback loop that I am only just starting to break.


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Goin’ Down De Mont

Welcome to the page for

Goin’ Down De Mont: A People’s History of Rock Concerts at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall

by author and rock historian Bruce Pegg.



Spenwood Books is now taking orders for Goin’ Down De Mont! Order before 28 October 2022 and receive a free hardback copy of Cream – A People’s History (retail price £19.99).

Go to https://spenwoodbooks.com/product/demontforthall/ and get your copy today!




In 2015, I started to write down my memories of rock concerts I had attended at the De Montfort Hall when I was a teenager growing up in Leicester during the 1970s.

As the project developed, I invited a number of my old friends to contribute, and I eventually published the stories here on brucepegg.com as a series of blog posts under the heading Aya Gooin’ Down De Mont?

Fast forward to 2021. Richard Houghton, my old college friend from Loughborough University and himself an author of numerous people’s histories of well-known rock bands, contacted me and asked if I would like to turn the blog posts into a book to be published by his company, Spenwood Books.

I readily agreed and began work on Goin’ Down De Mont.

The De Montfort Hall has enjoyed an incredibly rich history, playing host to the greatest names in modern popular music. From Buddy Holly’s appearance on 16 March 1958 through to legendary shows by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in the early sixties; from groundbreaking performances by Pink Floyd and Genesis in the early 70s to cutting-edge appearances by The Clash and Blondie later that decade; and from numerous Marillion shows recorded at the venue to Kasabian’s triumphant homecoming gigs in the 2000s, the Hall’s stage has been graced by the famous and the influential alike.


Goin’ Down De Mont documents that history by collecting hundreds of stories from concert goers who attended rock shows at the Hall from the late 1950s to today. Some of those stories are from rock celebrities including Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Kathy Bushnell (Emily Muff), Baz Warne (The Stranglers) and Leicester’s own Rich Barton (Diesel Park West), Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake), Roger ‘Chappo’ Chapman (Family, Streetwalkers), Tony Byker (Gaye Bykers on Acid), Tom Meighan (Kasabian) and Dave Bartram (Showaddywaddy),

In addition to stories, there are never-before-seen pictures of performers during shows at the hall and scans of memorabilia from the shows, including images of ticket stubs, setlists, autographs, and more.

These stories are accompanied by

  • An essay documenting the Hall’s history, the ways rock tours in the UK changed from the package shows of the 50s and 60s to the full-blown multimedia productions of the mid 70s, and the Hall’s acoustics and ambience, features that endeared it to generations of concert goers and musicians alike.
  • A gigography documenting almost 1,000 rock shows going back to 1957
  • A discography of all live songs known to have been recorded at the Hall and released on legitimate labels.

You can access an older version of the gig database here. The version in the book has added over 100 more dates.

You can access an older version of the discography here. Again, the version in the book has numerous additions.

Got questions about Goin’ Down De Mont? Want to contact Bruce? Use the form below!

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Review: Steve Hackett (Riviera Theater, Tonawanda NY. September 12, 2019)

It took me a long, long time to catch up with Steve Hackett.

Forty-two years, 7 months, and 22 days to be exact. Continue reading

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Review: Iron Maiden (KeyBank Center, Buffalo NY. August 13, 2019)

The last time I saw the Mighty Maiden, in Toronto on their 2017 Book of Souls tour, I marveled at the energy they still generated on stage after delivering almost 40 years of uncompromising in-your-face metal to the masses.

This time, though, catching up with Eddie and the boys wasn’t quite so satisfying.

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#runstreak day 475: The End of the Streak and a European Runcation (Photoessay)

On April 20, at around 5:30 in the evening, I finished a lazy two-mile run around the neighborhood.

It was an unremarkable way to end a remarkable sequence. A 475-day #runstreak, encompassing 2,285.52 total running miles, had come to an end.

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Review: Coheed & Cambria/Mastodon (Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ. June 4, 2019)

As any runner will tell you, catching up always brings its own set of problems.

Especially when you’re really behind. Continue reading

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CD Review: THE COFFIN TRAIN – Diamond Head (Silver Lining, 2019)

Make no mistake. The Coffin Train isn’t your father’s Diamond Head album.

This eighth album by the Stourbridge metal warriors may feature plenty of nods to the bands’ now forty-year-old roots. But at the same time, it points toward an altogether different future — hard rocking, of course, but also more progressive and complex than its forebears.

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Catching up with Diamond Head

It’s been a while since The Guv’nor caught up with Diamond Head — almost two years, in fact, since he waved goodbye to the band after their show at Sharkey’s in Liverpool, NY.

Since then, the rollercoaster ride that is DH has continued unabated. Problems with management companies, record labels, and tour promoters have gone hand-in-hand with a difficult yet ultimately triumphant tour of Europe and a groundbreaking new album, The Coffin Train.

To find out everything that has happened to the band since September 2017,  The Guv’nor caught up with guitarist Andy “Abbz” Abberley, bassist Dean Ashton, and vocalist Rasmus Bom Anderson.

Here’s what they had to say.

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Review: Bruce Cockburn (Asbury Hall, Buffalo NY. May 8, 2019)

If the concerts I am attending this year have a collective theme, it would have to be Catching Up.

With Bruce Cockburn, it’s been almost a decade since last I saw him (May 2011 at The Egg in Albany to be exact). That was the year the normally prolific Canadian singer-songwriter released Small Source of Comfort; since then, the rest of the world and I have had to wait for the follow up, 2017’s Bone on Bone.

Now nearly two years’ old, the album has become a worthy addition to the Cockburn canon, as the night’s set opener, “States I’m In,” perfectly illustrated. If there was anyone in attendance who was unfamiliar with his work — which is hard to believe considering Cockburn’s career is now well into its sixth decade — it was the best possible introduction.

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