Apr 18 2010, 13:27[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGuSMer1zjo&feature=player_embedded[youtube]
Mag 31 2009, 9:58A storming performance by the band even though it was in front of the thinnest crowd for them I have seen at The Limelight in the last 3 years. Nick Jaguar pondered if it was a "secret gig" when he saw so few people. It did fill up a little bit more later on and, in all fairness to the band, it didn't impact on their performance.
Set 30 2008, 13:03A good gig in a new venue to me. I loved the venue, it exceeded my expectations but the prices of the beer... hmmm. Carling Rip Off Academy. The band were on good form even if the sound was a bit muddy at first. It took til just under halfway before things came alight with a gritty rendition of "Side". Sound and atmosphere was established and maintained for the rest of the night as the hits and new songs kept coming. I don't have the set list but I'd imagine nearly 20 songs figured. The gig ended about 11.10pm for a pogo-ing version of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and the fans exited to the rainy streets of Liverpool. Well, what else was it going to be?
Set 30 2008, 13:00A good gig in a new venue to me. I loved the venue, it exceeded my expectations but the prices of the beer... hmmm. Carling Rip Off Academy. The band were on good form even if the sound was a bit muddy at first. It took til just under halfway before things came alight with a gritty rendition of "Side". Sound and atmosphere was established and maintained for the rest of the night as the hits and new songs kept coming. I don't have the set list but I'd imagine nearly 20 songs figured. The gig ended about 11.10pm for a pogo-ing version of "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" and the fans exited to the rainy streets of Liverpool. What else was it going to be?!
Lug 10 2008, 21:19Everything is good for you
World Where you live
Love you til the day I die
Fall at your feet
Heaven That I'm making
Whispers and Moans
Not The Girl you think you are
Other side of the world
Don't dream it's over
When you come
Encore 1 (with Johnny Marr)
There is a light
Don't stop now
Throw your arms around me
Weather with you
Fingers of love
Lug 10 2008, 15:46Crowded House, ECHO Arena, Summer Pops
BY JADE WRIGHT, LIVERPOOL ECHO
THE Kiwis certainly brought the weather with them last night.
As the rain poured on Liverpool last night, inside the ECHO Arena was bathed in the warmest of glows.
Singer Neil Finn (pictured) positively emits sunshine. So much so that he ought to give lessons in how to be a frontman.
He could certainly teach Paul Simon a thing or two about how to interact with a crowd.
Aside from the fact that he’s breathtakingly, eyewateringly, heartmeltingly good, he also has the wonderful gift of loving every second on stage. He manages to sing 20-year- old songs like it’s the very first time, packing every second with sheer joy.
With his cheery Kiwi banter, he manages to make the 10,000 seat ECHO arena feel like he’s singing in your living room. And he wants to hear you sing along, too.
“Did you bring your voices with you tonight?” he asked the packed crowd of devotees. Liverpool certainly had. As he launched into Fall Of Your Feet, Weather With You, It’s Only Natural and Don’t Dream It’s Over, the throng sang along with every word in a full-on, hairs up on the back of your neck gesture of solidarity.
And in true Glastonbury form, Neil unleashed his trademark genial subversion, chatting to the crowd like old mates and asking the security guards to let people stand up and dance.
The band sounded sublime, and Neil was in superb voice showing, with a two-hour show packing in 22 songs, how his rich, mellow tones only get better with age.
Add in excellent support from fellow Kiwi Don McGlashan – joined for a duet by Neil Finn at one point – and Liverpool band Voo and it was the highlight in the Summer Pops season.
But then there was the icing on the cake: the encore from heaven. Neil brought on his old mate Johnny Marr for a cover of The Smiths There is A Light That Never Goes Out, followed by Weather With You. It was a hard act to follow, but follow it they did. After the audience refused to budge they returned for a second encore, with everyone on their feet.
A two-hour set, two great support bands, two encores and a standing ovation. This was something special.
Ott 15 2007, 7:46Another quality performance lapped up by a sell out crowd at Ripley Town Hall. Lots of amusing jokes (including ones I'd heard several times before) in between the songs, particularly in the first half when Nick Mutton-Dagger thanked the audience "for giving up their night watching 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' on the telly. You do know it's 1966 dontcha?". Well, of course.
The gig is always a reminder of how timeless the Stones music will be even though when it was originally released some of it was seen as being wild, indecent and corruptive... over 40 plus licks years later its just good-time, rocking stuff that appeals to all ages, if the audience last night is anything to go by.
Highlights: Little Red Rooster, Angie, Sympathy for the Devil.
Lug 8 2007, 10:43Behind the Lines / Duke’s End / Turn It On Again
No Son Of Mine
Land of Confusion
In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels / Afterglow
Hold on My Heart
Home by the Sea / Second Home By The Sea
Follow You, Follow Me
Firth of Fifth / I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
Drum Duet / Los Endos
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight / Invisible Touch
I Can’t Dance
Mag 14 2007, 18:16Sat 12 May – Wilko Johnson
Psycho blues man Wilko Johnson gave a passionate display of his repertoire on Saturday at the homely Ripley Town Hall. This was a new venue for me and the surroundings definitely fell into the "no frills" category with its bare walls, high stage and deafening PA. (And a raffle.)
As Mr Johnson cranked up the wattage, his bassist Norman gave a dextrous display of note-playing despite looking like he was someone of very poor personal hygiene. The drummer kept up the beat and all-in-all the band was as tight Lester Piggott's wallet.
For those unfamiliar with his own songs Wilko played two encores consisting of Johnny B. Goode and Route 66. A minor quibble was the length of set which ran to about 85 minutes. And they say these bluesmen can go on and on and on...
Mag 7 2007, 10:19