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Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« on: October 02, 2011, 07:59:22 PM »
Having followed the band avidly since 1972, and attended as many gigs as I could since those halcyon days, it shouldn't come as any surprise to learn that I attended this year's only UK gig in Leamington last night and thoroughly enjoyed the event.

With Deke expected to guest for a few numbers as an added incentive this was a night not to be missed by the faithful. That said, I'd have gone even if Deke hadn't been appearing.

A fuller review and photos will appear on the Archive in due course, but overall comments and highlights are as follows:

Top marks for The Assembly as a venue. A good sized and well appointed hall, which the audience made a decent dent in but didn't fill (numbers were in the low hundreds according to my rough headcount. Quote from Michael "What? Who stands at the back and counts the heads?" I do. Especially the tall people. The PA was powerful enough and well balanced. A special mention for the drum sound, because that was the best I've heard for years. The lighting was excellent, best since the Albert Hall. The bar was large, decent value, but being limited to Coke as I was the designated driver again, I didn't exactly test the range on offer.

As anticipated the set was split into sections:

Prior to Deke arriving on stage we heard:

The Price (with some particularly muscular and agile guitar playing from James)
Mad On Her
Speak
Steal The World (these two being my second and third favourites from Kingdom Of Noise, after Shadow Of The Hand)
Stuck Behind The Popemobile
The Man With X Ray Eyes (I enjoyed this enormously, with good interplay from Phil throughout)

Deke arrived for:

The Ride And The View (marvellous all round, and much appreciated by forum member with diminutive Japanese wife)
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Daughter Of The Fireplace
C'mon (superb middle section from Phil, although I'm still not convinced about the vocals)
Many Are Called But Few Get Up

A brief intermission before we heard:

Romain
Spunk Rock (with bizarre navigation failure somewhere in the middle)

Then a longer break before we heard:

Bananas
Conflict Of Interest (Do It)

Plenty of fun had on stage, and in the audience too which is what it's all about really. No broken strings to report. Just under two and a half hours from start to finish.

There were a few rough edges here and there - which I'll expand on in the more detailed review later - but then I don't love the band because they're perfect, I love them because they're not perfect.
Boldly going.......

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 08:08:31 PM »
Thanks Jules. 

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2011, 08:39:06 PM »
Thanks Jules - a great summary and good to see you again btw. I enjoyed the gig enormously, as did the gathered. Pete. P.S. Michael - yes it really is 1953 ha ha!

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2011, 02:30:09 PM »
nice one Jules we had a band on at the football club so we couldnt come.After the gig we had a few freinds back for drinks and we blasted out Diamonds and coal,The Price,Bananas etc.Look forward to Morriston in December :)

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2011, 04:25:16 PM »
Thanks for the review. Expecting some video too...

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2011, 05:10:40 PM »
Thanks for the review. Expecting some video too...

There were one or two personal video cameras in evidence. You never know what might turn up on YouTube.
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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2011, 08:28:49 PM »
Leamington review now available here.

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2011, 09:34:18 PM »
Thanks Tim, looking forward to the pics.

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2011, 12:24:42 AM »
..is it me, or do these reviews gloss over the first half of the set in a couple of lines, and only become exciting when Deke takes over? Sorry guys, you're not convincing me..
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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 01:11:50 PM »
thanks again Tim :)

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 02:14:31 PM »
Leamington review now available here.

Thanks Tim, a good read and I'm also looking forward to seeing the photes.
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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 08:21:15 PM »
Thanks Tim, a good read and I'm also looking forward to seeing the photes.

There are some truly excellent pics on the way... not mine, though.  Should be sorted by the end of the week.

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2011, 08:33:31 PM »
Photos, courtesy of Syd Wall,  now online. And rather good they are too.

Enjoy. Or not, as the case may be.

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2011, 09:27:12 PM »
Photos, courtesy of Syd Wall,  now online. And rather good they are too.

Thanks Tim and Syd, particularly liked shot 10 - James concentrating with Deke looking on in the blueness, his head precisely located between guitar neck and mic stand, seemingly back lit and angled to perfection.

They must have spent quite a while framing that one up.

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Re: Man - Leamington Spa - 1st October 2011
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2011, 10:46:07 PM »
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Thanks Tim and Syd, particularly liked shot 10 - James concentrating with Deke looking on in the blueness, his head precisely located between guitar neck and mic stand, seemingly back lit and angled to perfection.

They must have spent quite a while framing that one up.

Number 3 also took some time to set up while Deke had that purple death ray implant put in his forehead.