Author Topic: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby  (Read 5617 times)

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Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« on: February 01, 2019, 02:16:39 AM »
150 or so souls and myself made our way down to the country's noisiest former tyre fitting bay, Derby's Flowerpot, hoping Man would move us the way they did back in the day.  My own opinion, and the reaction of those assembled, is that they did just that, with a high-energy, very tight set, mainly songs from the classic era but enough other stuff to satisfy.
A cracking C'mon started things off, Malcolm showing early with some appeallingly meandering keyboard work and Shane driving the band with some inspiring Ludwig-bashing, he's a real find in my view and looks like he can't believe he's in the band.  Next was one from waaay back, Sudden Life, then two new songs - Too Much Too Soon with Josh on keyboards and vox and Malcolm on acoustic guitar - not very Man-sounding to me, but good punchy poppy rock which has its own appeal, and a more striking second newbie, the 'Three Blind Mice' song, and those childish lyrics take on a whole new meaning when spat out by Martin and backed by this band.

The band hardly make an effort to look like rock stars, the exception being Martin, wandering round like Young Mr Grace in a crisp white cufflinked shirt and suit jacket.  A word or two in defence of Josh who was accused elsewhere I think of looking uninterested - well not everyone can project like Eddie Van Halen, Josh actually looks like a young Robin Trower without the gurning, and plays his part unobtrusively but admirably whilst James, the real virtuoso of the ensemble, takes the lions share of solos

Big highlight of the early part of the set was my favourite song about police brutality, Romain, very well received by the crowd, and the follow up, a Malcolm song Vision(?) fits in well, demonstrating the craftmanship that has resulted in an avalanche (3 according to Martin) of copies of his solo album Aliens being sold on tour.  Hard way To Live rocked as well as ever, and James continued to demonstrate his versatility with another new intro to Spunk Rock.  The band, and especially Shane, rocked into the closing brace of songs, Manillo and the classic riffola of Many Are Called But Few Get up before leaving the stage to applause as rapturous as 150 old fellahs and the odd femme can muster

Encores, the Malcolm-sung Ride And The View and a stirring Bananas were the cherry on what I consider was a very rich cake - I'll be honest and say the magic of the classic line up was absent, but hey I was in my teens then and NOTHING is as magic as when seen through teenage eyes, this is a SERIOUSLY good rock band in its own right, confirmed by the 'young' (in their 40s) couple I spoke to briefly.  Not Man fans, just music lovers looking for something to groove to on a cold thursday, they also gave hope that Man Could exist even after Malcolm, joking early doors that is was nice of the young lads in the band to drag their uncles up on stage for a jam.  Thankfully by 11pm they'd had  a change of mind and conceded that they'd witnessed something pretty damned good


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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 10:59:38 AM »
"Venus Rising" was Malcolm's showcase song, along with "Blown Away" and he also took lead vocals on "Ride And The View". "Venus Rising" was given a rockier treatment than you'll find on his solo album "Aliens", to fit more into the general approach of this current incarnation of Man, which has raised the energy levels considerably. Along with "Ride" we got another classic Deke song "A Hard Way To Live" at the Flowerpot, with the setlist much as it was at the Borderline earlier in the tour.

I have to say that from my vantage point Malcolm and Josh both came over strongly, much more so than on the 50th anniversary tour last Autumn. There's been an outbreak of Jazzmasters in the band, with both James and Josh using them as their main instruments. Works for me. Josh played several numbers on acoustic guitar too, a rare sight onstage for Man over the years. 

The Flowerpot has a small stage looking out into an L shaped room of 250 capacity. I'd agree that we probably got to 3/5ths capacity, not too shabby for a cold Thursday night. The sound quality was pretty dense in parts, certainly from where I stood. I imagine it varied depending on your chosen location.

Also among the setlist were C'mon, Sudden Life, Too Much Too Soon, Manor Farm, Spunk Rock, Romain, Manillo, The Holy Flames Of Freedom, Many Are Called But Few Get Up, and the second encore after a very welcome "Ride" was Bananas of course. A polite request for "Rainbow Eyes" early doors was brusquely rebuffed. Somewhere in there was at least one other song, I think from the new album "Anachronism Tango", but a quick look at the track listing this morning left me none the wiser. I didn't recognise it, so not listed here. For those interested, two songs from the Mojo Train EP are not on the album, so if you see it available anywhere it's definitely worth grabbing hold of.

Boldly going.......

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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2019, 02:10:58 PM »
'Halfway Up The Hill" if the published Borderline setlist was correct.
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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2019, 06:09:09 PM »
Malcolm is probably the last person you'd expect to take lead vocal on Ride.

But it worked. Oh my, it worked.

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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 06:19:07 PM »
I bet he sings ‘hookah’...  ;D

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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 08:02:58 PM »
Malcolm in general was a revelation.  I only ever saw a five-piece-with-keyboards Man, and I'm not sure a 'guitar band' would have had the impact this quintet did.  Right from moody moogy stuff through slightly Stylophony organ work to some brief pseudo boogie woogie runs behind the guitars he seemed to hit the mark time after time - his guitar work genuinely added something (nice guitar too, anyone namecheck it?) and he was the ONLY choice IMO to do 'Ride', which he carried well for Deke.  I guess he has his own schedule, but Malcolm MUST be part of the touring band in future.

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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019, 04:21:47 PM »
I agree with Greasy on all things Malcolm. let's hope all are happy with the arrangement! To answer MH, Malcolm didn't attempt the Deke "growl" nor did he spread his arms and waggle his fingers on singing " the road was WIDE and empty" in time honoured fashion. We were left to imagine how wide a wide road might be.....
P.S. What is it the hooker did to Deke ? ( I hear "she whooped me " ) Was Hoping to be enlightened by Malcolm's fine enunciation but I missed it.

Back to Greasy;
Twas' I who suggested Josh looked like he would rather be somewhere else - it wasn't really meant as a criticism, just contrasting with Shane. "Twang and Drum", so to speak. Its not a bad rock and roll stance to take. I was Also trying to be witty. Perhaps I should leave that to the experts.


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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2019, 09:36:35 PM »
Best of all "The Ride & The View" had the rest of the band singing "Ride ride ride ride ride ride" just as on the original recording.

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Re: Man 31/1/2019, Flowerpot Derby
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2019, 10:32:43 PM »
Best of all "The Ride & The View" had the rest of the band singing "Ride ride ride ride ride ride" just as on the original recording.

Nigel, that's just one 'ride' too many!! 😁