Author Topic: Man @ the Riga, Southend  (Read 5066 times)

Dai Port Talbot

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Man @ the Riga, Southend
« on: October 05, 2009, 03:46:00 AM »
Crikey indeed!

This was the best Man gig I've been to since Terry's brief return for the Bottom Line in Shepherd's Bush. Any idea that this was a Man tribute band was very firmly dealt with. In fact, this lineup treated the classics with far less reverence and rigidity than any post 1983 reunion. They're back to being a jamming band again with a real interplay betweeen the musicians. A lot of this is down to the light touch of Rene. really responsive to what goes on around him and leaves lots of space for the lead instruments. The post 1983 material worked well here and Josh's material, for instance, off the new album more than held its own in a live setting.

Josh, Martin and Phil are coming along nicely as a vocal team too. James' and Josh's guitar playing were both very fine. James the more technical and Josh very measured and thoughtful. Phil, when there was no obvious keyboard space, did some nice rhythmic stuff on the piano bottom octave in counter-rhythm to Martin and some nice arpeggiated flourishes too.

The sound was great. Nice top end PA running well below capacity.

Negatives, there have to be some, were minor. James' strat wasn't getting through too well. The tele was somewhat better but the sound was still a bit thin. Nice to see a copycat in use though. Phil's organ sound wasn't quite happening and the sooner he gets a proper Hammond and Leslie combination the better (the offer's open Phil - my A100 and 145 for any UK gigs).

As usual, the band were perfect gentlemen after the gig. The low turnout (about 40) were very appreciative and the band made them work for their encore. Nice one chaps - no coming back on after only 10 seconds of applause. Time to spread the word people. This is a new Man playing new and old Man material with an identity all of its own, and very nicely too.

 


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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 05:29:16 PM »
...so 3 more on this run then?...in regards to promotion and spreading the word,how about putting some of this new line up on the youtube?...

Dai Port Talbot

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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 05:32:08 PM »
Well, the gig had quite a nice video setup and it was definitely recording. I heard Martin ask for it.

Presumably he could post something when they get back.

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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 05:53:12 PM »
I think videos are off the agenda - Martin was not very happy about one being done. Which is fair enough as it was just one camera, done without his knowledge and the band are a 'work in progress'.

As for 'the band made them work for their encore', Dai - from my lofty perch I could see the older members in the queue for the toilets. Well, after two hours...  :D

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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 05:55:40 PM »
As for 'the band made them w**k for their encore', Dai - from my lofty perch I could see the older members in the queue for the toilets. Well, after two hours...  :D

I've edited your comments slightly. I feel a competition coming on..........
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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 04:11:47 AM »
Well, the gig had quite a nice video setup and it was definitely recording. I heard Martin ask for it.

Presumably he could post something when they get back.
I think videos are off the agenda - Martin was not very happy about one being done. Which is fair enough as it was just one camera, done without his knowledge and the band are a 'work in progress'.


... maybe an old fashioned "audio" bootleg? these may be historical shows(i would like to hear the new version of c'mon for instance)...and to the band: if you're going to give me the old stuff(that you want to play),i will gladly listen to your new stuff anytime;it's all gravy.and will "something's happening" be coming back to the set sometime?...

Dai Port Talbot

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Re: Man @ the Riga, Southend
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2009, 11:39:39 PM »