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Man at The Inn At Lathones
« on: October 12, 2009, 10:56:59 AM »
I'll wrote more about this later, but just to say that last night was an extremely enjoyable gig which confirmed the reports coming out in the past couple of weeks.   Setlist as before, but minus Romain (which, to be honest, was no great loss to me).

For all the comments made, the venue was a delightful place and one I'd gladly go back to albeit that driving there in the dark had me convinced I was deep in vampire territory!!   And also a part of the country with no phone signal to speak of.   Although more expensive than the equivalent would be in the city, it's got a lovely ambience and makes for a wonderfully intimate experience with the performer.  I hadn't taken a camera and rather regretted not being able to take photos of the place, and the music room (which had a load of marvellous music memorabilia around the walls - much of it signed)

Attendance was just around the 20 mark which made the room about 2/3rds full!!   Given the location I really had no idea what the turnout would be like but was pleasantly surprised at this given some of the previous attendances, and the location of the venue.  
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009, 11:05:37 AM »
Delighted that you made it there and back in one piece. Have you checked your neck for twin puncture marks?
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 11:16:56 AM »
Delighted that you made it there and back in one piece. Have you checked your neck for twin puncture marks?

I must confess that I did make a joke at your expense when speaking to the band afterwards.   Phil mentioned that you were one of the stout supporters of the band - I did suggest that the adjective might have been more sensitively chosen  ::)

I, of course, continue to be a prime example of fitness and health  :D
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009, 11:30:25 AM »
When the gig was announced, looking at the venue's website, it did seem a lovely place and one which usually I would have gone and stayed the weekend.

And yes last time I saw you, Allan, most definitely a picture of fitness and health. But have you seen the extremely gentlemanly looking Martin Daughton esquire? Must be something good in the air?   

(Allan - off topic but in dec there's an Alex Harvey convention of sorts at the dreaded Ferry. Will you be there? )

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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009, 11:39:41 AM »
Your dedication is to be admired, Mr H!

I, of course, continue to be a prime example of fitness and health  :D

Ahh, those were the days....mind you, as I'm now up to 72 kg I'd fancy my chances against a poodle, even an angry one...

But have you seen the extremely gentlemanly looking Martin Daughton esquire?

Think we'd better leave Mr Daughton's gentleman out of this....
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 11:57:31 AM »
(Allan - off topic but in dec there's an Alex Harvey convention of sorts at the dreaded Ferry. Will you be there? )

Not sure that's anything other than a gig come Christmas Party by Chris Glen's band with some guests (notably Max Maxwell) rather than a Harvey convention.   But, no, I won't be there.
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 12:15:18 PM »
(Allan - off topic but in dec there's an Alex Harvey convention of sorts at the dreaded Ferry. Will you be there? )

Not sure that's anything other than a gig come Christmas Party by Chris Glen's band with some guests (notably Max Maxwell) rather than a Harvey convention.   But, no, I won't be there.

That's as I see it, which is why I stated 'of sorts'. Not worth it is it...I'm going through one of my Alex Harvey stages at the moment.

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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 12:18:29 PM »
Set List

The Price
Mad on Her
C?mon
Speak
Russian Roulette
Spunk Rock
Dream Away
Steal the World
The Man with X-Ray Eyes
Many are Called but Few Get Up

Bananas
Do It

This was the first time I?d seen the band with neither Micky nor Deke in the line-up; the first time I?d seen Phil Ryan in the band since the first time I EVER saw the band, back on the Up for the Day tour; the first time the band had played Scotland since (Allan, help me out here!) ? too damn long anyway. So I?m not really qualified to comment here on comparisons with more recent line-ups.

The set list concentrates noticeably on material from after 1990. That?s not surprising given that most of Martin Ace?s recorded output with the band dates from then. What WAS surprising was the strength of the less frequently played choices, especially the opening pair of songs as played by the new band. They seemed to be a manifesto for the evening, demonstrating a willingness by the new line-up to revisit back catalogue with fresh ears. The band are choosing songs that work for the current line-up, not any former dream team.

In the case of obligatory classics such as C?mon and Spunk Rock they have gone back to the songs? simpler studio versions, stripping out the inspirational innovations and developments of Micky and Deke and thereby creating space for inspirational innovations of their own. I felt like I was watching a young band with a great future, to be honest. As you?d expect of a young band, they are still feeling their way into the material, none of which is yet entirely of their own making. But I don?t think anyone doubts now that they have the talent, and the coherence as a band, to make their own useful mark on it all.

The vocal arrangements are particularly strong now, better than they?ve been the last few times I?ve seen the band, when inevitably Micky?s and Deke?s voices had lost much of their power. I long to see Josh come forward and do more PERFORMING as opposed to playing and singing; he revealed a genuinely strong and interesting singing voice when he took the lead vocal on Speak, the best of the new songs played at Lathones.

The line-up may be young, but of course not all the members of it are; the most lively performers of the night were Martin and Phil. Martin was as ever striking poses left right and centre and leading from the front; and the energy that Phil put into his playing, rising at times from his seat as if lifted by the higher power of the music, was exciting to watch. The current version of Do It, faster than I?ve heard it and with thrilling solos and vocals from Phil, was the highlight of the evening for me. And like Mr Heron I didn?t miss Romain at all.

The sound for the gig was okay. In such a small venue, only the vocals went through the PA, with everything else unmixed, just back line, and the kit unmiked. This meant that certain ranges and settings for keyboards and guitars got lost sometimes behind the acoustic brightness of the drums.

As for the venue: Lathones IS the Inn at Lathones, and maybe two other houses. Deep in the heart of Fife along tortuously curving rural roads, it?s hardly a centre of population. It wasn?t the thinnest audience on the tour, but at ?24 a ticket and 90 minutes? drive from Edinburgh, even more from Glasgow, it was never going to reunite the Scottish faithful in a massive end of tour party. But it has atmosphere and intimacy; and if the audiences go up and the prices come down, it could well become one of those special places.

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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2009, 12:24:48 PM »
the first time the band had played Scotland since (Allan, help me out here!) ? too damn long anyway.

The band were at The Renfrew Ferry on 25th September 2004.......

.....Rob W was there on the 26th  ::) :D
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2009, 12:37:37 PM »
the first time the band had played Scotland since (Allan, help me out here!) ? too damn long anyway.

The band were at The Renfrew Ferry on 25th September 2004.......

.....Rob W was there on the 26th  ::) :D

Allan, I think you are one of the few posters to whom nobody has said f*ck off. So, I hope you won't feel offended but.....

f*ck off Heron

:) :) :) :)

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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009, 12:39:26 PM »
Allan, I think you are one of the few posters to whom nobody has said f*ck off. So, I hope you won't feel offended but.....

f*ck off Heron

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Glad to be part of the UFO Club  :D

To think that's five years I've been ribbing you about your tourist expedition  :o
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2009, 02:10:12 PM »
Looking back over the reviews of this recent tour, credit is due to the band for putting on sterling performances throughout and to JB and RR for fitting in so well. Credit also due to the Forum Members who put up their reviews so soon after the event and for covering every single gig played! Over time I hope to be able to give you all a big kiss as opportunity allows. In the meantime - thanks from the rest of us!  :-*

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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2009, 02:35:23 PM »
...covering every single gig played!

...whoops, except Wrexham. Maybe I won't have to kiss you all now.
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2009, 03:04:23 PM »
"one of the stout supporters of the band - I did suggest that the adjective might have been more sensitively chosen  ::)"

More bitter than stout, although driving duties these days mean I'm usually off my Brains on Coke.
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Re: Man at The Inn At Lathones
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2009, 03:07:19 PM »
I felt like I was watching a young band with a great future, to be honest.
Nail on head.

I know it's 2009 and not 1970, but the sense of adventure and promise certainly feels the same.
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