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Just in after seeing him in ABC in Glasgow
Here's some photos
the big shiny head on him he's great. Nice photos...thanks. Was a good gig I take it ?
I am seeing him tomorrow. WOOHOO
I hope he plays a song or two from Superwolf as well as the classics.
I went to the Sage in Gateshead to see BPB on Thursday. It's a new posh venue for many kinds of music appreciation (an orchestra was playing in the bigger of the two halls at the same time) so we weren't allowed drinks in the venue. There was a big downstairs sitting area and two balconies circling around the entire room.
A very, very excited man came onto the stage and explained who was about to play and how amazing it all was. He was possibly the most enthusiastic compere I have ever seen. It was great.
Harem Scarem played first and I was really impressed with them. The accordion player was excellent and all of the songs they played had lots of interesting twists and turns. The four women in the band took it in turns to sing the lead vocals.
After a short interval BPB came out by himself and played a song with one chord about being drunk in church. He was wearing trousers rolled up to his knees and flip flops. I was totally blown away by how powerful his voice was. The records i've heard don't do it justice at all.
After another solo song a drummer came out and Harem Scarem quickly followed to back him up. They played new arrangements of songs from Superwolf, Master and Everyone and 'A Minor Place' from I see a Darkness.
Bonnie was pulling ridiculous faces during the songs and being very jokey in between them. He really is an odd performer. Despite the stories of how erratic he can be live I thought he was absolutely brilliant. The highlight for me was when a (possibly new) song about the sea segued into a folky version of 'My Home is the Sea' with violins playing the lead guitar parts. Following that they played 'Master and Everyone' and left. Everyone in the hall clapped and cheered for about ten minutes but there was no encore. Encores are stupid anyway.
Good musicians sitting near us: The bloke with the tache from the Futureheads.
Also sighted the one with the stupid hair from Maximo Park.
was the same, except we did get an encore, although he kept it to about two songs because he wasn't feeling well. Seriously good live performer.
is a essentially a folk thing though. A proper folk thing. Where everyone gets a turn, even if they arent very good. do you really think all four vocalists deserved a turn singing?
I didnt go to any of the things with the bonnie prince; i heard he was really good. but not as good as his solo shows last year...