The Plug, Sheffield.
I have delayed reviewing this gig for a couple of days because I needed the euphoria to dissipate before I could ably do it justice. I have seen Lucinda probably about 6 times and this was far and away the best performance I have seen her give. From a relatively slow start this developed into a kick ass gig with some astounding playing from her backing band Buick 6 who were nothing short of sensational. I contacted Lucinda or rather her management the night before duly requesting Those three days and Side of the Road. We got both – her setlist changes every night and no other gig had both songs in it so either someone was watching over me or her management pass on the messages either way I was chuffed to buggery. Aside from that we got other favourites such as Lake Charles, Drunken Angel and two newer highlights in Foolishness (with its haranguing of Donald Trump and Walls) and a sublime Steal your love. By the end of the main set she had the audience eating out of her hand and then to the encores which gave us Should I stay or should I go and Rocking in the Free World which just tipped things over the edge. She had the broadest smile I have ever seen as the set came to its end. Easily my gig of the year so far and up there with most memorable ever and can tell you this is not hyperbole – a brilliant brilliant show.
Two dickheads just in front of me that at the start of the show gave each other running commentary on the meaning of the lyrics but even they got into it before the end. Apart from them very engaging and into the show from the start.
It made me think..
First time at a standing up gig for Lucinda – it made the difference. The band propelled the energy levels of both Lucinda and the audience and it is clear this is the environment she excels in. What a night.