Hastily arranged substitute gig as I had to cancel my coming weekend gig in Birmingham due to an overseas business trip. First time at the Lowry and have to say it is a splendid venue. The night started with a support slot from The Rails which was positively wonderful. Their first album was good but patchy but live they are a different proposition. Harmony vocals were excellent despite Kami apparently under the weather. They later joined Richard for the opening number of his set and James Walbourne is an astonishingly good guitar player and very much the pretender to Richards throne. Would love to see them do a full set together- hopefully something for the future. On to Richard’s set and was surprised that bass duties were performed by Davey Farragher and not Taras Prodaniuk. Now he really is an Imposter although he fitted in very well. Crowd were subdued until 1952VBL which as usual got the loudest cheer of the night. Personal favourite was Never give it up with its sinewy bass/drum intro and Salford Sunday. We also got a rare Meet on the Ledge and For the shame of doing wrong. Michael Jerome on drums is absolutely brilliant and his inventive minor drum interlude on Al Bowllys in Heaven a real joy. Splendid company of Baron Harkonen and Stebbers beforehand made for a very pleasant night.
A little too subdued for my liking – only really came alive with Tear stained letter. I know Richards music is not dance music but Jesus this lot were mostly comatose.
It made me think..
The Thompson family have talent in abundance and last night it was a joy to see the younger of the clan come out and do their stuff and then join Dad on stage. As Richard remarked Nepotism works.
Also first time I have ever seen a guitar technician come on stage for one number- he helped out on rhythm whilst RT showboated on Guitar Heroes. Still great.