Had been looking forward to this night for a few weeks as big fan of both Glenn and Wilko. The Robin is a venue that supports a lot of tribute bands and some medium size acts. I have been many times before but this was the first night I had been where it was completely sold out.Glenn come on stage promptly at 8pm looking dapper and the picture of health. He engaged with the audience from the off with a few of Squeeze’s top songs Cool for cats, Pulling mussels and Up there Junction. He added a couple of his solo songs and some splendid covers in the form of Oh Well, I hear you knocking and Always something there to remind me. Highlight of the evening however was a brilliant Tempted which was prefaced by a superb electric guitar intro. He is such an inventive player and this was a perfect finale to a fabulous set. Hope to see him with Chris later in year.
Then onto Wilko – saw him 2 years ago in Leamington and he was excellent. Tonight he was decidedly average. Going through the motions, not engaging with the audience he and his band were sloppy. Given their pedigree this was unforgivable. On Roxette they made bum notes, missed rhythms and sloppy drum fills all in the same song. How many times have they played this song? I lasted about 40 minutes and couldn’t take any more. Totally devoid of atmosphere I left. My brother stayed another 20 minutes after me but apparently they didn’t get any better. A missed opportunity to excel in front of a packed house.
There for Wilko, I heard a number express their surprise at how good Glenn Tilbrook was.
Given that the place was full the audience temperature was tepid. They could probably sense he wasn’t up for it.
It made me think..
Not many times I leave a gig having not been entertained. In football parlance this was a game of two halves.