The Garage, Islington
I love a Josh Rouse gig. I’ve done quite a few but I have to say this was one of the best. I’ve had the odd one or two where he seems distracted, as if he’d rather be anywhere but on the stage, but not tonight. The support was Field Division and I was disappointed. I’ve loved what I’ve heard but last night they were a bit non-descrpt. Nice harmonies, nice songs. Just nice. And, mate, if you’re going to play a 12 string acoustic, get a 2nd one so that we don’t have to watch you retune it after every nice song.
By the time Josh and his wonderful band came out the place was packed. I had a great spot behind the mixing desk (with a shelf to lean me and my beer on) and the sound and lights were immaculate.
So, with a new album, he’s going to do loads of it, yeah? Natch. Four new songs, broken up by a stellar Come Back (from 2003’s 1972) and then, BOOM. Winter in the Hamptons, My Love Has Gone, Love In The Modern Age, Businessman (my 2 faves from the new album), It’s The Nighttime and 1972 – what a run of brilliant songs. JR was bouncing off the band and the audience who, trust me, sang their heads off. He even did Under Cold Blue Stars and Nebraska. The encore was a wonderful Sad Eyes, which the audience sang most of, followed by a rocking Love Vibration. A terrific gig.
A real spread of ages but many more youngsters than I expected. Unlike a lot of London audiences, they were really up for a good time.
It made me think..
I’ve bought every album he’s ever done and been going to see him for 15 years. Somehow his quiet songs about love and loss have become a huge part of my life. Long may that continue.