Concorde 2 Brighton
The ticket said starts at 7.30pm which turned out to mean Tom will do a couple of acoustic numbers before the support act (Winter of ’79 which lacked the guitar attack of the original and Fifty, from 2013 which I wasn’t familiar with). So far, umm OK. When the 5 piece band took the stage, everything went up several gears and as I had hoped, a run through a Power in the Darkness heavy set followed including Grey Cortina, Up Against the Wall, War Baby, Still Loving You, Too Good To Be True, Martin, 2,4,6,8 Motorway, Glad to be Gay (well, it was Brighton after all) and Power in the Darkness. Some of the lyrics have been updated and Tom wore a Boris wig for the current spoken part in Power in the Darkness. Generally, the songs have worn well and the excellent band managed a pretty faithful reproduction of the sound of the album. Tom seemed a little breathless at times, Grey Cortina particularly was taxing and he said that Still Loving You had changed key as he could no longer reach the high notes.
A few grizzled punks and Crusties but comfy shoes were more common than Doc Martens. Mainly over 50s couples out to relive their youth.
It made me think..
A bit worthy? Second division wannabe punk? Dunno but it was a great night and at 71, Tom can still put on an exciting show, so who cares.