London (UK) 13/12/1998
: Emily xxxxx (email@example.com)
Date : 14/12/1998
Subject : (UT) Bloomsbury
Last night's gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre was absolutely amazing.
I can't even begin to describe how good it was. They played:
finest little space
forget about me
shed your skin
ciao my shining star
who's to know?
from this height
plus revolution and almost here as encores
They played for over an hour. I got a copy of the set lost at the end, and they had whose side are you on but it was crossed out, and the encores were not on the set list.
Wow! It was sooooooo stunning. This was only the third time I've heard them live, and it was definitely the best so far. Although I was quite far back, I had a good view of all four of them. Both Andy and Nigel said things to the audience such as Nigel telling us he wasn't wearing shoes as he's forgotten to bring his comfortable drumming shoes!
Tyre tracks was really amazing, it wasn't as quiet and acoustic as it is on the recording, it was a lot heavier, and it sounded really great. That was true for all of the songs, they were all a lot heavier and less delicate than they are on the recorded versions. Jim was really getting into it, and he managed to break a string. The prompted Nigel to say "Jim's broken a string, we must be a rock band!" Ciao my shining star was the only one I hadn't heard before, that was really beautiful. Who's to know sounded great with a heavy bass line. Landslide was really striking, I really love that song. They played it at that gig I went to in Abingdon but that was an acoustic version, so this time it was a lot different. Before Building, Andy said it was the last song. Building was fantastic, a lot different from the album, not as delicate. I love the album version too obviously, but it sounded amazing like that. But even thought they said it was the last song, they came back, and said they were going to play Revolution for the first and only time cos even though they didn't like it, the fans they talked to seem to like it. Then they went back off again. But Andy and Nigel returned to play Almost Here, I was so pleased as I've never heard it live so I was hoping they'd play it.
I'd met up with Chris, Nick, Owen, Neil, Stu, Ulen and Alan before, and I met Deb after. We all stayed to talk to Nigel. He said that unfortunately, they aren't going to release From This Height as a single, and the next single won't be until August. Then everyone waited patiently while I talked to Andy. I asked Nigel what the words are to Same Misatkes as I couldn't work out what the words were. But know I've completely forgotten what he said! Can anyone who was there remember?
I hope I'm not going on too much, but I really was blown away by that gig, it was truly amazing. I'm still on a high from it! Hello to Chris, Nick, Owen, Stu, Deb, Neil Ulen, Alan and Alice.