Davey, Pete and Glenn light the fire in Wales

 

 

Show One: Wednesday 8 September 2010 at The Globe, Albany Road, Cardiff

 

Tonight, Robin and the band opened the UK leg of their European tour in some style with a blistering show in the Welsh capital.

 

Set List: Confessiní Midnight; Lady Love; Somebody Calling; You Can Find Me; Twice Removed From Yesterday; Maybe I Could Be Your Friend; Day of the Eagle; Bridge of Sighs; Shame the Devil; The Turning; Too Rolling Stoned; Little Bit of Sympathy. Encores: Rise Up Like the Sun; Not Inside - Outside.

 

The fourth show of the 2010 European tour brings the band to The Globe. The intimate Cardiff venue, with its ground floor bar, standing room in front of the stage, stairway and balcony, is getting a tad warm as support act Jay Tamkin and his band bring their short, half hour set to a close.

Itís wonderful to see Robin, Davey, Pete and Glenn back on home soil and the band waste no time in getting stuck into, what proves to be, a very exciting, uptempo set list. We are treated to four excellent cuts from the soon-to-be released new album (due for release in the US in December).

The third song in is Somebody Calling. Hallelujah! Gone is the swirling spaceship sound (EHX Electric Mistress analog flanger) found on Robinís recorded version but the groove is nonetheless deep, dark and funky. Heaven! Glenn trips the light fantastic during the chorus section with some deft lines running over the top of Robinís gorgeous chord quartet (Em7-Bm7-F#m7-C#m7). Double heaven!!

From the first two instrumental verses we move to the heart of the number. Robin complements the songís signature riff by throwing in a deep, dark Em9 as Daveyís emotional vocal kicks in. The outro is a luscious, sumptuous improvisation, aided and abetted by the crisp counterpoint played out by Pete and Glenn. Heaven sent!!!

The 190-strong crowd begins to feel the heat. On stage, steam is rising! Maybe I Could Be Your Friend is one of four brand new tunes showcased tonight. The new material is bold, brash and bluesy and we absolutely love it!

Tonightís Globe set is strong by any standards and the home strait packs a powerful punch from Day of the Eagle through to Little Bit of Sympathy. But boy is it getting hot? In the intense heat, everyone is starting to feel a little uncomfortable as the room temperature rises from light sizzle to roast.

Steven M tells me the nightís audience is one of the most vocal he has ever heard in Cardiff! Show one comes to a close and everyone heads for the door and the cool night air of Albany Road. My taxi awaits. Time to get my head down before a trek to the Black Country via Devon.. 

 

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