Second night of this tour for us after Cambridge on Wednesday, Joe and I had front row seats. Sound generally good, though Joe's drums maybe too 'forward' and some of Ben's more intricate vocals were lost, however everything else was clear and precise; the overall volume seemed slightly lower than Cambridge. First time at de Monfort Hall, thought it a good venue both in acoustics and service, quite happy to visit again. Knocked out straight away when Dweezil acknowledged Joe from the stage.
Off to an unbelievable start with Black Napkins, one in my all time top 5, thank you Richard for requesting it excellent choice. And it didn't let up from there, Apostrophe again, Inca Roads - being so close we could see clearly see Chris' input, the whole night seemed so much more intense and big than Cambridge - maybe it was because we were so close and could see the interaction, the communication' the togetherness, the sense of 'family' in the band that you don't get when you're further away. Whatever it was, it certainly worked for me.
For both of us though the highlight has to be I'm The Slime, requested by Joe after Wednesday night. I was totally impressed how much of what I told Dweezil on Wednesday night he remembered and relayed to the audience so accurately and of course identifying Joe to the audience was so cool for him. That intro actually put me in mind of Frank talking on Stinkfoot on 'Make A Jazz Noise Here', just taking care of the loyal fans and making sure they get their money's worth!
And when the band ripped into those first few chords - in all the versions I've heard it done by Frank and Dweezil I have never heard it played with so much emotion, you all seemed to turn it up a notch, Dweezil and Billy singing to Joe...it just makes me go so emotional thinking back to it now 24 hours later. Thanks guys to all the band so much, you made a 10 year old boy so happy and his Dad, well just so proud and pleased to share a unique moment. I'm The Slime will never ever sound the same.
Thanks to Jamie for the set list and pick (goes with the same from Gateshead!), to Ben for signing tickets and set list and of course to Dweezil for signing everything put in front of him and for the pictures of you and Joe together, rounding off a magical night for both of us.
Was so pleased to see a couple of other round about Joe's age, hope you enjoyed it, got to meet Dweezil; get involved guys - he's such an. Incredible, humble, amazing person!
Set list will follow tomorrow as am now writing this at work as I listen to the 4 disc box set, just trying to come down in time for Brighton.
See you all Thursday!!