Reply to "Encore #2, 25 November 2016"

Howdy all, this is my first post- fitting that it reviews my first Crowdies gig. I desperately wanted to attend the FTTW concert, unfortunately I wasn't alive at the time. Hopefully the views of a newer fan offer some youthful exuberance. Having said that, my tastes are quite similar to Axver, so I could have nothing novel to add whatsoever.

Couldn't have asked for a better opening, three of the first four were singalong classics to get the crowd buzzing, whilst Mark's little catastrophe got the improv and banter going early.

Songs 5-8 transported me to heaven. Four of my favourites, few of which I was entirely confident I'd get to hear, all of which are far superior when played live. In particular the one-two punch of Fingers of Love/Private Universe, which translates to 12 minutes of eargasm coming from Mark's guitar. I was floating on air for the opening chords of FoL, pure elation at hearing my favourite song ever. I always preferred the accoustic mix of Private Universe on Afterglow, stripped of the opening samples featured on TA. This performance opened a new side of the song for me, one where it breaks the shackles yet only expands the atmosphere as it rocks out to a climax, just like the previous three songs.

Pineapple Head confirmed my long-held suspicions- the silly fun of it all is captured much better in a live setting. I never had a huge wrap for Not the Girl or Either Side, fortunately the energy of the crowd during the former and the band during the latter ensured the show didn't die in the water. Things came roaring back with Nails in My Feet- easily a top 10 track and a wonderful surprise after its omission from Thursday's setlist.

The love for Tim was palpable throughout his cameos. His cheeky look at Mark as he sang of "the excess of fat on your American bones" was gold. How Will You Go is no classic but I never thought I'd hear it live, which was a treat. Neil suggesting he "bring the old boy back" for more albums had the approval of the crowd.

Neil dedicating Pour le Monde to Hessie as fireworks lit up the bridge was an unforgettable moment. Distant Sun was truly kickass.

The encore filled the quota of hits, with Four Seasons the definite highlight for me.

No surprise, a glowing review as I felt like a kid in his first candy shop. It takes a veteran of many gigs to start picking faults in a Crowdies performance.

PS: Per Nick's behest, I shall henceforth refer to all drink bottles as 'sentinels of quench'.

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