Mog got me 2 tickets to the Manchester gig as an early birthday present - and I have to say that it was the best birthday present that I have ever received, in my entire life. The Luckiest Man Alive, perhaps?? ;-)
Through our work commitments, we were had to miss Minnie Drivel but (according to the other postings upon this forum) it doesn't sound as though we should be THAT bothered.
As I have stated in the DVD thread https://www.frenzforum.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000935
- I was quite unprepared for the power and spirit that the recent EOIH compositions would provide, in the LIVE forum.
The Luckiest Man Alive, Homesick, Edible Flowers & Anything Can Happen were performed in such a vibrant and commanding manner - that the recorded versions seem to be 2 dimensional. A lot of modern bands can suffer within the live forum and it's so easy to take the Finns performances for granted - but it's worth remembering that Neil and Tim have amassed over 50 years of experience within this field - AND IT SHOWS for the sheer, unequivocal "ease" that they exude.
I've heard the wonderful songs (many times) and I have seen some of their live video footage (Fairwell To The World). I knew that they would be good. I simply hadn't accounted for HOW amazing they would be.
Thank you to Neil, Tim, the band and the entire touring company and everyone else involved in putting together this tour. PLEASE DON'T misunderstand the apparent subdued nature of the audiences that you have encountered, here in the UK. If the rest are anything like me..... they were simply awestruck. I would have been happy with the rocky-version (complete with the tantalising and teasing acoustic intro)to It's Only Natural for my personal birthday present - Instead, I was allowed to witness an exuberant performance by two masters, at their peak. Come back soon.
Mog (The curvacious, cute one) - Thank you for the most wonderful birthday present in the Private Universe. I love you, very much. xXx