I am quite gutted in a way that Brighton has not been recorded, as it was a superb gig, with an interesting setlist, great banter, and terrific sound and performances. I went to the NEC gig on Monday, and great though that was, I think if this had been recorded it would have come out better!
Highlights for me included:
-Private Universe at the beginning, wonderful drum groove laid down by Matt.
- Neil and Nick requesting someone to go and get them fish and chips, then Neil castigating Nick's choice of beverage, 'some orange ****'. 'No-one's paying us to use the stuff, so we don't care!'
- Don't Stop Now was good, and Neil revealed it had been written in a village near Bath, to which Nick questioned whether it was posh. 'No, it's not posh, it's *quaint*!'.
- A sudden rush to the front of the stage when Whispers and Moans started, and I managed to get on the second row behind the barrier So I started to get some good piccies... W&M was bloody incredible! Neil was impressed by the sneakiness of everyone's manoeuvring.
- A Sigh was beautifully simple and evocative.
- Love You Till the Day I Die ('the best cold beer is: Vic'), Silent House, Chocolate Cake(!), When You Come, Distant Sun, all rocked before the first encore. Some fun 'na-na na na na na naaa's during Chocolate Cake!
- Some stereo 'woohs' from the crowd conducted by Neil during Weather With You.
- The crowd had fun doing the guitar riff for Pineapple Head at Neil's encouragement, although Mark didn't take kindly to Nick's suggestion that we were more in tune than him :-) Then a bizarre keyboard solo from one of the
techs as an interlude in the middle.
- Neil and his guitar tech chucking guitars at each other simultaneously at various points, and managing not to drop them!
- Neil starting Lester at an audience members request, and playing the whole song. Poor Nick had had his upright bass ready for Not the Girl, but eventually gave up on his chance to use it when Neil started Love This Life, another great request, and he resignedly just provided shaker support for the whole song! Matt enjoyed finger clicking along with the crowd for Lester.
- It was revealed that Mitchell Froom thought originally that Lester referred to Neil's 'manservant'
- Good Four Seasons singalong (a girl standing to my right did a fantastic harmony line! I told her as much after the song finished.)
- Fingers of Love, a request by some girls with a poster, was brilliant, I think Mark's solo was the rawest and most powerful, yet still cohesive version of it that I've heard.
- Great farmyard animal sounds from Mark's kb once the bird in the Tree of Life had been revealed, from which Neil segued off into a random riff about Mark's ranch in Kansas with its genetically modified predatory chickens.
- Another lovely Better Be Home Soon in the dark with mobile phone support And Neil encouraging us all to sing to the people leaving early to avoid the rush!
- Although I had to wait rather a long time afterwards in the cold with some other (fool?)hardy people, I got all the band's signatures on my ticket, despite my pen being rubbish. I also commented on Nick's new porno star moustache, and made an early request to Neil that for Sunday's Wembley show they play In The Lowlands; he said they've been rehearsing it, so he might just slip it in there *fingers crossed*
- Then the long drive home to Oxford far too late (in fact I should not be still up writing this right now!)
I hope everyone else had a fantastic time, I certainly did. Has anyone got a complete setlist? I can remember pretty much everything that was played, but some of the order is a bit squiffy! And I look forward to the Wembley gig (although I'm up in the balconies that time, so no rushing to the front Ah well, never mind...)