|July 20th - Northampton,
August 5th - Cardiff City Hall
August 17th - Perth City Hall
August 18th - Aberdeen, Crathes Castle
|July 20th - Northampton, Abington Park|
|Arrived at 7.30 after getting lost too many
times...There was about 30 people queuing followed by the mad dash to
get to the front made it seem like the January sales had arrived!
The support was not only gorgeous but also sung some fab stuff.. a cross between Alanis Morissette / Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega (what was her name...anyone know??)
Anyway the band came on at 8.45 to This train... and it was like the tour all over again:)
Ricky's tempting of fate proved fateful as it did 'rain down' after they sung Raintown and didn't stop. Fortunately at the front we had a bit of cover. Ricky's voice was much improved after all the excesses of the tour the only change in the line up was no Dougie instead it was Dave Stewart?? who played with Ricky on his solo tour in 2000 (I think) anyway he played really well.
Highlight for me was Homesick with great audience participation and Ricky's dedication to Jeffery Archer before 'Loaded' made us all smile:)
Lorraine remonstrated at Ricky as his stole the opening verse of Dignity but the crowd didn't help there cause by starting it far too early:)
The fireworks at the end were very reminiscent of the big day 3/6/90 and it certainly was a BIG NIGHT for all us skyliners who were there brilliant selves as usual...
Roll on CARDIFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Richard Waldron
believe this was free! , Was a bit worried at first when I arrived at
7:30 there was still plenty of room at the front. But the fans they did
come. Support - Sarah somebody? was excellent, and a babe - can we have
her at Cardiff?
can I say, but absolutely fantastic. I expected the show to be
good but not this good. I arrived when the support act was on [who
was very good] and the number of people in the arena was minimal so I
thought it was going to be a bit of a damp squib especially as it was
throwing it down with rain. How wrong I was! By the time the
band had kicked off the set, the arena was packed.
early, I thought, and beat the queues...well until about 18.45 the queue
was pretty much myself, Tonya, Kazza and Co, so I began to worry about
the lack of crowd...but needn't have bothered (but still felt the dash
to the front was oh-so-necessary). Excellent support act. But to the
main act. Ricky and Lorraine seemed genuinely surprised at the response
to their arrival and the reception through the night.
|August 5th - Cardiff City Hall|
a tip. If you are driving to Cardiff to see Deacon Blue don't start from
Anglesey. In summer. On Sunday.
By the time we crawled into the city the festival was edging towards a grand finale - apart from an expensive tuna baguette that must have reached its own zenith early the previous day.
A half-mile boulevard of fairground attractions led us to the stage. Immediately before Deacon Blue there was a wonderful set by Andrea Marquee, a Brazilian artist: imagine samba crossed with hip hop. In the half-hour interval that followed the Deacon Blue faithful closed in on the stage like hungry jackals.
The high energy set was well chosen for a lively free-concert crowd. Not all were Deacon Blue fans, and not all were members of the temperance movement. This Train thundered on powerfully, and favourites like Real Gone Kid, Loaded and Twist and Shout stirred happy memories for many.
'Please don't throw objects d'art onto the stage' limited the flying plastic bottles to just the one. Ricky's offer of money back to anyone who didn't enjoy the set went down well, and free or not no one could have been disappointed.
An encore of Chocolate Girl and Queen of the New Year finished a great night, and with the last chord ringing the Welsh sky filled with fireworks. John
My world tour
with the band continues. First Scotland, then England twice, now Wales.
This gig was all the more memorable for the circumstances under which we attended. I was sitting in a garden in Kent at a BBQ following a christening at 6.00pm when I mentioned to the wife that I thought I could still make it to the gig. Much to my surprise we set off at 6.20 with me expecting to miss the first couple of songs but made good time and parked the car at 9.15 asked a steward where the gig was and found out we were only 50 yards from the stage and was even happier that we could get quite close to the front.
The gig was once again right out of the top drawer and I still haven't seen a DB concert which has failed to uplift me The new songs get better & better live with Silverlake & Homesick now integral parts of the show. This was the first concert of any type for my young children (10 & 12) and both enjoyed it so much much that they cant wait for the next tour - the next generation of fans awaits. I am so glad that their first concert was not one that would embarrass them in later life (mine was the New Seekers - thanks mum) Thanks to the band for another memorable night. Ian Sears
|August 17th - Perth City Hall|
|August 18th - Aberdeen, Crathes Castle|