|Homesick Tour 2001|
| April 18
- Glasgow King Tut's
May 10 - Liverpool Royal Court
May 12 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
May 13 - Norwich UEA
May 14 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
May 16 - Portsmouth Guildhall
May 17 - London Royal Albert Hall
May 18 - Bristol Colston Hall
May 20 - Manchester Apollo
May 21 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
May 22 - Newcastle City Hall
May 24 - Dundee Caird Hall
May 25 - Edinburgh Playhouse
May 26 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
|Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut 18th April 2001|
|Deacon blue at King Tuts is probably the closest I’ll get this century to experiencing going through a time warp, as back in the mid-eighties clubs like this were the type of venue they performed in and the seventeen songs sang on the night a typical length for their shows back in 1987.
Tuts itself was very reminiscent of the student bars and clubs I used to frequent back in the late (very late) 80,s…people packed like sardines in a hot sweaty room with undulating floorboards creaking on every whoooo as Real Gone Kid thumped along as the opening song.
Others there had a sneak preview of the night’s set list and I was made aware that a few surprises lay ahead. I preferred not to know anymore but I didn’t have to wait long as ‘Bound to love’ kicked in.
Ricky was as usual in very good form but was relieved it was the girl next to me he kissed I did consider asking when Lorraine was going to join in with the frivolities but she seemed a little too busy!! I didn’t miss the water spray, however, he gave the crowd from his bottle half way thru’.
It was great to standing at the gig and be able to have a pint or two whilst enjoying the entertainment .I think I had 6 by the end of the evening and ended up having a few drunken conversations with half of the band (hic!)
The encore came Oh! too soon and know matter how loud we asked for more it was over…
|Liverpool Royal Court 10th May 2001|
on the road, this time it was never likely to be a 'greatest hits' show,
and that it wasn't, having read that the opener was 'frankly
brilliant' according to Ricky I waited patiently to be be amazed. And that
I was , with the stage set and the aptly chosen Beatles track fading out,
the a ccapella strains of 'Even Higher Ground' began to emanate from
somewhere offstage. Before you could cry 'Where's Jim?' he was there, with
the band scurrying across stage to huddle around the centre mic still
repeating that single phrase, before mighty Mick Slaven roars into
'This Train Will Take You Anywhere' with that soaring riff.
The rockin' continues as they burn straight into 'Your Town' and the largely underrated 'Bound To Love'. Of course this time the band weren't here for fun, they were here to promote, so plenty of new songs were aired to a crowd who did seem to know them, with someone even shouting for a new song, a rarity indeed.
This time around they have decided to pick up from where they left of in 1989 with a short acoustic set, with the absence of Ewen, a new arrangement of 'Orphans' was played bringing back memories of Ricky's solo gigs. This acoustic segment also saw the return of some forgotten b-sides, with 'My America' getting a well received airing as did 'Long Window To Love' later, even if Ricky did struggle with the lyrics somewhat.
The end is near and, as promised a 'Steely Dan' cover is played, though at this stage of the gig I think most fans were wishing for one of the remaining 'big guns' that didn't get played 'Queen Of The New Year, Circus Lights, Love And Regret, When Will You....' but they clapped and bounced as Liverpool crowds generally do.
Finishing again with 'Chocolate Girl' which once again was augmented by a soulful cover, this time the 'Delphonics' ' Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time' which was very well received, if not executed quite as gracefully as we've come to expect, before again, rather abruptly returning to 'Choccy'.
In reflection, this set was not the most foot stomping, crowd pleasing set they've ever done, with more new songs than we had anticipated and something of a stop start middle, the fans whom in 99 barely knew they had a seat, sat for large parts of the show. Only standing for the few big hits. The set could be improved with a little juggling, the late cover would be better received mid set I feel, and perhaps 1 or 2 less new songs. On the up side the intro was brilliant, and the band now augmented to 8 sounded as great as ever.
It wasn't a stomper....but then nobody said it had to be!! Neil Parry
|Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 12th May 2001|
|On the whole the gig was great. The
support act were disappointing and didn't have one outstanding song in
their whole set. It was nice to hear stuff off the OOH LAS VEGAS album
like long window to love and the short acoustic set in the middle of the
gig was great. I honestly think that every time they play live it gets
P.S. If anyone out there is still not sure about the quality of HOMESICK compared to older stuff then they are in for a great surprise at the live show.. Jason
Excellent! The band were just buzzing! This is only the 3rd time I have seen them (previously in 1994 and 1999), but they just seem to get better. The new material, especially "This Train..." and "Homesick" is as good if not better than earlier material, it's a shame that most of the audience did not appear to have heard the new album, let's hope they rectify this soon! Dougie's singing on "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" was a revelation! By the way, Murry the Hump were not that bad!!! Steve Clough
felt that Nottingham was slightly better than Liverpool, the crowd seemed
to be keen; or was that I just got a lovely message from Lorraine and
another kiss from Ricky.
Hi, just got
back from Nottingham. What a fantastic performance from db, didn't expect
anything less. I thought it took the audience quite a while to warm up
considering they played Your Town and Raintown early. Having said that I
was on tier 1.I have found that unless you are near the front it does take
a while for fans upstairs to get going. That all changed as soon as Real
Gone Kid started the whole of the tier I was on stood up and danced and
clapped. Even my wife lol. Then followed 4 slow songs, When Will You...,
for me sounded the best I've heard with fantastic guitar work from Mick
Slaven, I Am Born (not one of my faves), then an acoustic version of Every
Time You Sleep again one of the best songs of the night followed by My
America. I was pleased to hear my fave db song (especially as I requested
it) Bethlehem's Gate, again guitar thrashing quality from Mick Slaven. For
me the best surprise song of the night was Now That Your Here which I
thought was the best live new song of the night. DB played !
Well before I
even review Nottingham I should state that it was seen an heard through
the eyes and ears of the person if you look close enough (in the tour
program page two) Holding Ricky's hand. Now good enough to even get to
Tutts at all, but it was 'died an gone to heaven material' to be within
hands grasp of Ricky for the whole gig. First of all you must give the
warm up band "Murray The Hump" the chance they deserve as I did,
You will then probably reach the same conclusion as I did "they are
crap" so off to the bar for one more jar me thought!!
Deacon Blue shine again and again.....
|Norwich UEA 13th May 2001|
|Cambridge Corn Exchange 14th May 2001|
tour that I haven't been able to make it to the Liverpool gig, but
relieved to find the Corn Exchange packed.
It did seem that a lot of the crowd were unfamiliar with the new material, but the band held everyone's attention and proved what a great musical unit they are, particularly with the addition of Mick and Taj.
Highlights: At the risk of admitting to being a Deacon Blue "anorak" (as suggested by Ricky!) it was fantastic to hear "Waves of Sorrow" for the first time at a gig. Such a beautifully simple song - amazing live, and I didn't notice many people being tempted to dash to the bar! Hope the audiences at future dates are fortunate enough to hear it.
Great arrangement of "Every Time You Sleep" - should be as popular as "When Will You..." in years to come (see you all at the 2010 gigs!). As ever, "Real Gone Kid", "The Day that Jackie..." and "Fergus" got everyone jumping.
With the memories of last night, the new album sounds better than ever. I'll follow Ricky's recommendations and make sure it is on the Ipswich Hospital Radio playlist!
Thanks to all the band for a great night. Stuart Hartshorn
|Portsmouth Guild Hall 16th May 2001|
what can I say - just superb!!! My only complaint was that the show
just wasn't long enough.
The crowd were a little sedate to start with but Ricky had us all up and dancing by the time Raintown came along (oh, by the way, thanks for the soaking with your water Mr Ross!!!).
Favourite for me, as always, was Real Gone Kid and I thought Long Window to Love was great. Excellent mix of the old and the new and I can't wait for the next tour.
I was pleased to see Graeme looking so well - as did everyone else of course - but a little bit disturbed to note that Dougie was a dead ringer for Dale Winton!!! (Sorry Dougie!)
Thanks for a great night out. Sharon
They're back!!!!! I have to say I thought the band sounded fantastic
yesterday...Quite possibly the best I've seen them, And they all seemed in
such good moods...Ricky & Lorraine bounding around the stage in the
way we all know and love!!!
The band were on form an I was loving it. Managed to make the Vipond laugh as Ricky was thanking the band. Still got Manchester to go and on the strength of last night I am now gonna attemt to get tickets for Newcastle on Tuesday!! Rob
|London Royal Albert Hall 17th May 2001|
know when you look forward to something so much that when it comes its a
little disappointing as you have expected too much - WELL FORGET THAT the
Gig was every bit as good as I'd hoped if not better.
I thought the support were perfectly acceptable but we were all there to see the main event & the boys (and of course Lorraine) did not let us down. From the moment they started with This Train the crowd were with them. Your Town got the crowd on their feet followed by Bound To Love but an early highlight was Raintown which left me hoarse for the rest of the concert.
One thing which came across on the evening was how much the Band seemed to be enjoying themselves. They were all relaxed and clearly delighted to be playing live again. Tonight the chemistry between Ricky & Lorraine seemed particularly potent.
Personal favourites on the night were Real Gone Kid, Loaded (my favourite DB track) and of course Dignity.
The new stuff played really well live with Homesick coming across better than on the album & Silverlake already becoming established as a live classic. I hope Ricky & the band felt the feedback was positive to the new songs despite it being obvious that for many present it was the first time they had heard the songs.
Two observations on the night.
At one point Ricky commented "No mobile phones, No cameras & No Bootlegs - Bullshit". Well Ricky if you have the evening on tape I for one would love the opportunity to hear it again & again (my email is attached).
Secondly a few months ago many fans of DB must have felt there was little chance of seeing the Band live again but for Graeme Kelling the prospects were much bleaker. It was brilliant to see him clearly enjoying the evening & playing live again. Graeme you are an inspiration to us all and I thank you and the rest of the Band for a memorable evening. Ian
Deacon Blue at
their brilliant best. A great mixture of old and new stuff - the new
stuff sounded so much better live - especially Homesick. Here are my
opinions on the set:
|Bristol Colston Hall 18th May 2001|
1999 my 13 year old son volunteered to keep me company at the Bristol gig,
but this time he was 15 and just as keen as i was to see Deacon Blue
again. From the first strains of 'this train' we had the band at
their best, with the new songs mixing well with the favourites.
Ricky did all those Richard III poses at the mic and Lorraine had all the moves, dancing effortlessly across the stage in her olive oil skirt- and boots of course. For the fashion conscious Ricky was sporting a retro-lumberjack look.
The new band members helped to create a powerful sound and blended in well. There were a few nice surprises like 'I'll never fall in love' and 'long window to love'. Great to hear Rae too... one of the new classics. Best new band for 2001? John
Tonight saw Deacon Blue back to their inevitable best. The drive and enthusiasm that they showed tonight prove that they are not subject to the constraints imposed by the music industry and that they really believe in doing what they do.
The audience were fantastic and warmed to every song. The cheering and interaction were unsurpassable and I think that Ricky actually felt humbled by it.
Every song was played to it's very best. Two superb acoustic versions of Rae and Your Swaying Arms stood out but there was not a weak song in there.
The anthems like Raintown, Real Gone Kid and Wages Day sent the audience into a frenzy whilst Dignity had a sell out crowd singing till their vocal chords ripped!
All in all this was the night dreams were made of... Simon R
My god, what a
night. How do this lot keep getting better and better? From the opening
strains of 'This Train...' we never looked back. Ricky Ross is an amazing
frontman. He has all the rock-god poses and attitude that blend so well
with his soulful tones and overwhelming enthusiasm. The band were as tight
as I'd ever heard them, and the new members are more than a welcome
addition with the inclusion of Taj on guitar alongside Mick and the
wonderfully inspiring Graeme gave a fuller sound.
Oh, you want something a little more constructive? Here goes..
I enjoyed the gig enormously. I had a front row seat which no doubt enhanced my experience dramatically. Last time Deacon Blue played at the Colston Hall I had a seat high up at the back of the hall, and while I enjoyed the gig I wanted to be much closer. This time being 6 feet away from Lorraine was wonderful. I may have come out with ringing ears but it was well worth it.
I thought the band were on fine form. My two favourite tracks got played, Bound to Love Again and Bethlehems Gate, Bound 2 particularly struck a chord as am currently going through relationship break up, and I've often found that particular song helps in such circumstances.
I was a little ashamed of the crowd for being slow to get to their feet, kinda understandable in light of the first track being a new one, but when Your Town kicked in I expected everyone to get to their feet but it took Ricky quite some cajoling to get the crowd up and on their feet. I must confess that, while I was not the first in the hall, I was the first of those near me. Once we were on our feet despite a few sit downs for the acoustic or newer songs I stayed that way.
It was great to hear some acoustic versions, sometimes I think there aren't enough of these and one reason for my devotion to the band is that they are not afraid to play different versions of their songs live. In fact I hardly listen to the albums but always to the live bootleg stuff I possess. This also contrasted nicely with Mick Slaven's classic rock guitar solo near the end of he show.
The newer songs went down well, I thought, since the album has only been out a little while and it certainly helped me to get to grips with the newer material, I had been slow to see the beauty in Rae and Silverlake but am now a convert to the new songs.
A real treat was definitely Long Window to Love with just Ricky picked out in a single white spotlight, don't think I've heard the song live (in person) before and this was a wonderful version of it.
Any songs missing? Well lots, but of those I really would have liked to heard The Wildness, because I like it and Queen of the New Year, just because it is the song which got me hooked on Deacon Blue in the first place.
So that's about it for the music, the banter between the band, with Ricky commenting that the band had lost their way recently with some people even stooping to appear on early evening TV went down well, as did the usual comments about football and politics. And the little audience heckling got a marvelous response but Jim did give in for Never Fall in Love Again as the final track.
I always enjoy hearing song stories, this time for Long Window to Love, and the inserts, Chocolate girl had a wonderful insert, shame I don't know what it was, does anyone else?
And Ricky, YES we do still love Dignity, I'll admit it's not my favorite song, but it is beautifully written and hits a deep resonance within all of us, so while I'm sure you do get tired of playing it, please don't stop, besides we all like a sing along.
Believe me now? Chris Jupp
|Manchester Apollo 20th May 2001|
a fantastic gig. The band were on absolutely top form: their new stuff
sounded amazing live - the old stuff sent the crowd wild. Amazing. Ricky
was his comedic self, and seeing them back together again - especially
Lorraine giving it as much energy as ever and making everything OK for us
- was just a deeply moving experience.
Although I had the albums, I suppose I arrived late to the Deacon Blue touring thing, seeing them first on the Whatever You Say tour. Shame I missed them earlier! I've caught them on every tour since, and I'm never disappointed. I urge any hesitant fans to buy the new album though! Every bit as good as their previous stuff.
Highlights: the amazing things they do vocally with 'Rae' towards the end, playing 'Your Town', 'Now That You're Here' and the big crowd-pleasers. In fact, it was all brilliant. So brilliant, I just hope they're able to do it again in a year or two...
Thanks Ricky! Smiggins
I truly cannot put into words how fantastic this was. I got the tickets for me and my fella for his birthday, but it felt like mine!! I've seen DB live 5 times now and this has to be the best gig I've ever been to. The new stuff sounds great, especially Homesick (come on Ricky sing it louder, you know you can get there!!) which will be a big hit if they release it.
Lorraine's voice was absolutely spot on the whole way through and is haunting. A bit disappointed they didn't do Everytime you Sleep though. Of the old (but still brilliantly new) stuff the highlights were Loaded, Dignity, Real Gone Kid, Love And Regret and Fergus Sings the Blues (the new scottish national anthem according to Ricky!!). We were right at the front leaning against the stage, but Ricky seemed to stay away. Probably had something to do with the nutter stood next to us!!! Would have loved to have shaken your hand Ricky - the MAN!!! Michelle
Well worth the
wait. DB have not lost any of the old magic.
|Birmingham Symphony Hall 21st May 2001|
this was just pure class wasn't it. I think we've got the basic script now
- This train steams us ahead, Your town and Raintown get the crowd up
(earlier than last time here), a nice EYTS acoustic and a peppering of the
usual crowd pleasers. Not a long show and the normal stretched numbers of
loaded, Real Gone Kid and When Will You were somewhat shorter than we're
I'm sure Homesick will be a crowd pleaser for the future but I am left with one fantastic memory. I'm in the middle of the front row singing my heart out of my tour shirt to dignity and Ricky decides to shake my hand. So surprised I nearly missed out. I really felt the emotion and passion these guys have for their music being down there amongst them. Yes it was pure class. Not quite the fantastic Ooh Las Vegas tour at the NEC, but its certainly up there.
Wonderful show, so much better than last time I saw them (at Villa Leisure
Centre); glory days indeed.
SO...... Describe YOUR concert - As if to strangers? Perhaps I should just advise YOU to refer to the Thesaurus - Any listings under SUPERB should cover it. ( & yes, I have checked )
Need more details? Read on......
Three girlies travelled excitedly to the majestic venue. One having been dragged to anything relating to RR within a fifty mile radius for the past couple of years & now Mick Slavens' biggest fan! Another, strictly OLD SCHOOL, now resorting to using her faded OLV T for household chores? Myself - Embarrassingly humbled by the measure of talent from one man ( bit of a fan then? ) We expected to ENJOY, ( even though our seats were closer to the lighting rig than the stage ) BUT were not prepared for THIS performance - None of us left disappointed.
I really have tried to be objective here, although having only just descended into reality again, I fear a lack of criticism...... If pushed, perhaps Ricky's croaky voice / Loss of memory during 'A is for....' ( think ya got away with it ;) ) / & (really girlie comment ) Lack of seeing those forearms?
It KICKED OFF almost immediately, during the introductory 'This Train....' toes we tapping, & without any prompting, before the close of 'Your Town' the front two rows we up! This continued ALL night.... EVERYONE was UP FOR IT ! - Although the lack of mouthing the words, an indication of the poor record sales?
PERSONAL HIGHS;- Nina - Surely the HUGE cuddle from her ( ever approachable ) idol? And the transfixed glaze during 'Long Window To Love' Kerry - The ( campsite! ) acoustic section, To the rest she strutted her funky stuff with only SLIGHTLY less vigour to the tried & tested toons? Myself - The absence of 'Rae' was more than compensated for by hearing the thunderous ( yet always strangely tender ) 'When Will You........' So good to hear this classic with a FULL PACK? ( Ewan - You don't know what ya missing )
Also Ricky, in his endearing Jackanory mode? Confirming my analysis of 'A is For....'
We gave synchronized GASPS as two over enthusiastic youths stormed, & eventually made a pitch invasion? Lorraine dutifully handing them her tambourine - What a STAR! At one point I surveyed the band / crowd & witnessed what can only be described as the 'culmination of the masses!' Writhing & swaying in a euphoric frenzy ( honest! ) Leaving the suspicion that this COULD not last - To our delight the stamina of both prevailed. Hitting a crescendo during 'Chocolate Girls' effortless slide into 'Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time?' In answer...... " OH YES !! " THANK YOU Lorraine, Graham, Dougie, Mick, Ricky Etc etc... For doing it so UNFORGETTABLY :) Clare
So, you've probably heard it all before but here goes. I remember the
first time I saw them it was the most amazing thing ever - but somehow the
energy in this show was different. Yes we all go on about the old days
when they played this place and that place but I can't help feeling
something special about finally getting them back. Even in 99 I never
thought I'd go to another DB gig with new stuff, and here we are. 'This
Train' was an amazing opening. Pleasantly surprised to find I knew most of
the words to the new stuff!!! I know 'A is For' is a 50/50 song with the
fans, but I adore it - it just makes me happy. 'Long Window to Love' was
just gorgeous. Lorraine's energy is still astounding! I hope they enjoyed
it as much as the Brum crowd seemed to. Fab to see Graeme on stage doing
his stuff! And yes, Symph Hall may not be the best venue for a 'rock'
group, and it is a bit worrying on the front row of even the lower circle,
but a pretty good atmosphere was flying. I!
|Newcastle City Hall 22nd May 2001|
Train..." kicked off a cracking gig which lasted two hours and
included several treats for a lively crowd.
All of the tracks from Homesick sounded great at King Tuts, but in the larger venue they sounded superb. I have to admit being firmly in the "don't know" camp as far as "A is for Astronaut" is concerned, but live it sounded great. All of the new tracks went down well with the crowd, hopefully they will all now dash out and buy it! Some people with me have not bought Homesick, but the gig has generated at least two more sales. I thought it was brave to open with "This Train...", but it worked. It's my favourite track on the album, and like all of the other new songs, sounded stronger and better live. The blend of old and new worked a treat.
The older songs predictably went down the best, with Dignity, Fergus Sings The Blues and Real Gone Kind generating the best audience reaction.
A real treat was the Ricky/Jim piano version of "Jesus Do Your Hands Still Fell The Rain", as was "Long Window to Love"...always good to hear tracks that don't get played at gigs too often. The encore included a great version of "Like a Rolling Stone".
All in all this was a great show, new and old fitted together perfectly and the band sounded as good as ever. I know Ricky likes to see negative as well as positive views, but I cannot think of anything negative to say about yet another wonderful performance. Having grown up listening to Deacon Blue, in good times and bad, the band's return has meant an awful lot to me. Long may it continue. Graham Fitzgerald
all before I start ... I would like to thank the people who was talking
though your town , and a thank you to the good looking girl who's mobile
went off during Jesus Do you hands etc, And A hi to the other couple who
got Rickys set list.....
the moment the stomping 'This Train will
All the songs were performed with the quality which we now all expect,
but there were still one or two surprises, indeed looking at the previous
setlists it varied quite a bit which is always good to see. 'Long Window
To Love' is a song I have wanted to hear live for years, and it was worth
the wait and proved an excellent song to lead into the legendry 'Dignity'
followed by an awesome crowd involving 'Homesick'. All the guys seemed
happy and relaxed, with Lorraine looking very fit and Ricky with his new
sharp haircut! Its hard to believe these guy's ages! not that it
|Dundee Caird Hall 24th May 2001|
off must say sorry to the support band - I don't even know if you played -
I was in the bar!! Took our seats around 8.40pm and thinking the gig would
kick off at 9pm was a bit surprised when 5 minutes later the lights went
down and the sound of the train started playing. DB started full on with a
brilliant This Train..., superb live!! bouncing into Your Town and then
came Raintown, a blistering start that had the hard core bouncing.
Out There came next followed by Twist & Shout which predictably got the hit seekers on their feet. A is for Astronaut followed. I must admit to having a dislike for this song, but it sounded great tonight!! Into Loaded, superb as usual, then the party started for real, RGK followed by Wages Day, slightly lower tempo for I am Born, Everytime You Sleep, then The Further North You Go, with superb vocals from Lorraine.
Loves Great Fears was next followed by an excellent Circus Lights, then a truly wonderful performance of Silverlake, the!
n Fergus, Long Window To Love was amazing, looked forward to hearing this since I seen they were playing it on the tour. This ran well into Dignity and the place was rocking!! Homesick went down well, then Now That Your Here. Chocolate Girl was next but last and QOTNY finished off a great night.
The band sounded terrific and seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Looking forward to Glasgow on Saturday now!! Lucian
|Edinburgh Playhouse 25th May 2001|
was put off from going to Edinburgh to see deacon blue because what people
say about Edinburgh folk not enjoying themselves.... Well I needn't have
It was one of the best gigs that I have been to and a great set list to go with it., which included chocolate girl , love hurts and bethlehams gate which was different from Newcastle .
the Band seemed to be into it more than Newcastle , Maybe because Its near to the end of the tour .
I am off to Glasgow tonight and if the show is any better than last night then we are in for a good night.
I do think that there will be gigs at the end off the year , but I am getting older and maybe I should should put my slippers on and retire from the late nights and long journeys .... BUT WHAT THE HELL YOUR ONLY HERE ONCE ......LOL Malc
|Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 26th May 2001|
Blue came onstage and started of with a rocking performance of This
Train...., then straight into Your Town, which got Tonya and Mel on their
feet and rushing the stage!! The skinhead steward was trying to hold them
back but they were having none of it!! Eventually Ricky came over, tapped
the guy on the shoulder and asked him to stop bothering the nice girls!!
This was my cue to join them up front closely followed by hundreds more,
including Malc, Linda and of course Mr Edwards. Raintown followed and I
know I have heard the opening before but its still awesome.
Out There was next followed by a terrific performance of Twist And Shout which got the people upstairs on their feet. Next Ricky gave us some insight into what A is for Astronaut is all about, still not sure though!! The ever excellent Loaded was next and then the pace picked up even more as Real Gone Kid came next then Wages Day and the place was jumping!! Slowing down next with a magical airing of Rae!, followed by Everytime You Sleep.
Next was the big surprise of the night, a wonderful performance of Riches which Ricky dedicated to some friends who were going away for a year. Loves Great Fears was next, followed by the excellent Your Swaying Arms. Next up was a song that gets better every time i hear it, Silverlake. Then came the Scottish National Anthem, Fergus Sings The Blues!! Next was one of my all-time faves Long Window To Love, followed by everyones fave Dignity which got the customary reception!!
Homesick was next and this ended with the crowd singing it back - awesome!! The band went off for a few minutes before coming back for the encore. Ricky had a bit of banter with Jim and Dougie for their other "hobbies" since the split. A great impromptu playing of the theme tune to Sportscene by Jim while it was Dougies turn for some stick!! Then into Now That Your Here, followed by When Will You..., then QOTNY and the band were off again. After a few minutes they were back! asking "Is there anything you want to hear" which inevitably launched us into Chocolate Girl followed by an awesome playing of I'll Never Fall in Love Again. This brought a great night to an end. How come DB gigs always seem so short...? Lets hope its not too long till the next tour, to be back amongst friends again!! I'm gonna cry!!! Lucian
Just like to
say That the Gig was mind blowing and The group at their very best ,miles
better than Newcastle.