recovering from last night`s show in Columbia, MD. It`s been over
half a lifetime since I last saw them on the "Manifesto"
tour in 1979, so my expectations were very high. I was not disappointed.
The band were in top form and the audience was very appreciative.
Remake/Remodel: What a great opening number. I wanted to scan the
crowd for all the "Avalon" fans scratching their heads
and wondering if they were at the wrong concert, but I just couldn`t
take my eyes off the stage.
Ladytron: The Andy/Phil duet was great as was Phil`s solo, where
he practically throttled his guitar... go, Phil!
My Only Love: Sped`s solo was brilliant.
Oh Yeah: Um... this one provided me with a few minutes to run to
the men`s room and return in time for "Both Ends Burning".
For Your Pleasure: Great closing number, faithfully reproducing
the odd sound effects of the studio version. Perhaps the most well-staged
concert exit I`ve ever seen.
Bryan was in fine voice throughout and worked the crowd like I`ve
never seen him do before. He looked like he was having the time
of his life and his enthusiasm really rubbed off on the audience.
Though I`ve heard that the Great PT was playing with an injured
wrist, you couldn`t tell by his drumming, which was both powerful
and precise. Due to the placement of the cymbals and various band
members, it was difficult to actually see him most of the time.
However, I was sitting in the 3rd row and could feel every drum
beat bursting out of the speakers.
Though I`m most definitely a fan of 70s Roxy, I must admit that
the 80s numbers got some of the loudest responses from the crowd.
It was clear that many in the audience were there to hear those
songs and it obviously wouldn`t have been right for the band to
ignore them. Hopefully, if there`s a video/DVD of the tour, they`ll
try to keep everyone happy and combine several shows from the UK
and US for a fuller set list.
Thanks to all involved for a great night.