& Firkin, Bristol
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It's all been said. Terrific atmosphere. Outstanding band, and the great man looking to be revelling in it all (despite the heat). Just sensational. Even my wife agreed, and she's not a woman to be easily impressed by any rock star (let alone a 57 year old).
I first saw Love (the Four Sail band), at Reading University in 1970. They were OK, very competent, but I remember a huge sense of disappointment. After Da Capo and Forever Changes expectations were so high.They had to be magical, and they weren't. But 32 years on at The Fleece they were.
I just hope that Arthur and the band have got as much pleasure from the gigs this year as they've given to those of us lucky enough to have seen them.
I set off from Chelmsford at 5 am in the morning to meet my cousin
Bryan in my dear old Bristol town.When he told me several weeks ago Arthur was playing
the Fleece I told him to get tickets - oh yes I will be there.
It had been a glorious day visiting the old haunts - 'The Duke' esp.I arranged to meet Bryan in the pub next to the Fleece which fed me with my Southern Comfort & Ice (at a terrific price I must say).So,ready to rock we hit the Fleece around 9.00pm the concert was sold out to see one of the last legands of the L.A scene from the 60's along with Baby Lemonade.Many punters were hoping for tickets and the people who watched from outside were acknowledged by Arthur during the concert.
I have just seen the set list someone posted (well done Pete,with a memory like mine + the southern comfort I had no chance).The band came on 9.30 and played for almost 2 hours,what got me was the rendition of the originals - they had magic and seemed to match the feel from the scene back when.I guess only Arthur could comment on the deeper feeling between Love and his
current band,God knows what this band will sound like live with some strings/horn section.
Now,If there is any chance of the band playing Chelmsford...........there is no one around today
who can drag me 200 miles at 5am in the morning apart from Zappa/Miles/Jimi but that would take some astral miles.
Best wishes,electric snowman(p.s I couldn't write a intelligent review if I tried)