Festival Hall, London
Last Update: 03. oktober 2003
Crowd was pleased to find that we would in fact be receiving the whole of FC complete with strings, although not advertised as such. Other than this, no real surprises with the set list , although 7 & 7 Is was saved to the end for the benefit of Robyn Hitchcock to guest on (He also played on Singing Cowboy). Band seemed more polished as you might expect at the end of the tour and especially compared to the first RFH show. Two mistakes in Bummer and You Set The Scene, but hey, given the amount of pleasure the shows have brought to people all over the UK, they can be entirely forgiven. The performance of FC brought an extra long standing ovation, thoroughly deserved.
I thought the RFH staff got it spot on with the mixing tonight - the strings sounded that little bit more prominent in the mix than the first RFH show, with the cello sounding especially good during Listen To My Song. An amusing trip by Arthur during My Anthem whereby he caugt the microphone lead and brought it crashing to the stage floor . Having said that, nice to see him use the mic freehand (ie: out of the mic stand) for most of Always See Your Face (A hint of the Johnny Mathis ghost perhaps??).
Crowd a little subdued compared to the first RFH show (there was no rush of the stage toward the end as in Brighton & RFH) and a surprising number seemed to leave after FC although in no way indicative of the performance. Did make me wonder why some people bothered when other fans missed out on tickets.
Arthur got very chatty toward the end and promised to be back in March
sometime. A personal thank you to Baby Lemonade, the string and horns section.
The sheer enthusiasm, not least the musicianship, was a joy to behold and will
linger long in the memory. Thanx guys!!
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