Ah, you know it’s winter and that corpulent guy is packing his sleigh when Aynsley’s attentions turn towards Newcastle & The Cluny. Virtually has the feel of a “hometown” gig; Aynsley & the band are “up for it” and so is a packed Cluny and boy, was it a great evening despite Aynsley fighting a re-curring cold.
First set just lifted the place, Steve and Boneto (Bunny) driving the set along, Aynsley & Andre threading arpeggios between each other for all they were worth. I’m not usually down the front, but made an exception and what a joy to watch Aynsley rake, sweep, hammer and slide on his 3 chosen guitars. Thing about being down the front, you get a “clarity” of sound from the monitors and have to say, of the new songs, Inside Out sounded pretty amazing.
Short break, and the guys were back on for the second set which was kicked off with Hero, apprpriate as it turned out, as Aynsley was fighting to maintain his vocals, though from the audience, you wouldn’t have noticed. In the end, In The Morning was dropped as set closer and Purple Rain was moved up while he could still manage it (and avoid being exiled to Sunderland). Under the circumstances, an encore was doubtful, but Aynsley and the band came back on, and odds were on it being Quiet Boy! and indeed a blues shuffle that would dispell any doubters that Aynsley’s lost his “blues mojo” kicked up and the man managed a couple of verses before bringing the night to a rapturous close.
I don’t know if anyone managed to hear anything Aynsley said durning his signings after the show, his voice was so ragged; but hope he was recovered enough for Kendal & Edinburgh. I haven’t been on-line over the week-end, so I’m assuming they went ahead. They were determined not to cancel, and we bounced round a couple of names in case a substitute vocalist was required.
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........