- just back so excuse the brief words:
Nearly did n't get there, - I drove by and could not believe the length of the cues. Got inside and it was packed, and I mean packed. Managed to squeeze into the only visible place at the back of the hall next to the bar, but had a good view albeit a little further back that I would have liked. 7.55pm and sound is tuned up with a Led Zep number (whose name escapes me right now), - no more 2 Minutes to Midnight? Joe made a superb entry being backlight and straight into Slow Train, and this is where the problem started.... - the place IMO had been oversold, - people were pushing and shoving, arguing, bouncers throwing people out because they refused to move off of a step, rowdy people talking through the quiet bits at the bar, too many men with weak bladders drinking too much going back and forth....and just plain rudeness from too many people. Moan over.
- Joe was superb, the one positive I guess from being at the back was the overall sound was brilliant, horns spot on. Keyboards/hammond, - WOW! The rework of John Henry was incredible. Carmen and Tal, - what a unit. No Fender's on stage tonight, but plenty of Gibson's. The tone coming out was fantastic. Okay I was a bit surprised at 9.45pm that it was all over, but we had seen and more importantly heard perfection. It was an historic night and Joe is at the top of his game, - but sadly he is too big to play venues like this (and I hate to say it) any longer.
My YouTube channel with plenty of my Joe's videos dating from 2009 inc his first Hammersmith Odeon ones:http://www.youtube.com/ian916fun