Well after Norwich wonderful concert....I guess I was hoping for a great concert at Gates head, not to be...very avenger show mostly of the greatest hits that didn't sound so great on the night. Ned Edwards was absent from last night show..
Van and the Band lack commitment.., the concert started of well with Back On Top and Stranded..into Don't Look Back this was Brill.. and very good version When Then Leaves Come Falling Down...Playhouse not that impressive.. .. we heard Magic Time..All Work No Play. Van did not seem to be in a great mood (the don't want to be here moods)...didn't give any feeling into the songs..The band were told off several times...Van said he could not hear the piano..and even Sara was given a cross word from Van..and The Crawford Bell Singers were told to back off from mike, the Band did not blend well last night.
The highlight of the night was Help Me...only then did the band come together..towards the end of the show.. Van did Here Comes The Night...Wild Night which wasn't that Wild Brown Eyed Girl...and ended the show with G-L-O-R-I-A...and Crawford Bell...did the bit that Ned would have done (she was knocking on mine door)...it didn't really work out...and Van did grin at this point. My last review I said there was no room for the horns in this show (Norwich) but that was Norwich......whoops! The show last night too many solo's for Sara....and not enough good old Bluesy stuff..that Van is so good at, more mediation journeys needed...we were almost there in Norwich. I missed Ned last night..maybe because he is that familiar face we have seen in the last 7 years ( Simon Says that how long he has been with Van) I don't know about his musical talents because I am no musician but I liked him......Van did not get his Mr Vaaaaaaaan Morrrison send off.
Oh well on to Harrogate tonight.....