Sorry but that last Manc review was weak as p *ss and a little blinkered imho.
Large pinches of salt required.
Here's how I saw it using that review as a guideline, nestle in good people....
I use the M62 means that I miss The Shining Twins, but a friend tells me they look like Biffy Clyro but sound like Death Cab For Cutie.
I was under the impression that this was a band called Neverlands or something ?
Chuff me if this is the case then I'd be already dubious of the accuracy of the review I'm afraid
I nearly miss main support Meredith Sheldon too, but catch a couple of beautiful solo songs with her strong deep vocals and electric guitar playing. Formally of The Ben Taylor Band, and Family of the Year, this young lass who has been playing over a decade will go far with her indie folk rock.
Steady on there Simon Carrol.
Regardless she scored well for the tiny shorts though.
That’s brave for the usual windy/rainy December night in Mancunia!
A few older ladies on the barrier are screaming at the former teen heartthrob like they are 15 year old Bieber fans at a show for the pop 'nugget'.
These were promptly blanked................although I don't blame him in fairness
Hair in his face, grungy clothes on, the guy dresses as he did back in 1992.
Evan, the missus said she'll wash that 1992 look out of your hair as well sometime if you like ?
There are young student types here, and quite old and dare I say "hard looking" blokes here creating a little pop mosh pit, which keeps me amused throughout the show. Wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alleyway, but stick a bit of Lemonheads on and he'll be your best friend! Talk about Frank Mills!
Me and the other half were right by Evan’s mic at the front. She was the gorgeous one, I was the fella in the navy Lyle & Scott jacket.
And no we aren't student types, we’re ‘30 somethings’ if we have to be labelled - OK do we fall into that ‘quite old’ section then if that's how you're playing it ?!
I was a bit confused by the 'hard looking blokes' bit creating the only ‘little pop mosh’ pit.
The only bit of moshing I spied round us was perhaps related to the bopping bald fella (and his dread locked bird) playing air guitar and a bloke with side parted black hair, who tossed a pen and paper - mid set - on stage right by Evan's feet……..which was promptly spied & blanked all night like it was a landmine…….along with a similar placed rose or something……(blanked again)
Poor geezer had taken the time pre-gig to sellotape that pen to the paper as well. Never mind he got his (unsigned) paper and pen chucked back to him via a roadie, bless him
Bald fella was double gutted as well I heard, he said he broke the strings on his air guitar apparently.
Joking aside they seemed alright, was merely just enjoying themselves after few sherberts in all fairness
There is very little chatter between the songs
No s *it Sherlock !
'Mrs Robinson' is gratefully not played tonight, as it wasn't on the original album release but was forced on by the record company when it was re-pressed.
Token cut & paste comment I've seen several times about this tour on reviews. They didn't play it, therefore who gives a shiny s h*ite even mentioning or justifying it's exclusion ??!
To accompany the songs there are to screen above the band showing what looks like footage from their travels on tour, mainly a camera planted in the van windscreen capturing dark, wet roads (must be in the UK!). The best part is where there are multiple tries on a toy grabber machine, and just at the end of the current song a stuffed monkey is won!
I think the Ritz had a 10 bob budget in respect of the the two tier, postage size screens they had hung up.
All the while, does anyone genuinely go to a concert to watch (on screen) a roadie play a slot machine at Birch motorway services on the M62 and then feel the need to comment it's the 'best part' ??
For the encore Dando appears and brings Sheldon back to perform a duet of 'New Mexico' from the cover album 'Varshons', originally by FuckEmos. Both looking on a sheet for the words or chords and with a varying microphone level from Sheldon it's a bit of a ramshackle attempt but lovely to hear at the same time, their voices complement each other so well.
This was a rare time that Evan did look actually quite giddy that night, maybe perhaps it was something that was a break from the normal set list, hence the enthusiasm perhaps ?
In all fairness the microphone was rubbish for the girl, couldn’t hear the first verse at all…...Unfortunately Evan’s smile and perseverance appeared to have run it's course by the time the technical hitch was sorted for the second verse.
And just when you think these songs are winding the set down, Lattanzi and Nolan return to rock it up again with 'The Great Big No', 'Style' and ending with 'Into Your Arms'.
Cue on finish - Quick trot off stage with last chord pretty much still chiming, clutched guitar in hand – Barrel apparently scraped (as some would argue) another date scratched off a long list until the next one, job done - Take the money and run my son.
Sorry folks, that's how I saw it that night – Great music just performed on auto-pilot – 'Evan Helpus - The George Best of Power Pop'