Sproutology returns after a short trip overseas to bring you another concert out of sequence, following a request on Facebook from someone who was at the gig.
This is from the short 1986 tour of Italy, and an absolutely tremendous concert, with not at all bad recording – sourced from a cassette bootleg – considering the levels of crowd noise. The set had been extended from the Steve McQueen tour proper, with the addition of a few very little heard songs: “Horsin’ Around”, “He’ll Have to Go”, and “Dublin” for example, the latter essentially swamped by the crowd noise.
For crowd noise there certainly was: an extraordinary lively crowd nearly takes the roof off the small, nondescript venue, singing and shouting like a football match at times. It’s really tremendous stuff.
And they weren’t phased half way through “Tiffany’s” by a power cut that took out the lights and amplification, forcing Neil Conti into an impromptu drum solo.
As a little bonus, included below is a section of a TV interview from later in the year where Paddy and Wendy discuss the passion of the Italian fans at the concert. The whole thing is on YouTube.