Why is this the best gig of the UK leg of the tour? Well for a start it seems uniquely relaxed. When a latecomer requested “Bonny” which had been played earlier on, Paddy – whom you get the impression would rather tiptoe barefoot over a lava field than vary the set – obliged with a few bars. And the redoubtable Juli from the Zorrophonic list who was in attendance and heckling affectionately throughout – managed to persuade him to sing “Wichita Lineman”. Which coincidentally, 15 years on less one day, Jimmy Webb was singing in Durham before making a fascinatingly cryptic comment about Paddy working with Art Garfunkel.
And to cap it all, it’s brilliant recorded. Released on the “Temple of Sound” bootleg label in Asia too as a pressed CD, and anyone with an original copy of one of these could easily swap for, say, a Candle “Lions” should they want to. Because I covet it.
Truly one of the highlights of the tour. One to cut out and keep.
Another day off tomorrow, then we hit Madchester. Don’t forget the competition: at time of posting, there are relatively few entries and there’s an excellent chance of winning just with a guess. For those wanting more science and details of capacities, google is your friend….