Two blisteringly cold nights in Glasgow and two gigs....
First up Leeds' finest, the Wedding Present at the QMU for the 21st anniversary of Bizarro. Gedge and co warmed the crowd up with a few classics before the main event including a rare outing for 2nd single Once More which still sounded immense 24 years after its initial release. There was also surprise cover of the theme from Cheers.
I must say I am a big fan of these events where a band play one of their classic albums from start to finish and this one did not disappoint. The Weddoes are the only band I have seen do this twice after George Best a few years ago at the same venue. And this was every bit as good with the band in terrific form, Gedge thrashing his guitar as if his life depended upon it. There was so much intensity, energy and sheer joy of playing these songs that every person who braved the weather (-13) would have left the West End of Glasgow very happy indeed on Thursday night, apart from perhaps the fan who did not get to hear Flying Saucer. Personal faves were No, Kennedy and the full nine minutes plus of Take Me. Pop over to fellow blogger Drew at Across The Kitchen Table for his take on the gig.
From a band I have seen numerous times to a band I have only seen once before and that was as a support act. There are various bloggers out there who are much bigger fans of Frightened Rabbit than myself but having enjoyed them earlier in the summer at the Snow Patrol gig at Bellahouston I thought I would go along to The Barrowlands and see for myself what all the fuss was about. The band seemed very humbled to be finally headlining at the venue they have always dreamed of playing at and for the most part did not disappoint. Not having seen them in the early days I would have liked to have heard a few more tracks from Singing The Greys. Only Be Less Rude got an airing and to me they seemed to be going through the motions a bit when the played it as if they felt they had to. There is no doubt that Scott Hutchison can sing and the band have some great tunes like Swim Until You Can't See Land, Old Old Fashioned, The Loneliness And The Scream and highlight of the evening pour moi, Keep Yourself Warm. All in all I did enjoy the gig but am yet to be fully convinced.