Well, having just got home I thought it would be only fitting and proper to record one or two words about this evening's (or should I say "last night's") gig.
Brilliant. Just fecking brilliant!
Fish himself was on absolutely top form. He was clearly relaxed and enjoying himself. They dispensed with a set-list and almost played a requests show! Many of the tracks played have been regular fixtures on this tour - such as Lucky, State of Mind, Zoe 25, Miles de Besos, Vigil, Jumpsuit City, Somebody Special and a few others (sorry, I was far too busy enjoying myself to take detailed notes!); but there were a few less usual ones dusted off and aired this evening too.
Gentleman's Excuse Me was just jaw-droppingly beautiful. Now I must be honest here and state that this particular track is not one of my favourites.... but tonight it was out of this world. The story Fish told by way of introduction was heart-rending and the song was performed
- not simply sung. There was hardly a dry eye in the place!
Even stronger, in a way at least, was Slainte Mhath. Just gob-smacking. Powerful yet haunting. Hateful yet loving. Sneering but caring.... Wow! Again, Fish's ability to make a story relate to a particular audience just hit the nail on the head. Great stuff.
We even got a tantalising snippet of Grendel!!!
The audience (from what I could hear) was immaculately behaved and massively appreciative. Some people were a bit noisy during the support act (I didn't catch her name I'm afraid - but she was rather talented and could spin quite a yarn herself!) but that stopped when the big man came on stage. Even the token "heckler" was good value and very well-mannered - even apologising after every comment or interruption!!
Having seen the first gig on this tour (North Hykeham), the difference in the performance was immeasurable. OK, there were differences. The venue was standing only, and there was a bar in the room. That has clearly led to problems in some venues - but not this one. Where the Terry O'Toole gig was intimate, restrained and pleasant; the Cluny gig was hot, loud, sweaty and raucous (or maybe that was just me!?
). The intimacy was still there, in huge great steaming dollops in fact.... but it was a different kind of intimacy - lecherous perhaps, rather than the slightly stand-offish, reserved warmth of Lincoln. My words may not be doing the two differing experiences justice here, but it's late and the beer tasted pretty good!
Frank was awesome, as Frank usually is. But where Foss was halting and sometimes ponderous at Lincoln, tonight he was majestic!
Miles de Besos was stunning, but his piece de resistance
was undoubtedly Gentleman's Excuse Me. Words fail me.... which is not a common occurrence!!
Fish said that he would love to come back to the Cluny before Christmas. OK, that could have been emotion and wine talking... but he certainly seemed to be having a ball tonight. Book your tickets if it happens Ladies and Gentlemen. If it is half as good as tonight's gig then it may just about be the best Fish gig you have ever seen!!
By the way, on a personal note, I was sorry that I didn't manage to cross paths with Gary, or Ulli, or one or two others that I had hoped to see - but it was nice to meet the lovely SheChameleon in the flesh! Enjoy the rest of the weekend Melissa and hope to see you at Haddington!