This review was originally submitted
to the Jump email discussion group but I felt it deserved a wider audience.
Thanks to Judith for allowing me to use it on this site.
Thanks to Judith Mitchell for
providing the review from what sounds like a great show. I just wish we'd
made the effort to go ourselves now,
Swansea Uplands Tavern
Saturday May 26th 2001
THOM'S NEW CLOTHES
LOUDER THAN WORDS
BRAVE NEW WORLD
The FREEDOM TRAIN
LOVE SONG NUMBER 5
2 UP, 2 DOWN
LIKE A DRUM
USED TO THE TASTE- Trampled
Underfoot - Ghost Town - War Pigs - Rock'n'Roll
JUDGEMENT DAY - Walk This
Way/Love In Elevator - You Can't Always Get What You Want - Nobodies Fault
But Mine - Paranoid - JUDGEMENT DAY reprise
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
KEEP THE BLUES - Shine On
You Crazy Diamond - With A Little Help From My Friends - No Quarter
Baby Please Don't Go
- Feel Like Makin' Love - All Right Now - Back In Black - Gryphon's Galliard
- A Touch Too Much - THE LIGHTBOX
Right Here Right Now
- KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 20:35:23
From: "judith mitchell"
Subject: Re: swansea or
no see - a set of two halves!
What an eventful time!!!!
Firstly having to negotiate Cardiff station when it was besieged by footy
fans all over the weekend for the playoffs congrats to Blackpool and Walsall!!
Pretty turbulent on arrival and departure!
Different hotel - most fully
booked due to footy and taxi driver tells me Glamorgan are playing - guess
where - Swansea..... still found somewhere
round the corner from the
venue but nowhere to watch the scottish cup final (v sorry any hibbees
fans out there) had to make do with radio five
Gig time at last - over to
pub found table waited for friends Katia and Mark to arrive from Port Talbot
and then disaster - just before showtime proper
the electric went off -
not just at the pub but half a street as well.....
This seems like a terminal
problem or at least one that was going to take some time to fix......
some punters had already defected to the pub across
the road but John and Pete
rescued the night in epic style with 30 minutes of pure acoustic music
by candle and torch light!!! big yellow taxi opened the proceedings
followed by sweet home alabama, their own freedom train was next with covers
of knockin' on heaven's door combined with tasters of roadhouse blues and
freebird!! my favourite angel from montgomery a piece of country
curtesy of john prine and bonnie raitt was heard in splendid respectful
silence as was most of the set. a young lass in the crowd then asked
for something 'upbeaty' which was duly fulfilled with a speedy version
of built for comfort plus rock and roll for good measure. the
power then returned so it was time for the remainder of jump to join the
others for the second set - electric this time!
The electric set opened with
newie thom's new clothes followed by moscow circus and a great version
of louder than words. several more new songs
were next - brave new world
about the dangers of the internet, bethesda a beautiful ballad about the
harshness of life in the north wales slate quarry
town, rightwinger and then
down went the electric........ john had the great idea of getting
andy to do a club drum solo (v good) and the power returned
in a few minutes - to everyone's relief! they continued with rise
another uplifting slow song with pete on acoustic again - amplified this
time! the louder sounds took over then with the epic like a drum
- worth the travel for this alone! Used to the taste with selected
moments of Led Zep, Rush and the Doors again was quickly succeeded by a
pacey tongue-tied and an excellent keep the blues with pete excelling as
usual. another request from the audience for some hendrix was answered
brilliantly with a great watchtower and the night was rounded off with
the highwayman. cds were sold, several new friends made, i
got to play sound engineer for the night and john still insulted scousers
- what's new? except that i was very privileged to see a band at
the height of their powers improvising and turning a potential blown-out
gig into a stunning presentation of how to turn around a bad situation
into a successful night. covers bands and other acts take note.
My friends had a great night,
Ian if you read this thanks for the chat and the lift to the station in
that horrible rain, hope you made it to dorset ok! I left the
hotel at 9.30am got home at 3.45pm....... see everyone who's
making the effort at Horse's Head (festival, romoted by Jump, Doug).
a very happy but tired
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