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COMPANY of SNAKES
Chiddingfold Club
25 March 2000
Setlist:
COME ON
WALKING IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES 
TROUBLE 
MOVIN'ON 
READY AN' WILLING 
Slide solo - Micky Moody 
SLOW AND EASY 
DON'T BREAK MY HEART AGAIN 
BELGIAN TOM's HAT TRICK
Band introductions
FEEL LIKE MAKIN' LOVE 
TAKE ME WITH YOU
AIN'T GONNA CRY NO MORE 
IS THIS LOVE 
SINCE YOU BEEN GONE 
HERE I GO AGAIN 
Encore 1: 
CAN'T GET ENOUGH 
FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN' 
AIN'T NO LOVE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Encore 2:
SWEET TALKER

Is that Benie MArsden? asks David CoverdaleAt just after 21:30 the band appeared, picked up their instruments as Robert Hart shouted “It’s Saturday night” - COME ON Towards the end of the track Robert Hart realised that the holder atop his microphone stand was a touch on the loose side – allowing the mic to fall back to a vertical position – of which RH made the most, flopping it back and forwards a few times. RH joins Micky Moody for the closing chorus, sharing the mic for harmonies
WALKING IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES -
TROUBLE –Bernie Marsden introduced the next track as “a track from the first TROUSERSNAKE album” before adding “Micky Moody will introduce it for you”.  Before the second verse Robert Hart has to be prompted by the audience for the first line “I always forget the ……”
Bernie explains that they’re ”going to do a song from his former band” nodding to Robertwhile referring to the Bad Company tune, MOVIN'ON. During this track there was some squealing feedback, first of several bursts during the evening. About a third of the way through the song Robert gave Berbnie a kiss on the cheek – just before Micky Moody began his solo.

READY AN' WILLING the vocals were very high in the mix for most of the set, though it was particularly noticable in this track as they seemed a little distorted at times.. Micky Moody treated us to another solo during this track, Robert disappearing offstage for it. 
Before SLOW AND EASY itself Micky Moody changed guitars and gave us a long slide solo based, in part, to his 80’s one in Steal Away. Early on in it he commented “Looks like I’m on my own here” as the audience failed to shout at the appropriate point. We were with it for the next opportunity, a large “Hoi” going up from the crowd to which Micky mouthed a silent “Thank You”. At the end of the solo Micky thumped the body of the guitar a few times, adding reverb to the sound, with a mock “ouch” afterwards. 
DON’T BREAK MY HEART AGAIN -
Neil Murray, still curly but a bit greyer.As Bernie took the mic to introduce the next track one of the crowd shouted out “Give us some blues!” “Good timing “ replied Bernie, the audience member going on to call for “Stevie Ray Vaughn”. A smiling, and somewhat bemused, Marsden said “wrong guy” before introducing BELGIAN TOM’S HAT TRICK –During the track a roadie fixed the droopy microphone stand, Hart having left the stage for this instrumental. Neil Murray stayed firmly behind Micky Moody the whole night, stood in front of the bass cab, keeping a rock solid rhythm. When he was not playing he stood smiling or rocking his shoulders back and forwards, appreciating the guitar solos, these being the times his services were not required. Belgian Tom featured a long guitar duel, Micky Moody moving to centre stage for most of it, Bernie moving between Side and centre. During the finale Bernie and Micky moved together, each playing half of the others guitar, running their hands up the others guitar neck! Very impressive.

Oi, you, who's that out of focus bloke behind you?Before FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE we are introduced to the band. Robert Hart made a comment about Bernie g”getting it right” in reference, I assume, to this non-Snake riff, backed up by the look of relief of getting through the introduction. Robert is mugging to one or two ladies down the front – to embarrassed and pleased looks – though when gestured to get up on stage she didn’t take up the offer.
TAKE ME WITH YOU is probably the least well-known track of the evening – and possibly one of my least favourite Whitesnake songs, possibly as it seems to go nowhere. Some may argue that this could be said for much of the ‘snake cannon but for me, this is one of the few duff tracks. Hart is obviously not too familiar with it either, before it began he flipped his lyric book to the correct page, reading from it throughout the song.  With a tribute band lyric books would not be required, but I guess Robert was not that big a fan of Mr Covernote and his tunes. Before Micky Moody provided the solo Hart left the stage, Moody and Mardsen leaving after the solo to allow Don Airey to flex kis keyoard playing muscles. I was surprised that Murray and Lingwood remained for this but they did seem to add to it, making it less of a solo, more a jam. It also avoided the obvious Rainbow themes of his solo last year, making for a more subtle piece.
Robert Hart leaning back for his female admirersWith a few calls to “turn it up” from the audience Murray, Airey and Lingwood all leave the stage, Marsden and Moody returning with acoustic guitars. Not quite such good timing! Bernie announces that they’ve been asked to tell us the bar is closing soon so “get your last ODOURS in”.They begin a long acoustic duet before Don Airey returned to add colour to AIN’T GONNA CRY NO MORE -. Robert Hart returns with the others for the following number, IS THIS LOVE -, which Bernie dedicated to Roberts parents whose 50th wedding anniversary it is today. Time for the solitary Rainbow number of the evening, SINCE YOU BEEN GONE in homage to Airey’s days with Mr. Blackmore. During it Hart mugs to me, posing for a picture. He also moves his attentions to another group of females, at least one of whom likes his bum judging by the hand motions. The set finishexd with HERE I GO AGAIN which featured a trick ending. 

Encore:
CAN'T GET ENOUGH Hart mugs for another pic during this one.  Hart pays homage to Coverdale with the introduction to FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN' with “Here’s one for ya”. The normal singalong finale was AIN'T NO LOVE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Bernie reminding us to “Drive Carefully as they left the stage – homage to the sadly departed cozy Powell. It was 23:35 by this time and despite the compare telling us it was all over the crowd just wouldn’t take no  for an answer, insisting on a second encore.  Finally, after five minutes of shouting they got their wish and we were treated to a final soong, SWEET TALKER –That was definitely it and the lights went up as soon as the guys left the stage – just in case we were in any doubt.  The crowd were satisfied now though, and were happpy to  let the Company recover from a two and a quarter hour set – finishing at 23:45.

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