It's an illusion to me now - The Happening at the Academy; November 22, 2005...BRIXTON

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It's an illusion to me now - The Happening at the Academy; November 22, 2005...BRIXTON

Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:09 pm

Jon Harley Remembers

You could tell right from the first three seconds of “Maggie’s Farm” that
this was going to be a great gig. This was not just a make-pace opener, he
meant it. There was an extra frisson of excitement in the place even
before the band walked on stage, which they did, not with more commitment
than last night, but somehow with more punch. The sound was fantastic –
very clear and well balanced and not painfully over-loud. The band was
tighter than last night and Bob was singing from the inside of every song.
Once again the question has to be asked, what has happened to his voice?
It was GREAT! Range, pitch, tone, variety, massively expressive, upsinging
used judiciously – what a great vocal artist. And it was the same with
the harp solos – they were the best I have ever heard – he must have been
practising in his time off! Positively 4th Street” was a revelation – not
sung as a finger-pointing song, but sung poignantly, full of pain and
regret with the kick-back coming in at the end. “I Don’t Believe You”
felt like it was bridging the personal and the universal. “John Brown.”
What can I say? With utmost gentleness subterranean fury, he reached out
through the force of his delivery and brought every one of us into this
drama and said “this involves you and me, this is now, it matters, feel
it, think about it, what does that leave you with?” “Missippi” what a
joy to hear live. “Highway” you go storming down that road with him.
“Summer Days” the musicianship was stunning. “LARS” and “Watchtower”
moody, powerful, magnificent. You could tell that Bob and the band were
really pleased with how it had gone and the reception they got. The crowd
was utterly ecstatic.

Tony Garnier – what a great guy. He really seems to support Bob, and I
don’ t think just musically either. George’s drumming was absolutely
right and is, with Tony, the foundation of the band. Bob, Tony and
George, a fabulous triumvirate. The communication between the band
members was great to watch. Bless them all. What a night.

Band Members
Rob Dillon - keyboard, harp
Action Jackson - lead guitar
Madeleine Albright - guitar
John Grisham - violin, banjo, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
Linus - bass
Woodstock - drums

1. Mumble (insturrmental song by Fay Wray)
2. Sex Farm

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Post  eddie on Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:19 pm


Thank you! Very Happy

Great gig. I was there.
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