Don’t get me wrong , playing the Albert hall is fantastic and all , it’s a totally mad experience but it is quite intense and full of responsibility . It feels like a grown up job. So many people, such an amazing room. You really don’t want to fuck it up for everyone.
But when you turn up at a bowling alley that looks like no ones there for you let alone to dance, you know you’ve got a different set of rules going on. You going to have to do some pretty hefty sonic convincing.
The reality was by the time Adamski did his great set all in waltz time the crowd were picking up and it had started to feel more like a club. it was great to see him in action again.
When I got on stage and checked through all my bits and looked up to see what we had , there was a great happy crowd of people who had come from all over the building penning me into my corner of the room, no way out now.
So I got cracking and kept my head down at first, this was only my second gig with this set. After the first two tracks , when id got into the flow, I remembered to look up and caught someone’s eye in the front row, we both grinned and I looked around at everyone else, we were all in it together from there on in . It was a proper game of cat and mouse,total interaction between performer and crowd. Very intimate. So by the time I finished up with chime, it felt like we’d shared a real moment. And to top it off , no back stage so I just walked off the front chatting and laughing with the crowd and got handed a nice pint of beer. The people there were great.
So no, nothing wrong with the big gigs, I love playing Brixton academy, I love having the big production and video to mesmerise and astound the audience with, but when you do a little gig like that it does ground you to the fact that its all about the music and the moment really. Although we did have a tiny fake laser at the bowling alley that I became quite attached too by the end of the gig. My one solitary lighting friend.
Off to the isle of wight tomorrow, thats going to be fun. biggest one yet for this incarnation of Paul.
Just me , chris, my manager, Fable and her manager Andy.In Chris’s car . Both Chris and Andy will help out but no back line tech tomorrow, I’m doing it myself , first time since the early 90’s! How lucky have I been.
I’ll let you know how it goes, and I haven’t forgotten to tell you about ‘the gig where everything went so wrong, then went so right’ I still shudder when I think about that hour before the show.