Welcome Home! The heros of modern rockabilly were given a huge ovation that even Brian admitted moved him, a triumphant return to the city that welcomed them and their brand of rockin all those years ago.
Rumble In Brighton, Double Talkin Baby kicked the show off, but then early in the set there were rare outings for Cry Baby and Lust and Love. Stray Cat Strut came very soon in the set, the anthem for a generation of us was sung by the crowd with almost devotion to the band. Runaway Boys followed and I realized exactly what it was that inspired me all those years ago and why it still does today.
Many of the favorites were included Sexy +17, Gene & Eddie etc, then came a bit of suprise, Sweet Gene Vincent, the old Ian Drury number, a band on their farewell tour after 30 years still including new stuff, superb!
They made sure that there were photo opprtunites, gathering around Slim Jim's drum kit, and then later stopping the set to pose together. No photography? What signs?
Then after what seemed only a few minutes it was Rock This Town and Brian announced it was the last song. What it can't be! At fever pitch the crowd screamed, jumped hollared and wailled for more. We were not disappointed, 3 encores followed.
It was the second that gave the biggest suprise of the night as Dave Edmunds was welcomed to the stage! They belted into The Race Is On and followed with the Burnett classic Tear It Up with Dave and Brian trading guitar licks.
The final encore saw 18 Miles to Memphis and the best performance of Please Don't Touch I have seen them do.
Too soon it was over and we were heading for the tube trains. But what a show, and you suddenly appreciate how good these guys are, the musianship was fantastic, each a master of his own, the understanding they have as a unit and the sheer love of what they do is very powerful.
A message to the band:- "Please don't let this be the farewell its billed as! You are the best there has ever been, give the fans what they want a new album, it would sell in vast quantaties".
If anyone out there has a full set list please add it as a comment. If anyone saw this or any other dates on the tour please share your experience here. It probably never will happen again and the rockin community will be a lttle sadder because of it.
PS I have just read the news that the rest of the tour is cancelled due to Slim Jim's fall, this is terrible news, wish Slim Jim well.