|Posted: 02 September 2004 at 12:17am | IP Logged
I'm still on a high and can't stop thinking about it.
I drove down from a holiday in the Yorkshire dales just for the concert and back to York afterwards, but I couldnt sleep all night with the adrenaline rush!
For me this is a lifetime's ambition achieved. I never thought I would get to here those great songs live in a concert, but it was worth waiting for. I'm 37 and just missed the great era of ATF. I was in the friends club, had all the records but parents wouldnt let me out to a gig before I was 16 and then it was all over! Andy Piercy and Press any key at Greenbelt 86(?) were great but not quite the real thing. No Andy on Monday of course but the heart and sound of the band was truly present!
I wont deny I cried my way through the first three songs, especially Life in the City, a personal anthem for me and one of my all time favourite songs. The rest passed in a blur. The queuing was entertaining, watching the age range change from the previous band's fans to us seasoned fans took the stewards by surprise!
Life in the City,
Frozen Rivers (Great job Keith)
Billy Billy (Jon Russell can still rock!)
Laser Love (Pete inspiration keyboard playing)
Who's gonna love you (song entirely with tongues in cheeks!)
Joy - The ATF anthem
Gina / Pete King - A moving and suitable finale
Matt Russell - Truly a star being born, awesome drumming, Dad must have been proud.
Ian Niblo - Driving Bass - was that the original blue bass?
Keith - Brave and brought his own style to the songs - great effort!
Jon Russell - Looked like he had a ball and and still a star.
Pete Banks - Has he aged at all? Still one of the greatest keyboard players to grace a stage. Were not worthy!
But last and most importantly the fans. 400+ squeezed in and a great noise, most singing along especially in Laser Love!
It will go down as one of my all time great gigs, I sincerely hope it isn't the last ATF gig I will go to.
I hope nobody minded, I did record about half of the concert on video and have cut it to a DVD which my kids already think is fantastic! I did notice several other offical looking video cameras, any plans to release a video?
I have a couple of still photos of Jon and Pete which I will happily send to anybody interested.
ATF WE SALUTE YOU