One day looking back through my concert tickets I realised I went through phases of seeing the same band over and over again and there is nothing wrong with this, and I mainly kept going back because they were good live. When I started going to gigs again after a long hiatus (mainly due to lack of funds and gig friends) I decide to make a conscious effort to see bands I hadn’t got round to seeing yet. Some bands you know you’ve missed the boat, or so you think which I why when I saw Faith No More had reformed and were playing the Hammersmith Apollo I jumped right on that just as I did when I discovered The Afghan Whigs had reformed, released their first album in sixteen years and were touring.
Like Mike Patton, I have seen Greg Dulli perform in many bands but never the original one had I fallen in love with first. The thing with great musicians is that when they do go onto work with other artists and form new bands or collaborations they open up a whole new world of music to you. However this was not the case on Tuesday but I am far from complaining about that, in fact I did little happy dance when I found who was supporting! Ed Harcourt! So for me Thursdays gig was a double treat, knowing I was going to see both made me very happy.
The Electric Ballroom is an intimate venue more of a club than a concert venue but still great for seeing bands. I’m not going to review the concert but Ed Harcourt debuted a load of new songs from his new mini album Time of Dust all of which I enjoyed. I’m sure this man releases at least one record a week because I can’t keep up!
The Afghan Whigs did a mix of old and new and I thoroughly loved finally getting to see them. We decided to watch the gig from upstairs and it was also good to watch everyone dancing and Greg charming the crowd as he always does. The new album Do to The Beast is worth checking out, I found it breathtakingly beautiful, it’s worth a listen at the very least.