Kula Shaker played to a great turnout at Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Wednesday night. After successfully negotiating with the club and Sky Sports to move the Arsenal game to the Tuesday I was privileged enough to attend. Rather than go back in time, Crispian Mills insisted we open some kind of tunnel to 1996 when their hugely successful K album was released, tonight was to be a celebration of that release and it was fitting for myself to witness it at what used to be the L2 nightclub where I would roam the dance floor to hits such as “Hey Dude” and “Hush” back in the day. The album was performed in full, interlaced with new tracks from the K2.0 album and from their second album Peasants, pigs and astronauts. Mills showed he is quite the talent with the guitar and the crowd lapped it up gleefully.
*With thanks to my friend Lisa Walters for the authentic set list you see at the end.*
James played to a full Liverpool Echo arena last night and with, very special guests, The Charlatans opening with a sixty minutes greatest hits set including a cover of Echo and The Bunnymen’s “Rescue” featuring Tim Booth and Andy Diagram it all be set for a great atmosphere.
In my humble opinion it wasn’t the best shows either band have given. The Charlatans were a little sterile and I’ve seen better James sets but nevertheless it was still a great evening’s entertainment.
Richard Ashcroft entertained an impressive number of people at Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night. Showing an energy undiminished by the years, Ashcroft performed for all bar one track of a two-hour set which was an instrumental rendition of history by the Heritage Orchestra who accompanied him throughout the show. Songs both old and new, his and his work with The Verve all featured and despite the usual lager louts being in attendance this was a show of undeniable class.
Primal Scream warmed the crowd up nicely last night at Liverpool’s Olympia theatre. Just like The Sisters of Mercy gig on the previous Friday the venue was cold but after a few numbers, opening with “Movin’ on up”, the audience soon forgot about the temperature. They played a nice mix of old favourites, including “Swastika Eyes” and “Loaded”, and tracks from the new “Chaosmosis” album such as “Trippin’ on your love”, “100% or nothing” and “Where the light gets in”. It was a show with a solid set and a great atmosphere.