Once again I didn’t get to many shows this year but those I did see were all pretty special.
1. Big Big Train, Kings Place, London
The much anticipated live debut of the current BBT line up and they really did us proud. The setlist was perfect and David Longdon revealed himself to be a wonderful front person. Theatrical and confident. A very expensive weekend but worth every penny. Highlight: East Coast Racer.
2. King Crimson, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
I never expected to see Crimson live so was a big deal. The band were on top form, the setlist was great, and the three drummer frontline was a stroke of genius. Highlight for me was a pounding version of Red.
3. Fish, ABC, Glasgow
A fantastic and triumphant end to another troubled Fish tour. A sell out crowd, brilliant support from Lazuli, and a jubilant Fish made this a night to remember. Highlight: White Feather.
4. Steve Hackett, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
A showcase of Steve’s whole career spanning new album Wolflight and debut Voyage Of The Acolyte with a set of classic Genesis in the second half. It’s always a joy to see Steve Hackett. Prog god Roine Stolt on bass was a nice addition. Highlight: the sequence of tracks from Voyage…
5. The Enid, Websters Theatre, Glasgow
Another terrific show by The Enid. Venue was a bit cramped for the ambitious stage show but, technical problems aside, this was a funny and moving performance. I look forward to seeing them again in March. Highlight:it was great to hear In The Region Of The Summer Stars again.
6. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Still sounding great after decades of playing together. Crosby and Nash still sing beautifully together. Stephen Stills is showing his age but can still sing and play guitar brilliantly. A great setlist again and it was nice to see the real old hippies of Glasgow turn out for the show. Highlight: Wooden Ships.
7. Music For 18 Musicians, Steve Reich, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Great performance of one of my favourite pieces of music. Steve Reich was in the audience which made the event a bit more special.