Shed Seven: @Bristol O2 Academy December 5th 2015


Garry goes to Bristol to see his favourites

Now when the year ends in an odd number it can only mean one thing…..Shed Seven Xmas Tour….normally the route takes us to Manchester and then one or two other venues closer to home…..but to mix it up a bit this year we head to the West Country and the city of Bristol!!
The O2 Academy in Bristol is a snug venue and especially so when packed to the rafters, the Shed’s Xmas tours have grown considerably since the band reformed in 2007 and each time the band just gets better & better…..Saturday’s gig was no exception.
We had been properly warmed up by support act Inspiral Carpets who I must admit were bang on form and by the time the Shed’s hit the stage at 9pm to the opening bars of ‘She Left Me On Friday’ the crowd were leaping about like salmon on a waterfall.
The rarely heard ‘Casino Girl’ from the debut album followed closely joined by the anthemic ‘Where Have You Been Tonight’…..every word was belted out by an already hyper crowd, the band have such an amazing back catalogue with crackers like ‘Speakeasy’ ‘Dolphin’ ‘High Hopes’ ‘Long Time Dead’ that it’s just staggering that they weren’t bigger back in the Britpop era when lesser bands had more success…..but where are those bands now?
The band then really went for the jugular with ‘Disco Down’ ‘Bully Boy’ ‘Ocean Pie’ ‘On Standby’ ‘Going For Gold’ and set closing epic ‘Parallel Lines’ which left the packed crowd exhausted and croaky voiced….but we still wanted more…..and boy did we get more.
The first track of the encore was ‘Missing Out’ from the 1994 debut album ‘Change Giver’ before the no nonsense guitar fest that is ‘Getting Better’ in which singer Rick Witter (is there a better frontman around on the UK circuit…..I seriously doubt it) goes for his obligatory wander around the front row to get the audience joining in with the chorus.
The inevitable show closer ‘Chasing Rainbows’ finished off the set with a mass sing along that carried on well after the band had finished…..a fantastic evening came to an end far too soon…..the mighty Shed Seven are a real treat….do yourself a favour and check out these guys….if you can grab a ticket for the remaining shows that is!!
This was my 26th time of seeing the band…..gig number 27 takes place in Birmingham later this month…..get yourself along there and lose yourself in the brilliance that Rick Witter, Paul Banks, Alan Leach, Tom Gladwin & Joe Johnson deliver…..time and time and time again!!


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