Some serious Dad dancing went on last night as I revelled in not being one of the oldest in a gig for once. In fact I was probably mid-range, if anything slightly younger than most. Age has not been kind to all of us. Some were looking more old romantic than new, but then I caught a look at myself in the mirror and realised that I have nothing to shout about either.
The occasion was The Human League, playing in Bristol. The Colston Hall is a great venue; intimate, with great accoustics and facilities.
The League (as we in the know call them) were in great nick and it was a great performance. A few bum notes but then Dare was released in 1981, we should be grateful to still have them. They clearly enjoyed themselves too. Slightly bizarrely, a frequently heard comment on the way out was that, "They were better than I expected", which does make you wonder how bad paying punters expected it to be.
It was a long held ambition to see the band, I missed the opportunity to see them years ago in Chippenham of all places because it clashed with college. How diligent / stupid was that? What a creep I was.
Can't swear to the set list but this one from the gig before in The Royal Albert Hall looks like it's the same. No 'Empire State Human' (a personal favourite), 'Being Boiled', 'Hard Times', or 'Human' but you can't really quibble much with what they did. One of the stewards told us that we were in for a surprise with something unusual as the final song. Guess he doesn't know a lot about the band.
A great night out, time flew, and much needed relief after a rather daft day. Here's what they did:
1. Sky2. The Sound of the Crowd
3. Open Your Heart
4. Heart Like A Wheel
5. All I Ever Wanted
6. The Things Dreams Are Made Of
8. The Lebanon
10. One Man In My Heart
11. Night People
12. Electric Shock
13. Love Action
14. Tell Me When
16. Mirror Man
Encore17. Goodbye Bad Times
18. Don’t You Want Me
Second Encore19. Together in Electric Dreams