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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Monday, November 02, 2009

Marc Almond at The Roundhouse...

Paul, Simon and I joined the merry throng to go and see Marc Almond perform at The Roundhouse on Sunday night. Marc was in good voice and (luckily) good mood. Minor technical hitches have been known to throw him but luckily he seemed to wave last night's collapsing music-stand off as a "you can't get the staff" hiccup.

Starting with Glorious and following it up with Marc and The Mamba's Untitled - we knew we were in for a good night. The set-list sagged a little bit in the middle in my opinion (one too many Marc Bolan covers perhaps?) but all in all it was a magnificent two hours.

We had plenty of "you could here a pin drop" moments and we had plenty of stomping crowd-pleasers. In particular it was nice to see him give full justice to Jacky using the full orchestra. In recent gigs he's rather thrown this song away racing through it at great speed.

By the end I think we'd all had what we'd come for. A gig by an artist at the height of his powers. He has a great back catalogue and he's not afraid to use it. Thankfully no Tainted Love for once.

A diva a day keeps the blues away.

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