|Elbow's Guy Garvey
I have Elbow's epic song "One Day Like This" on my funeral playlist (an ever-evolving but still ready to roll selection that is a constant conversation around the household along with the usual desert island mix), but this night was all about new beginnings. The band sounded solid without overwhelming the space, and Garvey's emotionally earnest vocals commanded our attention even when chatting between songs, usually with a very British "Cheers!" He reminded the crowd that the new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything which is number six since 2001, was filled with new tunes written in our "fair city"of New York. (Read more about it in an earlier post here.) Older songs such as "The Bones of You" and "Grounds for Divorce" from The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), along with "The Night Will Always Win" and "The Birds" from Build a Rocket Boys (2011), anchored the new ones nicely, for example "New York Morning" and "My Sad Captains." As I eagerly anticipated hearing my favorite Elbow song live, it turned out that was saved for the very end of the evening. With grand gestures to usher everyone in a sing along, fans were treated to a fitting finale for an amazing night which will never be replicated. Check out that video and one my camera guy Paul captured plus some photos below, with the newly-engaged couple Tim and Lisa holding the set list. Check out that rock -- it's an heirloom from her family!
**UPDATE - NYC station WFUV has posted a nice interview with Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner along with some live tunes from gigs across the pond, however you can hear the crowd participation which explains why my date Paul called their show a religious experience!) Listen here.
|Tim & Lisa
|Me & my spouse of decades Paul