York, Opera House, 28 May 2010 – fan reviews
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 09:18
“Well – Debs and I have just arrived home after a fabulous time in York!
First time we have been to the Opera House in York, and the venue looked terrific! The seats were excellent - right in the middle of Row G in the stall so we had a great view (mind u I am 6 foot2 so not many people block my view.
The good first impressions were exceeded by the Lartey Sisters – where did you find them Steve?!
Have already contributed my 75 p for the download! What talent – Ashleigh (I hope her name’s right!) voice was angelic and Faye (I hope that’s right too!) looking very bashful was a real virtuoso on the guitar – even before that outstanding solo!! Great to see and hear them later in the band too!
Had time to pop out for a quick pint in the interval – (that venue is so well located!)
And then the band came on – well I’m a mid-50’s professional – but the last time I saw the band was at Cleethorpes Winter Gardens in 1973 – with Debs – and the memories just came flooding back – a real emotional roller coaster of a performance. Steve said at one stage (after someone shouted “Fantastic”) that he’d made an old man very happy! – Well we’re all a lot older than the 1970s but Steve; your voice took the years away!
Great to see the two original members back on stage again!
A brilliant mix of tracks from the new album (I was one of the one’s that has it already!) and some great oldies (some recent and others less so!) plenty of audience participation – the crowd really did get going – not bad for a bunch of oldies!
The failure of the min-moog on No Bleeding Hearts – didn’t detract at all (tho’ it looked as though the keyboard player was going to blow a fuse! My only disappointment was that, after the third song, I was already sad that the gig was already part over. Well done to the entire team!!Can’t wait for the next time – please don’t stop touring!”
From ColinC – originally posted on the Forum....
And....From Les Ballard – originally posted on the Forum....
“Superb gig in York. I thought the mix of old and new was just right. I've seen Steve 8/9 times over the last ten years or so and have never heard him play Panorama or Mirror freak, so they were pleasant surprises.
I've said before that NOBODY'S music moves me like Steves, but it was the first time that THIS old man cried at a concert when he played Journey's End.
Thought the audience were with the band from the off,and it continued all the way through but a little surprised that very few were on their feet for THAT song at the end.
Sebastian? What can you say? It's a little different each time-always amazing, always a favourite. Great to hear the flute as it reached its crescendo and I heard loads of people commenting on that track as we left the theatre.
My personal best moment (apart from tear-strewn cheeks through Journey's End), probably Stranger Comes to Town, sung with so much passion.Or maybe it was Blinded with Tears-can't say.
It was ALL superb, as ever. Any time? EVERY time.”
And courtesy of Graham (via email), the set list:
Faith and Virtue
No Bleeding Hearts
True Love Will Find You in the End
This Old Man
All Men are Hungry
Here Comes the Sun
Blinded with Tears
Stranger Comes to Town
Make Me Smile
written by Deborah , June 01, 2010
Lovely veiws Colin and Les, was so refreshing and very uplifting to read , made me smile from deep in side, to see,it really is , how it is ! Brilliant , through all's eye's , and with eyes wide open . ( and not blinded with tears )Excellent. thanks for shareing. I for one would love to see more of every ones joy's posted here . keep them coming.