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Thanks a lot for your comments!hi it'sme wrote: My photos taken around 20:18 show the brown Fender, the guitar changes at 20:25 for the Italia Blue. As Chris played Where the Blues Come From first and then Josephine I am sure it was the order I wrote about yesterday.
Hi again,hi it'sme wrote:By the way, looking for UK reviews I have just found on setlist.fm that in Manchester and Edinburgh Looking for the Summer was not played. The list goes directly from Julia to Stony Road.
Has anybody been to one of the concerts and can verify?
I went to see Chris last night at the Apollo - Manchester. 7 rows from the front with the 4 seats in front of us vacant (as were a few others) - which gave us a great view. At 5pm, received this email from Ticketmaster to confirm the details:
"Stage times have been confirmed – plan your night! The venue has been in touch to confirm the stage times for tonight's show:
Island Sky: 19:30 - 19:50
Chris Rea: 20:15 - 21:45
Please keep in mind that these are just a rough guideline, so they’re not set in stone and they can change at the last minute."
Timings were exact.
Last time I saw Chris was 2 years ago at Harrogate. This time it was very clear that his band has settled down and is very much tighter now as it was with Ditcham and Ahwai. Chris showed no signs of having aged a further 2 years, he was energetic, interactive at more times through more numbers than before. The sound got progressively louder and was near to being too loud on the last 2-3 songs. Highlights were Anton and Sylvin several times looking across to each other sharing a grin with each other when Chris went off piste, and seeing the guys clearly having a great time as a band. The lighting also looked more impressive through the show and the rigging was styled as the body of a guitar.
I thought Chris had changed the set as the first intro started as the video from the road to hell was shown (taking me back to 1990 when Chris used a 10(?) minute intro to the road to hell. However, it morphed into Last Open Road. There was one set change in that 'Looking for the Summer' was dropped. I also noticed for the first time how little plays pinky through the whole performance, and even though he picks it up for Stainsby Girls, he actually played it very little prior to ad-lib at the end of the song - even choosing not to play the Stainsby riff between verses.
I felt that it was a stronger performance than 2 years ago although the set was the same. The concert ended with video tracks from the forthcoming La Passione re-make. A great night and my ears are still ringing. Hope you have a good time in Edinburgh tonight - quite a trek up for Chris and the crew.
Til the next time - some new material and a new set.
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