A very good suggestion; I'm all for it. Let's see how many of us would go to a pure Delmonts-only gig.
The problem is, however, we are a selected group of fans who would go to any concert by Chris Rea, even if he would decide to play with a symphony orchestra!
If Chris Rea intends to play Delmonts only he must name the tour accordingly: "The Delmonts Tour", so that people would know what they are in for. Fans or no fans, the concert goers want to know what to expect from a gig. It applies to public everywhere since Chris's music is well know. To great extend, it's the name ("Chris Rea") that is selling the tour. The Delmonts on this tour were not part of the title (The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes), that's why it caused some confusion because people were not familiar with the new album. The earBook came out onto the market definitely too late. Nobody promoted the album in the media, at least "on the continent." A few articles in either English or German (which we fished out) have helped us to grasp the new concept. But we were the lucky few to share it on this forum.
Speaking about the FHBN's tour, that just ended in Dublin, I think it was designed to satisfy everyone. It's quite possible that someone, after the first few gigs, has suggested to Chris to cut back on Delmonts. I'm drawing this conclusion from the fact that Chris (that is: if I'm not mistaken!), started playing fewer Delmonts' tunes after his concert in Paris or Amsterdam. By the time he arrived in Prague and then in Warsaw, it was only a 20 minute part with merely six or seven cuts. That's all.
Being at the gig in Warsaw I've seen confused people who waited for "the real Chris Rea", meaning: his well known songs. Furthermore, Chris stated clearly on his web page that he wants to satisfy his fans. He's opened for our suggestions and I know he will take steps according to our wishes.
There was no explanation, up to this date, what happened to the "Memphis Fireflies?"
Take care and have a great Sunday,