Saturday 4 December 2010
On Thursday night me and a mate braved the Arctic conditions to venture into Glasgow (the temperature gauge in the car read -13) to see David Gedge's latest incarnation of The Wedding Present.
The performance consisted of the Bizarro lp played in it's entirety as it is 21 years since it was released, it really is and a smattering of other classics. As Gedge said himself rather modestly "couldn't possibly play all the classics, ther's too many " or words to that effect. This meant that at least one fan went home slightly disappointed as his constant requests for Flying Saucer were in vain.
I don't think that I have ever seen a bad performance by "the boy Gedge" and co and Thursday night did not disappoint. They played what can only be described as a blistering, full throttle 90 mins and then they were gone absolutely fucking brilliant. The three quarters full, if that, crowd, left the QMU happy.
While walking back to the car Stiff and I were ruminating over the fact that a band as consistently good as the Wedding Present were playing venues the size of the QMU and not at the very least the Barrowlands. However after thinking further on this, that is what makes Wedding Present gigs special the size of the venue and seeing Gedge mill about talking to fans before and after the gig.
Here is the studio version of the highlight track of the night for me.
The Wedding Present - Take Me!