So Friday night and day 24 of no ale and it all came crashing down with a quick pint at Damon’s on the way to watch Deacon Blue live at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Deacon Blue’s gig in Liverpool are most probably the biggest audience they play to these days and indeed must be like a little pension for them. It wasnt the full arena as the stage was forward but still a good couple of thousand at £40 a pop isn’t a bad little earner for all involved. As Ricky Ross said at the start of the night its the “Scouse ball” I still find it strange how many younger people attend the gig, obviously passed down from their parents. The scouse ball had people dressed up like its ladies day at the races (no complaints from me) but there is also an element of drunkenness from a minority although from past Deacon Blue piss ups sorry I mean concerts it wasnt as bad as previous years. Well that’s the moan out of the way and after a few more ciders it was concert time. I did have the chance to see Deacon Blue at Glastonbury but for the first time in my life turned them down. I was to have a brief affair with The Chemical Brothers but I was now back in Deacon Blues swaying arms (first and last pun) Watching Deacon Blue for me is like my own personal episode of “This is your life” Nearly every song I can relate to a time and a place. From “Raintown” doing my echo paper round at the tender age of 14. “Queen Of The New Year” sitting off at the swings on Kelton Park estate onto “Your Swaying Arms” one of my mates mums bedroom (not as bad as it sounds !!! ) and numerous others that I wont bore you with. Memories so fresh but when you analyse them some over 20 years old eeeek. So as ever Deacon Blue never fail to deliver and belting out there hits the crowd were loving it. One crowd rendition of “Loaded” I spotted the keyboard player James Prime stand up and just look at the crowd and raise a little smile. Must be nice to get to a point in your music career when you can just enjoy it for what it is and not be part of some big corporate machine. I always enjoy Ricky’s stories into certain songs and also when they include songs within a song. You also cant beat James Prime playing the hammond keyboard possibly my favourite instrument after a pint glass. The gig still doesn’t beat the one I managed to see in London when they played the “Raintown” album from start to finish and then some more hits. That night we stayed behind to finish our drinks and were one of the last out of the concert area. We walked up the stairs and there was music playing and we still wanted a drink. We nodded to the bouncers and walked into the bar at Scala in Kings Cross. We ordered our drinks and went to pay and the bar man said its OK it’s a free bar ? It then dawned we had blagged our way into the concert after party (It was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Raintown) So not only free drinks we got to meet and chat with the band who laughed at our bunking in. The fact that we honestly didn’t have a clue what we were going into past the bouncers with a polite nod and hello of innocence had got us in. But back to matters of Deacon Blue present and there is meant to be some new material on the way and for those of you who don’t know Ricky and Lorraine released an album a few year back. Not Deacon Blue style but still worth a listen http://www.mcintoshross.com/ So after a few post concert pints it was The Botan burger bar for munchies and we headed off home. We had to take a detour due to Aigburth Road being shut by the cricket club as a man was wanting to set himself alight STORY HERE So with no kids and the chance of a lie in I was gutted to find myself up this morning at 8:20. But on the bright side I can enjoy more of this glorious summers day and I am listening to my Deacon Blue live at the Liverpool Empire CD. So here is my last Deacon Blue review old blog and I leave you with a small clip of Raintown I recorded and a shitty picture from my phone from last night. A nice night out for me and Mrs Fay and a wedding tonight to make it a rare Friday and Saturday night out combo. At this rate its back to the 051 and Cream next week !!
Fay x x x