PROCLAIMERS ROCK MORE THAN METALLICA SHOCKCharlie and Craig Reid Sunday, July 01, 2001 15:21 GMT
Tis true - the Proclaimers rock!
Bomber and Greg went to see them at Shepherds Bush Empire on Thursday night(was either that or training...), and we expected a sedate set, full of acoustic numbers, lots of sitting down on stools strumming away on old folks guitars, and loads of people wearing thick woolen jumpers. With beards. And glasses. Big, thick glasses.
Well, we weren't let down with the big thick glasses, you'd have thought the gig was sponsored by Vision Express. It also gave rise to a new game - Spot Chris Evans - as there were loads of ginger people there with BTG on, and as he now has sod all to do during the day, he could very well have been there.
Taking a perfect viewing position by the bar, we got stuck into Red Stripe and Guinness and waited for them to play Letter From America. They played lots of stuff off the new album - Persevere - including the last single, There's A Touch, that was deemed too loud for listeners of Radio 2. Yep, too loud. And it was actually a bit loud...
We didn't have to wait long for Letter From America, quickly followed by Let's Get Married. Then there were a load of slowies that were still very nice - That's When He Told Her, Sunshine on Leith - and even a song for Womble called Sweet Little Girls.
The set continued with loads of other newies, before they launched into 500 Miles(that party classic), which bought about scenes reminiscent of Metallica at Milton Keynes. They finished with an encore of King of the Road(that realllly old song that your parents will have heard of), and Cap in Hand, from years back when we were all still at Junior School. Well, most of us were.
So, in conclusion - THE PROCLAIMERS ROOL!