“There was a theme?!”
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It was, in the words of The Libertines, “an ending fitting for the start” as the final sixth circle gig was played downstairs in The Shed as an acoustic threesome. I remember being really nervous beforehand because I wasn’t sure whether I was going to announce it onstage as our final gig. I’m not sure why as I’d already told everybody that I’d invited along that this was going to be the last one. I think I was probably nervous that I was going to make some Ziggy-esque proclamation. In the end, I didn’t say anything, just treated it as a normal gig which probably makes any one-off comeback a lot easier (there’s nothing more annoying than those bands that alternate between comeback tours and farewell tours every two years) Anyway, I’m blaming the nerves for the “wardrobe malfunction” prior to the gig – it was only after we arrived at The Shed and I’d taken my jacket off that I realised that I’d buttoned up my shirt incorrectly. A visit to the gents and a quick re-buttoning later and I was ready to go. Properly dressed, the set-list went like this:
On Top Of The World
Everything I Do
All I Want
I’ll Get By
While You Wait
Sarah book-ended the gig, appearing on the first and last song. We played Something Changed by Pulp because the last gig we’d seen by these promoters, every band played a Britpop cover and we thought that was kind of “their thing”. Turns out that they have a different theme every month and this one was “Fire” since it was just after bonfire night. Well, no-one told us!
This just added to the other great disappointment that we felt tonight – missing Michael Jackson: The Live Seance with Derek Acorah! I wonder if Acorah, one of the worst fakes on TV, managed to get to the bottom of Jackson’s death? Probably not but I’m sure he made enough money off Sky for it anyway.
Still, I got to sing one song by one of my favourite front men (Jackson’s best friend, Jarvis Cocker) and another written in the style of one of my other favourites (Mick Jagger) All in all, it was a great gig and it was nice to go out on a high…