Posts Tagged ‘Tim Burgess’

The Charlatans live at the O2 Academy Brixton, December 2015

The Charlatans

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The Charlatans live at the O2 Academy Leeds, October 2010

The Charlatans

Having been warned about how bad the lighting was for this show, and knowing Shaun Ryder was supporting, I can hardly claim to have been overly enthusiastic about this show. And while I wasn’t proved wrong by Shaun Ryder (a few great tunes, sung by someone with no tune) and the lights were a nightmare, the bigger issue proved to be Tim Burgess’ long hair, obscuring his face for most of the photography time, and how great the band were.

Sometimes I come across bands who just look like they’re going through the motions, and it seems especially true of those who rely on their back catalogue to sell tickets. While the Charlatans may lack any particularly high-profile new material, I’d forgotten just how good their back catalogue was. The perfect mid point between the madchester and britpop scenes, they bounced around the stage like a band with all the energy of playing and genuinely enjoying it. Burgess was a revelation – so many shots make him look static on stage, but now I realise this is a betrayal of the lighting show, not a lack of animation on his part. Grinning and waving to fans throughout, he delivered a set of songs still sounding as fresh as ever, bringing back happy memories but also inspiring new ones.

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