|Ian Hunter and the Rant Band|
Mr Hunter has been touring for a good few years now with his Rant Band and the set tonight was a good mixture of old classics and newer favourites. Ian was in fine voice and effortlessly switched between guitar and keyboard. The crowd lapped it up (after almost being dragged to their feet initially by 2 somewhat overexcited fans - who presumably wanted to get "down the front"). If I do have one reoccurring issue with Ian's shows, it is the front of house sound. Now, it could be mitigating that we were in the 4th row, but it took several songs before the vocals and in-between speech became clear (and lifted above the instruments). Also when special guest Paul Cuddeford joined in for "All The Way From Memphis", it took an age for the desk to realise that he was playing a solo and to turn him up so the audience could hear it. I'm sure being the sound man is a far from easy job, but there are few recurring shows I go to these days where the vocals start so muffled.
Despite those reservations, I really enjoyed the show and it was nice to be able to hear "All The Young Dudes" without a stage invasion by Joe Elliott!
That's When The Trouble Starts
Once Bitten Twice Shy
When I'm President
The Truth, the Whole Truth, Nuthin' but the Truth
All American Alien Boy
Just Another Night
Bow Street Runners
23A, Swan Hill
Irene Wilde (Snippet)
All the Way From Memphis (with Paul Cuddeford)
All the Young Dudes
Goodnight, Irene (Snippet with Graham Parker)