Del Amitri in Birmingham
Well that was a bit different, again. Having promised a good friend and an excellent reviewer that I would photograph Del Amitri if ever the chance happened, then last night I had to step up and shoot them. Our Birmingham Live reviewer Alan loves the band and created a brilliant review previously for a Justin Currie show in Birmingham, I missed a treat that night and this time I wasn't going to lose out.
The Symphony Hall was busy for the Trashcan Sinatras, more gentle than I remembered and a lovely 45 minute set. Then came the wonderfully self effacing Del Amitri. Opening with acoustic numbers then ramping the concert straight up to full power there was no stopping them. I love a band who are on time then deliver a slick performance, both for the ears and the eyes, all the elements you would ask for were covered. Their crowd loved it.
I adore the Symphony Hall as a venue, great acoustics, great staff, but a tricky venue to cross (or run out the back doors and round to the other side) when the band are quiet and its hot. So its not always straightforward to shoot from both sides of the audience.
On one of the hottest nights of the year the Symphony Hall was packed. It took a little time to get everyone on their feet but when they did the whole place rose, all the tiers in unison. Hits, obscure b sides that delighted diehards and new songs flowed. The encore was a masterclass in a stylish finish, winding the audience down and connecting the band members as neatly as they started the evening, the combination of experience and pure class.
Del Amitri absolutely worth seeing if you get the chance.
The full review and more images are on Birmingham Live.