FANTASTIC LIVE ACT from jackie brown, 03/11/10
What can I say, this was the best gig I have been to in a long time. I was privileged to shake hands with Andy briefly as he worked the stage priceless gesture thanks Andy.
An energetic Andy pranced his 80s dance-moves around so much he clutched his chest in jest as if he was about to die from his exertions!
The original duo done a popular song list contained a mix of their greatest hits, they looked as if they enjoyed performing and they dont seem to have aged much in all the years. The tunes got delivered to an appreciative noisy excited crowd, the old familiar 1980s favourites such as Enola Gay, Pandora’s Box, Electricity, Messages right up to the new ones which also went down a treat with extrovert Andy assuring us This is new... but you will love it so dont worry!
New album tracks sung included Sister Marie Says, New Holy Ground, New Babies New Toys ,and a handful more from History of Modern album. I done my homework as I have played the new album to death, and so sang along to the new tunes , so much so that I was left hoarse.
They did thank the appreciative crowd several times and commented it was great to see so may young fans ,but was freaky too, as they had come along with their DADS who suspiciously knew all the words lol. As I love their music from my youth, I got right into the gig, with my OMD T shirt on and sang and danced through a good 90 mins of tunes.
The boys came back for an encore. Paul sang lead on Forever Live and Die and Souvinir but stood mainly behind his Roland keyboard looking quite at ease, wearing a suave dark suit and shirt.
Andys attire was a long sleeved white casual shirt and he rolled up his sleeves later ,and black drainpipe style trousers and black doc marten style shoes. Smart casual! No fancy gimmicks just tunes like the way they sound on the studio albums!
Andy played the bass guitar a couple of times. He appeared to have cut his finger maybe on the strings as some some small blood splats were on his shirt, but he played on like a true professional.
In the band, there was a drummer and a 2nd keyboard guy at back of stage in group too. The stage was not overly lit up there were a few large moving style oblong lights overhead.
Their warm up band was a 2 piece keyboard playing duo of gents from Finland they sounded tuneful and similar to OMD they are called I believe Villa Na (?) the main vocalist was a bit Depeche Mode in sound, a good voice, he tapped his feet along I felt he needs a good feed was a bit of a skelf LOL. They did play keyboards live which cant have been easy as no band behind them, which left them at a disadvantage of being obscured behind instruments and mics and not being able to let the lead vocalist work the stage and so the tunes were good but they didnt project any personality, when you have two main keyboard players. Unlike the OMD set-up of Andy the vocalist extrovert and Paul the keyboard whizz introvert!
Andy was so energetic and ended up soaking in sweat he admitted that he forgot a couple of lines but was beaming with he Glasgow crowds adulation and said ’ we WILL be back here again’
The personal highlight for me was when I flung the a soft toy up, and Andy carried it off with him backstage, they also got some knickers flung at them by some ladies in front row, but I don’t think they took them backstage as looked maybe a bit tight for Paul....lol...oh err Mrs....
Amazing show and they played the stage like they owned it and when it ended, it only leaves you buzzing and longing for more ,Glasgow loves OMD and the fan base may is in its 40s and 50s now and to be frank, I felt it looked like the bingo bus had taken a wrong turn and dropped the geriatrics off in the foyer of the venue... but By God they still want to rock to the tunes!Albeit with zimmers ...lol
Dont miss out on seeing them live if you can get your hands on tickets, memory lane down to the 80s and a 100 performance given.
Well done OMD!