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Teenage Fanclub - Live At The Barrowlands




As previously mentioned, there was a certain sadness attached to this run of gigs by Bellshill's finest. My fear was that the imminent departure of Gerry Love would change the atmosphere from one of celebration to regret. Fortunately this was not to be the case. Whilst the atmosphere WAS different from a normal Fannies gig, that had more to do with the set list and personnel on stage.

Billed as 'The Creation Years- Songs From 1994-1997', this was exactly as advertised. What we got was "Grand Prix" and "Songs From Northern Britain", (SFNB), top to tail and in order. 

Given that those two albums are the finest work the band produced, there were no complaints from me. What it did highlight was the difference between a live show and an album in terms of sequencing. Whereas most gigs will build to a big finish, "Grand Prix" for example finishes with "Hardcore/Ballad", a mash up of the early raw sound cutting immediately into a heartfelt solo acoustic number from Norman. Somewhat different from the mighty "Everything Flows". On a side note, in the fourteen shows that I've seen, this is only the second time that they've not played the traditional set closer.




Happily "Speed Of Light" closes SFNB and it was fitting that a typically upbeat Gerry song would wrap up a wonderful night of nostalgia. Having previous drummers Paul Quinn, (in the drum seat throughout), and Brendan O'Hare on stage with regular sticks man Francis MacDonald was a real joy. 


Other than "Don't Look Back" from Gerry bringing a real lump to my throat, it was the deep cuts that stood out, mainly for their rarity in the live setting. "Tears", with Norman comically bad on the piano solo, "Planets" and the Crazy Horse groove of "Mount Everest" were the highlights for me.




Gerry's statement about this being an amicable split really seemed to ring true. He looked happier and more relaxed on stage that the last few times I've seen them. The band were clearly having fun, as did I and I suspect all those in attendance.

If this really is the end with Gerry, and let's hope not, then a fine way to go out.

Messrs. Blake, McGinley, MacDonald, O'Hare, Quinn, McGowan and especially Love, I salute you.

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  1. In a live show there is lot of excitement and fun . In a live band stars feel happier and relaxed. Teenage fanclub giving live performance at Barrowlands. I have found multiple live concerts in sonicseats for upcoming months. We can plan and enjoy with our friends.

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