Ginger seems to spend a lot of his time in Sheffield these days, after his recent visit to Corporation with Michael Monroe he was back for the first night of his latest acoustic jaunt round the UK. Now these shows are always something a bit special with the heady promise of solo stuff mixed in with a few Wildhearts classics and the odd complete surprise.
Well, tonight was to prove to be no different.
The band took to the stage in a sold out Corp with the Wildhearts frontman joined up there by the stupidly entertaining “Random” Jon Poole and also by Wolfsbane guitarist Jase Edwards (who is also involved in Ginger’s new Mutation project, by the way).
We were promised that this wasn’t going to be a typical acoustic show, and that’s how it turned out. Nothing laid back about tonight’s entertainment as for the next hour and a half we were thoroughly entertained by some pure Rock’n’Roll. The band were clearly having a brilliant time, and they lapped up the reception they got from the capacity crowd. Ginger is always a massively entertaining character on stage and here he was clearly among friends, chatting and joking with the audience between songs and generally having a blast.
Although Ginger did complain about fans requesting having songs for the set that were impossible to play acoustically (with a big smile on his face) this is a band so good I doubt there is anything that would be beyond their abilities. It helps that as well as his own material we were thrown a few unexpected covers for good measure. Some songs are just made for this sort of acoustic treatment and their version of the Cheap Trick classic Surrender was just brilliant. Then again so was their rendition of the theme from US sitcom Cheers…
I think eclectic is the word to describe the setlist…
The first half of the set finished with Geordie In Wonderland which saw the entire crowd helping out with the vocals, after which a quick trip to the bar was in order before the band came back on for the second half.
Things picked up pretty much where they left off as part two opened with So Into You, but things were soon off on a more unexpected path with a neat medley of Miles Away Girl and Summer Loving, you know, the song from Grease 🙂
For me Ginger saved the best ’till last. Announcing that they had 15 minutes left the band set about filling that time with 29x The Pain, Loveshit (which people had been shouting for pretty much all evening) and, what else, I Wanna Go Where The People Go.
Brilliant, just brilliant. Now THAT’S entertainment.
If you get the chance to see these guys on this tour you really should take it, so far 2011 has been a great year for gigs and Ginger’s acoustic visit was right up there with anything else I’ve seen recently.