Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10
The love you take is equal to the love you make” sang McCartney’s sampled voice, mixed with some beats by the support DJ. It brought to an end the pre-show photo montage, which was accompanied by some fairly entertaining remixes of classic tracks.
Eschewing standard practice of the star following the rest of the band, Paul McCartney shuffled onto the empty stage alone, holding his signature Hofner bass…to a massive roar of the crowd, naturally. This humble manner was evident throughout the show. His in-between song banter is stilted and almost bashful; the polar opposite to his arguably over-rehearsed, P.R. style interview technique. McCartney realises that in the live situation, he doesn’t have to indulge in long introductions or throw rock star shapes. Rather, his astounding back catalogue does the talking and is actually the real star of the show.
The city of Birmingham has an incredible history when it comes to music, arguably only the second most prolific area behind Liverpool in terms of diverse genres and musicians and far and away the natural home of Heavy Metal.
Following on from the long list of notable musicians to come from the city and its W.H. Auden like leafy suburbs such as Jeff Lynne, Dexy’s, Magnum, Duran Duran comes David Garside. His last album, End of the Pier, was much acclaimed and the haunting nature of the Progressive undertones that he weaves impeccably throughout the entire recording are sublime and poetry driven.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
David Garside seems to have always ploughed his own furrow when it comes to making and performing music, however he certainly follows in the footsteps of some of the great and musically innovative musicians that have hailed from the realms of Birmingham. In his latest album, the appealing and beguiling End Of The Pier, the emotion and haunting nature of David’s love of his favourite music and determination to stretch his and the audience’s attention have made for a sound that grabs the listener.