I have seen many hundreds of gigs. It's not possible for me to remember them all. Many of them were life-changing. But, the Elbow gig I attended at Porchester Hall last night may well have been the best of them all. It was certainly up there. Absolutely incredible. I don't think any other band can move me from such extremes of life-affirming joy to utter sadness and the brink of tears quite so powerfully - and that's often within the same song. They played a load of old favourites as well as stuff off the new album, and the new songs are amazing.
To put this into perspective, the Les Savy Fav gig I saw at the Astoria on Sunday was one of the best gigs I had seen in a really long time. It reminded me why I go to concerts, and why music is so exciting. Well, last night Elbow totally blew that show out of the water.
They dedicated their song "Switching Off" to Roy Scheider, and said they realised they had been watching 'Jaws' on the tourbus at roundabout the time he must have died; cue someone in the crowd shouting "You're gonna need a bigger bus!". Ha.
Also, Emily Eavis (Michael Eavis' daughter, who books bands for Glastonbury) was there, stood at the back watching them; and the band confirmed that they'll be playing Glasto this year.
Anyway, I just had to make this thread, to urge you all to please listen to Elbow, if you haven't already.
As a starting point, some of my favourite songs are:
-Leaders Of The Free World
-Bitten By The Tailfly
-Any Day Now
-Scattered Black And Whites
-Asleep In The Back
-Not A Job
That is all.