So, in the last 6 months I've doubled the number of times I've seen Camel!! After last years superb show in Manchester, it's along the M62 to Warrington and The Parr Hall, a new venue to Mrs B and myself.
A good tip for ticket sales saw us right in front of Andy, about 2 metres away from him. A trip to the merch table for the new DVD and a couple of back catalogue live albums saw me once again fall short on the CD front. For some reason the band don't like bringing the live stuff to the shows......So I endured the endless queue for the gent's (not for the first time last night), then grabbed our cofees (Rock And Roll!!!!!) and settled down for the evening's entertainment.
Being so close to Andy was amazing, he is a joy to watch, smiling and exchanging glances with Ton throughout, and giving the front row a particularly relieved and happy grin after the first flute solo of The Snow Goose. His playing, indeed his whole demeanour, seemed far more relaxed than last years show, you get the impression that he might be enjoying his time on stage a lot more this tour with a bit of pressure off.
The rest of the band are amazing too, with only Ton playing the same instrument all night. Colin Bass as ever sang well, and his eyebrows probably deserve a website of their own!
Same setlist as last time, and whilst I was perhaps a touch disappointed that nothing new came in it was perhaps no surprise with Ton's last minute appearence in the line up.
Altogether an excellent night, and Mrs B who fell in love Nude through a school friend when 16 but didn't really know much beyond that until I stared blasting it out all over the house felt the only word she could use to describe it was "beautiful".....
Philip (& Celia)
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