Great gig last night – I have a serious headache this morning. Got into Huddersfield at about 3.30pm – Nipped into the first pub we found for a quick pint (big mistake). Next thing we know the landlady is bodyslamming a punter into the wall – I check the time – its 3.50pm – wonder what the entertainment in here is like at chucking out time!! Finishing our pints and dodging flying bodies we make our way towards the venue in time for the soundcheck. Had a brief chat with a nice chap from Derby (never did get your name!) and his son who were both happy to be able to meet Hugh. Hugh appears, coffee and biscuits in hand (where’s ours?!) and eventually we get down to picking out the encores – We’re given a choice between 5 Stranglers and 5 solo songs – we can choose 2 of each. I let father and son choose the Stranglers tracks (they choose ATS and Peaches) Lammy chooses Cadiz and I go for “Street called Carrol”.
It’s been a while since I last saw SLF. Going back a few years to an electrifying gig at Glasgow Barrowlands on St Patricks night. At the time the crowd were shouting out for “Gotta Getaway” much to the annoyance of Jake Burns. But this evening without any prompting the band rip into it. It’s a greatest hits setlist with a few “new” ones along the way and some rare live outtings from Now Then (“Is That What You Fought The War For?”).
Whilst sat here vegetating to the Spain Vs Portugal World Cup and drinking far too much red wine I thought I’d try and serve some sort of purpose by bringing some collective thoughts (and photos mainly) to another fantastic Long Division. I’ve been to every god damn one of them must be a fair few now 6 or 7? I’ve blogged some of them in the past – click on the tags if you’re remotely interested.
Hugh was onstage for around 1 hour as support to Wilko Johnson. Packed out crowd and a solid performance from Hugh. Thrown Away gets the electric treatment and Getting Involved is added to the set.