Newmarket Races concert, 31st July 1998

First off, a little bit of background. Newmarket is the flat racing capital of the world, and they've been racing horses there since the time of Charles II in the 1660's. It's also just about ten miles away from my house, so how could I not go to a Roy Wood gig there :-) During the summer they often have Friday evening meetings and follow it up with live music. I went there for the first time last week and saw Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and this week it was the turn of the Roy Wood Big Band. The band play on a part of the stand in the Member's Enclosure, and most of the audience have to stand out front on the grass in the open air.

 Fortunately the weather was OK - we've had a crappy summer so far, but it stayed dry and mild - just about perfect for an outdoor gig! Many people left after the last race finished just before nine o'clock, but there must have been several thousand left for the gig.


On to the music! The Thunderbirds theme opened the show, as usual, and the band came on stage, all dressed in camouflage gear, and went into "California Man", before the Naylor twins introduced Roy - the way they do it always reminds of the opening credits to the 1931 "Frankenstein" film with Boris Karloff; "Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Carl Laemmle would like to introduce..." (or something like that, anyway). The rest of the set was pretty much the standard set (see below) with one fascinating exception; Roy introduced one song as "a new song - we've never done this one before; you're the guinea pigs, so if we mess it up, it's your fault!"  and proceeded to do "Beautiful Daughter", with just himself on guitar, Colin on bass, and Sharon on keyboards doing the string bits. Roy, it was wonderful!! Please keep this in! I'm sure most people there didn't know the song, but so what... It was marvellous!  


The other interesting thing was that he made two references to "the new album", so I hope this means that "Alive" will get released before too long (but don't hold your breath!)



Anyway, the set list, in approximate order (I didn't write them down at the time, I was too busy having fun! Apologies if I missed any):

California Man
Fire Brigade
House Of Love
Kiss Me Goodnight, Boadicea
Angel Fingers
I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Beautiful Daughter
Lion's Heart
Rescue Me

Flowers In The Rain
Are You Ready To Rock
See My Baby Jive
Blackberry Way

and the encore:

("We don't care what time of year it is, do we, boys and girls?")
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

Great gig!!