Storming onstage with a cheery hello and his mighty band – Wilko rampaged through an hour and a half of solo and Feelgood classics, ranging from the opening Some Kind of Hero to the closing (extended version) of Bye Bye Johnny, revisiting such classics as Paradise, Sneakin’ Suspicion, Roxette, Out On The Western Plain, Cairo Blues, (the increasingly poignant) When I’m Gone, Back in the Night, Dr Dupree and She Does It Right – and others I’ve forgotten in the heat of the moment!
This man must have an extraordinary constitution as the pace barely let-up in all the time he was on stage, constantly darting back and forth, machine-gunning the crowd with his iconic tele – playing it behind his head (a cheap trick – but a good one!) and during an extended Don’t Let Your Daddy Know, holding it and talking to it as if it were his teen love, face to face.
By the end of the evening he was drenched in sweat (and some of the rest of us were a tad warm too) but we had experienced a night not to be missed, a legend still at the top of his game, accompanied by a blindingly good bass player – Norman – loved the bass solo, swing, taste and melodic wit, and a sterling drummer – Dylan Howe. A poignant end – with the crowd waving Bye Bye – WIlko has long connections with the city of Sheffield – after all half of the breakthrough Stupidity was recorded in the City Hall, it was only appropriate he come back to say goodbye, Farewell Sheffield, as the posters said.
Some Kind of Hero? Oh yes. And long may he remain so.
It was a bit like this -but in a tiny hot room in Sheffield!
Tags5 o'clock Shadows acoustic guitar Andy Partridge Anne Briggs Barney Bubbles Barry Andrews Bempton Ben Mandelson Bert Jansch Blue Blokes Three Bongos Over Balham Brendan Croker Brian ENo Chesterfield Canal Chris Wood colin moulding edward bawden Edward Calvert English Civil War Epworth Foliate Head Foxglove Galway Gannets! gerry rafferty Green Man Hank Bradley Hidcote Manor High House Stafford History of Quadrupeds Ian Anderson.froots Jake Riviera John Wesley Kimberley Rew krazy kat Lady Gregory Letters From A Lost Uncle Lord Bateman Lu Edmonds Malcolm Pryce marc Ribot Mark Pavey Martin Stone Mervyn Peake Mythical Beasts Nick Lowe Oblique Strategies Paul Bassman Riley P C Bailey Pete Thomas Phil Lithman Poison Coyote Kid Poppies Robert Fripp robyn hitchcock Roger Deakin RSPB Samuel Palmer Sheffield Southwell Minster St Andrews Church Suffolk The Leaping Hare The Poppies Are In The Field The Teardrop Explodes The Winding Stair Thomas Bewick Thoor Ballylee underwater moonlight W B Yeats WIldwood Wilko Johnson Wood Engraving XTC Yeats' Tower
- RT @TakingJobs: Nigel_Farage How many of them know about your hidden offshore fund? mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/n… #StopBrexit #FarageFraud 22 hours ago
- RT @frackfreemps: Locals already reporting health problems as #fracking begins in North #Yorkshire. Please help in any way you can. 🙏 https… 22 hours ago
- @samsweeney123 @AliveLincoln Will be there! Oh yes! 22 hours ago
- @xtcfans Clubmen! Yes! Long time coming......... @stuart_rowe @jen_olive I'm still optimistic!👍🙄 23 hours ago
- RT @AMAZlNGNATURE: Mt. Fuji Splitting the Clouds https://t.co/JBGUcy3Iai 1 day ago