This was such a good show! It was about 2 hours and 15 minutes pleasure!
Setlist: Why aye man - Walk of life - What it is - Sailing to philadelphia - Romeo & Juliet - Sultans of swing - Done with Bonaparte - Song for Sonny Liston - Back to tupelo - Rüdiger - Boom, like that - Speedway at nazareth - Telegraph road
1st encores: Brothers in arms - Money for nothing
2nd encores: So far away - Our shangri-la
No, he didn't play local hero this evening, but it didn't matter in my opinion.
It began about 8:40, kicked off with the great opener Why aye man, directly followed by a slow (jep, that's true) but very very cool Walk of life. Then What it is followed by Sailing to philadelphia, very beautiful version. Romeo & Juliet began with the wonderful intro by Matt, Mark started playing THE first notes of the song, just a wonderful moment. You could hear clearly the melody of R&J, some recordings of the earlier gigs don't have that, so, don't worry. Then (no thank you!!!) but playing Sultans of swing. Yeah, for a crowd as todays it was one of the best moments I guess. Mark didn't make the "Richard, it's you and me and everyone else, good luck", now, it was a real cool surprise: "Well Richard baby, we, just the two of us. Like eh, Simon and Garfunkel, the everly, no, the NEVERLY brothers or so. Anyway, and the rest of the band, do your best!". Then the wonderful Done with Bonaparte followed, wonderful (long) version, seemed that Richard had some small trouble with his bouzouki (I could be wrong ofcourse, I'm just a "fan") but he and the rest of the band covered that very well! Then the small kit arrived, with a cup of nice (english ofcourse) tea. Mark said "I like Holland but, you know, Heineken, no. This is a cup of real fine english tea". Song for Sonny Liston followed, a very rocky version, I don't know how he played but it was Fantastic (with capital F). Then a "surprise": Richard came next to MK, also with a cup of tea and Back to tupelo followed, wonderful (yeah, if you would get for everytime I use the word "wonderful" a dollar, you'd be richer than Bill Gates, haha) version too. Richard played very very good! Then the autograph hunter song, Rüdiger. Yeah, I have to use the word again: WONDERFUL! The album version was good, the "a night in London" version was better, but this was the best. Okay, then Boom, like that. Mark said shortly before he played "song about fast food", pretty cool, he didn't say much but he played more! The song was like the rest, more than just "ok". I don't know how he does it, but so many perfect songs in such a short time. Speedway at nazareth was the next one. Woah, after it, I really knew I was born with ears! And not just that, two of them! The first sounds of Telegraph road reached me and then Mark began to play the first notes with the Steel guitar. Swiched to the strat (if I'm correct, if I'm not, let me know :p ) and it was a pleasure for 14 minutes. Then, the end. But not for long. After 3 minutes or so, "they" came back. The audience was ofcourse very happy to see them again, it was a long time ago, haha. Anyway, they started Brothers in arms. No intro, from the first second MK's own powerful guitar. Matt and Guy did a wonderful After that, Money for nothing (also without intro) followed. What can I say, Money for nothing, one of the worlds best songs ever! Next to the others he played ofcourse! Another end, but not for long. So far away with "Here I am in Amsterdam town", the crowd started sort of waving, just superb! Then, the big surprise: Our shangri-la. Man! That is such a pleasure for your ears man! Being for about 7 or 8 minutes in heaven, I even don't know how long it was, so beautiful! Then, some of the fans were a bit "dissapointed" (maybe that's too much) because the band left the stage now for real. No more encores. Anyway, in my opinion, Our shangri-la was the best song to end this perfect day!
For the ones who are still waiting for their concert: You're one of the luckiest people on earth to hear MK and the rest of the band their music!
Really, every single note, every single second was an honor!
Guy(s): You did a great job!
Btw: I was standing about 6-7 meter from MK, right in front of the Hammond B 3 / Richards place. I wore a black Shangri-La T-Shirt. So maybe you've spotted me, I guess not, MK was much more interesting this evening!
Jeff Lemmens, The Netherlands