Continuing with The Archives…
In early 2001, Richard Ashcroft toured North America in support of his debut solo record, Alone With Everybody. On February 7, the tour rolled into Vancouver and I seem to recall there being lots of buzz about the gig; I’m pretty sure it was moved to the Commodore Ballroom from a smaller venue in order to meet ticket demand.
The tour was more or less Richard in solo mode, occasionally accompanied by his wife (and former Spiritualized member) Kate Radley. I don’t recall much about the gig other than I really enjoyed it. The set featured a mix of Verve stuff (mostly from Urban Hymns) and songs from Alone. At the end of Bitter Sweet Symphony, Richard smashed his guitar and left the stage. It was the last gig of the tour, so perhaps he was letting out a little extra emotion.
Brave New World
Space & Time
On a Beach
Get My Beat
You On My Mind In My Sleep
The Drugs Don’t Work
See You In the Next One (Have A Good Time)
A Song For the Lovers
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Thanks to Yuki for the setlist!
* After the gig we met Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland from Coldplay who were in attendance as they were playing the same venue the following night. I think meeting me was the turning point for the band who, at the time, were still kind of unknown-ish. World domination followed. Sorry about that.
I’ve always liked the video for A Song For the Lovers.