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THE ALMIGHTY - Nottingham Rock City - 28 October 2000   Print  E-mail 
Written by Graham Reed  
Tuesday, 14 September 2004

or the second time in as many weeks, I'm off to see the Almighty,and the contrast couldn't be more pronounced. Last time the Almighty played Nottingham Rock City it was an unannounced surprise guest slot to Paradise Lost in March 1996, and it was also the time when Ricky Warwick announced onstage they would split. Tonight is under entirely different circumstances- the tour to support a new album.

Whereas last time the Almighty played here it was upstairs in the big room, and the last time they headlined it was there too, now they play the smallest room in the building, capacity 350, compared to 5 times that in the main room. And they're playing second fiddle to the Halloween party.They sold 200 advance tickets, such is the fickleness of the modern gig goer in England, and that's surely a sad sad state of affiars.


Not that you could tell from the bands performance. If anything, they're better tonight than ever before.With a slightly rejigged setlist from earlier in the tour, they're welcomed like conquering heroes in front of a rabid crowd. Opening with a punchy "Welcome to Defiance" its clear that the band relish playing live again, and It seems as if the fact that it's a smaller venue only seems to fire them up even more. Whilst the rest of the gig sees the band bringing out the same setlist as earlier in the tour in the same order (omitting "Over the Edge"), They're tight and obviously well rehearsed, firing on all cylinders. Its like watching a completely different, completely rejuvenated band to that which graced the stage of Dudley JB's two weeks ago on a dull Sunday night. It might have something to do with, as Ricky later states, that every time they've come to Rock City, they've never ever left sober. Sounds like its gonna be a good night already. Ricky can't keep the grin off his face thoughout...

Quite simply, Ricky (now dyed his hair blonde rather than the brown it was 2 weeks ago) is full of energy and life, and if there were any doubts about the bands performance at Dudley, this has simply blown them into dust. He's impassioned and angry, (nothing new there), but clearly relishing every second on stage, the songs blend into each other quickly smoothly and without dropping a beat - the sign of a band rehearsed to their peak. Ricky's admiration for Nick Parsons,who in many ways has rejuvenated the band, is also clearly evident, judging by Ricky's obvious pride at having Nick on stage and Floyd is also clearly relishing it, climbing up onto the bar onto a number of occasions while playing. Its weird seeing the Almighty in such a small venue, which - the pub tour of 96 aside, it's the smallest venue I've ever seen them in. Its also clear how much energy the band feed off the audience, which is only intensified in a small enviroment like this. Its also clear how much receptive this crowd is that 2 weeks ago in Dudley - everytime the band has a audience participation, the crowd act unprompted, simply on what they know from having seen the band before.

While it is clear that the band are again, playing a trip down memory lane for a lot of people, the new material comes across as savage, complete and equally the worth of anything that came before. Of the new material, "La Chispa" and "Broken Machine" are highlights, and all the older songs played with equal passion and vitriol.By the time the closing "Bodies" comes around, the gigs almost over, the pit is heaving, the crowdsurfers have had their fun - and yet at the same time, in the face of being ignored by everyone in the media, the band are on top form, as relevant, powerful and potent as ever.Its just up the media to extract themselves for the latest USsensation to realise that one of the best metal bands in the world is here in their backyard, and slipping though their fingers while they don't even seem to care. Shame, they don't know what they're missing.

Setlist: WELCOME TO DEFIANCE / FREE N' EASY / JONESTOWN MIND / REVENGE / SIN AGAINST THE LIGHT / BARFLY / ALL SUSSED OUT / ADDICITION / TAKIN HOLD / BROKEN MACHINE / UNREAL THING / LA CHISPA DE LA MUERTE / WRENCH / FOR FUCKS SAKE / DO YOU UNDERSTAND? / CRUCIFY / WILD AND WONDERFUL / JESUS LOVES YOU / BODIES

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