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Brett Anderson - Wolverhamton Wulfrun Hall 9th May 2007   Print  E-mail 
Written by Christopher Lloyd  
Sunday, 23 March 2008

Liven up, you're the home of rock!

We had a nightmare finding a babysitter on Saturday evening. My partner and I were off out to see Brett Anderson, formerly of Suede, and The Tears. Everyone and their dog were busy that night, but thankfully the in-laws helped out in the end. I say thankfully, but at the time it didnít seem that way as I really am not a fan of Brett Anderson.


Once upon a time I was at the Reading festival and Suede was headlining one of the nights. My friend really wanted to go to see U2 at Wembley Stadium. I didnít like U2 either, but they were the worse of two evils, and my friend was paying.

I was dragged kicking and screaming to see The Tears with my partner, surprisingly, I actually thought they were quite good, but Iíve heard some of the new Brett Anderson solo album and itís failed to grow on me, so Iím it was with great trepidation that I headed out to the Wulfrun Hall.
We get to the venue just in time for Brett to take the stage. When we saw The Tears, he was very stationary, but this time round the first thing I noticed was that the posing was back. This was proper Freddie Mercury posing. Between tracks he kept urging us to liven up, after all, weíre from the home of rock right?


Which is why no one was to keen on dreary ballad after dreary ballad, which is unfortunately what was being peddled over the first 30 mins of the gig. After this though, the set transmogrified from bland, to blasting. Belting out Suede track after  Suede track, followed with some stuff from The Tears, followed by more Suede stuff. There was an acoustic interlude, which worked (they so rarely do), then finally ĎBeautiful Onesí which came across as if it were being played by a souped up hardcore version of Suede.


A surprising ending to a surprising gig, and well worth waiting through the solo-ballads which no doubt will grow on me and sound great in the right environment, such as relaxing at home, rather than in a live venue. 


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