Last night's concert at McCabe's came nineteen years after I first saw them in concert at the Troubadour, in Los Angeles. I went to that show with my older son, Danny, who was as big a Proclaimers fan as I was. Had someone told me then that roughly two decades later I would attend a Proclaimers concert accompanied by my son's son, a.k.a. my grandson, I would have shaken my head in disbelief. But it happened.
|My grandson Austin at McCabe's|
In preparation for the concert, I started listening to "Like Comedy", the most current release of the Proclaimers, and so I discovered one of the best albums of the last few years. How good is the album? Well, it's mind-numbingly good. No filler tracks at all. Each and every song is a gem. Gorgeous melodies, fantastic vocals, clever lyrics, great production, and I could go on and on with nothing but superlatives. If you don't have the album, grab it now (trust me, I'm not a salesman on commission).
Last night's concert may have been the last stop of their all-acoustic American tour, yet the boys from Leith showed no signs of fatigue whatsoever. Performing with total abandon and unleashing some epic vocals, Craig and Charlie put on a fantastic show, the kind that makes you feel privileged for having had the good fortune of attending.
|The Proclaimers at McCabe's|
|The set list (precisely adhered to)|
There was some storytelling, which of course came complete with their delightful Scottish accent and I was very pleased to hear Craig describe the host venue as "an amazing place".
|The Proclaimers singing their hearts out at McCabe's|
The crowd was just a tad more exuberant than your regular McCabe's crowd and when Craig and Charlie launched into the opening chords of "500 Miles", the whole place was rocking real hard. It felt great being there.
According to the web site of the Proclaimers, the band's opening act for the entire US tour was supposed to be JP Jones, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and recent Chrissie Hynde collaborator. For unknown reasons, JP did not appear. Instead, I was exposed for the first time to the music of David Poe, someone totally new to me. Overall, he made a good impression on me, but not all of his songs were easy to take in at the first hearing. But some were. Two songs in particular stood out to these ears: "Devil" and especially "Big Bloody Heart", performed together with the attractive Amy Raasch. David appears to be an artist who is worth exploring and I will start with his T-Bone-Burnett-produced first album.
|David Poe & Amy Raasch at McCabe's|
|The Proclaimers mingling with fans after the show|
|A ticketless fan with a sense of humor (she did find a ticket)|