La Maroquinerie, Paris
September, 26 & 27, 2006
Words by "MOSH PITTMAN"
Photos by SUE RYNSKI
The weather is warm and sunny in Paris as i settle in for the pre-gig drink after travelling from London for two more nights of Birdman. The London show had whet my appetite and more listenings of the new album so I was off to Paris.
I-94 Bar favourites, The Holy Curse, were in support on the first night and were great fun.
The Birdmen entered to a sold out room: "We gotta watch the levels, to protect the punters ears, but 400 of 'em will be smokin','" were the words of their manager, Mr Needham.
They power through the early tracks but the mix is a problem. The show is full of energy and the crowd are having a great time but it's just not right.
The reason I chose to go to Paris was that it was two nights in the same venue. If there are any problems the first night, then they could be rectified for Night 2.
And that's exactly what happened; they were on fire. Mix problems sorted, the band looking so relaxed and comfortable, the second sell-out crowd is treated to a show none will ever forget. Rusty and Jim are controlling while Masuak and Deniz cut loose. Pip punching the air! Rob just being Rob.
If anyone has heard a better version of "Hand of Law" they are a lucky person.
"Hangin' On" makes an appearance after not being in the previous night's set (or London's). The new tracks are blending in now as if they had been around for 25 years. Everyone getting off, in a mixed age crowd.
This was a night to remember.
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