The Last Shadow Puppets Newcastle City Hall October 27 2008
Laura and I have both been listening to the Last Shadow Puppets album since it was released. The blend of 60s type pop songs, with Dick Dale type surf guitar, and orchestral arrangements makes it pretty special. So went along with Laura and her friend Alex to see how it came over live.
Support were Ipso Facto, an all-girl group whose members include the daughter of the Animals Hilton Valentine, so I guess this was a sort of home-coming for her. The hall was pretty empty at this stage; they were OK; reminiscent of Siouxsie; I thought. They are the support for the Magazine dates in February so we will see them again there.
The place filled up for the arrival of the Last Shadow Puppets, who didn’t disappoint. They were accompanied by a full orchestra and the sound was spot-on. Started with the great In my room, and played pretty much all of the album. The set also included some interesting covers: I want you (shes so heavy) (the Beatles); Paris summer (Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra) where they were joined by the singer from Ipso Facto who took the Nancy vocal part; In the Heat of the morning (David Bowie) and Memories (Leonard Cohen).
The crowd gave Alex Turner, Miles Kane and the band a great and well deserved reception for this last gig on the UK tour. A great show; will be interesting to see what (if anythingf?) they do next.
Set list : In my room; the age of the understatement; calm like you; black plant; gas dance; only the truth; seoarate and ever deadly; hang the cyst; I want you (shes so heavy); my mistakes were made for you; Paris summer; in the heat of the morning; I don’t like you anymore; the chamber; the time has come again; the meeting place; encores: memories; standing next to me