CONCERT REVIEW: Scotland For Kosovo – Concert

Monday the 31st of May was the Day that Scottish band’s helped raise needed cash for Kosovo, at Glasgow Secc. Everything for the event was donated from various companies around Scotland, from the Security to the Stage and equipment.

The venue was quite full when the first band Teenage Fanclub took the stage. Norman Blake and the band received a huge applause from the Glasgow audience; they played around 5 tracks including their hit ‘Sparky’s Dream’ from a few years back. Next up was the Reunion of Gun, for a one off show, they really shock the rafters in the venue with tracks from Better Days to Steal your Fire, then on to their famous cover version of Word Up, when the whole of the venue sang the song word for word and anticipated in all the actions that Mark Rankin encouraged them to do.

Next up was a surprise to many folk in the hall, when Jimmy Somerville took the stage and played a dream set to everyone, from songs from the Bronski Beat day’s through to the his new songs. He made everyone stop and listen and the memories of these tracks fill your head and the words started to flow from your lips just like you had been listening to them every day. This was got to be the biggest surprise that I have seen in a long time, I wasn’t really looking forward to seen him. Then I was hooked as most of the audience where.

Then came another reunion this time it was Deacon Blue or should I say Ricky Ross and Loraine McIntosh Ross they played various tracks including Raintown and Dignity a long with a few of his solo songs.

Simple Minds where next to enter the venue, the crowd was on their feet thumping out the opening drum beat to Waterfront, Jim Kerr really had the audience eating out of his hand from the first beat, the whole place was electric. This had to be the break that they needed after the last tour in Scotland didn’t go down that well. They played tracks including Alive and Kicking and Don’t You (forget about me) with Two acts still to go before the end. They must have thought they were the headline band for the show. With every chorus being sung from everyone’s heart the emotion was in the air was outstanding.

Midge Ure had to be the one act I was looking forward to seeing as the last time I saw him was back in 1986 in Glasgow Barrowland when he was touring with his new album The Gift at that time, now he is still on the road but this time it is with his new album Breathe, that is doing the rounds from TV adverts to good radio play. He played an acoustic set of songs from Ultravox to his own solo ones. Some of the tracks played where Breathe and Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, this was one musician that really new how to work his audience, due to his experience.

Big Country where the headline act for the show, they played songs old and new for the show. The band set included Fields of Fire & In a Big Country along with one of the new tracks, which comes from the bands forth coming album to be released later this year. All in the entire event was major success congratulation to the organisers and the promoters for pulling off a great event for a great cause.

By James Edmond

Taken from Scotland Calling (Scottish Music Network)