CONCERT REVIEW : Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022

Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022

CORNWELL GETS A GRIP ON THE GLASGOW AUDIENCE

The ex-lead singer of The Stranglers is back with a new album and tour to promote it.  Released in October of this year, Moments of Madness is the singers tenth solo album, since breaking from the Guildford band, and he stopped off in Glasgow to play for his adoring fans of his solo work and Stranglers aficionados.

Tonight’s show is in two halves, with set one a mix of new album material, mixed with other tracks from his solo career.  The second will see him dig deep into The Stranglers archive for some hit singles and choice album tracks, which should keep the most choosy (Susie) of fans happy.

Taking to the stage bang on 19:45, Cornwell looked in the mood to batter his guitars into submission.  Opening with Coming Out of the Wilderness and Moments of Madness from the new record, with Stuck in Daily Mail Land sandwiched in between, the front man went about his business with the full approval from the near sell out Glasgow audience.

  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022
  • Hugh Cornwell, The Garage, Glasgow 2nd December 2022

The solo work continued, Mr Leather, Beware of the Doll. Another Kind of Love, a rousing When I Was a Young Man and closing the first half Lasagna.  Hugh and his band took a well-earned break before returning for round two.

The cheer from the opening bars of Waltz in Black would probably have been heard at the old Apollo location, now a Walkabout theme pub.  Strange Little Girl, Tramp, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, all had the Glasgow audience moving and singing along.  This is the part most fans were here for, as Im sure Mr Cornwell would probably accept too.

London Lady, Goodbye Toulouse, (Get a) Grip (on Yourself) followed on before Turn the Centuries ended the second act.  Only time for one more before the venue transforms into a nightclub, and Duchess filled that slot perfectly.

All in all a great couple of hours with the North London front man, his solo work is a joy to listen to, great lyrics and wonderful guitars, and the Stranglers numbers stand the test of time, still sounding great after all this time.  Hugh Cornwell still has plenty to say and knows how to get his point across, his music is just damn good.  Get the new album and prepare to be enlightened.

Photographs and Review by Stephen Wilson

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