Primal Scream celebrated their signature album, “Screamadelica” in Glasgow’s Southside this weekend. It’s been 30 YEARS since they asked us, “Just what is it that you wanna do?” and their hometown shindig proved its still very much to have a good time.
The sold out slot in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park Recreation Ground kicked off with a nod to the band who haven’t lost sight of their roots (or their accent) with, “I Belong To Glasgow” belting out, announcing their arrival.
Frontman, Bobby Gillespie cut an eternally cool figure decked out in a custom made suit of their LP cover.
The iconic tracklisting of “Screamadelica” shaped the show with, “Movin’ On Up”, “Come Together” and “Damaged” as stand out moments. A piper joined the band for party anthem, “Loaded” which was spliced with The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy For The Devil” and The Beatles “Hey Jude”, not too mention a sold out crowd in full voice with Scotland’s standard chant of, “Here we, here we ….”
Gillespie waxed nostalgic about the gig’s unusual venue, pointing out the grassy mounds he sat on with mates, “getting stoned and dreaming about starting a band”.
The encore showed no signs of slowing down the party with the crowd bouncing (literally) to “Jailbird”, “Rocks” and fan favourite, “Country Girl” which brought the evening to a raucous close.
It’s been 30 years since Screamadelica was released; the band are older, the fans are older and times have inevitably moved on … but the light still shines on.
Review by Siobhanne Beattie