Evan Dando live at The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
30th December 2005
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED,SOMETHING GLUE?
The annual Evan Dando Christmas Show at the Cluny in Newcastle looked in jeopardy yesterday afternoon when a broken guitar threatened to blight proceedings. Following a mercy dash across Tyneside and with no-one either willing or able to repair it, we ended up at B&Q in Byker and the show was salvaged with the aid of a £4 tube of Super Glue. At a hastily rescheduled sound check Evan deftly repaired his instrument testing it through a passionate "Streets Of Baltimore". Despite (or because of) this, when Evan took to the tiny Cluny stage shortly after 10pm, he delivered the set of his life. If he has played a better show in 2005 we'd like to have seen it. At one stage in the show he was paid the ultimate Toon accolade when the 300 strong audience serenaded him with "Evan is a Geordie". There really is no greater honor up here on Tyneside. Along with his usual selection of tunes from across his career Evan managed to squeeze in no less than 4 Gram Parsons covers (one after another) and some new songs which will no doubt feature on the forthcoming Lemonheads album. Evan left the stage following a truly awesome 100 minute set with the crowd refusing to budge, screaming for an encore. There was no encore but it mattered little as the fans filtered out of the club surely having witnessed one of the gigs of their life. Support came from Geordie veteran Steve Daggett and ex-Vaseline Eugene Kelly-this gig will be talked about in reverent hushed tones for years to come...
"Were you at the Evan Dando gig In Newcastle in December 2005?" they'll say.
I was, and I'm so pleased.
photos by Drew