Sound: Everything they played at the gig were near-perfect to how they should have sounded. I can only think of very few instances where their playing/ability was iffy, and that was the following; The lead singer and bassist were meant to perform Harmony vocals together at one point but they missed their cue (but they could laugh about it at least). Dan tried to play random solos here and there and they weren't great (but weren't awful eiither). And the only other real thing wrong with the sound was the lead guitarist's keyboard playing in the band's cover of Hot Butter's "Popcorn", which wasn't entirely up-to-scratch. The sound for the rest of the gig, however, was great. // 9
Perfomance: I personally thought they were amazing. They opened with a selection of fan videos, shown on a large white sheet which conceled the band behind. The sheet then dropped and the band broke into "I Thought It Was Over". They worked their way through a set which included the following songs (Not in this exact order though - I've got a bad memory);
01.I Thought It Was Over: great opener. Will become a Feeling classic.
02.Fill My Little World: a fan favourite, everyone loved it.
03.Without You: nice song, wonderfully played.
04.Never Be Lonely: good crowd pleaser. Got the audience involved immensely.
05.Don't Make Me Sad: one of my favourites at the minutes. Sounds very "American Rock N Roll". I think everyone else loved it too..
06.Video Killed The Radio Star: everyone knew it. One of the best songs in the set, though it would be hard to pick a 'Best' one. All songs were pretty damn good.
07.Kettle's On: nice song from '12 Stops'.
08.Ros: a ballad to a bottle of wine? Everyone around me seemed to like it.
09.It All Comes Out When The Drink Goes In: brand New song. Really catchy, and everyone enjoyed it even though most of them had never heard it.
- Turn It Up; Another catchy pop song. Brill.
- Strange; At the end of the song before, Dan crowd surfed to the back of the room and up some steps where a microphone and guitar awaited HIM. Lovely little song, even when he performed it on his own.
- Popcorn; Poppy little cover of the 70's synth classic. Not the best song in the set, but was a funny surprise.
- This Time; Nice new track. Generally a pop ballad - not much different from the record though.
- Helicopter; I really like this one. Doesn't really have much of a point, but it gets you grooving haha.
- Miss You; The bonus track from '12 Stops'. Just Dan on his own for this one, until the rest come in with backing etc. Very nicely done.
- Join With Us; If you don't tap your foot to this song then you gotta be leg-less, especially when you hear it Live.
- Love It When You Call; A major highlight of the gig. The Harmony solo and vocals can't be surpassed.
- Sewn; Apparently the last song in the set, before the Encore. You know it; has you captured every time.
- Marching band thing; Surprising little Marching Band act by the boys themselves. They marched through the audience, drums and all.
- We Can Dance; Bonus track from 'Join With Us'. Nice, but only when heard with the rest of the set.
- Walk This Way; Last song of the night, leaving the fans on a high. Surprisingly, it was rapped by the keyboardist. This version challenges even Aerosmith's.
Overall, one of the best performances from a band that I've ever scene. Marvelous. // 10
Overall Impression: The gig was at Preston Guild Hall, Lancashire, UK. It wasn't a massive venue, but the sound setup was great; the sound/acoustics of the room were perfect from where I was stood. The support act was Das Pop, Who were pretty good, I think. The gig itself was around 22/24, but it was well worth the money. The merchandise was a bit pricey though, so be warned. I'd definately go to their next show, I just need the money now... // 10