Re: Bestival 2011
Thanks, guys! It was so cold and windy that night - and yet their set went by SO FAST!!! They sounded great and seemed really happy to be performing again - and I think the set list reflected that, with more lighthearted songs like FIIL, The Lovecats, WCIBY? and Hot Hot Hot!!! The Caterpillar was a special treat!
And Robert was funny! What was it he said about the Bestival guitars? They "weighed as much as fucking house?" ...something to that effect. It was great to see them all so happy and in a playful mood. Robert's voice was very moving, as always.
The keyboard levels were a bit high for my taste on a couple of songs... that was a little disappointing because I could see Robert and Simon rocking out but couldn't really hear them - especially on Play For Today. That's one of my very favorite songs. The bass is the part (for me) that really makes it so exciting - and I want to hear it, so that was a little disappointing. I felt like the keyboard levels were a bit overpowering on that one and it took away some of the song's edge. It was still good to hear, though. A Forest and Disintegration sounded amazing!
I loved Open, Primary and The Hungry Ghost, especially. Simon really tore it up on Primary! They were phenomenal! It was a bit surprising that they didn't play The Kiss- because they always seem to play that one, but it was fine without it. I was really glad to hear them get through Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt, 10:15 Saturday Night and Killing Another because those songs were interrupted the last 2 times I saw them.
It was a magical evening but it was over much too quickly! I can't wait to hear their new material and see them play live again!