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Sunday 01 May 2022.

Saturday 30 April 2022. ALABAMA 3 live at Shepherds Bush Empire. They are best known for a remixed version of "Woke Up This Morning" which plays during the opening credits of each episode of the classic HBO television series The Sopranos. ------------------- Level 2 and 3 closed tonight as unsold, but the other two levels are full. BLACK ELVIS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for his 30 mins solo set. He did what it says on the tin, a black guy singing Elvis covers to backing tapes. Always good to hear some Elvis Presley classics being performed. LIAS SAOUDI arrived on stage at 8.15pm and he performed a 30 mins solo set. Lias is lead singer of Fat White Family, one of those debauched and rowdy bands. Started off with some horrible screeching song, then got a bit better with some gloomy lyrics songs. ALABAMA 3 arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 90 mins. Tonight was the last night of their 26 date tour , so they are fully rehearsed and sounding great. Six musicians on stage plus two fab black female backing singers & dancers in hot pants. The band have been regulars at Glastonbury Festival over the years. Indeed some of the older crowd here, have a very "stoned look" about them. What has kept Alabama 3 a festival fixture for over two decades is their other assets: wicked humour, leaning hard into outlaw country tropes and finding the grooviest balance between sin and soul. All are present in "Hypo Full of Love", as Black’s resurrected voice details a questionable 12-step programme that culminates in a mass singalong of the “shoot me up” chorus. Lots of voice samples used during their set. In the middle of the show harmonica player Nick Reynolds, son of Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds, took over lead vocals on "Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds?". The first encore "Too Sick To Pray" had everyone singing and dancing along, to their great dance groove. A really good show. Full ALABAMA 3 setlist played tonight.... Tranquilize Yourself Britannia Whacked Hello... I'm Johnny Cash Rattlesnake Woman Petronella Says Exodus (Movement of War People) Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine cover) Woke Up This Morning Have You Seen Bruce Richard Reynolds? U Don't Dans 2 Tekno Bullet Proof R.E.H.A.B. Yolanda Up Above My Head Hypo Full of Love (The 12 Step Plan) Encore: Too Sick To Pray The Road Goes On Forever (Robert Earl Keen cover)