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Sunday 16 October 2022.

Sunday 16 October 2022. DINOSAUR JR live at The Forum. They have released a dozen albums since 1985. They influenced many grunge rock bands back in the late 1980s. They are led by J Mascis, who is the singer-songwriter and a pretty nifty guitar player. I have seen them a few times before including in Northern Spain when they were on the same bill as The Sex Pistols at The Azkena Festival, 2008. ------------------- A sold out show tonight. GARCIA PEOPLES arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 40 mins set. Support band were New Jersey psychedelic rock band Garcia Peoples who belted out their cosmic rock. DINOSAUR JR arrived on stage at 9pm for their 1 hour 45 mins set. The three band members and equipment are to the front of the the stage, to be close to the crowd. This means the drummer is centre stage, where a singer would normally stand in other bands. J Mascis has six Marshall Amps and has plenty of great guitar sounds, with hefty amounts of wah-wah. The bass player has an aggressive stance and playing style that was great. Overall the vocals should have been a bit clearer. A fair amount of moshing in the stalls, but nothing compared to The Enemy the previous night here. A nice story about why they play a neat cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" as an encore. A good show. Full setlist played by DINOSAUR JR tonight... The Lung I Ain't Garden Little Fury Things Out There Crumble Pieces I Expect It Always I Met the Stones The Wagon Been There All the Time Start Choppin Feel the Pain Mountain Man Freak Scene Gargoyle Encore: Get Me In a Jar Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover) ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------- Saturday 15 October 2022. THE ENEMY live at The Forum. The Enemy play their second of two shows at this venue on their UK reunion tour. The Enemy are an English indie rock band formed in Coventry in 2006. The band's debut album We'll Live and Die in These Towns (2007) went straight to Number 1 in the UK Albums Chart on release. Their second album Music for the People (2008) went to Number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. Streets in the Sky, their third studio album, was released on 21 May 2012 and was also their third UK top 10 album. Their fourth studio album, It's Automatic, was released on 9 October 2015. After disbanding in 2016, the band are due to reunite in 2022 for a reunion show in their hometown of Coventry, and a UK tour to follow. In their heyday I saw them play a show at the sadly missed Astoria , Tottenham Court Road. That was one of FIVE ahows at The Astoria they played on that tour. The Enemy had five Top 40 hit singles in the UK. ------------------- The first night was sold out, but the second night tonight is full, but not sold out. LITTLE MAN TATE arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 45 mins set. Indie-rockers from Sheffield played a really good set. They had albums out in 2007 and 2008 then went on hiatus for 12 years. The crowd knew several of their songs. During the interval the pa played perfect singalong indie classics that got the crowd singing. The crowd atmosphere was fantastic tonight, as this drinking crowd swamped the bars. The Enemy's intro song was "Baba O'Riley" , which was a perfect choice. THE ENEMY arrived on stage at 9.30pm for their 65 mins set. Blimey, i had forgot what a great live band The Enemy were. Hi-energy indie gems with a blaze of lighting and perfect sound had the entire boozed up "lads crowd " throwing pints in the air and moshing madly in the stalls. After a blistering opening quartet of songs, the horns which introduce the title-track from "We’ll Live And Die In These Towns" are greeted rapturously, with the stomping percussion and yearning melancholia reminding us that there was more to The Enemy than solid guitar rock, a surprising maturity of observation from ones so young. The singer had comparisons to Paul Weller when their debut album was released. Another big highlight later on was "This Song" with all the crowd singing loudly. You may have thought that The Enemy were part of the indie-landfill dumping grounds , but on this showing the band still have plenty of fire in their bellies. A fantastic show. Full setlist played by THE ENEMY tonight... Intro song Baba O'Riley (The Who song) Aggro Away From Here Pressure Had Enough We'll Live and Die in These Towns You're Not Alone It's Not OK Technodanceaphobic 40 Days & 40 Nights (Snippet of The Specials "Ghost Town") This Song Happy Birthday Jane Encore: Be Somebody Gimme the Sign / Saturday No Time for Tears This Song [Reprise]