Thursday, November 15, 2012

Level 42

I went to see Level 42 play live at Paard van Troje (locally commonly referred to as Het Paard) last monday november 12th with some friends.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Running In The Family album. An occasion that prompted the Level 42 Running In The Family 25th Anniversary Tour, of course. And what better way to celebrate this fact by playing the entire Running In The Family album live. Front to back. Yup... Quite a feat IMO, especially a song like Two Solitudes. After the  Running In The Family album two acoustic songs were played: Out of sight, out of mind and the most recent Level 42 song they played all evening: Guaranteed. Notable classic Level 42 songs like Heathrow, Hot Water, Starchild and of course Love Games were also played.

I'm a long time Level 42 fan but kinda lost interest in their music, I missed their earlier style of music and couldn't cope with the absence of Mike Lindup. Mike's voice plays a key role in Level 42's music. With Mike gone Level 42 kinda collapsed IMO. Now with Mike back in the fold and Pete Ray Biggin on drums (wow!)  Level 42 is really up to their task. Level 42 clearly knows what the fans expect them to play and are still able to play their asses off. Wonderful.

I had never seen Level 42 play live before and I loved every moment of it, I had a great time. No complaints? Well not the music and the level of musicianship, the sound pressure level however was way too high IMO. We all went home with ringing in the ears. The next morning I still suffered from it. Not nice.

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