Franz Ferdinand make big Scottish comeback

The band play more stuff from their new album at Princes Street Gardens...

[a][/a] returned to Scotland for a gig at EDINBURGH’s PRINCES STREET GARDENS last night (August 30) as part of the city’s T ON THE FRINGE music festival.

Although they have made festival and charity gig appearances over the course of 2005, this was the first full-length show by the band in Scotland this year, who release their eagerly-awaited second album ‘You Can Have It So Much Better… With Franz Ferdinand’ on October 3.

As such, the 15-song set featured five tracks from the record, including new single ’Do You Want To’. The others were ’I’m Your Villain’, ’The Fallen’, title track ’You Can Have It So Much Better’ and ’What You Meant’.

Alex Kapranos in particular seemed pleased to return to action in Scotland. “It’s nice to see you again, we’ve not seen you in a while,” he said, also recounting that his parents used to take him for a walk in Princes Street Gardens when he was younger and that drummer Paul Thomson went to nearby Portobello High School.

The setlist was:

’Michael’

’Tell Her Tonight’

’Jacqueline’

’What You Meant’

’Auf Achse’

’I’m Your Villain’

’Take Me Out’

’Do You Want To’

’Matinee’

’The Fallen’

’40 Ft’

’Darts Of Pleasure’

’You Could Have It So Much Better’

’Come On Home’

’This Fire’