Band play first gig since James Allan missed Mercury ceremony
Glasvegas played an intimate acoustic London club show last night (October 30) – their first UK show since frontman James Allan missed the Barclaycard Mercury Prize ceremony last month.
James and guitarist Rab Allan played at the Parker McMillan venue for the This Feeling club night.
Fans clamoured around the pair as they sat on stools in the centre of the venue at the sold-out gig, playing songs including ‘Geraldine’, ‘Go Square Go’ and ‘Flowers And Football Tops’.
Most of the songs induced crowd sing-alongs. James ended the set by playing a snipped of the Burt Bacharach-penned song ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’, famously released by The Carpenters as a single in 1970.
“I’m trying to think of a way to say goodbye,” James told the crowd during the song, “but this is the best way I can. It means a lot you coming to see the band, so… I fucking love you.”
The show marked the end of a year of gigging for Glasvegas, who are set to head to Los Angeles soon to record their second album.
Proceeds for the gig went to the Team Continuum cancer charity. The Glasvegas frontman agreed to play the gig to help his friend John Codling, who is attempting to raise $1million (£629,000) for the charity by running the New York marathon on November 1.
‘It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry’
‘Go Square Go’
‘Be My Baby’
‘Flowers And Football Tops’
‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’