July 30, 2008 8:44

The Coral joined by special guest at opera gig

Wirral band play acoustic show at London theatre

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The Coral played a rare, stripped down acoustic set in London last night (July 29).

Plus the Wirral band were joined by an old friend and special guest during their show at the Coliseum Theatre, usually the home of the English National Opera.

Playing a set that drew songs from across their career so far, reflecting their forthcoming 'Singles Collection', the band were joined onstage by producer and former Lightning Seeds frontman Ian Broudie who played 12-string guitar on 'Goodbye' and 'Pass It On'.

With the likes of The View and members of Babyshambles among the sold out crowd, who were seated in the opera house for the intimate and intricate performance, The Coral also included several new songs in their set.

Along with forthcoming single 'Being Somebody Else', the band also previewed 'Green Is The Colour' and 'Rovin In The Jewel'.

Frontman James Skelly then introduced two covers into the set, 'Everybody's Talkin'', the Fred Neil song made famous by Harry Nilsson's Oscar-winning version from the film 'Midnight Cowboy'.

The other cover was 'Bye Bye Love' by The Everly Brothers, which the singer admitted was "one of the first songs we learnt to play together".

The Coral played:

'Spanish Main'
'Who's Gonna Find Me'
'Jacqueline'
'Simon Diamond'
'Shadows Fall'
'Goodbye'
'Pass It On'
'Liezah'
'Green Is The Colour'
'In The Morning'
'Bill McCai'
'Fireflies'
'Being Somebody Else'
'Don't Think You're The First'
'Put The Sun Back'
'Rovin In The Jewel'
'Everybody's Talkin''
'Dreaming Of You'
'Careless Hands'
'Calendars And Clocks'
'Bye Bye Love'

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