Streets /The Mitchell Brothers/Kano : Plymouth Pavilions
Make it a large one!...
It’s all part of Mental Mike’s new idea, the Ten Round Tour. Here, he plans to play ten songs per night in ten different cities, downing ten drinks per evening. There’s even a bell between rounds, and bottles of spirits with optics onstage. Clad in a pink polo shirt (with “Mikey Streets” on the back), Round Two (Portsmouth) is proving to be a tricky beast. “This is the craziest gig I’ve ever played,” yells Mike, as the booze-cam (connected to a bottle of JD) becomes the “boob-cam” and girls yank up their tops for all to see during ‘Geezers Need Excitement’, as well as a few less apt titles.
The crowd are going so mental that tonight, Mike is almost the most sane man in the house. He’s also the only performer who could get away with having a sofa delivered onstage mid-show so that he and fellow Street Leo (“The Lion” – as his yellow polo shirt testifies) can have a bit of a sit down and we can all watch the video to ‘The Irony Of It All’ instead.
Even if you hate The Streets, you’d be hard pushed to deny that this performance is nothing short of brilliant. Innovation, stage presence, choreography, improvisation, comedy, passion, sweat: it’s got it all. Proving that you don’t have to be mad to be in The Streets but if you’re mental, it might just help.
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