Madness pay tribute to friendship at T In The Park

Band thrill packed crowd at NME/Radio 1 Stage

Madness frontman Suggs acknowledged his band’s 30-year history during a hit-packed set as they closed action on the NME/Radio 1 Stage on the last night of T In The Park 2010 (July 11).

The singer was in a sentimental mood, gushing about the bandmates he was sharing a stage with on the Sunday night of the Scottish festival.

“This is a song about friendship,” he said, introducing ‘That Close’. “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with these characters over the past 30 years and I tell you, you cannot make any new old friends.”


The band were heralded onstage by a bagpiper playing ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, then launched straight into classic hit ‘One Step Beyond’, with Suggs dressed in a shiny silvery checked suit.

During a set that spanned their three-decade career, Suggs paused to note the “amazing sunset going down over there”. Later on, he commented: “That sunset’s getting weird now, I’m starting to feel like Bono, under a blood red sky.”

Introducing their 1982 Number One single ‘House Of Fun’, Suggs explained: “I can’t find my watch, I don’t have my ASBO ankle bracelet, and I don’t have my laptop… I have no idea what time it is,” before guitarist Chris Foreman announced: “It’s showtime!”

Thanking the crowd as they left the stage after a rapturously received ‘It Must Be Love’, Suggs said: “Sometimes it’s a pleasure, sometimes it’s a privilege. Tonight it’s been a pleasure and a fucking privilege.” As they closed with an encore of ‘Tarzan’s Nuts’, ‘Madness’ and ‘Night Boat To Cairo’, the stage was invaded by furiously skanking fans.

Madness played:

‘One Step Beyond’
‘The Prince’
‘My Girl’
‘Dust Devil’
‘The Sun And The Rain’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
‘That Close’
‘Iron Shirt’
‘Clerkenwell Polka’
‘Taller Than You’
‘Mk II’
‘Bed And Breakfast Man’
‘Shut Up’
‘Forever Young’
‘House Of Fun’
‘Wings Of A Dove’
‘Baggy Trousers’
‘Our House’
‘It Must Be Love’
‘Tarzan’s Nuts’
‘Night Boat To Cairo’


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