UNKLE frontman James Lavelle paid tribute to a friend who died last night (September 7) during a concert for the premiere of his new movie.
The DJ made the announcement halfway through a special one-off gig with The Heritage Orchestra at London‘s Union Chapel following the screening of the Relentless Energy film ‘Lives Of The Artists: Follow Me Down’.
Introducing recent track, ‘The Healing’ alongside current UNKLE and Clayhill singer Gavin Clark, Lavelle told the crowd: “I just want to dedicate this track to the wife of somebody who worked on this film. She died tonight. It was strange watching the documentary and getting a phone call about that.”
During the short set, his band played a number of tracks from their back catalogue including ‘Reign’, which features Ian Brown although he was absent on the night, from 2003 album ‘Never, Never, Land’ and the Richard Ashcroft fronted The Beach track ‘Lonely Soul’, which Clark sang with Lavelle at the close. You can watch footage of the latter with The Heritage Orchestra below.
The band were also joined by The Duke Spirit‘s Leila Moss and South singer Joel Cadbury for a series of tracks lifted from 2008 album ‘End Titles… Stories for Film’ during the performance, which saw green lasers shooting across the chapel.
Signing off, Lavelle who donned black clothing and shades, thanked the The Heritage Orchestra, his current line-up and the crowd.
‘Against The Grain’
‘In A State’
Earlier, the film, which UNKLE have soundtracked, was screened for the audience which trails the birth of Lavelle‘s band and a number of live shows interwoven with scenes featuring snowboarders Jeremy Jones and Xavier De La Rue, as they explore the Antarctica.
The documentary and soundtrack are available to view and download now at relentlessenergy.com.