Wednesday, May 23, 2012

#241. O2 ABC, 286 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow


Gary Numan was a hero of mine when I was a teenager, as he was the first rock star that made it cool to play keyboards and be slightly autistic. Or maybe it was just me who thought that was cool.

The O2 ABC has an interesting history. The building comprises two concert halls and five bars. We were in the larger hall, but on a hot evening and a sellout crowd of 1250, it was a steamy, intimate show. We ordered Guinness and some non-Strongbow ciders (Bulmers? Magners?) from The Polar Bar (where this photo was taken), and ABC1 (see below).

During the tribute to recently deceased drummer Cedric Sharpley.

The show was excellent. The sound was good, Gary's voice was in fine form, and the selection of material spanned all the decades of his catalogue. The show ended with Cars followed by an ingenious reworking of "Are 'Friends' Electric?" that had everyone humming along with the killer synth hooks.

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