REVIEW gig Fun Lovin’ Criminals Manchester Cathedral 26th February 2016

The Devil’s In The Detail!

The question is, how come a band as good as this has been around for so long and I haven’t seen them before? I’ve been watching and listening to music all over the world for over forty years and tonight, at Manchester Cathedral (yep, you read it right!), I was treated to an evening of pure magnificence.

If I was to tell you that this was a band who simply cannot be pigeon-holed, (they have been described over the years as an alternative rock band, but also Hip hop, Alternative Rap, Funk, Blues, Jazz and the lesser known Mafioso rap), that would sound confusing. The fact is though; all of those are right, but wrong at the same time. I would describe them as simply superb.

Manchester Cathedral may seem like an odd venue, but the acoustics here are heavenly and a perfect stage for FLC. From the opening notes of their genesis song ‘The Fun Lovin’ Criminal’, we were lead through a full 19-song set of biblical proportions, interspersed with a selection of short anecdotal sermons from front man Huey Morgan.

Aided and abetted by Brian Leiser and Frank Benbini we rolled through classics such as "Passive/Aggressive", "Scooby Snacks" (my own personal favourite of the evening), "King of New York", "Bear Hug", "Methadonia" and a real value for money six track encore, including the excellent "Coney Island Girl", before the exodus of the crowd out into the late Manchester starry night and home to bed, fulfilled by an evening of the highest quality of music. I may have not seen this lot before, but you can bet that our paths will cross again in the future.

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