Thursday, November 14, 2013

China Crisis Concert Review and Set List: Shank Hall Milwaukee

One of my all-time favorite bands is China Crisis.  Their Walter Becker produced album Flaunt the Imperfection is easily within my top 25 albums of all time, and their follow up What Price Paradise, while more hit or miss, was still strong.

Unfortunately, the band never gained a significant following, hence their touring, especially in the US, was limited.  Because of this, and because I'm such a fan, I just about hopped a jet to see them play in Liverpool a couple of years ago.  The economics of the whole deal finally made me come to my senses, but I truly came close to doing so.

So imagine my surprise to find out they were coming to Milwaukee; just two hours to the south of me.  And not only that, but they were playing the intimate Shank Hall, with room for just a couple of hundred.

No, it wasn't a full band effort.  Lead singer Gary Daly was there, and in incredible voice too I might add.  As was guitarist/vocalist Eddie Lundon, who like Daly, looked to be in very good shape.  Armed with another member (I failed to capture his name - I apologize) playing keyboards and digital tracks, and the little band wanted for nothing.

And neither did the audience.

Here is the set list, to the best of my recollection:

The Soul Awakening
Temptation's Big Blue Eyes
Seven Sports for All
Wall of God
You Did Cut Me
The Bigger the Punch I'm Feeling
Black Man Ray
Wishful Thinking
King in a Catholic Style
Working with Fire and Steel
African and White
Here Comes a Rain Cloud
Thank You
Diary of a Hollow Horse

Yeah, I missed Arizona Sky, but damn, that is still one great set list.

I went with my buddy Mac, and there's a whole other post about our mutual love for China Crisis, and each other, that I'll get into later.  Needless to say, he was as thrilled as I was to attend.  We were even more thrilled with our front row seats, and to meet both Gary and Eddie after the show:

Overall, it was a night of great music, a great band, and great friends.  

For the stop in the States, especially the one in Milwaukee, it seems only appropriate to quote one of the latter songs in their set:

And so I thank you
I do


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