UK Tour 2005

Huntington Hall - Worcester 22-3-2005


The setting for this concert, the eighth of Jans UK tour, was Huntingdon Hall a former Methodist Chapel in the the historic City of Worcester.

A civilised affair and a charming setting, the audience were shown into the auditorium by stewards dressed in formal evening wear and gathered in church pews to hear the evenings offerings.

The band opened up with an extended version of Tranquilizer that got everyone in the mood. The set featured old (amusingly referred to by Jan as his 'War Crimes') new, borrowed and blue(s).

The instrumentation on this occasion was interesting, Jan played a sunburst finish Gibson Les Paul and Willi a bright red Fender bass.
I would imagine that rarely have these two iconic brands of modern music been played with such accuracy, sensitivity and feel. In an age of renewed interest in guitar music students could learn much from these guys.
Jan again built a nice connection with the audience with a good sense of fun. This extended to helping the MC present the prizes for the raffle at the end of the interval!

In the second half the band offered us a stirring rendition of Paul Weller's 'You do Something for Me' and touchingly dedicated this to their former UK road manager, Paul, who was there supporting the band in the front row.

Once again this relaxed bunch of guys produced the tightest of sounds and sent everyone home fulfilled and wanting more.

Jan Akkerman remains one of music's great treasures.

Matt Greenhill