Submitted by TripF on 30 January 2013 - 7:09pm
Royal Festival Hall, London
In a skinny biker jacket and boots, Aimee Mann looked different from the Annie Hall look from the last time she was in London. That was at the unfairly maligned IndigO2, which has one great edge over the RFH: no seats. Mann shouldn't be so-self effacing when there’s an audience as blasé as her London one: this music deserves cheerleading. As the set progressed, heavy on the new CD (expected) and 1995's ‘I’m With Stupid’ (less expected) the comfortably-seated, middle-aged audience gave polite applause but nothing more. Mann’s band have the chops, especially bassist Paul Bryan's brilliant harmonies, but seemed to be playing within themselves. The songs, however, do most of the hard work - ‘Soon Enough’ and the oldie ‘Ray’ soared and the obligatory ‘Save Me’ and ‘Wise Up’ were beautifully pared back. At the end I stood to applaud with my neighbour but we were the only ones on our feet, apart from the folks scurrying off to pay the babysitter before the band had even left the stage.
See above. I could have filmed them, without sound, from the stage and convinced you it was a classical show.
Food & drink:
Two diet cokes and an ice-cream. I’m being good, but not that good.
It made me think:
There’s nothing like a responsive audience to add to a great performance. I only got one of the two, alas.