Submitted by Carl Parker on 26 April 2013 - 11:32am
Islington Assembly Hall, London
26th April 2013
Between Green On Red and his own band gigs I've seen Chuck Prophet more than anyone else. He and the Mission Express are making their annual tour and because I've seen him so often I've got a bit blasé and almost didn't buy tickets. Thank Clapton I didn't. This was one of the very best CP gigs I've ever been to. From the very first song, which despite being new and unknown it was obvious he was up for it. We had a good selection of older songs and quite a lot of Temple Beautiful and a few judicious covers. A fabulous Shake Some Action and a surprising version of Sorrow. As ever hats have to be doffed to co-guitarist James DePrato. Turned down low in the mix for the first couple of songs he was up for it too. He also boasted a twin neck guitar (12 & 6 strings) and had some great moments on slide. especially on Summertime Thing. Sadly in You Did CP did all the heavy guitar work and we didn't get a guitar duel. Stephanie and the others in Mission Express did the business too.
Mostly us older folks, but down on the floor we were wildly enthusiastic. I can't speak for the folks upstairs. Not much camera phone action because we were there to enjoy the moment, not to try and relive it in inferior sound the next day.
Food & drink:
We ate the Blue Legume across the road. Very nice & friendly serving Mediterranean cuisine. Chuck & Stephanie ate there too. Drink at the venue is a rip off. £4, yes four, for a can of beer. Disgraceful
It made me think:
I have to tell the world GO AND SEE CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS. Oxford tonight, Hebden Bridge, Nottingham, Glasgow, Birmingham and Bury to come. Just go. You'll love me for it. He is brilliant.