The second gig was a different kettle of fish. No new CD to promote, just a band which seems hellbent on having a good time. Without doubt, this is one of the best nights out that money can buy.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are generally reckoned to be the best bar band in the world, and playing in such a ridiculously small venue as The Globe in Roath, Cardiff. The place was packed (around 300 or so lucky ticketholders), but there were almost as many on stage as there were in the audience.
The venue is so small that the band can’t all get in the backstage dressing room at the same time. Whilst waiting to do their encore the band all have to huddle in the toilets; such is the glamorous life of the rockstar!
The show is a glorious two and half hours of non-stop rocking good time. Rock, blues, whatever, all the classics were there (including my favourite Walk Away Renee), all the singalongs, the audience participation, even down to getting Welsh translations for some of the lyrics.
It’s the fourth time I’ve seen Southside, and he seems to get better with age.