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ConcertsCats in Space at Bury Met, Greater Manchester, UK, Nov. 28, 2022

Posted on Thursday, November 03 2022 @ 14:27:31 CDT by Pete Pardo
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I was stopped a few times before and after this astoundingly excellent gig by the Cats and there was only one real question people wanted to discuss: Why aren't Cats in Space playing much bigger venues? It's a great question. Is it because of the name as some posited? Is it because the band are of the older persuasion? Is it because of the lack of mainstream media support? Is it because their target audience is reluctant to venture out these days? Whatever the reason is there's absolutely no doubt that Cats in Space are one of the very best bands on the circuit right now.

It is always the sign of a great gig that at the time 7one doesn't notice what wasn't played. For instance, tonight there was no Silver And Gold, Hologram Man , Chasing Diamonds, 2.59 nor the simply astonishing Bootleg Bandoleros. There was plenty of fantastic 70s inspired pompy/Queeny/melody laden stuff and in Damien Edwards a singer of tremendous talent and what appears to be little ego. Lob in a superb rhythm section, a top notch twin guitar attack all underpinned by sympathetic keys and all bases are very much covered.

The ninety minute set list was so full of feline fun that it absolutely flew by. Opting not to open with Too Many Gods seemed initially to break the laws of physics but it appeared quickly and flawlessly although Dean Howard wanted more of himself in his monitors. Guitar heroes eh? Playing the singles from Kickstart The Sun together was a sound decision and it was clear that most in attendance knew all the words and the crowd response was rapturous throughout.

The new stuff such as Charlie's Ego fitted seamlessly in amongst the older material and it was very pleasing to hear Timebomb from Scarecrow and quite how Thunder In The Night wasn't a gigantic smash hit remains out of my sphere of understanding. Things got a little meta when Damien Edwards explained that the band were going to pretend that they'd finished for the evening but would be coming back out to play more songs and given that those songs were Listen To The Radio (with added Led Zep snippet) and Jeff Brown stepping up to the mic on Greatest Story Never Told it is a very good job that the band came back to complete what they'd started.

Be in no doubt about it, this was a tremendous gig by a band at the height of its powers and they need the support of all rock fans as hopefully they make their transition into theatres next year.

Simon Bray

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