Here we are again…Leeds O2..hanging around at the door. Do I have a pass? Yes. Can I get in? No. It’s a pass for the after-show and yet another cock up. Never O2’s fault I have to say and they are always brilliant at sorting it out with band management, PR, whoever. When the right authorisation finally comes through I get in there just in time for support band Echo and the Bunnymen. So I guess you’re wondering where are the pictures? Well I could put one up but there’s not a lot to see as they performed in almost complete darkness. Not sure if that was down to the technical team or maybe the band haven’t worn well over the years and prefer their lighting extra low. Either way..nothing to show for it.
However, the mood was good and of course for those of us old enough to remember, today’s title refers to one of James’ most familiar songs ‘Sit Down’, which front man Tim Booth famously got so cheesed off with, for years he refused to perform it. Beyond that though he’s the ultimate crowd pleaser, which probably accounts for the fact that there wasn’t much room to stand up, sit down or swing the proverbial cat in there.
They did a couple of songs on stage with Tim’s usual Catch me if you can hypnotic writhing and then he came down to Pit level to get closer to his fans. I’ve known him to actually get in amongst them at previous gigs and there’s always a lot of hands-on, physical contact. In this instance though he settled for a one on one with some willing participant at the front. They held hands through a whole song and at one point Tim was leaning backwards and forwards putting his whole weight on this poor chap from his perch above the barrier. All I could selfishly think was thank God there’s a spotlight on him.
I was supposed to leave after that but had to wait for this strange performance to finish with a post-coupling chat and big thanks from Tim for holding him up there. Finally he walked past me and out of the way and I could leave James and their adoring crowd to their love-fest. First hand holding then who knows…I didn’t stick around for the after show. Apparently Tim has a penchant for snakes. He’s drawn to them and they’re drawn to him. Must be the dancing.