Live @ Swindon Oasis
February 3, 2002
Review & Photography: Steve Bateman
Even now, I can still remember my excitement after flicking through
the NMEs Live Gig Guide, last December.
Ash one of the greatest bands of all time had just announced
a one-off date at the Swindon Oasis on February 3, 2002, in preparation
for their upcoming NME Carling Awards Show.
It seemed like a lost date from the highly successful low-key Comeback
Tour of 2000, as established bands rarely hit this part of the country.
Mark explained: A friend of ours who lives in Swindon, asked if
we would play a gig in their hometown.
Two hours before the doors opened and a huge queue was developing, as
loyal fans were eager to Lose Control proving that theres
a demand and hunger here, for regular live music!
Once inside, the atmosphere was electric: Tonight theres
no denying, no theres no denying, theres something magic
in the air. Support act: Hundred Reasons, warmed the crowd up
a treat. Their set was extremely loud / energetic and current single
If I Could was a real highlight, definitely a band to keep your eye
As Here Comes The Music blasted from the stage speakers, fans soon realised
that The Ash-Team were on their way!
Although Ash have been touring Free All Angels for nearly a year now,
the songs as always, were delivered with passion and conviction, thus
reinforcing their much lauded reputation as a fine live act.
Fans were absorbed by a classic set, which began with A Life Less Ordinary,
followed by a mixture of Greatest Hits, Free All Angels album tracks
and recent b-side No Place To Hide.
With Cherry Bomb, Shining Light and Walking Barefoot delivered in quick
succession, Ash were obviously enjoying themselves immensely. Hows
it going? Tim enquired, Do you like Rock n Roll
in Swindon? to which the crowd cheered ecstatically! This is a
band on top form.
During the encore, Ash re-visited their early days with Uncle Pat and
Jack Names The Planets, before ending the night perfectly, with a fierce
rendition of Numbskull.
Overall, an Excellent gig, which as a devoted Ash fan has left me with
many great memories.
A very special thanks to Ian Cheek for all of his help, and to Ash +
their management / security.