One of the things I enjoy about gig photography is the opportunity to see bands outside my musical comfort zone, who I’d never normally see in the normal run of things.
It’s fair to say that when Alexander O’Neal was in the Top 10 with his big hit “Criticize” I was more likely to be listening to The Fall, or The Cure, or Nick Cave or The Smiths or something of that nature.
But it’s always good to broaden your horizons, and when the audience are enjoying a gig as much as tonight, you can’t help but get swept along with the vibe.
The only minor complaint I heard all night was that people weren’t aware that there was no support act, so many had been there for the doors opening at 7pm, and had to sit around until 9.15pm when Alexander O’Neal took to the stage. But once he did, any gripes were soon forgotten.
Obviously if security had allowed one person up on stage, he had so many hardcore fans there that the stage would have been overrun, and easily gotten out of hand, but it was a nice moment, and the lady was soon back at the front of the stage, dancing!
A fun evening, and if you’re a fan but not seen him yet, then you won’t be disappointed!
Words + Pictures: John W. King