Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the first leg of The Wonder Stuff’s 30th Anniversary tour at The Engine Rooms in Southampton. After eventually locating the venue in the depths of a Southampton Industrial Estate, we were in. I was lucky enough to be able to introduce myself to Miles Hunt outside, and managed to stay composed and professional! I wasn’t able to ask him any questions, but he did tell me this “There’s no three song rule here, get in there whenever you like, we’d rather you took them when we’ve worked up a sweat” Well, Challenge accepted Milo, 400 photos later, I hope I did you justice! And didn’t we all work up a sweat in there!
The support act, 4 piece Indie-Pop The Lottery Winners, from Lancashire did a good job of getting the crowd going with songs such as ‘Pillows’, well worth a listen I reckon.
From the moment that The Wonder Stuff exploded onto stage with ‘30 Years in the Bathroom‘, (the perfect opener to the 30th Anniversary Tour), the crowd were bouncing. We were promised a set of old songs and we weren’t disappointed, we were also treated to ‘For the Broken Hearted‘ from the upcoming album to celebrate the anniversary – ‘30 Goes around the Sun’.
I can honestly say that 30 Years on and Miles still looks like he’s enjoying it as much as we are and as usual Erica Nockalls added some glamour to the proceedings. Miles led a moving tribute to Martin Gilks (Gilksy) the bands former drummer who sadly died in a Motorbike accident, with an on point performance of ‘A Wish Away‘ and issued a further tribute to fellow musician Kirsty Maccoll with ‘Welcome to the Cheap Seats’
After rocking our socks off with ‘Ten Trenches Deep’, the band left the stage, only to unsurprisingly return a few moments later with a cracking encore, finishing up with ‘Goodnight Though’. To paraphrase Miles Hunt, “I’m just getting warmed up, I could play all night!” No question,we’d be right there with you Miles!
I’m shattered, I’m totally deaf and as usual I just want to do it all over again!-
Full photo album of the night can be found HERE
Written by Jacqueline Cook