Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets
The Sage, Gateshead
This busy and diverse month of gigs continued to provide plenty of entertainment and, for the first time since the Johnny Cash Roadshow, a male singer. I had been in two minds whether or not to book a ticket for this one but once I found out Dawn Landes was going to be there as support it made the decision very easy.
20 minutes wasn't too long to wait for the main act. In fact I welcomed the opportunity to pop out to chat with Dawn.
Nick went through the card, with songs stretching across several eras. These included So It Goes, Ragin' Eyes, I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass, Cruel to be Kind and then up his most recent material with Los Straitjackets, including Tokyo Bay.
He joked that as his songs are just three minutes long, anyone not enjoying one of them doesn't[t have have to wait too long for another one to start. It was that sort of evening, with Nick making an instant and strong connection with the audience.
Incidentally, I was surprised to see this show was placed in Sage 2 rather than the much larger hall, especially as the last run of tickets were for standing only, which is rare for Sage 2.