Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

Robyn Hitchcock
Concert appearance: Sat., 4 Aug. 2001

Assembly Rooms
Edinburgh, Scotland UK
Edinburgh Festival

Set list:

A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs
Wax Doll
The Veins Of The Queen
Viva! Sea-Tac
Glass Hotel
Queen Elvis
I Am Not Me
Raymond Chandler Evening
Sally Was A Legend
Only The Stones Remain
Nightfall (Incredible String Band)
Gene Hackman
The Ghost In You (Psychedelic Furs)
Think For Yourself (The Beatles (George Harrison))


I had the privilege of attending Robyn's show in Edinburgh last
night, so I thought I would de-lurk and pass on some hazy

It was a shame the show was not sold out because Robyn
appeared to be in fine form. He was off into a monologue before he
even played his first song! Most of the show was acoustic since
Robyn broke a string on his electric after a couple of songs.

The songs I was familiar were as follows :

Veins of the Queen (preceded with a rant about how the Royal
Family were a "totem of misery" since the ones underneath are all
waiting for the one at the top to die)
Viva Seatac
Queen Elvis (Robyn explained that it takes a million nobodies to
create a somebody elevating that somebody to celebrity status
"like a Courtney Cox - rest assured their shit doesn't smell any
better than yours.")
Raymond Chandler Evening
I am Not Me
Sally Was a Legend
Gene Hackman
Only the Stones Remain

Robyn closed with an Incredible String Band song (don't recall the
title) and encored with a beautiful take on the Psychedelic Furs'
"The Ghost in You." This was followed by a George Harrison song
("I think George is still this side of eternity") (sorry, but I can't give
you the title since I'm no Beatles/solo expert).

There was new (to me at least) material including a song entitled
"A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations, Briggs" (after the line in
"Magnum Force") and a song featuring a recurring line about a
glass hotel which may or may not be called "Glass Hotel" which
was absolutely stunning. Does anybody out there know this song?

Robyn's playing was strong throughout, and his solo at the end of
"I am not me" was impressive to say the least. So, a performance
which was a joy to behold and this on a day when a depressingly
large number of people (51,000 with another 51,000 tonight stats
fans) were across in Glasgow going ape for the performing chimp
that is Robbie Williams. Just isn't right.


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