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Travis

Posted: 24 Oct 2013

The Sage Gateshead

23 October 2013

 



Back after several years taken off to raise young families, Travis’s front-man Fran Healy remarked: “The Sage at Gateshead seems a bit of an odd place to have a rock concert.” The near-sell-out crowd did not agree and welcomed the band enthusiastically, keen to sing along with many of their classic hits including ‘Driftwood, ‘Closer,’ ‘Turn’ and ‘Sing.’

Material from their new album ‘Where You Stand’ was also received warmly. There was no apparent change of direction from Travis’s regular formula: they simply seem to have picked up the reins from where they left off in the years B.C. – Before Children.

A 100-minute set included a rousing encore, starting with an unaccompanied rendition of ‘Flowers in the Window’ with all the mics switched off as Travis experimented with The Sage’s renowned acoustics, before going for the tried and tested as they climaxed with their biggest hit ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’

Whether or not Fran Healy lied when he was 17, the simple truth is Travis are back – and with a bang.

 

Barbara Mason

           

 

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