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IQ at Robin 2, Bilston 8th December 2002

Playing to a fair sized crowd in the West Midlands area for the first time in a few years, IQ again played a memorable set to keep us all warm on a bitterly cold evening. This was the 3rd gig of the end of the year shows, and in my opinion one of the best since February in Holland. Opening with The Wrong Side of Weird, the band were soon on top form again, and with a nice back catalogue of songs to choose from, the lads make a handy choice of numbers to play. Still no new material aired tonight, but plenty to keep the paying punters happy!

A nice medley from The Wake featuring 1000 Days and The Magic Roundabout got the clan of IQ fans cheering and rocking, but Further Away and The Seventh House got the floor moving even more. The longer IQ songs seem to go down well as the set closer The Narrow Margin proved. We had Guiding Light and Erosion from the last album Seventh House, and more from Subterranea in the title track, and a special version of Speak My Name with a talented Mike Holmes even throwing in an extra note!

Encores were Awake And Nervous, and The Wake and this put the icing on the prog cake. The venue is very good, and I hope IQ return there again, great sound again, and as I said before a cracking gig! Now we have Saturday to look forward to, and speaking of forward, that's where IQ are going!

Danny Mayo


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