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John Wetton, Pineapple Thief at Rotherham UK, 27th September 2003

Pineapple Thief

Playing their third gig, Pineapple Thief got things underway on this pleasant Saturday evening.  Following their storming set at Whitchurch, PT opened with Kid Chameleon.  Frontman Bruce Soord controlled the show on guitar, sometimes joining Matt O’Leary for a two-man job on keys too.  We had nine songs including an encore, but the ones that stood out for me were Part Zero and Vapour Trails.

I don't think it will be too long before this band will move to bigger things, they are young and talented and very tight as a band, and it will take a few gigs before the word begins to spread.

This was another great performance by Pineapple Thief.

John Wetton

After a long intro, on came John Wetton, with his 'new' line up of John Mitchell, Steve Christey and former It Bites ivory tickler, John Beck.  The two Johns, not Wetton had red and orange hair, but this didn't take anything away from the show.  Crashing into Sole Survivor, featuring a first class guitar solo from JM, John Wetton and band set the standard for the evening’s performance.  Most of the set was a journey through ASIA, King Crimson and UK, and some of JW's solo work, and there was a nice little pack of three songs with JW on acoustic guitar and JB gently nursing the keys. 

Of the new material, Waterline stood out, and looks to be a crowd favourite, but set closer Starless got the older members going.

Encores started with the Crimson classic Red, with all members giving their best, then Battlelines filled the place with joy. Last number was the ASIA classic Heat Of The Moment, and JM's guitar ripped through the PA with the powerful riff that everyone should know!

All in all, a great night, two great bands, loads of talent on show tonight, what more can we ask for?

Danny Mayo



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