| Fun Lovin Criminals Rock the Villa
So, is Huey as cool in real life? Absolutely!
Initially, it seemed a strange decision by the
Department of Tourism and Leisure to bring over the
Fun Lovin' Criminals.
They are neither hard rock enough for the
stereotypical biker nor mainstream enough for the
Yet the gig in the Villa Marina gardens on Saturday
night was well attended with 3,400 people attending -
considerably more than for Cast, Reef or Republica
For a three-piece FLC put on a surprisingly varied set
and they dished out the favourites such as The Fun
Lovin' Criminal, Scooby Snacks, Loco (the Miller Beer
advert) and Korean Bodega with gusto.
Some of the more chilled-out Latino tracks were given
hard guitar treatment but maintained a laid-back feel.
Huey is as much an entertainer as a musician and
cracked a few jokes which cannot be repeated here.
He also gave versatile bassist/keyboard player Brian
Leiser and drummer Maxwell Jayson a rest by treating
the audience to a solo set which included a cover of
Johnny Cash's Delia.
They ended their first 'finish' with a drawn out
version of Big Night Out, with Huey comically
referring to past conquests Cat Deeley and Kylie
They made the standard stage comeback and treated the
audience to several more tracks.
After the telling the audience the police were
complaining and they had to go they capped off a
cracking evening with their version of Louis
Armstrong's We Have All the Time in the World.
The was a great night out marred only by the lack of
bars with just one catering for thousands of people
which was permanently eight-people deep with people
ordering 15 drinks.
FLC may have made a few new fans in the Island after
this fine, entertaining set.
The idea of a band such as FLC coming to the Island
didn't sit comfortably somehow but the decision, as
far as I'm concerned, has been fully vindicated.
Huey knew he'd delivered and finished the evening by
'Van Morrison, cop that!'
James Campbell (Isle of Man Newspapers).
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