Warrington Parr Hall
The Dead Sixties with their wacky ska mixed with psychedelic rock sound, that has them pitched somewhere between Madness and The Coral themselves, were worthy openers who played with humility and unpredictability. When the main act arrived on stage to a rapturous reception, talented front man James Skelly declared that he wasn’t well, but would do his best (they had to cancel a few Irish gigs because he lost his voice). Most of the crowd forgot about this three minutes later after they had heard the impressive rat race decrying ‘Bill McCai’, which is their second album’s equivalent to ‘Simon Diamond’ on their self titled debut album, which was omitted from the set list tonight. There has not been a song like tonight’s opener since ‘Smithers Jones’ by The Jam. Skelly clad in his now trademark Texas style hat, sang it perfectly and with passion and believe that saw a few members of the audience’s eyes start to fill up.