A snow storm throughout the day and icy roads meant the turn-out wasn’t as expected. Many people stuck at home, unable to make the trip into town. There was plenty of space around Northumbria Institute, but this only meant the crowd lucky enough to make it had enough room to move and groove along to the funk-tastic sounds of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
There was no dancing from the main man himself, Huey Morgan, however, who stuttered onto stage held up by crutches, sporting heavy strapping on his right leg. Morgan spent the gig sat down, but not on a stool or a chair found last-minute by the venue to accommodate for the New York old-timers.
He made sure his chair kept with the theme of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. An endearingly extra plush red leather recliner awaited him as he finally stumbled on. A neat little table set up right next to him for his beverages to sit. Their stage production, as simple as it may have been, created the feeling of a New York dive bar or speakeasy found in the depths of Brooklyn.
Several new numbers, quite literally fresh of the page, fit in alongside the classics. Huey informing the crowd they wanted to craft the new material in an old school manner. Honing them on the road, citing The Clash as an inspiration for trying new things on stage, even if they don’t always work. But these new numbers only hampered the flow of the set, the stuttering nature of them meaning the show dragged in parts, it felt a little unplanned.