Ian Brown / Domino Bones / The Incredible Beat Box Band
Manchester MEN Arena - 03.12.05
do say that in order to succeed in many things, what you need
is a gimmick and they don't come anymore gimmicky than Bez, do
they? I sat in my seat for at least half of the set from Domino
Bones contemplating the reason for his inclusion, mainly due
to the fact that they play a varied range of music from blues
through to funk, indie and pop. Their sound is illuminated by
the Kate Bush vocals of Monica Ward, but Bez boasting how many
times he can say; "Yeeeaaahhh mmmaaannn", kind of detracted
from their musical ability and broadness.
oriental beat boxing followed from the aptly named The Incredible
Beat Box Band, incorporating three energetic rappers who included
a mix of 'Fools Gold' in their bombastic set; to tease the crowd
about what might follow. A lot of the rapping was done in Japanese
or by using non-verbal sounds, some similar to blowing a raspberry
that seemed to pass the crowd by at times. However, their spirit
and enthusiasm showed them to be a promising outfit with potential.
For tonight, the surprise element seemed to work.
street magician who has rumoured to have fooled David Blaine burned
away the minutes before Ian Brown came on. However, it
seemed like he was saving his A material, as he merely produced
a prolonged card-trick that baffled the volunteer, but failed
to stem the repetitive chants for the final act of the evening.
small fish was thrown to Stone Roses devotees with a snippet from;
'Elizabeth My Dear' and then a pit rumbling rendition of 'I Wanna
Be Adored', ensuring that Ian Brown was heroically received. He
took no time in paying tribute to his former idol; George Best
by starting off a few famed dedicatory chants that made half of
Manchester as pleased as punch. The monkey man then plunged into
an hour long main set that included solo material only, inclusive
of the raw and mysteriously biological 'If Dolphins Were Monkeys'.
Guest guitarists entered and left the scene like extras in a panto,
as Brown was determined to give his solo material new life. This
consisted mainly of numbers from his recent best of album; 'The
A funky and marching trumpet intro signalled the underrated; 'The
Sweet Fantastic' that then took off slightly from its customary
maudlin bluesy feel, as Brownie put vigour and spirit into his
material, almost as though he was trying to make a name for himself
all over again. The sombre 'Time Is My Everything' saw a usually
bouncing pit swaying like trees in a breeze. The main man made
it clear that a packed house didn't mean that people can't dance,
by providing a solution for those with little room and nimbly
demonstrating the "Shoulder Shuffle".
encore inclusive of fan favourites 'Waterfall', the rousing and
anthemic 'Made Of Stone' and 'She Bangs The Drums', culminated
in the chillingly performed 'F.E.AR.', much to the delight of
a nostalgic crowd.
Photos: Shirlaine Forrest - www.shirlainephotos.co.uk
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