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More Fun At Foxes
by Russell Turner - 13:33 on 24 April 2016
The latest City Limits incarnation made a spectacular first appearance on Friday night, at Foxes, with an enthusiastic crowd all keen to sing and dance. Despite only one full-band rehearsal, at which about half the set was gone through, and a few try-outs with Keith, new singer Jenna fitted in with no trouble whatsoever.
We even got away with a rather ragged version (on my part anyway) of Gimme Gimme Gimme. Sam likes to play fast.
Jenna, she later revealed, was so hyper after the gig that she was unable to sleep and turned to housework to pass the time. That's rock and roll.
Because she was entertaining Elgin on Saturday night, City Limits Lite played the second night. The omens were inauspicious: the crowd was sparse and I arrived with only moments to spare thanks to poor time management and a lack of parking space. Then Sam, summoned by one of the bar staff, had to quit the stage to move his car, leaving Keith and me to begin I'm A Believer on our own. It worked surprisingly well, but improved immeasurably when the drummer returned halfway through the song.
With Jenna absent, it was touch and go whether the three-piece repertoire would fill the time, which was how we discovered that we knew 500 Miles (which we'd never played before) and I discovered I didn't know Walk This Way – nor did the guest singer from the crowd. Or maybe he did, but he stood so far back from the microphone that it was difficult to judge.
The crowd also starred in Sweet Child O' Mine, hitting the high chorus notes that Keith knew he couldn't reach, his voice being more manly than Axl Rose's. By then the room was almost as busy as the previous night and we knew that all would end well – another cracking night at Foxes.
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