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Against All Odds
by Russell Turner - 19:02 on 19 February 2017
If the top sports teams are those who still win when they’re not on peak form then the best bands are those who can leave a crowd happy despite physical and psychological problems. Step forward City Limits.
As previously reported, singer Jenna is coping womanfully with pregnancy-related issues, but the real medical dramas at Jacko’s last night centred on Sam and Keith who both went on stage despite several days of cold and flu symptoms.
Keith’s state of mind wasn’t improved when, after an increasingly panicked search, he accepted that he’d left his guitar capo at home, which meant half the set was either difficult or impossible to play. An emergency phone call to a guitar-playing friend who lived nearby went to voicemail, so we began the gig not certain that we’d be able to end it.
It was to everyone’s relief that the call was returned during the first set, allowing Keith to rush off at the interval, collect a temporary capo and ease his stress about what we played next, although the stress returned as his voice grew croakier the longer we played.
Despite everything, we made it to our final number. Then an insistent audience demanded two encores. A great night.
Now, as the only fully healthy member of the band last night, I wait to discover if I was able to avoid the bugs that must have been flying around the stage. Time will tell.
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