Very excited about this gig - back to a pub gig, and back to Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel, Jimmy’s gig always go off here. It was a good crowd, nearly sold out on presales and I’m sure by the size of the crowd lined up outside all door sales would have been snapped up. Inside we waited impatiently; the room was full of excited people.
The pub had been advertising Swanee to be there, so we were most disappointed when there was no sign of him. Support was a local band, can’t remember their name but they were ok. Lucky for us there was only one support band, very unusual for this venue which normally has 2-3 support acts - but not this time!! Jimmy was in a great mood when he appeared on stage to the strains of Driving Wheels. He had just come from singing in Aborigine with the Black Arm Band and now he was ready to rock with his band back in a pub. And we were ready to rock with him. What a line up he had on stage with him, almost the ultimate band!! On guitar was Danny Spencer with Davey Lane (been waiting for these two to play together again) Tony Featherstone was back on keys after a few months break and Warren Trout was there on drums - Dario was missing this week with other commitments , but filling in for him on bass was Phil Small. What a combination! They have not all played together for awhile but they still all gelled, worked off each other and helped each other out. Phil was a little scratchy after not having played in front of a crowd for a bit, but all was good. It looked like Jimmy was enjoying the intimacy of the crowd in his face pub gig, he rocked the place. The atmosphere was electric as he worked the room and he had the crowd all the way. The place went off and I had to duck for cover as arms stretched out to grab Jimmy. It was a great choice of songs in the set list again - Sit On My Knee was back after quite some time, a great Dallas Crane song. Also there was Resurrection Shuffle which always gets the crowd going. Some Chisel songs were back too - Choir Girl, Nothing I Want as well as all the usual Chisel hits that everyone comes to expect in Jimmy’s sets. Tony accompanied Jimmy on keys for a brilliant performance of Four Walls for the first song of the encore. Khe Sanh followed and the night finished with Goodbye. It was a great gig; it was so good to be back in the pub, the best kind of venue to see Jimmy. Good old pub rock - nothing beats it!!