Anyways, a short review of the show.
After we had finished a meal at the Majestic’s in-house restaurant we found that the queue was already stretched down and around the block…a fantastic sign given there had been very little promotion for the show. The queue seemed to be made up mostly of expats but once the venue started filling up there seemed to be a good mix of Americans and expats. There were tickets still available at the box office but by the looks of the venue near show time The Majestic had either sold out or came very close to selling out.
The show began with a low rumble while footage of a jet lifting off lit the background. Doves took the stage and broke headlong into an urgent rendition of Jetstream. The band appeared to be enthusiastic playing Detroit and it translated to their music. While the crowd’s feedback was somewhat less racauous than Chicago they were just as interested in the music. This atmosphere set the tempo for the night except for a slight hiccup with Kingdom of Rust when Jimi became frustrated about a minute into the song and had the band start over again…much to the confusion of the audience. Despite the issue this did not slow down the band the rest of the night and the audience quickly got back into the show.
Detroit received big props from the band for their musical heritage and mentioned how much that heritage has influenced them. Jimi also drew parallels between Manchester and Detroit – both being industrial cities with a rich music scenes. This obviously drew loud cheers of approval from the audience.
The highlights of the show were The Outsiders, The Greatest Denier, Rise, and Here It Comes. There was a slight teaser when Jimi broke into a few bass chords of The Doors The End that segued into The Last Broadcast. Otherwise the setlist was the exact same as the previous night’s performance in Chicago.
In closing…after a weekend of roadtripping to Doves shows, how does your blogmaster Nicky celebrate/recover? With a massive breakfast from the Cracker Barrel of course! With all the jumping and screaming done over the course of 3 days only a hearty breakfast of grease and a large slab of meat could fill up the tank again.
I don’t think I’ve seen a man happier in my life.
By the way…just a quick intro but I’m Nicky’s other half, Lindsay and I may post on here on the odd occasion. I’ve been a fan since 2002 when Doves were featured on the U2.com ZooRadio playlist Larry Mullen Jr. posted on their website. The first time I heard Words I was left in awe…I had never heard anything like it in my life. I’ve followed them since and I first saw them live in Chicago back in 2005. I look forward to contributing to this blog in whatever capacity in the future.