Good News, I Can Sing – Robert Forster live

Robert Forster – St Luke’s, Glasgow – Friday 17th May 2019

There seems to be a confluence of fans of a certain age who come together around Robert Forster. Whilst fans of the measured pop of the Go-Betweens are the obvious core audience, he can also attract people who both prefer noisier stuff. And even the offspring of some fans (<PK2 was again in attendance!)

Which explains why, this show was upgraded weeks ago from King Tut’s to the much larger St Luke’s, although the resulting change to timings did caused some unfortunate confusion.

If not sold out, the venue was still busy, more than justifying the upgrade. With the doors not open at 7 the MPTers were caught up in the queue but still managed to snag a spot on the barrier in front of the left-hand side of the PA.

Whereas last time, Robert had barely had a voice to sing with (acknowledged in his opening remarks) this time, reassuringly, he arrived in full voice.

The set that followed (no support) felt very much in tune with the more laid-back vibe of the new record ‘Inferno’. Two thirds of the record received an outing mainly in the first half of the set when the focus was on the solo material, with only the odd Go-Betweens number thrown in.

But as the set wore on the balance very much shifted in favour of Go-Betweens songs ranging from the very earliest (‘Don’t Let Him Come Back’) to latter day second incarnation songs such as a rousing ‘Here Comes A City’ (which finished the main set) and a spine tingling ‘Finding You’, during the first encore.

The reception was rapturous throughout, whether solo or Go-Bs, and there was a real sense of occasion by just being in the room. The show concluded with 2 three song crowd pleasing encores, although the only solo track in the run, ‘Learn To Burn’ was perhaps the pick of the bunch. Whatever your favourite though everyone was sent home happily.

Setlist on Setlist.fm

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