After a break. Feeder are back, and currently riding high in the Top Ten of the Album Chart and recently did a gig at Old Trafford, albeit as entertainment during Rugby League’s Super League Final.
From Old Trafford to The Limelight, not quite 76,000 were packed into the South Belfast venue, but it didn’t matter to those that were there.
Long time fan, i’ve never seen Feeder play live. The closest I ever came was in 2014 when Grant Nicholas played a instore gig at HMV in Cardiff ……… the day after I went home from Cardiff after a few days there.
And when I say long time fan, I mean long time fan, going back to the days when they were the darlings of the Melody Maker.
I know this because I recently picked up some late era Melody Makers on the cheap, which are going to be appearing on The Magazine Archive at some point in the future. Apologies for the plug. 1999-2000 era Melody Maker is a headmelter.
Grant Nicholas, now sporting long hair and a beard which makes him dangerously close to passing as a Barry Gibb lookalike, was reminiscing about his previous visits to Belfast, describing it as a city that loves Guitar Bands, preaching his love of The Limelight, while remembering that Feeder’s first gig in Belfast was attended by 20 people.
Nicholas did a lot of talking inbetween songs, which was convenient if you wanted to quickly check the Liverpool v Man United score. I don’t know why, even by the Twitter commentary it looked like a match destined to finish 0-0.
Something that Feeder managed to do during their heyday was to combine heavy riffs with slow building anthems, and they managed to mix them up enough to keep people happy, fitting Feeling A Moment, Pushing The Senses, Lost and Found, High, Tender, Come Back Around and Just The Way I’m Feeling onto the setlist, saving Just A Day for the encore.
Unsurprisingly, the biggest cheers were saved for Buck Rogers, starting off as a slow ballad before morphing into the song we all know and love.