Review: Del Amitri - stunning return by ‘old friends’

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By Paul Kettley

Del Amitri, 02 Academy, Leeds

For a band who haven’t released an album in 12 years, Del Amitri can be justifiably proud of how the United Kingdom’s gig-going public have not fallen out of love with them during their absence.

Playing to over eight thousand people just a couple of nights earlier, the bands decision to re-unite for a Greatest Hits tour was proving to be little short of a masterstroke.

A full venue in Leeds greeted their Scottish heroes, who preceded to prove why great songs, and genuine talent will always win out over the soulless, mass produced “pop by numbers” we are unfortunately afflicted with these days.

The band, who have sold around five million albums, covered all the bases from their career.

Opening with Always The Last To Know, they bombasted their way through hit after hit, including the super catchy Roll To Me, and Nothing Ever Happens - the signature tune hit from the album Waking Hours which any self respecting lover of true song writing craftsmanship should own.

Cleverly, they even indulged themselves a little with lesser known album tracks too, such as the brilliant What I Think She Sees and Somebody Else which hadn’t featured in their live repertoire previously.

A great evening with “old friends.”