Saturday, December 11, 2010
Concert Review: The English Beat Party In Connecticut
The conclusion of a brief spoken introduction brought The English Beat to the stage as the audience waited in anticipation to get up dance. The reggae grooves of the openers “Whine and Grine” and “Stand Down Margaret” brought some people to their feet. A cover of The Staple Singers’ song “I’ll Take You There” turned the theater in one big dance floor as everyone surrendered their moves to the music. The Beat stretched out songs “I Confess” and “Hand’s Off … She’s Mine” before finishing the first set with a new song “The Love You Give Last Forever.” Wakeling also informed the audience that an acoustic version of the song was available on iTunes to benefit Autism.
A 50-minute intermission concluded with The Beat returning to the stage with “Rough Rider” and a Smokey Robinson cover “Tears Of A Clown.” A fan invited herself on stage to dance finding the seated area too crowded to move during “Save It For Later.” She returned to the seats after only a few minutes, finding no room on stage to dance either. Wakeling even included the General Public song “Never You Done That,” to which Wakeling wrote and sang as also a member of that late ‘80s band. The Beat finished their hour-long second set picking up the tempo with “Rankin’ Full Stop” and their biggest hit “Mirror In The Bathroom.”
The Beat returned for the encore performing the appropriately titled “End Of The Party” before finishing the evening’s music with “Jackpot.” The band wished everyone a good night as they shook hands and hoped to see everyone again when they return to the Fairfield Theater in January.
Set 1: Whine And Grine>Stand Down Margaret, I'll Take You There, I Confess, Hand's Off...She's Mine, Best Friend, Twist & Crawl, Can't Get Used To Losing You, The Love You Give Lasts Forever
Set 2: Rough Rider, Tears Of A Clown, How Can You Stand There, Doors Of You Heart, Save It For Later, Never |You Done That, Tenderness, Two Tone Music, Rankin Full Stop>Mirror In The Bathroom
Encore: End Of The Party, Jackpot
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