Roddy Frame played Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain in full last night [December 1] at the first of three shows to mark the album's 30th anniversary. The show - at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - ran across two sets.
Roddy Frame played Aztec Camera’s High Land, Hard Rain in full last night [December 1] at the first of three shows to mark the album’s 30th anniversary.
The show – at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – ran across two sets.
The first set featured both Frame solo and accompanied by bassist Amulf Linder and drummer Adrian Mehan. It consisted of pre-High Land, Hard Rain recordings, rarities and b-sides – including a performance of “Green Jacket Grey“, an unreleased song long rumoured to have been the title track for an album Aztec Camera recorded for the Postcard label.
The set set featured Frame accompanied by a full band – Linder, Mehan, guitarist Tom Edwards and keyboardist Owen Parker – for a performance of High Land, Hard Rain in order. During introductions to the songs, Frame revealed the title for the album came from Highlands Avenue, Acton, where he was living while writing part of it. He also revealed that Aztec Camera’s first professional engagement was supporting The Teardrop Explodes on the day of Ian Curtis’ suicide.
Frame will continue his High Land, Hard Rain shows on Tuesday, December 3 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Wednesday, December 4 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
A vinyl-only reissue of High Land, Hard Rain is available now; a new Roddy Frame album is due for release in 2014.
Roddy Frame played:
Birth Of The True
How Men Are
The Spirit Shows
Just Like Gold
Green Jacket Grey
High Land Hard Rain
The Boy Wonders
Walk Out to Winter
The Bugle Sounds Again
We Could Send Letters
Pillar to Post
Lost Outside the Tunnel
Back on Board
Down the Dip
Bigger Brighter Better
Somewhere In My Heart
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