Sage Gateshead 6/6/05

Review by Gary Raine (Switch to

I arrived just in time for Joe Jackson's set. Dressed in a purple coat and buckled shoes he would not have been out of place as a housemate to Alec Guiness and John Mills in Great Expectations! His set was excellent, especially the songs I knew 'Stepping out', 'Is she really going out with him'. He seemed humbled by the applause and gave a wry smile as he mentioned Todd was up next.

This is the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing Todd live, and if a year ago someone had told me I would be hearing four songs from 'Something/Anything' in Gateshead, I would have expected to be going to see a covers band in a pub up the road. He walked on looking like your much loved eccentric uncle, in a green suit. You could not take your eyes off him. Defeated early on by a broken string he took to the piano and played a sublime 'It wouldn't have made any difference'. Todd looked lost in the song, and I don't know how many times he's played it live but it sounded so fresh. And that voice. This was my highlight of the night, along with a mesmerising 'Pretending to Care'. The songs flew by and it It all ended too soon after an excellent Joe/Ethel/Todd 'While my guitar gently weeps'. I was left to float home over the Millennium Bridge. My only regret is that a time machine has not been invented so that I could go back and do it all over again. Come back soon Todd.

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