Roadmender, Northampton, 16/5/2022
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Marie Hazelwood takes photographs of and Harry Sherriff reviews Miles Kane at Roadmender in Northampton.
Miles Kane knows how to put on a show. This has never been in doubt.
“As far as I’m concerned there are only two superstars, Beyonce and Miles Kane. You can quote me on that.” - Alex Turner.
His fellow Shadow Puppet might be biased but the thing I’ve always admired about Miles Kane is he seems to live by the basic showman principle of giving everyone as great a night as possible and having fun doing it. The self-professed Wirral riddler had his work cut out getting a casual Northampton crowd worked up on a Tuesday but by the end of the night, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the weekend.
This year, Miles released his fourth solo-album 'Change The Show' and his setlist feels like it’s gone up another level as a result. Almost every song has the feeling of a single at a Miles Kane show. I was pleasantly surprised with the addition of the Tina Turner cover 'Nutbush City Limits' with support act Brook Coombes providing vocals. Miles introduced the song by saying “We played around with this in soundcheck.” Maybe he was lowering expectations but besides the old Kane classics, it was one of the most confident songs of the night.
Having listened to'Change The Show' a lot I was looking forward to my favourite of the album 'Nothing’s Ever Going to Be Good Enough'. A song that was always going to miss the brilliant vocals of Corinne Bailey Rae but I was disappointed this was the song where a lot of people went for a loo break. In fact there was a three-song restlessness around this period that was only brought back when The Last Shadow Puppets’ song Aviation kicked in.
Over the years Kane seems to have let in the fact he doesn’t need to be the focal point and this Bailey Rae collaboration plus the Tina Turner cover on the night shows he’s thinking of the bigger picture because the truth is he’s not a strong enough artist for a 17-song set-list where it’s all him. Not yet anyway but where on past tours I didn’t quite understand where Kane was going or could go. I feel 'Change The Show' and this gig has given me more insight.
Miles Kane just wants you to have a great time.
Don’t Let It Get You Down
Coup de Grace
Change The Show
Nutbush City Limits (cover)
Cry On My Guitar
Nothing’s Ever Going To Be Good Enough
Blame It On The Summertime
Never Get Tired Of Dancing
Don’t Forget Who You Are
Don’t Let Me Down (cover)
The Colour Of The Trap
Standing Next To Me
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