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Graham Clark
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@Maxximum23Clark
10:39 PM 21st December 2021
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Shed Seven Bring Better Days To Leeds

There are not many concerts where the audience discover that a newly wed couple have chosen to spend their honeymoon in Leeds - just to see their favourite band in concert. That was the surprise Rick Witter, lead singer of Shed Seven, shared with the fans at the first of two concerts at the 02 Academy in Leeds.

The York-based band found fame as part of the Britpop movement in the mid-nineties that spawned groups like Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, and the like. There was a sixteen year gap between the last studio album released in 2001 and Instant Pleasures released in 2017.

Welcome to the Pleasure Dome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood blasted out over the PA before Shed Seven appeared on stage for Room In My House, a track off the last album.

“Have you ever been dumped by your girlfriend?” Witter asked a young fan as he introduced She Left Me On Friday. The track still had the swagger that it had back in the nineties; the band joined by new members Maxi (drums) and Tim Wills (guitar and Keyboards) fitting in seamlessly.

Rather than rely on performing just the hits, album tracks such as Devil In Your Shoes and Victoria (from the new album) provided a refreshing edge.

Where Have You Been Tonight? along with On Standby benefitted from being aired acoustically, the latter having the reference to the BBC in the song substituted with Yorkshire TV!

Going For Gold gave the opportunity for the band to mix the hit with the Elvis Presley classic Suspicious Minds

A three piece brass section had already given earlier tracks a boost, but on Getting Better they really put a rocket underneath the track, sending it into orbit. The warmth of the audience is always part of a Shed’s gig and this was no exception. With Covid rules on the horizon many knew that this could be their last concert for a while.

Naturally Chasing Rainbows was left right until the end. The song is probably the track most people associate with the York band. As Witter joked that “we are available for weddings” the night had been a celebration a marriage of top tunes delivered with style and class.

Their last night of the tour is Wednesday 22 December at Manchester Academy