Final tour stop was in Padua. Sam performed an intimate set in a local Padua record shop, Beczar Rare Recordings, including ‘Call Me The Loner’. Its one of those songs that has developed through being played a lot this week, and is really coming in to its own:
We walked through the ancient city markets. Padova has the second latest square in Europe (after Moscow Red Square). Next to the venue was Galileo’s Observatory tower – gateway to the stars!
The venue was called La Mela Di Newton, or Newton’s Apple, and they had a great way of serving bar snacks:
Sam ran a few songs during soundcheck – the venue was like a funky room with quirky decorations, sofas stools and a library. The owners Simone and Enrico said they wanted a front room feel to the club, and they certainly achieved it.
The venue was packed, but I had to pause the show after a few songs as people crammed in, and were queuing out the door. Everybody moved forward, and Sam took this snap of the audience. The show was great, with fantastic dynamics from Sam, and the audience were spellbound.
Some songs that have stood out for me this week are ‘Half as Awake’ and ‘Loner’, rousing versions of ‘Bust It Loose’ and ‘Red Green Gold’ (a new live favourite?) and Can You See The Lights is just simply stunning. Here’s the set list from the last show:
Good Natured Child
Lie Low Lie
Jeckyll & the Man
Half As Awake
What You Look For
She’s Not in Love
Bust It Loose
Rain Down On You
Call Me The Loner
Under the Fence
Trouble & Strife
Can You See The Lights
Red Green & Gold
After plugging back in for the encore of ‘Red Green & Gold’, the jack crackled intermittently, so Sam went unplugged and stepped into the audience to deliver a spellbinding final song. After selling out of all the CD’s we had brought to Italy, we had to take addresses and send the CD’s to the disappointed ones who didn’t manage to get their hands on a signed one. A great end to a fun, if exhausting tour!