Tuesday, June 3, 2003 @ 0:40 AM
Enuff Z'Nuff Live (On the Renf
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REVIEW BY: Iain Black
I have just witnessed a revelation. Last night I saw Enuff Z'nuff rock Glasgow. They played on an old ferry moored on the river Clyde, which I used to used to cross the river as a kid. ENZ played for at least an hour and got a great reception from the crowd. I must take the opportunity of thanking the LA Guns tour manager (sorry I didn't catch your name, but you told us you went to school with Dave Lee Roth and beat him up 3 times!) who gave ENZ an hour slot and insisted on them doing one more song at the end. I think I am qualified to judge this show having seen their first Marquee show in London all those years ago and many since and I think it was excellent.
As a three piece they are just as powerful, and it was clear they were enjoying it. The sound was pretty good so we could hear Chip's great backing vocals as well as his trademark marching and one-handed bass playing. Ricky was also on form with some really neat drumstick tricks and intricate hi hat patterns despite his drum kit sliding all over the ferry! Johnny Monaco is a great front man, perfect vocals, excellent posing and he still manages to play guitar as well as before. Some of the songs had new arrangements, some had no guitar solos but it was a great set. Highlights for me were “Vacant Love' from 1985 and “The Way Home / Coming Home” (I hope I remembered the title correctly) from Strength.
There was the usual invitation from the stage to join the band in their hotel after the show and they were more than happy to chat to us after their set. I don't know of any other band that is so accessible and this is part of their appeal and part of driving their success and longevity.
During “For Now,” a tear of joy came to my eye at the line “People like us don't ever change” as I realised I had been following the band for 14 years. There were guys in the audience who I met at rock clubs in Glasgow in the early eighties and I realised we won't ever change. Enuff Z'Nuff are our Beatles, our Rolling Stones, etc.
Many fans would have been apprehensive about the gigs knowing that they were a 3-piece, but I am certainly grateful that they came over again on tour. I'm sure, like me, most of the fans will not want to be disrespectful to any of the 4 band members in commenting about the shows or about Donnie not being there, but it does make you feel awkward. I just hope things can be worked out for the future and the love and respect the band shows to the fans and vice versa will move us forward.