The Lightning Seeds at Shepherd's Bush Empire The Lightning Seeds… The lighting bleeds

Review: The Lightning Seeds at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Published on February 20th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

Hit after hit after hit; and that was just the opening acoustic set courtesy of Starsailor front man James Walsh. It’s testament to how highly regarded Ian Broudie is within music circles that he was able to call upon such eminent support, and it’s testament to his songwriting ability that his Lightning Seeds body of work that it still sounds fantastic some fifteen to twenty years down the line.

Backed by a band containing his son Riley on guitar – and if you don’t already know, yes, “Life of Riley” was indeed written for him – Broudie went for the jugular with a set that was the very definition of ‘crowd-pleasing’, rendering whoever’s decision it was to fill the stalls with seating largely in vain. Yep, folk were dancing merrily in the makeshift aisles, and the air of revelry and reverence was acknowledged by Broudie after each song with a typically unassuming utterance of “ta”.

“Ready or Not”

Obvious shouts aside, Dizzy Heights album track “You Bet Your Life” reasserted itself as a blissful slice of Beach Boys-y psych-pop, while a cover of David Bowie’s “The Prettiest Star” sat well in a set that tellingly did not draw upon Broudie solo records Tales Told and Four Winds (the latter was released under the name The Lightning Seeds but, as Broudie recently told us, is effectively a solo outing). Only “Cigarettes and Lies” was aired from 1999 curio Tilt, but it would be churlish to profess any misgivings with a set that included all the most well remembered hits, of which there are many.

Rocksucker went home with a strawberry-clad Jollification T-shirt, and would like to commend Broudie and his cohorts for a splendid night’s work. It seems as if this tour is intended to draw a line under the material featured, so if you happen to live within close range of one of the two remaining shows – namely Buxton Opera House Festival on 20th February and Ashford St Mary’s Church on 21st February – we recommend that you get yourself down there and catch the return of a true pop juggernaut while you can.

Set list: “Ready or Not”, “Imaginary Friends”, “What If…”, “Sense”, “All I Wanna Do”, “You Bet Your Life”, “Change”, “Perfect”, “The Life of Riley”, “The Prettiest Star”, “Cigarettes and Lies”, “You Showed Me”, “Pure”, “Sugar Coated Iceberg”, “Lucky You”, “Marvellous”

Click here to read Rocksucker’s interview with Ian Broudie!

Artists:

About the Author

Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.


62 Responses to Review: The Lightning Seeds at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

  1. gamefly says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your weblog for a while now and finally got
    the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

  2. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate
    to this excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to
    my Google account. I look forward to new updates
    and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  3. g says:

    Hi there, I want to subscribe for this weblog to obtain hottest updates, therefore where can i do it please assist.

  4. g says:

    Appreciation to my father who stated to me regarding this weblog,
    this website is in fact remarkable.

  5. Can I simply just say what a relief to find someone that truly knows what they’re
    talking about on the internet. You certainly realize how
    to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people have
    to look at this and understand this side of the story.

    I was surprised you are not more popular since you certainly have the gift.

  6. I just want to tell you that I’m newbie to weblog and seriously savored this page. Likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You amazingly have terrific posts. Thank you for sharing your web-site.

  7. W88 says:

    What i don’t understood is in truth how you’re no longer actually a lot more smartly-liked than you might be now. You are very intelligent. You recognize thus significantly with regards to this subject, made me in my opinion imagine it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be interested until it’s one thing to do with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs excellent. Always maintain it up!

  8. 릴 게임 says:

    Absolutely indited subject material , appreciate it for entropy.

  9. Success says:

    My brother recommended I might like this website. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  10. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you really realize what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally discuss with my site =). We could have a link change contract between us!

  11. This is the correct weblog for anyone who needs to find out about this topic. You understand so much its nearly arduous to argue with you (not that I truly would need…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply nice!

  12. It is perfect time to make a few plans for the long run and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I may just I desire to recommend you few attention-grabbing things or suggestions. Maybe you can write subsequent articles regarding this article. I desire to learn even more things approximately it!

  13. W88 link says:

    I love the efforts you have put in this, thanks for all the great content.

  14. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to prevent hackers?

  15. I will immediately clutch your rss feed as I can’t in finding your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly permit me understand so that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  16. africa music says:

    I would like to express thanks to this writer just for rescuing me from such a matter. After scouting throughout the internet and finding concepts which were not beneficial, I believed my life was done. Living without the presence of approaches to the issues you’ve resolved by means of your main site is a crucial case, as well as the kind which could have negatively affected my entire career if I had not come across your website. Your own personal know-how and kindness in maneuvering the whole lot was important. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come upon such a solution like this. I’m able to at this moment relish my future. Thank you very much for your high quality and results-oriented guide. I will not think twice to propose the website to anyone who would like support about this area.

  17. I like this website very much, Its a rattling nice billet to read and incur information. “Nunc scio quit sit amor.” by Virgil.

  18. DSLR cameras says:

    I conceive this site contains some very excellent information for everyone :D. “The ground that a good man treads is hallowed.” by Johann von Goethe.

  19. I have figured out some important things through your blog post post. One other stuff I would like to say is that there are lots of games on the market designed specifically for preschool age kids. They involve pattern recognition, colors, animals, and styles. These typically focus on familiarization as opposed to memorization. This makes little kids engaged without having the experience like they are studying. Thanks

  20. Very great post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more soon!

  21. A lot of thanks for all your work on this web site. Ellie enjoys carrying out investigation and it’s really obvious why. My spouse and i know all relating to the lively means you create good guidelines on the blog and therefore improve response from some others on that content while our daughter is actually being taught a lot of things. Take advantage of the remaining portion of the year. Your doing a glorious job.

  22. cheats says:

    Hi, Neat post. There is an issue together with your website in web explorer, may check this… IE still is the market leader and a huge component to other folks will pass over your excellent writing because of this problem.

  23. giving app says:

    Great write-up, I¡¦m normal visitor of one¡¦s blog, maintain up the nice operate, and It is going to be a regular visitor for a long time.

  24. I do accept as true with all the ideas you’ve offered on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  25. hi!,I like your writing so much! share we communicate more about your article on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

  26. #swimsuits says:

    Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and detailed information you present. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  27. I just couldn’t depart your web site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard info a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often to check up on new posts

  28. Yet another issue is really that video gaming has become one of the all-time biggest forms of excitement for people spanning various ages. Kids enjoy video games, plus adults do, too. The particular XBox 360 is just about the favorite video games systems for folks who love to have a huge variety of games available to them, in addition to who like to play live with other individuals all over the world. Many thanks for sharing your thinking.

  29. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  30. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with helpful info to work on. You have performed an impressive activity and our whole group shall be thankful to you.

  31. You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the subject matter and found most people will approve with your site.

  32. Hi there, I found your site via Google while looking for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  33. Davinci says:

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome weblog!

  34. Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any solutions to stop hackers?

  35. Thanks for your article. I also think that laptop computers are getting to be more and more popular today, and now are often the only sort of computer utilized in a household. Simply because at the same time potentially they are becoming more and more affordable, their computing power is growing to the point where there’re as effective as personal computers out of just a few in years past.

  36. great issues altogether, you just received a new reader. What may you suggest about your submit that you made some days ago? Any certain?

  37. poker online says:

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

  38. I’ve read a few just right stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much attempt you set to make this type of wonderful informative web site.

  39. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  40. My spouse and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to exploring your web page repeatedly.

  41. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  42. excellent publish, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  43. oral surgeon says:

    Hello, i feel that i noticed you visited my blog so i got here to “go back the want”.I am trying to find issues to enhance my web site!I suppose its good enough to use some of your ideas!!

  44. Heya this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  45. I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site :)

  46. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  47. W88 says:

    I’ve learn a few excellent stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you place to create this type of magnificent informative website.

  48. fogyókúra says:

    Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, fantastic site!

  49. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, as well as the content!

  50. You made some clear points there. I looked on the internet for the topic and found most persons will agree with your site.

  51. blancolån says:

    I’m really inspired with your writing skills and also with the layout to your blog. Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself? Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it’s rare to look a nice blog like this one these days..

  52. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  53. I have come to understand that costs for on-line degree gurus tend to be an awesome value. For example a full College Degree in Communication in the University of Phoenix Online consists of 60 credits at $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online comes with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a full education course requirement of 180 units and a tariff of $30,560. Online studying has made getting your college degree been so cool because you might earn your degree through the comfort of your house and when you finish from work. Thanks for other tips I’ve learned through the web site.

  54. Thank you for any other informative site. Where else may just I am getting that kind of info written in such an ideal means? I’ve a undertaking that I am simply now operating on, and I have been on the glance out for such info.

  55. I just like the helpful info you provide to your articles. I will bookmark your blog and take a look at once more right here frequently. I’m fairly sure I will be told many new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the next!

  56. Spot on with this write-up, I actually assume this website needs much more consideration. I’ll most likely be once more to read rather more, thanks for that info.

  57. Can I simply say what a aid to seek out somebody who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know find out how to carry an issue to mild and make it important. More individuals need to learn this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more widespread because you definitely have the gift.

  58. I reckon something genuinely special in this website.

  59. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am happy to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make certain to do not forget this website and give it a look regularly.

  60. You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” by Napoleon.

  61. Good day very nice blog!! Guy .. Excellent .. Superb .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also…I am happy to seek out so many helpful info here within the publish, we need develop extra techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  62. W88 says:

    A person necessarily lend a hand to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and so far? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual post amazing. Wonderful task!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *