IQ, Saturday December 8th 2002
Robin Hood 2, Wolverhampton, UK
By Wallace Sephton
The right note
First time for the group in this area since an appearance in Dudley in 1984, the gig drew a crowd of 150 – 200
devotees including a small representation from CRS.
The band struck up the familiar strains of Wrong Side of Weird and Pete Nicholls ran on stage to
a typical I.Q. welcome, the number eventually segued into Thousand Days and Magic Roundabout.
A welcome from Pete with band member introductions was followed with Erosion and the backdrop of
someone’s eye looking through a crack.
Pete announced that there was someone in the audience from Chicago (Illinois, not the group), which was
acknowledged by the fan and applauded by the audience then the band continued with Further Away.
Reference to the story of Caspar Hauser signalled a visit to Subterranea and Sleepless Incidental,
accompanied by the video footage; then diverged with Seventh House before returning with Speak My
As the latter number was coming to its gentle end Mike Holmes inadvertently hit a loud note, Pete never
flinched but gradually turned towards the guitarist and pointed, finishing the song with "and Michael Holmes",
to which Mike looked sheepish and then grinned.
Guiding Light heralded the first retreat off stage, the shouts of encore quickly bought back them for
Narrow Margin (London to Brighton in four minutes) and finishing finally with Widows Peak and
the credits film as seen at the Oakwood but amended to read "Goodnight Wolverhampton".
This was a classic performance, fine musicians totally at ease playing superb music and thoroughly enjoying
it, which in turn was shared with the same passion by a very enthusiastic audience.
I asked Mike Holmes afterwards in a Peter Sellers type Irish voice if he hit a bum note (Drop o' the Hard
Stuff) and he replied "No, it was the right note, it was just in the wrong place, that’s all!"
Wrong Side of Weird
Speak My Name