Travis clas­sics rain on fans at mile­stone gig

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Re­view: Travis @ the SSE Hydro by Edel Ke­nealy

Glas­gow band Travis brought bal­loons, a Santa choir and ‘rain’ to the SSE Hydro on De­cem­ber 21 as the band cel­e­brated their 20th an­niver­sary.

Per­form­ing to an 8000-strong crowd, the band – Fran Healy, Dougie Payne, Andy Dun­lop and Neil Prim­rose – did not dis­ap­point rev­ellers who were keen to re­live the glory days of the late 90s. Huge hits such as Turn, Flow­ers in the Win­dow and Drift­wood were per­formed along­side tracks from the band’s lat­est al­bum Ev­ery­thing at Once. The ti­tle track from that al­bum opened the show and was fol­lowed by hit Sing to which the crowd duly sang-a-long.

Front­man Fran Healy proved he is still as en­er­getic a per­former 20 years on as he leapt from drum kits, while gui­tarist Andy Dun­lop played his gui­tar over his head.

So en­er­getic was the group’s per­for­mance, they each fre­quently broke the strings on their gui­tars.

Half­way through the gig Fran in­tro­duced his own style of crowd surf­ing, ask­ing a man in the crowd, Richard, to hold him on his shoul­ders as he sang Where You Stand.

As re­quested, Richard made his way through the crowd as Fran in­ter­acted and took count­less self­ies with the ador­ing Glaswe­gians.

Other high­lights of the night were Travis’ jaikey San­tas – six San­tas who suited up to give the rock­ers a help­ing hand at their last gig of the year.

The men, who had ap­par­ently au­di­tioned ear­lier that day, brought a fes­tive touch to the home­com­ing gig and pro­vided back­ing vo­cals in a per­for­mance of Paral­ysed.

An­them Turn later saw the crowd go wild, be­fore the band re­turned for their en­core.

For this they sang Flow­ers in the Win­dow around the one mi­cro­phone as Fran played the gui­tar and Neil the tam­bourine.

They moved on to a spe­cial cover of Del Amitri’s Noth­ing Ever Hap­pens, a Christ­mas sin­gle re­leased to raise funds for SBH Scot­land, a char­ity that sup­ports those who suf­fer from Spina Bi­fida Hy­dro­cephalus.

Fran then talked the crowd through the dance moves for Mag­nif­i­cent Time from the Ev­ery­thing All At Once al­bum, clearly de­lighted when the 8000 fans fol­lowed the rou­tine.

Why Does it Al­ways Rain on Me con­cluded the gig as rain – a cache of sil­ver con­fetti – fell from the roof and on to the crowd.

A per­fect end to a per­fect con­cert.

Hit­mak­ers Travis starred at SSE Hydro (Photo byPhil Knott)

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