Live Review: The Enemy (Newcastle O2 Academy 24/09/16)

As The Enemy prepare to close the curtain on their 10-year career, Newcastle welcomed the Coventry band for the final time last night. For what was always going to be an emotional gig, they played not only with an exceeding level or pride and gratuity, but also at their live peak.

Playing their first and iconic album, We’ll Live and Die In These Towns, in its entirety, they kicked off with Had Enough and Aggro. Assertively they rip-roared through their opening tracks before Everybody Needs Someone and Happy Birthday Jane created an intimacy and perfect contrast. In amongst this contrast, it seemed the Newcastle crowd just couldn’t hold on for This Song Is About You, forcing the hand of Tom Clarke to introduce their hit following choruses of those popular final lines. 

The three-prong of We’ll Live and Die In These Towns, Away From Here and You’re Not Alone was brilliant, just like in 2007, before Clarke was left alone on stage to perform his Last Goodbye. The pinnacle of emotion, summed up with a will to stay on stage just long enough to really feel the thanks of the crowd, and to that them duly himself.

It was a will of a similar vein that, with stage crew 20 minutes into packing the bands kit up, hundreds of fans remained inside the venue, at the front, singing that This Song Is About You reprise. It continued into the pubs, and will outlive The Enemy’s live career. Because what better way to say goodbye to a band than belting out their own song, here’s hoping the lads were in the back with a drink and a smile reflecting on a great gig and a great career.


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