Gonzo On Tour: The Kooks
The Kooks take Liverpool by storm including the city's celebs...
Mosh pit, mosh pit, mosh pit!
It's hard to believe we first saw these scamps at ULU (University Of London Union) at the beginning of this year playing to an up-for-it- but tiny crowd of people.
And following on from a blistering set from Mumm-Ra, tonight's intimate Gonzo gig proves just how far the Brighton foursome have come in that time - hundreds of fans literally pour themselves into the venue, everyone wants to be at the front and everyone knows the words to every song.
It might be a slowie but set opener 'Seaside' serves to spark off a room-sized mosh pit, arms are in the air and bodies merge into one big heaving mass.
It ain't comfortable but the tunes make up for it: 'See The World' and 'Matchbox', with its made for moving madly chorus, take things up a notch further.
'Naive' and 'She Moves In Her Own Way' predictably go down well too, but so do the (un-named) newbies. There's a lot more to the Kooks than one monster album it seems.
Singer Luke Pritchard, meanwhile, seems to be (subconsiously?) staking his claim to be the next Johnny Borrell - for the encore he came on stage alone.
And wth the spotlight shining down on him he oozed some of that Borrellesque aloofness - he also played two solo tunes before the rest of the band got on stage and finished with 'Sofa Song'.
It was a great night and there were celebrity fans there too - we chatted to Zutons front man Dave McCabe who told us, "I like The Kooks - they're great. People go on about them coming from stage school - but so what, they make great tunes so why does it matter where you come from?"
An hour-long Gonzo Special premiers on November 17 at 7pm. Highlights from the tour will be aired all over the weekend November 17-19.