IQ AT THE O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON 2014 (And quite a lot more besides!)
Well, it had to be, the last gig of the year and a meet up with old friends in London to enjoy a festive ale or two, or three, or four, or more!
If you don't know bout IQ the I strongly urge you to go and find out, go and listen, there is plenty of excellent material available on Youtube and Spotify etc. and go buy an album or two, there are plenty to choose from their back catalogue going back to 1981. For a band that have never enjoyed the commercial success they deserve, unlike the likes of Yes and Genesis, IQ have built up a solid and loyal fan base worldwide and especially in the UK and this year released what many consider to be their best album to date, The Road of Bones, not only is it a magnificent album, the gig was awesome as they played a wonderful selection from their back catalogue and, as one fan put it, "When it comes to live prog music there's IQ then there's the rest".
Was this really a Fellowship event?
Well that’s the way it was always meant
But with no Kevin available and poor Peter crocked
It was just Chris and Grant from the official FOTS
But of course along with added extras, Alex and Paul
But in a way I suppose Metal Sausage says it all
Alex in his “Momentary Lapse of Seasoning” ‘T’
And Grant in his “I’ve been Rogered” you see
One could rightly say that In this day and age
It was indeed a gathering of the Fellowship of the Sausage!
|Mr. A W-S, loyal Lifesigns, IQ and Metal Sausage fan!|
We’d arranged to meet at The Euston Tap pub at three
That’s Chris, Alex, Paul and me
Which we did and there we tried some damn fine splendid ales
And as you know, with us, common sense never prevails
For the Cider Tap was also open just across the road
So that too was duly visited, well we just and to go
Now while Alex can drink beer as it were water
Cider is a drink of a very different order
And I think it’s fair to say
after that his photo journalism of the day
Took some very unusual and interesting turns!
|The Euston Tap by night|
Negotiating the underground was ever such fun
Another adventure for everyone
Why are there so many Northern lines, isn’t one enough?
Never mind, I suppose without too much fuss
We found our way to the right one for the Angel, Islington
And I suppose for once it just had to be done
The Angel itself, which is now a Weatherspoon’s
Which is worth knowing if you’re going there soon
But we had to be in Weatherspoon’s around six
Are you confused yet?
Let me explain, it’s quite simple my pet
|Talking of Metal Sausage, your truly and Mr F negotiate the underground|
We had a possibility of meeting up with others at The Glassworks
Which is also a Weatherspoon’s, now you see how it works
It is very close to the O2 Academy
Which whereupon eventually is where had to be
And anyway by now we all needed to eat
So various delights were ordered, our tasty treat
Apparently, the venue, the doors opened at six thirty
Which was somewhat extremely early
Especially as the band weren’t on till eight
Which If we’d gone in then would have been a long wait
We saw Jon Patrick
We saw Robin Smith
We saw Thea Sigma
We’ll she couldn’t be missed
She looked so lovely in her Christmas attire
She set Chris’s heart a flutter and mine on fire
We saw ‘Barry Prog-Shorts’ suitably dressed
In this winter weather I must say I’m impressed!
|IQ off to a storming start|
IQ took to the stage and played a selection
From their vast back catalogue’s supreme collection
A career spanning now more than thirty years
It was quite exquisite, literally music to our ears
As Chris said (& gesticulated) “When IQ play at their very best
They are way up here, down here is the rest”
|IQ Encore with added hats and wings!|
I think I can say without fear of contradiction
This night was the best that I’d ever seen them
And I have to admit that for about the third time this year
Once again music made me shed the odd tear
Enough of that
As is always the case right after the show
It was time for us to move, it was time to go
Back to Kings Cross, St. Pancras to say our goodbyes
To catch northbound trains on different lines
Another splendid evening all dusted and done
Another great adventure of Fellowship fun
And the last of 2014
What a year this one has been!
Well, what a year 2014 has been, so many great gigs, some splendid festivals, many good friends shared some real quality times and now Christmas is almost upon us so all that remains for me to say is have a very happy Christmas or Yuletide if you don't celebrate Christmas, or whatever you do celebrate may it celebrate peace.
See you in 2015.
Grant - December 2014