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Live at Hampton Pool

This is a pictorial on the mighty ABC’s outside summer live performance as part of the Hampton Pool Summer concerts.   After an entertaining set from Canadian pop-rockers Mosquito B, here on their latest European jaunt, the show by pop-rock mainman Martin Fry and his ABC cohorts was absolutely and crowd-pleasingly accomplished.  Armed with a fine back catalogue of hits but also featuring some of the cream of their other material, the group had the punters eating out their hands from the first chords and the group kept up the momentum. Fry, though a comparative veteran of the music scene looks fit and sharply dressed and ( as I mention to him later) is sounding as fresh on the opener as the encore

Guitar man Matt Backer remarked that this was a good night to see ABC as they had a full set-time and could jam here and there – with Fry’s blessing – with sax solo’s and percussion runs and overall sounding pretty close to the band with the best live sound ever – Was Not Was.

The venue – very friendly, excellent café and drinks tent, not oversold though very well-attended, good facilities, a pool ( yes indeed ) and good view wherever you settled ( we on the cafeteria roof ) PLUS the highest quality live sound of any outdoor show I have ever attended. This plus Fry’s expert diction meant every lyric and every self-deprecating aside was crystal clear. Full marks to the organisers and crews !

ABC have existed for a long time because their songs are memorable and tuneful, Fry has presence and the group’s players are top-notch. We recommend seeing them

Very First Time
Show Me
Poison Arrow
That Was Then
Many Happy Returns
Love Is Strong
Night You Murdered Love
King Without A Crown
Be Near Me
Forever Together
All Of My Heart
When Smokey Sings
Look of Love

I ventured down to the front of stage to take these photos, if I could dance, I would have

All pictures by Pete Sargeant

Pete Sargeant

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