9 Jun 2006
The Death of Disco 
Kevin Hewick played Alan McGee's Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London on Wednesday 7 June 2006. Alan unfortunately couldn't make this one but The Sessions and Movement (both good, the latter from Manchester) sandwiched an acoustic set from Kevin which the indie pop kids weren't quite expecting. Right from the start he battled against loud hubbub verging on shouting. The second song was barely underway when he stopped procedings and made a plea for some respect.

This made a noticeable difference and although the noise continued it didn't quite reach screaming level again. Nevertheless he played half a dozen great songs and got a good response from the people who were listening (and even, bizarrely, from some of the shouty ones). At one point he told the kids about the wall projections and how he tried to persuade Gaye Advert to take up the bass again after she'd given it up to work in a bookies, the time he hugged Joe Strummer and of seeing the original classic line-up of The Band in 1974. Ah, the irony.

The next time we see Mr Hewick he may be in Rehab.

Setlist

The Art of Giving a Toss
Love's Old Dream
Shannon
Complete My Incomplete
Haystack
American'ta

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