Jamiroquai 24th November Madrid. Concert Review.
The first concert review ever published on this site in 2002
Jamiroquai Live in Granada Spain. Fast forward fifteen years and in the present day we head to
Madrid to see Jay Kay and his band on their current Automaton
Amidst health concerns for JKs back and a recent cancelled show
due to laryngitis we flew to Madrid exited to see the band
live after such a long absence from the stage.
Hot on the heels of their new album Automaton
JK and his band started their tour in Paris earlier this year
in March, passing through Tokyo and Seoul before heading back
to Europe and covering many cities if different countries.
With this in mind we headed to the Wizink Centre, formerly a sports
facility now turned concert venue for the concert starting
at 8.00 p.m. with Deetron DJ and then the main act at 9.30pm.
Arriving at the already busy venue we made sure to purchase
our tour t-shirts before the show and headed to our seats
stage right. With British punctuality the show started at
9.30pm on the dot to the enthusiastic roar of the 15,000 plus
crowd. A synth line started pumping through the speakers along
with a projection with a series of high tech style images
in line with the Automaton theme.
The first track was Shake it On, followed by the classic
Little L which had the crowd dancing and clapping
followed by the title track from the new album Automaton.
This was followed by almost two hours of the bands greatest
tracks, by no means complete but certainly highlighting their
25 year career span in the music business.
Cloud 9 was preceded
by a new lengthy introduction for the tour, with another track
from the new album Superfresh
being performed next.
The crowd was also treated to a live rare performance of Dont
Give Hate a Chance which was their 3rd single
from their sixth studio album Dynamite a personal
favourite of mine.
More hits followed such as the original album version of Emergency
on Planet Earth, Canned Heat straight into Love
Foolosophy, and the classic
Virtual Insanity reserved for the encore.
Gear wise, although I wasnt particularly close to the stage
I did notice that bass player Paul Tuner was using Aguilar
head and cabs. His main bass was a 5 string white /white maple
neck with block inserts J-Bass style which my bass player
tells me is a Stenback. He also had a similar black model as a backup.
Guitarist Rob Harris was using
a Divided by 13 combo amp and a White PRS with
a bound fingerboard he played mostly clean funky lines with
the occasional use of wah and overdrive
for solos. As to keyboards I did notice two vintage items
a Sequential Circuits Prophet and a Fender Rhodes.
An incredible concert indeed.
By Ernest H Slade
Live Nation (1st Three Close Ups)
Photo Credits: Jamiroquai Facebook
Page Eva Nilsen.