Pyramid Stage, Fri
I was truly privileged to see The War On Drugs last week at Koko and it stands out as one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to – even beating Prince last night and that’s saying something. (Prince lost brownie points for mega-mixing his hits in the first section, but clawed them back with encores 1, 2 and 3 which were absolutely off the hook… but I digress.)
I admit to being a latecomer to Adam Granduciel and his band, coming to them like so many others through their third studio album, Lost In the Dream (thanks to the chap who brought it home on vinyl). But I’m with KEXP host Cheryl Waters below when she says the songs make her want to burst into tears with emotions that can’t be explained.
It’s glorious, sad yet soaring, wistfully nostalgic driving music for a long journey, whether that’s across the great American plain or up the Northern line, in the very best of the Tom Petty / Bruce Hornby / Bruce Springsteen tradition. Ah man, it’s just so beautiful I’m welling up as I type, and that’s not just because I got to bed at 2 this morning.
Do not miss this at Glastonbury. It will be epic in the truest sense of the word. See you down the front.