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Wheatus - King Tuts 04/05/2019


"Love was definitely in the air at the sold out King Tuts gig"

 

Review by Craig McGee
Posted on 2019-05-28 18:50:44
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If you were a teenager like myself in the early 2000s, Wheatus will need no introduction. They formed in New York in 1995 with the original line up of Brendan Brown, his brother Peter and Rich Liegey. Their breakthrough song was with the 2000 worldwide sensation "Teenage Dirtbag" and was featured in the film "Loser". Its definitely your marmite kind of song, you either love it or you hate it, but nearly 20 years later I still find the song catchy and it still brings a smile to my face.

You may dismiss Wheatus as being a one hit wonder band, thats not exactly the case, they also achieved success with their cover of Erasures A Little Respect in 2001 which charted at number 3 in the UK, it enjoyed considerable airtime on the radio and the music video was shown regularly on MTV, which of course featured the late Brittany Murphy.

Despite Brendan being the only founding member of the band left, Wheatus are still active and continue to perform worldwide, finishing off a completely sold out American tour. They announced a huge 31 show UK tour and its of no surprise that one of their stops was King Tuts in Glasgow, a venue that they consider to be "one of the best in the world", with Brendan saying "If I had to pick one venue to play for the rest of my life, it would be King Tuts".

They were 2 acts supporting Wheatus on the night, Gabrielle Sternbenz & Lady Danger were the first band that played on the night, followed by Frank Hamilton who was the 2nd support act, who decided halfway through his gig to come off stage and play with the crowd, exactly what Bears Den did at Barrowlands a month ago, something that you rarely see these days at a live concert.

Wheatus were next on stage and were greeted to a massive applause from the full capacity King Tuts crowd, they began the show with Break it, Dont Buy it, a song from their latest album "The Valentine".

The gig continued with energetic performances of Leroy, Truffles, Lemonade, an acoustic version of Pretty Girl and of course A Little Respect, with the crowd loving every bit of it, its no wonder Glasgow is one of the bands favourite places to play.

Like every live concert I attend, I would expect the band to play their 2 hour slot then that would be it, but something would happen that will shock us all, towards the end of the show a couple came onto the center of the stage, the crowd cheered as they realised what was about to happen, the man kneeled down and proposed to his girlfriend right in front of the audience, she emotionally said yes and the crowd applauded as they hugged. I have been gigging for about 13 years and I have never seen anything like that at a live show, if you were the couple reading this review, congratulations and all the best for the future.

Wheatus finished off with the song that made them, "Teenage Dirtbag", completing a successful and emotional night, Brendan then took his camera and took a selfie with the cheering crowd, even though some of the audience were "flipping the bird" when the photograph was taken, but I guess thats just Glaswegian banter.

A great night all round, it was far from a perfect gig, there were sound issues there and then but it will be remembered by me personally and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.

You can view a full photo gallery of the gig by clicking here


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