Gig Of The Week: FM
WHERE: London Islington O2 Academy
WHEN: Friday, July 9
For FM, this year is turning out to be rather special. Not only has current album Metropolis received generally rave reviews, but they also got the chace to play on the main stage at the Download Festival on June 13, replacing Ratt at the last minute.
“There I was, having a nice cup of coffee at home when I got the call about Download, and two days later we’re onstage at Donington,” laughs drummer Pete Jupp. “For us, it was an incredible experience, and I think we did alright. We were on very early – 11.45am – but there were people watching us, and as our set went on, so the crowd started to get bigger. By the end, we had a decent number out there, and the reaction was positive.
“It was nice to play on a massive stage again. The last time was the Reading Festival in 1986, and I was so hung over that day that I could barely get onstage!”
The band – Jupp, vocalist/guitarist Steve Overland, guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick, keyboard player Jem Davis and bassist Merv Goldsworthy – are planning to include a few songs from Metropolis in their London set.
“For the most part, though, it’ll be older stuff. I know from a fan’s perspective that when you go to see a band you want to hear all the familiar tunes, so that’s what we’ll do. The set’ll be about 90 minutes long, but the London venue does have a very strict curfew, so that might affect everything.”
Supporting in Islington are Romeo’s Daughter, a band FM know well.
“It’s great to have them along – just like old times. We’ve got Airrace opening for us the day before (at the Millennium Music Hall in Cardiff), who again are old mates of ours. And, like Romeo’s, a very good band.”
FM are also arranging a meet and greet with fans after the London show.
“There might be a problem because of the curfew, but we’ll try to work something out. If fans want to come to this, then they should register at our website (see below). It’s always great to spend time with them.”
At last years Firefest performance, FM finished with a version of Prince’s Purple Rain, joined onstage by a load of mates doing backing vocals. Including a certain Classic Rock writer – see if you can spot him in the wig and pink suit here!
“Ha, ha. Yes, I remember being totally surprised when all these people suddenly appeared onstage. Right now, we don’t have the song in our set. But if that person wants to dig out the pink suit again, then…who knows whar might happen at the end.”
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