I think I can speak for most Pure Love fans when I say I did not want this tour to happen. Last night was the opening night of the band’s farewell tour, before going on “indefinite hiatus“. The band’s first and only album, Anthems, has seen massive popularity since its release in 2013, as well as cult popularity thanks to the band’s presence on Twitter and Instagram.
Unfortunately, the band’s fate is sealed, and all that was left was to see them on their farewell tour, and have an amazing time. (Spoiler: I had a seriously amazing time.)
Now I, personally, would have loved to see We Are The Ocean as the support act, as I saw them play with Pure Love in support of Lostprophets in 2012. Well, that’s the line-up I imagined in my dreams anyway.
However, in reality the night started with PUP. These guys were a lot of fun to listen to, but I didn’t think much of their lead vocalist. Also, they’re a lot heavier than Pure Love, so they probably would have been better suited to support a heavier band. Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery pretty quickly, so I only have one photo of their performance, and it’s a little blurry.
And then, on to Pure Love. These guys were phenomenal. Their live performance was polished and well-rehearsed, and Frank’s vocals were spot-on throughout the performance.
Performance is the only word I could use to describe this show. The show was electric, and I think Frank and Jim spent more time in the crowd than on the stage itself. They were literally hanging from the rafters of the venue at one point, only a couple of feet from where I was stood, which was an awesome sight to see.
During their final song, Riot Song, the entire band moved their kit from the stage to the middle of the crowd, making the performance even more intimate and getting even the most reluctant members of the crowd jumping.
All in all, last night was a concert I’ll probably never forget. Their last gig was a perfect farewell from a brilliant, if short-lived band.I guarantee that if Pure Love ever get back together, I’ll be buying tickets to their next tour as soon as they go on sale.
Currently listening to: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana