As we were mixing our album, When the World Knows Your Name in January 1989, our manager, Peter Felstead, said we needed to talk about the live plans. Although we'd agreed to tour the album in the spring, he told us the agent thought we should be booking some arena shows for later in the year. We were slightly surprised and a little scared.
We agreed but I added the caveat that as long as we could do a club show and a mid-sized venue as part of the tour, we'd agree. It was decided we'd play the Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, North London, and The Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow.
As it turned out the Mean Fiddler show was put back into the new year as I had a bad throat on the date but The Barrowlands show was to be a benefit for Radio Clyde's Cash For Kids Christmas Appeal and was to be broadcast live on the station on my birthday, 22nd December 1989. It was the last show of an amazing year for the band and I think we played everything we knew. We even had a guest appearance by Craig Ferguson as Santa Claus and the whole event lasted way too long. But, it was a magical night in a magical venue. Here it is in all its glory...
Circus Lights Acoustic
Your Constant Heart
Fergus Sings The Blues
The Very Thing
Love's Great Fears
Love and Regret/And The Healing Has Begun
The World Is Lit By Lightning
Born In A Storm/Raintown
Real Gone Kid
Dark End Of The Street/When Will You...
Don’t Let The Teardrops Start
Queen Of The New Year
He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now
This Changing Light
Like A Rolling Stone
Town To Be Blamed
Loaded/A Miner's Life
I Don't Wanna Go Home
Chocolate Girl/Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Promised Land