I’ve wanted to see Little Feat live for ages – ever since, in fact, the time they toured with the Doobie Brothers in the early 70s and blew them off stage at The Rainbow. That was about 35 years ago and this week the band turned up in Oxford as part of their 40th anniversary tour.
The gig was very good; consider the fact that these guys have been playing pretty much the same music for decades now and I’m surprised how fresh they are, how committed they appear to be the music. There was very little sense of parody or joke playing as they work through the most familiar tunes in their repertoire; sure, Willin’ was played for laughs, sing-a-long-a “weeds, whites and wine” style, but it was also the foundation for some great mandolin and acoustic guitar and lead into a fine rendition of The Weight. Similarly Fat Man in a Bath Tub lead to a relaxed version of the old Bob Marley hit, Get Up, Stand Up.
The big thrills came when the Feat turned to their classic tunes, All That You Dream, Oh Atlanta, Fat Man, Dixie Chicken … all very solid.
The picture push my little K800i cameraphone to the limit, but it was a fun gig to catch.