The finale to part one was a song he collaborated with the famous ‘Crazy Horse’ and a song that when I heard being played on the ‘Live at Glastonbury 1994’ album (purchased afterwards) I immediately connected with on a different level. The song ‘Fire Inside My Soul’ is autobiographical of Ian’s career up to that point and his statement to announce himself to ‘Crazy Horse’ when he went to America to record the album. Lyrically, it is pure genius. To hear it being played acoustically with the harmonica used is one thing, but the live rock version is a completely different experience, making you adopt the song for your own life story. The song ended with a short rendition of ‘The Doors’’, ‘Light My Fire’, which obviously pleased me. I think my conversations with Ian about ‘The Doors’ may have inspired that one. That was the end of part one and I really couldn’t wait for part two.
With part two came a surprise and a treat for ‘Icicle Works’ fans. Chris Layhe, the former bassist of the original ‘Icicle Works’ line-up was present in the crowd and was invited to come on stage and play with Ian for a reunion that the fans fully embraced. It was a fantastic twist to the show as he played three acoustic sets singing, ‘Love is Full of Wonderful Colour’, ‘Understanding Jane’, and an acoustic version of ‘The Clash’s’, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’. The crowd applauded and whistled in appreciation, and after Chris left, Ian was back to business, performing a combination once again of solo and ‘Icicle Works’ hits, before being hauled back for an encore, in which his old friend Chris Layhe was invited to return and perform an ‘Icicle Works’ favourite, ‘Evangeline’.
It really was a sensational show and evening in general, full of great guitar and vocals, a few surprises, banter with the audience and full of nostalgia from the past catalogue. Ian has great connection and rapport with the audience, bringing the show down to light hearted fun. He is a true front man who has been there, done it, lived it, done it again and is still doing it and always will be till the day he dies. Ian spoke about how time is the ultimate judge in music and having met a few people at the gig who have only recently discovered his work, much like myself, whether that be solo or with ‘The Icicle Works’, people are still loving it and playing it, even thirty years after some of the songs were released. With a new collaboration with ‘Crazy Horse’ in the pipeline, Ian will continue to appease his fans by writing great material and after hearing his original work with ‘Crazy Horse’, I am very much looking forward to hearing that.
After meeting and getting to know him a little, all I can say is that Alan McGee said it best when he described Ian McNabb as "The sweetest guy in rock n roll - a legend as far as I am concerned." The soul continues to be on fire.
All Things to Everyone
Out of Season
Beautiful Old Mystery
Too Close to the Sun
Little Girl Lost
When It All Comes Down
Fire Inside my Soul
Love is Full of Wonderful Colour with Chris Layhe
Understanding Jane with Chris Layhe
Should I Stay or Should I Go with Chris Layhe
Before all of This
Still got the Fever
Starry Blue Eyed Wonder
Evangeline with Chris Layhe