After two such disappointing opening acts, we were more than ready to get on with the evening’s programme. First though, we watched a touching and informative video presentation on teenage cancer and the noble work that Teenage Cancer Trust does. One of the young adults featured in the video came up on stage to tell us about his experiences. He explained that thanks to Teenage Cancer Trust, he did not lose a year of his life when he was in hospital and he would not change his cancer experience as it made him a better person. A very brave young man indeed.
Finally, the moment we had all waited for arrived and Editors were on stage. They opened with “Camera” and “Bullets” from their first album The Back Room and in mere seconds I realised why the Royal Albert Hall is famed for its excellent acoustics. The band sounded incredible and Tom Smith’s baritone voice carried perfectly in the hall. “Bones” was next, followed by “An End Has A Start”, one of Editors’ best known songs, and the crowd really got going.
We were then treated to “Two Hearted Spider” which is one of Editors’ new tracks. It was absolutely incredible and on this basis alone I will rush out and buy their new album when it is released. Thankfully, there is quite a decent video of the performance up on YouTube and I’ve been able to savour the moment again.
I was quite unprepared for the showmanship and performance by Editors on the evening. Tom Smith is electrifying and commanded the whole stage, which he would need to as he both sings, and plays keyboard and the piano too. Chris Urbanowicz and the band are incredibly talented too. We were only a couple of rows from the front and the setting felt intimate, almost as if we were on a personal journey with Tom Smith and the band, as if we could touch the emotions in each of their tracks.
Next up was “You Don’t Know Love” from In This Light And On This Evening, my favourite of their three albums. I recognised the song from the opening note and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tom Smith played the piano and then the stage was set for the next track, “The Racing Rats”.
“No Sound But The Wind” and “Lights” followed and then “The Big Exit” and “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool” from the latest album which I really enjoyed. The latter featured great visuals on the screens and was quite menacing. We were again treated to a new track as “The Sting” was up next and is another solid track.