The Gov, Friday 28th May 2021
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
It was great to be back in the live music scene after over a year! Supernova did a commendable job of presenting a small portion of Toto’s best music – and there is plenty to choose from!
They opened with a medium-paced Mad About You from the 1999 Mindfields album which was a segue into Waiting For Your Love and a great version of Cruel. The tempo slowed down with the ballad I’ll Be Over You, though I didn’t like this one too much. The crowd took over the vocals for much of Hold The Line, from Toto’s self-titled 1978 album, which featured some great drumming (from Ben Todd who recently returned from touring with Cirque de Soleil) and an awesome guitar solo. Mat Noble’s vocals weren’t quite up to scratch on this one, which can’t be said for Jacqui Yeo’s powerhouse performances – especially on Stop Loving You.
The first set ended with Child’s Anthem. After an overly-long “short” break (by which time my companion and I were getting quite bored!) we were treated to an overly-long instrumental segue into Afraid of Love off the IV album. The pace slowed down again with Melanie (Callum Campbell superb on vocals0 and I Won’t Hold You Back. The crowd started dancing again when the tempo picked up again with Mysterious Ways (one of my highlights for the night). The set finished with Pamela then, what everyone had been waiting for … Africa. The encore closed off the night with two of my favourite Toto songs: After You’ve Gone and, of course, Rosanna.
A very enjoyable night of live music at my favourite venue! I was impressed with the brass section which featured in about half the songs, but I would have liked to see more of them! Some of the song choices made for a quieter evening than I expected, but it was still good.