Here’s a fun first-person report of the Leeds show from Pete Price, “award-winning radio host, stand up comedian and TV personality. He writes a weekly column for the (Liverpool) Echo”. Pete says his friends took him to see IGP as a surprise treat. Excerpt:
The lights went down and I still had no idea. The band came on and were called ‘Indoor Garden Party’. Most of the faces were familiar, as they were actors and turned out to be musicians as well. On came the star – it was A-lister Russell Crowe, the man worth an estimated $95m. I’d heard he writes music, sings and plays the guitar and there he was in front of me. The man who won an Oscar for Gladiator, one of my favourite films of all time. He was about to sing looking slightly uncomfortable at 53. He was so laid back and delivered a wonderful two hour. very one of them on stage was talented. You could have watched each band member for hours, in particular Scott Grimes, whose voice was amazing. He was one of the actors in Robin Hood. I didn’t know any of the music but loved every song. The whole experience was surreal and very entertaining. Later on I was invited to the bar by the promoter to meet the man himself with the band. It’s true what they say about him, he is one of the lads, enjoys partying and loves a drink. We were then invited to the aftershow party, which made me laugh as eventually they were travelling to Liverpool on the tour bus to get the ferry to Dublin. I don’t think anybody slept.