It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since The Enemy rose to popularity with their debut album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns. 10 years on, after 4 albums and countless sold out shows, the Coventry trio decided to call it a day, citing lack of radio play and health issues as the main reasons for their split. However, before going their separate ways, the boys embarked on one more tour, giving their loyal fans one last hooray before saying farewell.
Admittedly, I wasn’t too familiar with their discography going into the gig however, Tom Clarke and co. played a fantastic show that will stay with me for years to come. The 02 ABC provided the perfect setting for The Enemy’s farewell as its compactness provided a level of intimacy as Enemy loyalists belted out their favourite songs, much to Clarke’s delight.
You could tell that there is a special bond between The Enemy and their fans as Clarke would tell the crowd how much he loved and appreciated them. The circumstances gave already classic songs like Happy Birthday Jane and We’ll live and Die in These Towns an added weight as fans realised it would be their last time seeing them played live. Although, every song was played brilliantly, without a doubt the highlight of the night was This Song is About You as it was echoed throughout the night, particularly when the boys took their final bow and the crowd continued the chant well into the heart of Glasgow.
It’s a shame for a band with so much still to offer to cut their career short, no matter where they go on to next in their careers, I will always appreciate the memories they made that night in Glasgow.
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