The gig: 13th December 1999, Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Apparently, the guys in the band so enjoyed the last gig that they played in Cambridge (arranged by Sarah from StAB), they booked this one themselves. It had been planned to happen on 5th November, but was postponed due to illness. Unfortunately this gig was outside of the university term - which is a shame as it meant that the Corn Exchange wasn't full (like last time), but it was still at least half-full, if not two-thirds. I guess I'm not much of a reviewer, because I'm just going to say that I had a fantastic time, same as I did before. Martin did miss a few of the really high notes (that's his fault for writing them in) which even I noticed, but they still played with energy and passion. They played us one of their new songs too - another song with the word "heaven" in the title - quite a catchy little number. Afterwards I helped Andrew on hus quest to find a copy of the playlist. We couldn't grab one off the stage because of a mean security-guard type, but the sound engineer gave us his copy (we like sound engineers). Andrew has a scanned, signed copy somewhere. I also noted that d: are using a new sound desk. Gone is the GL3000, and in is some colourful thing with about a billion auxilary channels (can't remember the make). The lighting board remains an Avolites thing (Pearl, or maybe a Diamond).
What I will comment on a little more is whether or not Delirious? have "sold out" as many people keep claiming that they have. I've said it before, Delirious? gigs are more like worship events than gigs in my opinion. Their music and lyrics still contains some amazing truths about God, that makes singing along a joy. When hundreds of people all raise their hands at the same time, they are not praising the band, but worshipping God. They know this, and the band know this. Several times I saw a peaceful smile spread across Martin's face as he saw the crowd connecting with God. Just watching the band you get an impression that they really enjoy this, they enjoy playing, they enjoy seeing people worship, and they still know that they are only where they are because God has taken them there. It is true that their lyrics contain fewer direct references to God. However, the songs are still all about God, even though they could in some cases be interpreted in other ways. I think this is a deliberate move on the part of the band - music that is in-your-face blantently about God just won't get accepted in today's music scene. In using slightly ambiguous lyrics, people will listen to the music, and then eventually they will get to a bit which cannot be about anything other than God. Then it will click that it is all about God - but by that time they will have heard the message. In short, I think the change that Delirous have made is to be more a pop band than a worship band, but they certainly haven't stopped singing about God.
I ought to mention the support act, a band by the name of "Ruth", a little three-piece group. Sort of rock-funk I think, they were pretty good, and had a lot of character (ie. not just another small band). Anyway, look out for them 'cos they're good.
John Penton. 5.2.00