Seven years of The Ghost of a Thousand comes to a close and there are some rapidly blinking eyes in the audience as the sun comes out to see the Brighton punk ‘n’ rollers play one last time on the main stage at Hevy Festival 2011…
Six things we learnt from The Ghost of a Thousand’s final ever show
1) 16 songs in 50 minutes is one of the longest TGOAT sets we’ve ever been treated to. They’re clearly going out with a bang. After playing their final headline show in Camden two weeks earlier, there’s a tangible sense of ease and relaxation about the way they go around their business. There’s nothing left to prove. There’s nothing left to lose.
2) They’re still so good. Not a moment passes where you might think that even one of the band members doesn’t care. Tom Lacey screams his head off, Jag Jago jumps his tits off, Andy Blyth slides his knees off, Gareth Spencer headbangs his neck off and Memby Jago drums his mullet off. Yeah, they went for it.
The Ghost Of A Thousand @ Hevy Festival - Saturday, 06 August 2011 c/o Ben Gibson
The Ghost of a Thousand @ Hevy Festival 2011 c/o Ben Gibson
3) As ever, it’s a high octane, balls-to-the-wall setlist. ‘Left For Dead’, ‘Running On Empty’ and ‘New Toy’ make sure of that. Needless to say, “the crowd goes wild”. There’s no time for standing around at a TGOAT gig.
4) Another great British band bites the dust. No matter how much you managed to appreciate TGOAT’s music, the loss of one of the great young British bands of this century is certainly something to mourn.
5) Ending the set with their cunning cover of AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ and the opening track from their debut album, ‘Bored Of Math’, it’s a party atmosphere; a celebration. There are smiles on their faces and it’s a bittersweet moment. No matter how pleasing it is to see TGOAT perform one last time, it’s never easy to say goodbye.
Watch Rock Sound’s video from The Ghost Of A Thousand’s final show:
6) Obviously it’s personal politics that have signalled the end of this band and clearly sometimes it’s just too big a hurdle. When your band is this good, it’s got to be. There’s a sense of finality about the show that implies there won’t be any reunions. This is it. Having said that: please come back.