The Lemonheads at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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There had been a lot of local hype about the Lemonheads playing the Wedgewood Rooms. Indeed the tickets sold out in due speed.

Pre-gig I was told by a fan to ‘be prepared to fall slightly in love with Evan.’ So there we all were, worshipping at the altar of the lead singer, Evan Dando, and then the Lemonheads came on and played their set.

They played through their defining album It’s a Shame about Ray, leaving off cover song Mrs Robinson. My personal favourite was My Drug Buddy which was played with conviction and sincerity.

The band sound just as powerful as they did back in the 19902, even though Evan Dando is the only original band member left.

The packed out Wedgewood Rooms sung along to the hits including My Big Gay Heart and It’s a Shame about Ray. Not always in tune and at times a bit dishevelled, this I’ve been told is the Lemonheads style.

As soon as the gig finished, the ‘goodnight’ lights were on. There was no chance for an encore, in fact, no chance to applaud.

The Lemonheads are playing a 12-date UK tour that ends in Brighton on Dec 13.

KIMBERLEY BARBER