Bands often proclaim undying love for whatever city they happen to be in that night. No matter where they are that city is without a doubt their favourite venue of all time. But when Kelly Jones, Stereophonics mastermind, whispers into the microphone: "best crowd ever" before leaving the stage you just know he means it from the bottom of his rock 'n' roll heart.
Playing their 11th sold-out SECC gig, the Stereophonics show the crowd they are not only at their strongest but at their most united with the addition of guitarist Adam Zindani. He kind of looks like one of Kelly's brothers if you squint. Well he wears a leather jacket anyway.
Dawning the stage to a superbly retro, if odd, 80's television theme, possibly Magnum PI, the Welsh-wonders kick off with first single from their latest album, Keep Calm and Carry On, 'Innocent' much to the crowd's delight.
In fact, everything about the gig is aimed at pleasing the crowd. Every song cleverly chosen to ensure the crowd is hooked from start to finish. This is done by playing a lot of old records. So 'Bartender and the Thief', 'Local Boy in a Photograph', 'Dakota', 'Just Looking', 'More Life in a Tramp's Vest', 'Superman' and 'Same Size Feet' are all rolled out. The gig was swimming in the classics.
But that's not to suggest that the Stereophonics have little confidence in their new album. Far from it. The band played each new song with the conviction of their older material and even brought a new heavy sound to cover 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.