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|Special thanks to Raymond Persaud who sent these pics of the last show at the Royal Albert Hall (Oct 14th, '94). (incl. a pic of Mark's parents, Ray & Bridgette King, and a pic of Mark's brother Nathan who's band 'Skinny Bo Gil' was Level 42's opening act)|
This was it, the big one, the final, the ultimate appearance of Level 42. The news had been released to unsuspecting fans by Mark King, only a couple of weeks earlier, at the Portsmouth Guildhall concert. Fans had been distraught, upset and dazed by what seemed to be a very sudden decision taken by Mark and Mike, The decision had been taken 7 to 10 days earlier, during the tour of Japan.
So there we sat and waited for the show to begin, and occupied ourselves by trying to recognise friends and fan club members that we had not seen for a while. Finally at 8:50 pm, for one last time, Level 42 appeared. The songs they played were:
The Main Set - Hot Water, Forever Now, Living It Up, Mr. Pink, One In A Million, World Machine, Model Friend, Kansas City Milkman, Heaven In My Hands, It's Over, Love In A Peaceful World, Running In The Family, Lessons In Love, Something About You.
The Encore: Dune Tune, a bit of Love Games leading into a Bass solo, All Over You, The Chinese Way.
The concert lasted approximately one and a half hours and the band included Mark, Mike, Jakko, Gary Barnacle, John Thirkle and Gavin Harrison on drums. During the evening I half expected Phil Gould, Boon and Gary Husband to turn up and sit in, but that did not happen. I also wondered if Annie McCaig might appear and then magically take up her old places just behind Mike Lindup.
Mark was using an Alemic bass and Trace Elliot kit. He swapped his Alembic after playing Kansas City Milkman, presumably to take advantage of a new set of strings about halfway through the set.
Mike had a couple of interesting keyboards on stage. One being the Rhodes electric piano and the other looked like his Roland Jupiter 8 (which he always said was too fragile to travel). Unfortunately I was not near enough to the stage to get a good view of the Jupiter as most of the fan club members were at the front of the hall.
It was a good night and enjoyed by a full house, that included, Mr. & Mrs. Ray King (Mark's mum and Dad), Mrs. Nadia Cattouse (Mike's mum) and his sister Pepita, Howard from 'Take That', comedian Lenny Henry and Carl Palmer from ELP.
Some really enjoyable moments were:
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