I'd last seen Lloyd Cole during the dying days of the Commotions, but had somehow missed all his solo tours. He was now at the stage where touring meant just him and an acoustic guitar with a notebook of song lyrics and chord changes so he could remember the older songs.
The concert was in Camden and on the way in walking by one of the canals out of the shadows came a voice asking Judi and I if we needed any stuff. I ploughed on avoiding eye contact but turned back to found Judi had stopped as she thought he was asking for directions (we had lived in Teddington too long)
When we got there Lloyd ambled on a thick white jumper and a tad chunkier than I remembered. He sat down and for the next 2 hours played songs from his complete career , sprinkled with the odd cover version and peppered with anecdotes, stores , jokes and banter with the audience. He seemed to be genuinely loving every moment as much as his audience, ie a million miles away from the last time when felt like he'd rather be anywhere but on stage.
No More Love Songs - Lloyd Cole
If you get a chance to see him live, it is well worth the effort and below is a clip that gives you an idea of what to expect.