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Monday, 27 August, 2001, 01:18 GMT 02:18 UK
Travis triumph on home turf
Travis on stage
Travis ended the weekend with their homecoming show
By BBC News Online Scotland's Graeme Esson

Travis broke their rain hoodoo as they made a triumphant return to Glasgow - but there was no stopping the outpouring of adulation from thousands of fans.

The home grown chart toppers closed Sunday's Gig on the Green festival.

And even hit single Why Does it Always Rain on Me - which has been renowned for producing a downpour when they play it at festivals - failed to damped the spirits at the end of a scorching day.

Frontman Fran Healy acknowledged how strange it was to have a sunny day in Glasgow, adding: "Us being here and it still being sunny is even more amazing."

Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop took no passengers
The band could not hide their delight at the rapturous reception, with the huge crowd mouthing every word.

The screams which greeted the band's entrance, as they launched straight into recent single Sing, could probably be heard all the way back at the Horseshoe Bar where the band started its life.

They took a trip down memory lane with the first song they performed there, All I Want to do is Rock.

Fran also dedicated songs to the Glasgow crowd - and even his mum, who was watching the show stageside.

The headliners brought to an end a day with a heavy Scottish taste, starting with Cosmic Rough Riders' early appearance on the main stage.

A Glasgow meeting of the Mull Historical Society drew a healthy attendance at the second stage despite the relatively early appearance.

Mull Historical Society
Mull Historical Society were an early attraction
The effort was well worth it, with the stellar pop thrills of recent single Animal Cannabus the highlight.

When the band hit their stride - combining top tunes with warped Fifties-style sci-fi sounds - the winning combination makes them possibly the closest we have to a British Flaming Lips.

Things took a more gentle turn in the hands of Mercury Music Prize nominees Turin Brakes.

The initial impression of music which was too nice for its own good took a few songs to disperse, but when they eventually livened things up the audience devotion became somewhat easier to understand.

Sometimes they occupied the middle ground between Radiohead and Gomez without the blues affectations, but there was also a Neil Young influence which helped lift the songs to greater heights.

Punk rock rush

However, all this was just warming up for the hottest ticket of the day - The Strokes.

They look effortlessly cool and they provide an edgy punk rock rush which few can match.

Successors to the lineage of skinny white boys crafting classic songs, they might not be the future of music as we know it but they are a timely reminder about what great music can be.

And talking of reminders, the even skinnier Iggy Pop was also on hand to make sure no-one forgets his place in music history.

The Strokes
The Strokes brought NYC cool to Glasgow
Stalking, preening and whirling around the stage - and off it - he gave the individual performance of the day.

The set was split between his newer material and some of his timeless garage punk classics, most notably a blistering version of The Stooges' I Wanna Be Your Dog.

He also fitted in some stage diving and an invite which saw dozens of fans swamping the stage for The Passenger, all wrapped up by a 30-second version of No Fun. Which it certainly wasn't.

Yet another survivor re-introduced himself to a Scottish audience as former Lemonhead Evan Dando took second billing on the second stage.

With the hair and the plaid shirt it was like he had never been away, and a selection of Lemonheads favourite offered a quick reminder of why his band were so special first time round.

Travis fans
Fans crowded to see Travis
The newer material slotted in seamlessly and easily won over the old fans easily, although it is hard to see him repeating his old band's success in such a different musical climate.

Back on the main stage Green Day were making their own mark with what can only be described as an incendiary set.

In between the punk rock gems we had fun for all the family, with fans getting hauled on stage to play drums and guitars, water guns, Slipknot "tributes" and the odd silly costume.

There was also the unique sight of a man dressed as a bee and a colleague in an orange boiler suit playing Flower of Scotland on brass - while Tre Cool's newly-torched drum kit blazed behind them.

Billie Joe then ended the show with an even more indelible image, playing Time Of Your Life as the flames flickered behind him.

That left Travis to take the main stage glory as fellow Scots Idlewild kept the punk flame burning with a typically frenetic performance as headliners on the second stage.



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