Reef rock Reading Uni
December 13, 2002
Reef/The University of Reading/December 3
The Main Hall at The University of Reading has surely never been so full of euphoric enthusiastic rock fans as it was when four-piece West Country giants Reef came to town.
Headlining local promotion company The Sound Foundation's 10th anniversary party, the long-haired quartet put in a performance that encapsulated the meaning of pure live rock ‘n' roll so well that it would be difficult to beat anywhere.
Forgetting trivialities such as lyrics with meaning and musical innovation, Reef combine the most primitive of raw sounds with a life-loving natural stage presence which American rock bands would kill for!
Not that any of this hasn't been said of Reef before - with the addition of a few new songs penned for their forthcoming Greatest Hits album, they are doing the same things as they were doing when they started out 10 years ago. However, that they have lasted that long as a big-name band is evidence enough of just how good at the fundamentals they are.
A delay due to a fire alarm meant that the eager crowd's volume had reached fever pitch by the time Reef took the stage.
By playing their biggest hit, Place Your Hands, very early on, the band demonstrated that they have a wealth of crowd-pleasers.
In fact, the students' excitement increased through their 70-minute set, which included crowd surfing and ended with four encores.
When it comes to rocking it live in true party style, Reef are still the masters.