I did wonder whether there would be a support act, but there was, a perfectly suitable accompaniment to Tom in terms of pace - singer songwriter called Mike Maltese. Quite happily listened to his set.
I do really wonder at these folk. When you are talented and successful, why do you go through these traumas? I know lots of people do, but it still baffles me, and in a peculiar way annoys me. When I see people with far more going for them than me it annoys me seeing them waste it. I know that it it is a psychological thing and not all that simple, and some folk have addicted personalities, but it all seems logically such a waste. I can't help just thinking what have you got top be miserable about? So Tom has been successful, is very talented and despite evidently some years of drug abuse looks ridiculously well on it. He has that cherubic visage that doesn't go with a supposed drug-addled life. Surely he should look drawn and wasted rather than ridiculously boyish for a man in his late thirties? Is there no justice in life?
The Islington Assembly Rooms is a very small venue. Its disabled section was basically just a little roped off segment to my right with a few chairs set out in it. The bit that made my night was seeing a little old lady, who must have been 90 if a day, hunched over and barely able to walk, being helped to the front rail, being "put" onto it and singing and clapping along to Somewhere Only We Know. Now that was quite life-affirming.
The encore included Tom's return in a cloak as a nod to Halloween.