Oh what a thrill it was to see The Mavericks again! They played the Western Fair here in London and they were simply amazing. You would have thought they were playing in front of thousands of fans, just like the old days. They played for nearly an hour and a half straight with barely time to take a breath in between songs, then came back for an encore which included a fan favorite –

The last time I got to see The Mavericks was at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. The act before them was an hour and a half late, which really annoyed the crowd, who were all waiting for The Mavericks. If you’ve ever been to the festival you know they shut down at midnight, period. We were all starting to panic when The Mavericks didn’t start until just before midnight. They just kept playing and playing and the crowd of some fifteen thousand people loved it. Festival management was smart enough not to piss off fifteen thousand people. The Mavericks played for a solid hour and then tried to leave, but the crowd would have none of that. Fifteen thousand people screaming “more! more!” brought them right back on stage. This happened over and over again until they had played until at least two o’clock in the morning, but we all still wanted more. It was by far the very best concert I have ever been to. They had the whole crowd –

Although I love every single song they play, the best thing about The Mavericks is how much fun they have on stage. They love playing and they eat it up when the crowd responds. Even in London, where the venue was pathetically small and there were only a few hundred people it didn’t matter one bit to the band. You could just tell how much fun they were having regardless of the small crowd and they were so happy to be back playing again. They had to eventually call it a night and, well, that was –

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