For a performer used to playing the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and the MEN Arena; the Academy 3 is a matchbox in comparison. But tonight, Ronnie Vannucci is playing here, not with The Killers, but his side project Big Talk.
The crowd were excited and cheered the band, although Ronnie described it "like playing in Tokyo, LOTS OF CHEERS - then silence" This gets a laugh and momentarily breaks the ice of this intimate setting.
It seemed that all who turned up to watch (around 200 of us) knew the album; some enough to sing along. 'Replica' and 'Getaways' were crowd favourites and I particularly enjoyed seeing 'Big Eye' live as it build and builds until it fills the room.
All in all, the gig was awesome and I am glad I had the chance to see such a great performer in such an intimate venue.