The atmosphere was filled with nostalgia and the weeks of waiting were over for both the fans and the band. Midlands group The Desperate Men had not played together for 10 years although you wouldn't have thought so as they launched into their first number.
Frontman John Richards, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire launched into each of the opening numbers with a real enthusiasm almost like the latent rock musician in him had been dormant too long and finally relished the idea of being let off the leash.
Right from the off, Richards looked more comfortable with the faster-paced rock and blues sound than in his folk persona as the voice and lead of The John Richards Band.
Before a packed theatre at the Dunkley Street centre he and the assembled band showed their versatility moving from rock to Cajun and then to much heavier reggae dub sound such as All She Took Away.
The Desperate Men, which this time included Richards' eldest daughter Emma - who has sung with her father for many years, were made up from the ashes of Maurice and the Minors and was originally Three Desperate Men with the "Three" being dropped not soon after.
If the band wanted to prove they still had what it takes to play rock 'n' roll and blues then anyone who was at the gig wouldn't argue that the old magic was still there and what's more they seemed to be enjoying playing as much as their fans from the past enjoyed listening to them.
Richards treated the audience to several of his own songs one of which was Never Trouble Trouble 'til Trouble Troubles You, catchy title it ain't, a torch style, slow blues anthem which was given a thumping underbeat by Ian Rowley on his slick looking electric double bass with the tune filled out by Paul Dowswell on electric guitar, who is also a successful author.
As the John Richards Band is on something of a sabbatical for the foreseeable future where The Desperate Men go from here is anyone's guess but they are certainly worth a night out to see them.