Saturday, January 26, 2013

Danny & Ben - Friday 25th January - Shaw Theatre, London

After the success of their previous tour, Danny & Ben return for a second installment of their chat, stories and music. The venue - a very pleasant small theatre near Euston - was full and we got there early enough to secure a good unreserved seat.

The format was similar to last time - lots of funny stories from "the road" (most still involving Harry James, Thunder's drummer!), a few cringeworthy puns and jokes and some excellent musical interludes. This time around there were less covers and more Thunder songs and a good time seemed to be had by all. It being the London show, I think we got a couple of extra songs compared to the rest of the tour.

At the end of the evening I purchased the new CD from the nice girl at the merchandise stand. We then popped into the pub next door for a nightcap and felt VERY old! Must have been student night!

Get Where I Belong
One Night
Backstreet Symphony
War Pigs (snippet in jazz lounge style!)
She's So Fine
An Englishman On Holiday
See My Baby Walking 
Unchain My Heart
Don't Wait For Me 
The Devil Made Me Do It 
A Better Man (with Lucie Bowes)
Make You Feel My Love 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

All Right Now - Friday 18th January - Boom Boom Club, Sutton

So it appears it's all change in the musical world of Johnny Warman. He appears to have left "The Mods" (and formed "Magic Bus" playing similar material) and presumably there's no more "Four Bills and a Ben"?

Additionally, this band "All Right Now" have migrated from playing nearly all "Free" and "Bad Company" material to a range of classic rock. Speaking as a fan of both the aforementioned bands, I think this is a good thing - it should widen their potential audience and give them a chance to mix up the setlist.

Tonight's show was good and contained a few surprises - not least relatively modern songs like "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Gimme All Your Lovin'". The band were spot on with the lead guitar especially impressive.