Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
Humanity has never been so well connected, so informed of what is going on in the world or the possibilities within it and yet day by day, each passing moment on the clock, someone finds anger, resentment, the reason to start pulling away from society and withdrawing into a world which is safer, clean and with less chance of finding their thoughts tipping over the edge. It is arguably an issue that stems from having to deal with the perceived lacking of understanding, the social anxiety, the modern day disease that comes with no cure, the malaise of knowing that world is as heavily and royally screwed as you imagine.
Originally published by L.S. Media. December 7th 2008.
It might come as a bit of a shock to find there is still a musician of note, who shuns the bigger arenas and is quite happy by playing songs that matter to him and his legion of fans in some of the more intimate venues around the country. Midge Ure has been, musically, through it all. Whether from his early days in the band Silk, the heady days of the New Romantic phase that swept Britain in the early to mid eighties with Ultravox and then as a solo artist whose voice has swept all before him.
Originally published by L.S. Media. November 12th 2009.
Both Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh had been in Liverpool earlier in the year with their band Deacon Blue when they were rightly considered to be one of the top acts at this year’s Summer Pops. The band have been put on hiatus for a while whilst the husband and wife team have been showcasing their new work on a tour of their own.
Steve Hackett on the Wirral. Photograph by Ian D. Hall
Originally published by L. S. Media. November 21st 2009.
Making his first appearance in Birkenhead in five years, Steve Hackett arrived at the Pacific Road Arts Centre riding high on the back of a critically acclaimed album Out of the Tunnel’s Mouth and the knowledge that the tour has been well received by fans old and new.
Originally published by L.S. Media. April 26th 2010.
Perhaps it is appropriate that The Bad Shepherds are touring at the moment, for nobody would have possibly enjoyed the nod to creativity of The Bad Shepherds to folk up classic punk tracks than Malcolm Mclaren who sadly passed away earlier this month.
In salute to the man behind the Sex Pistols the band opened up an evening of skilful toned down music with the fitting song Anarchy in the U.K. and The Smiths’ lament Panic. There will be those that have never really been fans of The Smiths but to hear this particular song being played by the genius insanity that is Adrian Edmondson would have been a joy to behold.
Originally published by L.S. Media. September 16th 2011.
The music of Supertramp can easily send shivers down the spine of their fans, from classics such as Goodbye Stranger to the dramatic and sensual Lord is it Mine? The band have long been touted as one of the finest examples of British music from the last 50 years.
It is strange and surprising that even though the band rarely tour and Roger Hodgson has never been so popular with his touring that there are so few musicians who seem willing to take on the music and forever remind audiences how good the band’s sound is live.
Originally published by November 6th 2011.
L.S. Media Rating ****
The last time Midge Ure stood on the stage at the Pacific Road, Birkenhead, could be considered surreal, no audience, just lights, music and his three band members of the 80’s New Wave Avant-Garde group Ultravox for company as they rehearsed their set for their sell out tour last year.
Joe Bonamassa at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Photograph by Ian D. Hall
Originally published by L.S. Media. March 29th 2012.
L.S. Media Rating *****
Somebody reminded Joe Bonamassa during his visit to Liverpool that the first time he played near the city, in the excellent venue that was just a well-aimed cannon ball shot across the Mersey to Pacific Road in Birkenhead. In that seemingly short time, Joe has gone onto be one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Technically stunning and with no short comings at all, not musically or as decent human being it seems either.