Tag Archives: Liverpool. (2016).

Status Quo, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The devout and the inspired will always go to the final preaching of the long lived and the elegantly able; like a fine wine served at room temperature in a Guernsey hotel, the taste is enough to feel inebriated just to be in the company of the exulted and prime music stalwarts. For the fans of Status Quo they were not about to allow their main hero of Francis Rossi or the memory of the band that started out all those decades ago to simply fade into the realm of acoustic sessions, this final night of the last ever electric tour in the U.K. was to be a celebration of all things Quo.

Deacon Blue, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Deacon Blue just keep coming back to the Echo Arena, it would be astonishing if they didn’t turn up at the venue, unlock the door and make themselves several discerning cups of tea, such is the passion for performing in Liverpool and their fondness for the city’s crowd.

When We Are Married, Theatre Review. Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Kat Rose-Martin, Luke Adamson, Sophia Hatfield, Mark Stratton, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Adrian Hood, Sue Devaney, Steve Huison, Kate Anthony, Lisa Howard, Matthew Booth, Barrie Rutter, Zoe Lambert, John Gully, Andy Hall.

Mr. J. B. Priestley never fails to deliver, even if there are those out in the dark who fail to get the nuance of the times and denounce the clever introspection the playwright had on British Society and making it look back on its own peculiarities and diminishing importance on the future. Whereas the epic An Inspector Calls is very much in the calm outraged camp, the heated tongue of a barracking old outdated ways of thought, his classic drawing room comedy When We Are Married is firmly in the chaotic tranquillity mode and it is one that never loses its heart, especially not in the hands of the superb Northern Broadsides.

Heaven 17, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory at the Liverpool 02 Academy, October 2016.

Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory at the Liverpool 02 Academy, October 2016.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Any genre of music requires its founding fathers, its elder statesmen and women, the ones who made the dream of a generation and the bane of a previous one, to stand up, take control and be magnificent in the face of possible adversity and obliging redemption.

Me And Deboe, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is a reasonable and compelling argument to be made to compare the tantalising work of Me and Deboe with the greatest of all musical partnerships, the phenomenally outstanding Simon and Garfunkel. The comparison isn’t in the voices or the appearance, but where it matters most in the defining action of the duos appreciation towards their audience, the way they are received and the true mastership of both their lyrics and of the beat they generate.

Chicago, Theatre Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool. 2016.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Sophie Carmen-Jones, Hayley Tamaddon, John Partridge, Jessie Wallace, Francis Foreman, A D Richardson, Emily Warner, Waylon Jacobs, Lindsey Tierney, Ellie Mitchell, Nicola Coates, Francis Dee, Chelsea Labadini, Dann Kharsa, Justin-Lee Jones, Kerry Spark, Peter Nash, Adam Denman, Daniele Arbisi, Helen Siveter.

Matthew McGurty, Gig Review. Studio 2, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

The last time Matthew McGurty performed in Studio 2 to such a loyal and intensely proud audience the winter of 2015 was in full blast and the cold was such that that the music of the man was not just a welcome glow in the corner of some good old fashioned public house, the type where they won’t let you leave for home without checking that you are safe to do so and if walking, pouring you the fortifying aid of a hearty whisky, it was the shine of the sun on a near broken spirit and the smouldering of a dusky maiden kiss.

Hayseed Dixie, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Hayseed Dixie are an example to how tribute bands should be. What’s the point in seeing or hearing a covers group if they sound the same as the original? The gentlemen from Hayseed Dixie give a fantastic yet unusual twist to rock n roll, as distorted guitar solos are replaced by a banjo and acoustic guitars.

The Jokers, Gig Review. 02 Academy, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The Jokers, bringing back classic rock to the masses, as sure and cool as they can and aided by the fact that vocalist Wayne Parry has a unique voice suited to old style rock n roll which is often missed in this generation of music; coupled with a classic guitar solos, rhythm bass and brilliant drum beats makes the band stand out from others of their kind.

Bryan Adams, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2016).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Bryan Adams, perhaps more than ever, knows how to take an audience on a ride of musical exuberance and heart beating songs; always entertaining live, Bryan Adams has become one of Rock’s elder statesmen and he has done so without losing the gift of youthful expression and the energy of a man possessed of charm, confidence and undoubted skill. To lose such attributes would be to diminish the truth behind the musician, to lose them would be depriving one of the great entertainers of his time.