Tag Archives: Liverpool. (2017).

Blink 182, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

https://www.facebook.com/davidmunnphotography, Photograph kindly reproduced from David Munn.

It might have been some years since Blink 182 had ventured to Liverpool, that they had taken The Echo by storm and left an indelible mark, the vibrant tattoo of youth, creative exposure and the insatiable pounding in the heart, for all to wear like a badge of honour for the following weeks as knowing glances and excited conversation took place around town and in the infancy of social media.

The Illegal Eagles, Gig Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The Illegal Eagles, Liverpool Empire Theatre, June 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

There are times in life when you cry over a fallen hero, a family member who did something pretty amazing with their life or was just selfless in making sure that yours was not shrouded in pity and the bleak, a conqueror of the stage who you saw perform without mercy and who never knew you were there in shadows being moved by the simple raised eyebrow or the manner of their walk, the musician to whom The Long Road out of Eden was not just lived but taken to heart; it is O.K. to cry over a fallen hero, for it shows the effect they had on shaping your life.

Steve Hackett, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2017).

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Steve Hackett at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, May 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall

The world has changed so much in the last 40 years that barely a whisper of it is now recognisable, fashions have come and gone, a couple of generations of music lovers have been born and slid silently into the edited grooves of downloadable music and fought with all their might to claim the art form as their own, that in their minds they, understandably, are the ones who invented music.

Roxanne de Bastion, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

People tend to confuse themselves sometimes, the Universe is spectacular like that, believing that to be the best requires the finest of everything, the largest venue perhaps, the abundance of both food and drink on tap, and in this day and age either all for nothing or they are willing to brag about in the Netherspehere of social media that they paid thousands of pounds to a tout outside and that makes the evening perfect.

Thom Morecroft, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Thom Morecroft at Leaf. May 2017. Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

If ever there is a poll for the greatest artist to come out of Shropshire, there had better be a vote included on the ballot sheet for Thom Morecroft, not that such things in the end are important but for the man who made Liverpool his home and produces the type of music in which the veins inside the body crackle and pop with shuddering excitement, to which the nerves glisten with the sweat of anticipation and the joy of the smile is never far from the lips, such an accolade is always awaiting to be said with great sincerity.

Caro Emerald, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2017).

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The last time Caro Emerald came to Liverpool in 2015 she was magnificent, two years on from that fateful night, she, and the finely attuned band, were simply stunning.  A night of 21st Century Jazz with so much swing attached, so much creativity grabbing every ounce of emotion on the stage that for those fortunate enough to be in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on what was to turn, weather wise, into the worst type of spring deluge possible at the end of the show, at least were comforted by the absolute brilliance on show during the night.

Chris De Burgh, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2017).

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The gentleness of the man holds him in high esteem with his audience, the nature of his craft, the talent for song writing and capturing the moment frame by frame takes him to a place where the crowd simply adore him; it is impossible when you watch Chris De Burgh perform live on stage to see anything but a sea of faces light up with expectation, no matter the day they have had, as soon as he takes to the stage and then grow with love and self esteem as the concert goes on.

The Who, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Never knowingly disappoint your fans, give them everything you can from the very start of your career and when the final whistle starts to be blown, when perhaps the fat lady has began to clear her voice and make those irregular noises associated with the opera singer’s mad dash for stardom become apparent, give them more than they ever bargained for, give them the world.

10CC, Gig Review. Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. (2017).

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There should be no argument that Graham Gouldman is one of the most important and interesting songwriters in British music history; the facts speak for themselves when you look at the impressive array of songs he wrote for other bands as a very young man, talent so enlightening, so frighteningly superb, it is truly inspiring to know that the man on stage before you is responsible for some of the biggest selling records in pop history.

Brit Floyd, Gig Review. Echo Arena, Liverpool. (2017).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

It could be argued that the pulse of the Universe runs through the veins of what we feel, the mood we inhabit and the longing we have deep inside of us for the comfortable and unnerving in equal measure; such is that pulse, such is beauty in a single note that the art and the artist are entwined, that even hearing it performed by another is enough to raise the goosebumps to a point where they can be seen from space.