King King Announce Their First Live Album

King King Announce Their First Live Album

King King Announce Their First Live Album

 

 

 

 

King King Announce Their First Live Album

TRIPLE DISC LIVE CONCERT

RELEASED FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER 2016

INCLUDES 2 CDS + BONUS DVD
ALSO AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

KING KING’S NEW LIVE ALBUM DOVETAILS NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ‘BROKEN WITT REBELS

 

 

A Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, available now to pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album. It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing. This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live album recorded at The 02 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016
Live DVD recorded at The Picturedrome in Holmfirth on 13th April 2016
All audio recorded by Andy Banfield from Superfly Studios
Mixed By Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright from House of Tone, at Y-Dream Studios
DVD footage by Cat & Owl Films, edited by Matt Robinson
Mastered by: Jon Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering

 

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Live Album Track List  Live DVD Track List
CD 1
Lose Control
Wait On Time
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take

CD2
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger To Love
Let Love In

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In

They’re no slouches in the studio, of course. But “King King Live” is stone-cold proof of a band born for the stage, showcasing songs from their thrilling six-year run with added emotional rocket-fuel. “In the studio,” says Alan, “we pay a lot of attention to detail and we try to create something that will last forever. But live, you have to play from your heart and really emote, to help the audience see, hear and believe in what you’re trying to put across. For me, the most important part of playing live is to capture the emotion and the vibe. We’re so happy with the outcome. I think we managed to catch the magic and the atmosphere on both nights.”

And how. “King King Live” is the next best thing to being there yourself, bottling the thrill of hanging off the security rail, feeling the speakers flap your trouser legs and sensing the tinnitus in the post. King King have just pulled off the classic live album they’ve been threatening since the start. Enjoy the show…

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

November 2016 Tour Dates

BRIGHTON, OLD MARKET – WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01273 201 801 GIG CARTEL – HERE or TOM’S BOX OFFICEHERE

NORWICH, WATERFRONT  – THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
UEA BOX OFFICE: 01603 508 050 / VENUE TEL: 01603 632 717
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or UEA Tickets – HERE

SOUTHAMPTON, 1865  – FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOX OFFICE: 01273 673 311 /HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE TEL: 023 80 222 605 / EMAIL: book@the1865.com

FROME, CHEESE & GRAIN – THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01373 455420
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Cheese & Grain – HERE

BILSTON, ROBIN 2 – FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or ROBIN 2 – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01902 401 211

CARDIFF, TRAMSHED – SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

EXETER, PHOENIX – SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01392 667080

ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE – THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01224 641 122

EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S HALL – FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Queen’s Hall – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0131 668 2019

CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS – SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0871 220 0260

CLITHEROE, GRAND – SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

LONDON, ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY – TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20.00 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 020 7527 8900

Bluesdoodles reviews and more:

King KIng AlbumBack On Tour - November Brings Back King KingKing King – Reaching For The Light – HERE

Thunder, King King Entertain Colston Hall – HERE

John Mayall, King King Entertain St David’s Hall – HERE

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pines – HERE

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King
In the last six months, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out their latest single, Guns, to capitalize on fan-driven interest. The official video for Guns has generated almost 400,000 views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.

Chosen by the fans, Guns is now the second single to be taken from the band’s <strong>Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play-listed on Planet Rock, who are currently playing Guns.

GUNS pays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”

The Birmingham four-piece is comprised of James Tranter (guitar), Danny Core (vocals), Luke Davis (bass) and James Dudley (drums). Their bluesy southern swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys.

Back On Tour – November Brings Back King King

 

 

NOTE!!! King King DATES Re-Scheduled

SEE link HERE For New Dates

Due to a recent vocal cord condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the majority of King King’s November 2016 UK tour dates with special guests Broken Witt Rebels, have been re-scheduled to January, February, March and May 2017. The news follows the release of the band’s first ever live album ‘King King Live’ that went to #1 in Amazon’s Best Sellers Blues Rock Chart, and the upcoming release of their radio remix of their new single ‘Waking Up’.

Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “I’ve seen my ENT specialist. He put a camera down my throat to look at what condition my vocal cords were in. Unfortunately, there’s still a good bit of inflammation and redness. I’ve been working with a vocal coach to build strength and stamina to aid my recovery.
“We will be re-scheduling most of the dates on the UK tour to January, February and March, however, we will commit to the remaining four shows on the November UK tour, beginning at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (25 November), continuing through to the Live Rooms in Chester (26 November), The Grand Venue in Clitheroe (27 November) and wrapping up in London at Islington Assembly Hall (29 November).”

NOVEMBER 2016
 Aberdeen Lemon Tree – Thu 24th
Edinburgh Queens Hall – Fri 25th
Chester Live Rooms – Sat 26th
Clitheroe Grand – Sun 27th
Islington Assembly – Tue 29th

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

Cardiff  The Globe Fri 13th January 2017
Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017
Brighton Old Market – Wed 9th February 2017
Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017
Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017
Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th
Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017
Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017

 

Back On Tour – November Brings Back  King King

48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE WITH PLANETROCK.COM FROM WEDNESDAY 22nd JUNE

TICKETS ON SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
ON FRIDAY 24th JUNE (ALL PRICED £20.00)

24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: www.thegigcartel.com

TOUR DOVETAILS THE RELEASE OF NEW DOUBLE LIVE CD/DVD ALBUM

ALL TICKETS £20.00
24 HOUR BOX OFFICE – 0844 478 0898
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To coincide with the November tour, King King are pleased to announce the release of a new live album that will be released on CD and digital download in October. The album will include the full audio from a storming live concert in Glasgow, plus exclusive DVD filmed at the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

NOVEMBER 2016
 Brighton Old Market – Wed 9th
Norwich Waterfront – Thu 10th
Southampton 1865 – Fri 11th
Frome Cheese & Grain – Thu 17th
Bilston Robin 2 – Fri 18th
Cardiff Tramshed – Sat 19th
Exeter Phoenix – Sun 20th
Aberdeen Lemon Tree – Thu 24th
Edinburgh Queens Hall – Fri 25th
Chester Live Rooms – Sat 26th
Clitheroe Grand – Sun 27th
Islington Assembly – Tue 29th

Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and most recently, Rush Hour, King King received a nomination for Best New Band at the 2015 Classic Rock Awards. King King followed up with a UK arena tour supporting Thunder that was highlighted at a packed concert at London’s Wembley Arena, and, as a result, won them over a raft of new fans.

The band’s 2015 album, Reaching For The Light, was voted #1 album by Blues Rock Review.  In 2014, King King won a total of five 2014 British Blues Awards, includingBest Album and Best Band. The nods came from BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones to Classic Rock’s The Blues magazine. Their support slot on John Mayall’s 2014 UK tour pushed the band to another level.

 

Bluesdoodles reviews and more:

King KIng AlbumBack On Tour - November Brings Back King KingKing King – Reaching For The Light – HERE

Thunder, King King Entertain Colston Hall – HERE

John Mayall, King King Entertain St David’s Hall – HERE

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pines – HERE

 

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King

Back On Tour – November Brings Back  King King

Tour Dates

 

BRIGHTON, OLD MARKET – WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01273 201 801 GIG CARTEL – HERE or TOM’S BOX OFFICEHERE

NORWICH, WATERFRONT  – THURSDAY 10th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
UEA BOX OFFICE: 01603 508 050 / VENUE TEL: 01603 632 717
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or UEA Tickets – HERE

SOUTHAMPTON, 1865  – FRIDAY 11th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOX OFFICE: 01273 673 311 /HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE TEL: 023 80 222 605 / EMAIL: book@the1865.com

FROME, CHEESE & GRAIN – THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01373 455420
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Cheese & Grain – HERE

BILSTON, ROBIN 2 – FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or ROBIN 2 – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01902 401 211

CARDIFF, TRAMSHED – SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

EXETER, PHOENIX – SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01392 667080

ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE – THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 01224 641 122

EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S HALL – FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or Queen’s Hall – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0131 668 2019

CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS – SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE or See Tickets – HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 0871 220 0260

CLITHEROE, GRAND – SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

LONDON, ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY – TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
TICKETS: £20.00 / BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE
VENUE BOX OFFICE: 020 7527 8900

Back On Tour - November Brings Back King King
In the last six months, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out their latest single, Guns, to capitalize on fan-driven interest. The official video for Guns has generated almost 400,000 views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.

Chosen by the fans, Guns is now the second single to be taken from the band’s <strong>Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play-listed on Planet Rock, who are currently playing Guns.

GUNS pays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”

The Birmingham four-piece is comprised of James Tranter (guitar), Danny Core (vocals), Luke Davis (bass) and James Dudley (drums). Their bluesy southern swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys.

Heavenly Cake for Bands In Salisbury

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Heavenly Cake for Bands In Salisbury

 

 

Cake wall WM-1045The wall of fame is growing for Cupcake Heaven in Salisbury as Paul & Sandy Gregory cook for bands, This afternoon on a sunny day in May joining Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor in the select group of musicians with a bespoke cake are South African Dan Patlansky and his Band and the mighty award-winning King King fronted by the swirly kilt clad Scotsman himself, Alan Nimmo.

Cupcake Heaven bake delicious cakes for residents and visitors every day. The café is on a pedestrian walk-through with the river flowing past this afternoon ducks, swans and moorhens watched on bemused as two bands descended on Cupcake Heaven.

Heavenly Cake for Bands In SalisburyThe cakes were very special both iced and decorated to represent King King’s acclaimed album Reaching For The Light with a tartan ribbon. Once the cake had been admired and photographed it was time for the knife to cut through the icing to reveal chocolate sponge and chocolate buttercream. Yummy, a sweet delight that went perfectly with a cup of tea. With King King band members Alan Nimmo, Wayne Proctor, Bob Fridzema and Lindsay Coulson on a sugar rush they reluctantly left to do the sound check before the Friday Evening show at the City Hall.

Heavenly Cake for Bands In SalisburyThe second cake, a delicious iced Victoria Sponge, bedecked with the eye-catching cover of Dan Patlansky’s latest album Introvertigo. The band from South Africa were delighted to tuck into such a delicious sweetness after the necessary photographing and formalities were taken care of. Then it was cake and tea rather than blues and guitars that dominated the conversation. Suitably refreshed on a sugar high they left to prepare to open for King King and to make sure that Cupcake Heaven and rock music are never far apart.

Cupcake Heaven, Salisbury’s bakers to Rock and Blues musicians. The demand is growing and soon could be on every band’s rider who visits Salisbury – ‘we want cake before we play the music live and loud’.

King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury

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King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury

 

Tonight there was a very special buzz around City Hall, Salisbury. With a plethora of Thunder T-shirts through the years, a smattering of Satriani and many more King King Shirts. Both Dan Patlansky & King King, continue to be noticed for all the right reasons Blues that rocks your soul having toured with Joe Satriani and Thunder respectively.

 

Dan Patlansky supporting King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in SalisburySeats were filled and the lights dimmed and the music caught your breath as South African Dan Patlansky took control of the stage. This is the first opportunity to hear tracks live from his latest superb studio album Introvertigo. They sound even more exciting when you can see Dan’s magic fingers playing with the six-strings. The band was on fire providing a lusciousness of tone and sound for the guitar to soar up above with Dan’s vocals as hot as chestnuts heated over a brazier of firing blues.  Into the mix, this band is not messing around as they play Stop The Messin’. Then a change of guitar and slide for Heartbeat, drum’s pulling up the heat of Africa the beat resembling a heartbeat that is both fast and primeval. This track live is a fret teaser and the speed of Dan’s fingers is mesmerizing and the beating of hearts increased with the hot delights. The tempo changed and we had some slow blues as Old Red his preferred guitar worn with love entertained once again. With great interaction, Dan was warming the crowded venue for King King. The echo effect of Dan’s voice as he drew us in along with the melting and merging of tones contrasting and harmonizing this is exciting blues. Dipping into his previous album Dear Silence Thieves, via Backbite, the clock is speeding and Dan plays loud, raucous and always he has control of the guitar, holding by one string dancing up the fretboard and contending with an amp that just doesn’t want to play the game. Dan Patlansky excites, with is freeform blues-rock, with an instrumental that has the audience collectively holding their breath the guitar playing is phenomenal, Hendrix heart and soul has entered the building as Patlansky entertains, the audience is now hot with excitement.

 

King King WM-1209A short-break and the crowded venue fidgeting in their seats and then with a swirl of his red kilt and beaming smile Alan Nimmo sets the King King train underway in Salisbury tonight. King King’s reputation continues to grow as they tour making new friends on the way and always entertaining with blues that has special cadence unique to them. With a number of albums under the kilt we re-visited the earlier recordings and were entertained with songs for the acclaimed 2015 Reaching For The Light.  They may have opened with Lose Control, but everything was firmly under control for, Alan Nimmo fronting vocals and guitar, Bob Fridzema of keys and the powerhouse holding the rhythm Lindsay Coulson and Wayne Proctor. Glaswegian Alan, full of smiles and the vocals strong despite the fact this was the penultimate date on the tour and Alan waiting for what he calls his wee operation on his vocal chords. Everyone wishes him well though there are a few festival dates still to catch King King over the summer.  The studio version of Rush Hour is awesome, live it takes on another dimension of energy.  Why? It is the audience who participate picking up the beat set down by Wayne Proctor who builds the anticipated rhythm with style and flourish of the sticks Lindsay’s’ bass line fills in the gaps providing a rhythmic tempo allowing Alan to strut and swirl upfront. Two crowd stopping heart-searing moments in the momentous set were first Long History of Love and later in the set Jealousy. Bob’s Fridzema’s, Hammond combined with the whirling Leslie creates a sound that swells and grows filling every drop of air with sweet chords of Long History of Love. The music is so powerful you can taste it. Then add into the mix Alan Nimmo’s vocal and Fender the music is putty in his hands and we adore King King for playing music that hits our souls.  The emotion and inner tension of fellow Glaswegian Frankie Miller’s classic Jealousy is held in Alan’s hands from the first to the last note.  The warmth of the emotion, the agony of the pain jealousy causes are all captured in the guitar chord and the inflection of Alan’s voice. Wow! Who cannot be moved by this spine-chilling hairs on your arms raising performance? This is not the final number the tempo changes the audience fills with delight as the first notes of Crazy flow through the auditorium.  Then Alan’s party piece as he turns the volume down, down, down until you can hear the strings ping. The audience sits in respectful hush, the silence is deep and Stranger To Love wins us over again as the volume rises and the tuneful voice of Alan fills the hall again. Then they leave, and we want more but this is the last song of the night, the crowds stand in unison and cheer for more. With a smile and wave King King are back on stage for one last number the crowd-pleasing melodic Let Love In we sung, Alan sung we were all in harmony. The power of live music uniting us this is Blues-Rock infused with layers of tones and the deep feel of the blues.

 

Their status as performers extraordinaire was confirmed again with tonight’s no wonder King King are award winning, mega-popular and Reaching For The Light was the album of 2015 for many.  This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and ten the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight. Dan Patlansky opening raised the roof. Blues swirled with rock heartbeats with both bands fuelled by delicious cake from Cupcake Heaven enjoyed as part of a rocking afternoon tea.

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Wayne Proctor talking Production House of Tone and King King

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Wayne Proctor talking about drumming, producing House of Tone and King King

 

BD: Firstly, a big doodles thank you for taking time out of his busy schedule to sit down and talk to Bluesdoodles about music and so much more.
We all unwrap that album, put on the stereo and listen, we love the sound, it often bringing back memories of a great night of live music. Have you ever wondered what goes into making the album you love to listen to?
Wayne Proctor is candidly unpacking the mystery of record making speaking as a musician, member of a band and a producer. Wayne has gathered up all these skills and more into a brand that is being recognised on many stylish albums as House of Tone.
The conversation flowed, starting off traditionally at the beginning and then… well read on to find out.

 

BD: Wayne have you always had the ambition to be a producer?

WP: Yes I think so, from a very young age. The drums were my third instrument I learnt, having started on the Piano at 4 and then progressing to guitar at 8. I could instinctively pick out singles on an album and recognize the best songs. I could hear the sound choices, the construction of parts and arrangement; the idiosyncratic production elements… just as an A&R man needs to when identifying a single to promote an album.

I have always been interested in production, starting from the first band I was in, where I was heavily involved in the arrangements of the songs, this was helped along by my dual knowledge of harmonics from playing the guitar and the rhythmic side of things from playing the drums. Producing was a logical step for me as part of my development as a musician. I wanted to have recorded what I could hear in the room and in my head so I needed to understand how producing and recording works. I realised I had a lot to learn, so with a mixture of teaching myself and observing the recording making process of albums I was making it all started to come together. My first time working with a world renowned producer was on Aynsley Lister’s self-titled album, his debut for RUF records that was produced by Jim Gaines. Jim has produced artists across many genres; this guy had won Grammy’s! I observed how he managed the session, the technical side of things and his people skills, I watched and listened to everything he said and did. I could see how he handled people and songs and what the engineer was doing.

BD: You have been really busy, how do you work with different artists sounds and styles

WP: Yes, It has got busier and busier thankfully, it’s great to work on different styles and work with different artists/bands, it really keeps things fresh and creative for me. Just recently I’ve worked on albums by Stevie Nimmo, Ben Poole, Red Butler and on a new album by Adam Norswothy. Adam’s is a more traditional song driven album and after working on the more blues-rock orientated material

I needed to make sure I came into Adam’s album with a blank canvas. Just like resetting a camera with white paper you need to reset yourself between each project. Luckily, I tend to be present from a very early stage in the recording process so I get to know what an artist can do, so you get excited about revisiting that artists musical character, it could be the voice, guitar playing, lyrics, melodies. I just do my best to find the heart of the artist or band and bring that more to the forefront, so the listener gets to see a much more potent version of that artist

BD: So what got you to take the leap to be a Producer

WP: Honestly? I got a bit sick of not hearing the quality on albums that I wanted to hear and that I knew an artist was capable of. Too many producers pressing record and getting the album done quickly for the record label, I understand budget plays a part but I do feel the quality of the content is compromised when an album Is recorded too quickly. When things are rushed you don’t maximize the potential that a song or album can have. I knew in the end the answer was to do it myself, and create a team of like-minded people with an overflow of ideas and a hunger for quality. I’ve been producing, mixing and engineering for just over a decade now, my first album I produced was for Sean Webster back in 2005. We had a great communication, (we have known each other since we were 12 years old, actually went to school together) and it just worked, that album was recorded at Superfly Studios or Bluewater Studios as it was known back then. I have travelled a long way since then creatively, my knowledge has really deepened and I have a much better understanding of how to make things work and solve problems when things aren’t working. Twenty-Six albums later and a bunch of singles and EP’s and any success I’m experiencing is just down to hard work, focusing on the details and establishing good communication between myself and the artist so there is mutual respect and understanding, so the artist knows you always have their best interests at heart.

BD: Once a song makes the Album is it farewell and on to the next?

WP: Yes usually but occasionally you get to revisit things, funnily enough I am coming to the end of re-mixing ‘Rush Hour’ from King King’s Reaching For The Light for a radio version. The new re-mix is for Planet Rock and it is sounding awesome… it makes me want to go back and re-do the whole “Reaching For The Light” album, it just highlights that producing and mixing is constantly a learning process. I have done a further six albums since “Reaching For The Light” and every album has taught me something new that I can being to the table the next time round. My hunger to improve and get better at what I do is pretty immense.

BD: What an experience touring with Thunder must have been

WP: Yes it was straight after King King’s visit to India to play the Mahindra blues Festival, which was an incredible experience. We landed in Gatwick after the India trip and drove straight to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall; it is extremely rare you get to experience so many amazing and special gigs in a row. Its been a fantastic reward for all the hard work we’ve been putting in, getting the Thunder tour was certainly a high point of what’s been happening for myself and the band. There is so much potential and so many new opportunities and doors opening for King King, it is beyond exciting.

BD: Now back to what do you, so what does Wayne Proctor bring to Production?

WP: Firstly, I like to give artists time and space to be creative, I work hard to build trust and try to break down their preciousness and preconceptions of how things “should” be and help make the music flow in a more organic way. Avenues of creativity need to be opened and kept open to build on an artists inherent natural talent, I want to push them above what they think they can do – see them blossom. To do this you need to make sure there is a good vibe and complete trust with the artist from the beginning. Albums take time, Ben Poole’s latest  “Time Has Come “ was three years in its gestation, lots of talking between myself, Ben and Alan Robinson (Manhaton Records) to formulize the album and get the right set of songs. It is not about going into the studio and pressing record straight away. An album needs to be worked on, developed, thought about and developed further. It makes such a difference to the end result. And when producer and artist are in complete trust at the start, ideas are free flowing, everyone feels comfortable. And of course as a producer you need to recognize how to get the best out of every artist you work with, find ways to make them feel at ease so the music flows out of them, give them an arena to overflow with ideas where all ideas are entertained

For me, pre-production is the key to how great an album can be, whether we have a few weeks or a month to prepare an album I always recommend some time gets spent on pre production. Working as House of Tone is all about trying out ideas, to find what does and doesn’t work, putting content with depth and meaning into the music. I have a very methodical brain so I am able to visualize the music and see how things can sit together and how that ultimately affects the end result. I am always pushing for all levels to be of a higher quality, the songwriting, the playing, the quality of recording, it’s about Investing time at all stages of the process. It’s vital you do this so you’re not just churning albums out like a factory line. The quality has to be maintained and kept at a super high level to really leave a musical legacy.

BD:I am sure people have heard the terms relating to stages of record production but many do not know what the differences are.

WP: Pre-Production: Is usually the artist/band and myself in a room shaping the songs, trying ideas out and seeing what sticks. Ideally you record this stage even if with just your phone, you listen back, tweek things, make more suggestions and develop the idea till it feels right. Pre-production is where the actual content of the music is first established and developed.

Record: The stage where everything that has been written gets recorded with confidence after all the pre production. You can track live as band and do overdubs, or you can build up from the drums and add each instrument. I tend to let the material dictate which recording approach is needed, in the end it’s all valid you just want the best way to make the songs sound the best. At the recording stage I like to get the sounds from the instruments as close to as they will be in the final mix, so its lots of moving microphones and auditioning sounds to make sure you’ve got some thing great and not just a generic sound. You want something you are excited about sound wise, getting great exciting performances gives you so much more to work with at the mix stage. It really is worth getting the musicians to dig deep and do that extra take to get that something special.

Mixing: The stage of clearing everything up so it can all be heard and you can pick out all the that has been recorded, so you’re getting all the details as a listener, so you can hear the vocalist breath, you can hear guitar to the left, keys to the right etc. Giving the music a balance and making the song feel like a journey of highs and lows. A mix should enhance all the hard work that has been done at the pre production and recording stages, enhance the dynamics make everything feel a lot more visceral.

Mastering: Is the final stage, It is giving the album a polish and a final sheen. It stage you make sure the volume and general EQ balance even across all the tracks has an even feel so nothing jumps out and things have a nice flow.

 

House of ToneBD: Tell us a bit about House Of Tone, Superfly Studios and Y Dream StudiosSuperfly

WP:  We are a complimentary package of production and studio. Half the recording gear in the Superfly Studio’s is mine and so it made sense to join resources with Andy Banfield owner of Superfly studios and to use this amazing space to record artists and then Y Dream Studio’s owned by Steve Wight is where the mixing takes place. So House of Tone Productions is the whole package: recording, production, mixing, mastering and artist development.

 

House of Tone is all about re-investing into the music scene/artists by giving the artist/band the opportunity and time to make their album something to be proud of. I want House Of Tone to be known as a quality brand across a wide range of genres. As soon as you see the House Of Tone Logo you know you are getting a quality artist, recording, production and mix where care has been taken to give you the most enjoyable listening experience you can have.

We must be hitting the mark as we had nominations for four albums at the British Blues Awards, Three for Bands and Two for solo artists. We are working hard to create a package that is easy for people to buy into whether it a band or solo artist. I really want artists and bands to House Of Tone as a brand of choice that they know they will get a superior quality album at the end of the creative process. In addition to album production, we can create websites, shoot videos, deliver creative artwork and artist development. We are creating a whole atmosphere. The artwork has to be as just good as the music. I studied graphic design before I went professional as a musician. I’ve actually just finished the artwork on the new Ben Poole album, it was a collaborative effort between producer, artist, label and management, all working towards a high quality end result. I really believe House of Tone can provide the full artist package.

 

BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?

WP:

Drums: will definitely have two out of these three depending on style of the track –

Jeff Porcaro (Toto) – John Bonham (Led Zepplin) – Phil Collins (Genesis) – Steve Jordan (Eric Clapton)

Bass: Lee Sklaar (James Taylor, Phil Collins) John Paul Jones (led Zeppelin) Pino Palladino, Jaco Pastorious (Weather Report, Joni Mitchell)

Guitar: Steve Lukather (Toto) Scott Mckeon

Singer: Phil Collins (Genesis) Peter Gabriel, Jeff Buckley

Keys: Billy Preston

From a lyric and melody point of view it would have to be John Lennon, Jeff Buckley and James Taylor.

Bluesdoodles has been delighted to review Albums produced by Wayne Proctor, House of Tone, Superfly Studio combination.

King King – Reaching for The Light – Read More HERE
Stevie Nimmo – The Sky Won’t Fall – Read More HERE
Ben Poole – Time Has Definitely Come – Read More HERE
Adam Norsworthy – Rainbird – Read More HERE

Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

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Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

From the stunning album released in 2015 Reaching For The Light we have a brand new Radio re-mix single RUSH HOUR.

Buy The Single, sit play and relax it is Rush Hour that pleases from the first breath to the last fading note. King King are mighty as a single There is a moment hesitation, then Alan breaths the vocals into the microphone hooking you into the music as Wayne Proctor’s Drums. Lindsay Coulson Bass and the keys of Bob Fridezma joins the mighty guitar and the quartet that is King King weaves their magic. You have the album, you have tickets to see the next show why buy Rush Hour as a single I hear you ask? This 4 minutes and 29 seconds of magic more than a marketing tool this is Rush Hour re-invented. Having played the number to the applauding crowds when opening for Thunder and then on a headline tour with Laurence  Jones. The band took time to go back into the studio to re-work shape and nail the blues-rock power that is a medium paced delight not a helter-skelter ride to the finish. Rush Hour.  Now re-mix the beauty of the lyrics the melodic unfolding of the tune honed to prefection with a new energy having played the song live.

The record label Manhaton have returned to Superfly Studios and mixed at Y Dream Studios, with Bob Ludwig from Gateway Mastering engineering a single that should be Number One for weeks. In days gone past this would have been in the charts and King King on Top Of The Pops! If you haven’t listened to King King download the single it is the perfect way of spending 79p. Download HERE and own a single full of soul and musical inner beauty. Re-mixed with love Rush Hour keeps you in the King King groove until you see them live in May.

 

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King King with very special guest Dan Patlansky

 MAY 2016 UK TOUR

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Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rock radio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver –  read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.

photo credit Laurence Harvey
photo credit Laurence Harvey

King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.

Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the rest HERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.

photo credit Stephen Fourie
photo credit Stephen Fourie

Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence

Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.

Exciting follow-up album  to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!

Celebrating Twenty-five years Blues On The Farm June 2016

Blues on Farm 2016
BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL:

16
th – 19th June 2016

 

 

 

 

One of the best-loved and friendly festivals anywhere, let alone on the ‘Blues Calendar’, the award-winning BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL celebrates an incredible 25 years of music making where international acts of the highest quality converge on Pump Bottom Farm, south of Chichester in West Sussex from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June 2016.

​​In keeping with the festivals finest traditions, a varied and eclectic line up of top quality acts loosely connected, but not limited to, the ‘Blues/Roots umbrella’ appear at this wonderful Sussex countryside setting.

This years festival sees the legendary Gary Brooker of Procol Harum fame headline proceedings on the Saturday night. Rather fittingly, since Gary Brooker’s presence at an impromptu garden gig gave rise to the idea of a festival in the very first place…
Here’s a video of Gary playing live in case anyone needs any reminding of his considerable talents

 

Other notable acts appearing over the four days include multi British Blues Award winners King King and Ian Siegal, plus the likes of Mike SanchezThe Blues Band featuring Paul Jones (of BBC Radio 2 fame) and many, many more. Apart from the myriad of homegrown talent, The Billy Walton BandSari Schorr and the Engine Room plus The Hitman Blues Band featuring the New York Horns are all flying in from the USA to join the party. And with Brilleaux jetting in from New Zealand, this promises to be a really international affair.

With more acts still to be announced, all the updated news can be found at Blues On The Farm HERE

Bluesdoodles delighted to be a media partner of one of our favourite festivals and the place to hear music in June..

Check out what we have written

2015: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
In Conversation with Julian Moores – HERE

2014: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE

The Globe Reaching For The Light with King King

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The Globe Reaching For The Light with King King

 

 

Opening tonight to a sell-out crowd at The Globe in Cardiff was Laurence ‘call me husky’ Jones, carrying on like the trooper despite a sore throat. It was a warm welcome from the many Laurence fans who still remember the young boy who played and delighted Cardiff many years ago. With a new drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Roger Innis this was going to be blues all the way from the dim blue light semi-illuminating the stage (The Globe is currently having the lighting updated). The set saw Laurence opening with a baritone guitar adding another weapon to his guitar driven blues armoury. This was a short set in which Laurence fitted a basket full of blues vibes. Within the set we were treated to All I Need off his current CD, What’s It Gonna Be. Good Morning Blues, a legendary Leadbelly number that Laurence played earlier in the year on stage at Carnegie Hall for the Leadbelly festival was the stand-out number for me, and the set was closed with a tribute to the late great BB King. Less singing tonight and more guitar blues breaks was welcomed by many and definitely warmed the atmosphere ready for the mighty King King.

It was richly deserved that King King who have travelled many miles and played at gigs when a few dozen people have loyally turned up, know that the fruits of their valiant efforts have been rewarded they are a name that people travel to see not once but as often as possible on a tour. The cheers were warm and full of delighted King King WM-7268anticipation as the jammed-to-the-rafters venue welcomed King King on stage. We were delighted that the kilted scot Alan Nimmo and his band of musical boys were back in town. We have the albums but King King live have a verve and an irresistible charm of rock that kicks the blues out of your soul.

Opening with Lose Control, the audience may have been at fever pitch King King just played on with controlled passion that filled the rafters of The Globe with a warm sound. Alan Nimmo out front throughout the evening displayed the twin talents that make him such a superb front-man. His guitar playing was at times raw, then gentle and always sweet. Then he opens his mouth and his tenor delights as the words are caressed and formed by his silvery tongue. The emotion is added to lyrics that make you want to rock n’ roll. Cry and sigh he nailed every song tonight. His confidence is high having been opening with the band for among others Thunder and John Mayall; this he uses to great effect. The crowd warms to his cheeky smile and tales he had the Welsh audience singing loudly and with delight he even said we had the job. King King like all great bands is more than the sum of the total parts. To Alan’s left is the mighty Bob Fridzema on keys and Hammond C3 he produces a wall of sound that adds another tonal layer of chords. His playing can be intense and then on other tracks gentle, a subtle whisper, adding hidden depths. To his right Lindsay Coulson, with his trademark dark blue bass and King King embellished strap; an evergreen presence who has shared every moment of King King’s journey. Sitting behind his Ludwig drum kit sits the awesome pivotal force Wayne Procter and his drumming. He adds a deep beating tone and texture to King King. What a quartet! With each year a new signature arises from the set list and at the moment it is Rush Hour from their current album Reaching for The Light. The whole set was a standout – Frankie Miller’s Jealousy full of emotional control as Alan combines guitar work that zings and his vocals purr and curl around the six-strings. Tonight, You Stopped the Rain was dedicated not to his older brother Stevie Nimmo, but his mother who is poorly in hospital. Everyone at the Globe sent speedy recovery wishes. Rather than go through the set list which is below it was the atmosphere that King King live creates that is what makes them a must see band in 2016. The instrumental included in the set was a fantastic addition. King King WM-7343Having Bob to open and lead the tempo adding some funky chords, subtle jazz interludes then back into rocking good blues. All four had fun following the path Bob was musically leading them and gave the instruments a moment to shine above Alan’s vocals. Live music will always have a special frisson of energy and emotion. King King delivers this live energy that is plugged directly into your musical antenna and sends shivers of delight up your spine and deep into your soul and memory. They manage to make you dance, laugh and cry and have a thoroughly great time.

As King King’s reputation grows and the expectation of the audience before a note is struck rises they have to continue to grow and showcase the music that will keep everyone coming back for more. Tonight King King surpassed expectations they were on fire, the selection of tracks from across their career fitted the bill, leaving us wanting more and counting down the days when they are back on a stage so we can hear King King live, sparkling and full of blues in their soul that has the edge of rock to spice it up.

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Set List

Lose Control (King King Album – Take My Hand)
Wait On Time – Thunderbirds
Waking Up (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Rush Hour (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Long History of Love (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
More Than I Can Take (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
You stopped The Rain (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
Jealousy (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)
Crazy (King King Album – Reaching For The Light)
All Your Life (King King Album – Take My Hand)
Stranger Love (King King Album –
Reaching For The Light)
Encore – Let Love In (King King Album – Standing in the Shadows)

Disappointed to have missed King King well they are back on tour soon with special guest Dan Patlansky

– get your tickets fast they are selling like the proverbial hot cakes..

Dan Pat King King Tour

Dan Patlansky Back In the UK with Tour and Album

Dan Patlansky VertigoTHE BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM
RELEASED FRIDAY 6th MAY 2016

RELEASED ON CD, 180 GRAM VINYL, MASTERED FOR iTUNES DIGITAL AND STANDARD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

TOURING THE UK & EUROPE IN MAY/JUNE 2016

South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to the release his new studio album “INTROVERTIGO” in the UK on Friday 6th May 2016. The album is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves which spawned two rock radio hits Backbite and Fetch Your Spade.

 

To dovetail with the release of the new album, Dan will be special guest on King King’s May UK tour which kicks off on 12th May at the Manchester Academy, followed by Dan’s own headline UK tour in June. Scroll down for a complete list of the May and June UK tour dates.

Dan Pat King King Tour

 

 

Fresh off his November 2015 UK and European tour with Joe Satriani, and recently nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015, Patlansky’s last studio album, Dear Silence Thieves has received non-stop accolades and praise from the British press. Recently voted the Most Promising Male Blues Artist by Blues & Soul Magazine, and only recently has he been nominated as Best International Solo Artist at the Planet Rock Radio ‘Rocks’ Awards. Bluesdoodles selected Dear Silence Thieves as in the Bluesdoodles dozen for 2015

“Introvertigo: The dizziness and disorientation felt by an introvert after spending more than 5 minutes with an extrovert.” – Urban Dictionary.

“I think this is possibly my most accomplished album to date,” says Patlansky. “The new album draws from all my influences from Audioslave, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Hendrix, Rival Sons and beyond. We’ve continued the same mix of rock, funk and blues that we mastered on last year’s Dear Silence Thieves album. Theo Crous, who produced Silence Thieves, has produced Introvertigo, and I think he’s done a stellar job.

Introvertigo was written over the course of two years. Patlansky immediately started writing this follow-up after 2014’s critically acclaimed Dear Silence Thieves (voted Best Blues Rock Album in 2014 by Blues Rock Review, USA).

“INTROVERTIGO”
TRACK BY TRACK BY DAN PATLANSKY

1. Run – A song about running away from mob mentality.
2. Poor Old John – A tongue and cheek story I dreamt up.
3. Sonnava Faith – This song is not trying to knock Christianity at all, but rather the greedy people
4. Loosen Up The Grip – A song about how pain and discomfort in one’s childhood
5. Heartbeat – A song from the viewpoint of a homeless man, begging on a street corner.
6. Stop the Messin’ – A sexy note to a woman, telling her to let loose in the bedroom.
7. Bet On Me – A song about backing myself regarding my gut feel.
8. Still Wanna Be Your Man – The story of many musicians.
9. Western Decay – Remembering better and simpler days in western society
10. Queen Puree – A song about my little daughter Sofia

Dan PatlanskyProduced by Theo Crous
Dan Patlansky – Vocals, Guitars, Backing vocals
Clint Falconer- Bass guitar
Andy Maritz- Drums
Rami Jaffe- Hammond B3 (Tracks 2, 7, 8)
Theo Crous- Keyboards, Backing vocals

 

 

DAN PATLANSKY
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Clap of Thunder Rocks Colston Hall Bristol

Clap of Thunder Rocks Colston Hall Bristol

 

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Colston Hall, Bristol we made it through the chaotic traffic that was conspiring to make us late. We overcame and were there to see the first band in a smorgasbord of styles on offer tonight. With three bands it was going to be wall to wall guitars, vocals and keyboards with King King, Terrorvision and THUNDER!

What a start King King are not a bottom of the bill blues rock outfit. Thirty minutes are just not long enough we wanted more of Alan Nimmo’s honey dripping vocals that pour over his guitar strings. They made the best use of the time, chatter kept to a minimum they let the music do the talking. One thing for certain they made another phalnax of fans tonight, who will want to hear the band again very soon – you are in luck they are back on tour – checkout dates and venues HERE. King King are more than a little bit special they are a quartet of talent. King King are a band that celebrate each other’s abilities, thus the musical depth is greater than the sum of the individual inputs. Kilted and dazzling as ever front man Alan Nimmo adds the shining finishing touches to the surround provided by his musical comrades. The keys add lead breaks and curlicues of chords to every track thanks to Bob Fridzema, and the rhythm section, drummer Wayne Proctor and Lindsay Coulson on bass adding yet another tonal layer to the King King’s rising blues Rock Banner. What an opening act! We wanted more but sadly was not to be appropriately squeezed into a whistle-stop tour of King King songs was Hurricane kicking up a storm before Thunder, and then Bristol had a chance to sing with Rush Hour and You Drive Me Crazy. King King came and once again excited and royally conquered Bristol with blues rock that appeals and thrills every time.

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What an efficient turn- around equipment taken off the front of stage and Terrovision were set up and ready to take over the baton handed to them by King King to entertain.

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Terrovision, a band from Bradford not one I have heard much of so intrigued. Would they be terrifying or a visual delight? It turned out they for me were neither! For me they just did not connect in my musical lexicon. They were a letdown following the opening set. They delivered a set of high-octane power rock-pop, many fans in the audience were delighted with the antics. The second keyboard player of the night, who kept rocking the keyboard into a strange angle which added nothing the sound. Terrorvision definitely infused the high energy set with powerful riffs. Tony Wright fronting the band cavorts across the stage delivering his vocals whether on Discotheque Wreck the opening number right through to the expected songs in the set. The fans loved the trip down nostalgia road – My House, Alice and What’s The Matter. The set was showmanship over substance why take your shirt of Tony it added nothing to D’ya Wanna Go Faster as he leaped around the stage. Thankfully he did put another shirt on. Terrorvision fans were delighted they understand what Terrorvision are about musically this metal-pop just did not ignite.

Thunder WM-5944Another quick set change. Entering the stage to Edgar Winter on the PA followed by a clap of thunder! Danny Bowes and Thunder under a blaze of lights hit the stage in Bristol the applause, shouts and whistles were thunderous. The atmosphere just got hotter and hotter the energy and the thrill of the audience was uniform from the front of the stage up through into the seats upstairs. Starting the show with Wonder Days, title track off their current nostalgia drenched album. Danny had complete control of the crowd generating an electric atmosphere that he continued to re-fuel throughout the set.

Thunder is a band that refused to fade away, they have a fan base that is alive, well and growing this is the renaissance of a much underrated rock band. The reward a top-ten album, chart topping DVD and sell out shows – Colston Hall was sold out months ago.

Danny’s vocals are superb as he spits out the lyrics and then throughs in a gentler side. With his long-time partner in music Luke Morley on guitar. Adding into the Thunder mix that blew up a storm are one of the most popular drummers Gary ‘Harry’ James combined with Chris Childs the rhythm is assured. We still need a another layer of tones so who else could fill the role it has to be multi-instrumentalist Ben Matthews who not only plays a splendid cowbell his true role is guitarist and keyboard player. Fantastic to see him back on stage after his brush with Cancer.

This is not a strutting testosterone fueled rock band. Thunder want to have some cheeky fun, they want to have a rock fest of joyous energy. The set list was laden with songs from Wonder Days. There was also time to revisit past glories including River of Pain from the 1995 Behind Closed Door album and further back Like A Satellite. The crowd whooped with delight and earned a chiding from Danny as he smiled and said “you’re not helping”. Despite the passage of time, which Danny referred to his vocal prowess has not diminished with the passing years. He is unarguably on of the finest rock voices on the circuit today.
Luke Morely played with his characteristic way, tasteful considerate and never overwhelming the band. As Danny Bowes left the stage the acoustic was his chosen guitar with a gentle number fitting neatly into the set a juxtaposition to the rest of the evening. The interlude was short-lived the Gibson flying V tool over the voice was back and the band picked up the rock tempo with a flick of the lights adding more power to the set Rock Conquers All. The Colston Hall crowd loved every maneuver Danny used to get them participating the sparks between stage and audience were as intense as an electric storm. The cowbell added to I Love You More Than Rock and Roll, and Ben used the bell for a short while in the next track before casually throwing it towards the back of the stage where it was deftly caught. Picking up the guitar the bell was silenced.

The noise rose and rose as the demand for an encore was screamed, stamped and shouted for and the enthusiastic and happy audience was rewarded with Serpentine from Wonder Days and the inevitable Dirty Love.

Thunder tonight, played a magnificent set of classic rock sparking with lightening of guitars and keys and the thunderous power of ‘Harry’ on drums. SUPERB!!!

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