July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

 

The anticipation had been growing day by day as June faded fueled by the release of (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ from the forthcoming King King album Exile & Grace. Having not seen the band we love to follow hear live, six months had past since we welcomed Alan Nimmo, Wayne Proctor, Lindsey Coulson and Bob Fridzema on stage. Before that moment Bad Touch had the task of warming an audience already hot with excitement.

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchBad Touch filled the stage with charisma and the driving force of their Southern Rock, Rock n’ Roll energy and panache.  With Robert Glendinning back on lead guitar after a short sabbatical, adding his vibe to the quintet, and with the vivacious head of hair on vocals, Stevie Westwood; rhythm guitarist Daniel Seekings and a rhythm section drummer George Drewry & Michael Bailey on Bass they were on top form.  This was a set where they may have sung 99% but the energy was off the richter scale they wanted Bristol to have fun tonight. The slide guitar work from Glendinning cemented his role in the band and the interaction with Daniel Seekings had the guitars singing in a disorderly, melodic party of Rock n Roll mayhem.  Truth Be Told, the apt title of their latest album, the set was short, no time for small talk as they squeezed in every ounce of energy into the songs, we have heard on Planet Rock and Outlaw, every band should have a cowboy song.  The cheers were huge as Bob Fridzema joined in the last night party atmosphere at the Fleece to warm up before the main event. Bad Touch, turn every note into golden southern rock nuggets absolutely modern as they build on retro power; they are back on the road again very soon.

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July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchA short break ensued allowing friends to catch up at The Fleece, and then King King stepped on stage the warmth flowed from the band and the crowded venue.  King King were back in Bristol and on fine form. We wanted to hear old favourites and be part of the lucky few to hear live the first single to have been released from Exile & Grace; (She Don’t) Gimme No Loving. Tonight they did not disappoint they gave us so much happiness, feeling of joy King King have the knack of pleasing the fans, leave us wanting more always something from the back catalogue we wished they had played.  Tonight they were happy to be on stage combined with a raw energy they wanted to play above the expectations of the fans and connect to those hearing the band the first time.

Alan’s smile was broad and genuine, not a showman’s face; with his red kilt , guitar in hand including a blue plaster over a cut finger he made every one welcome to Saturday night at  The Fleece.

The set comprised nine numbers plus Let Love In the encore we have come to expect and gives the audience the opportunity to be the community choir led by the kilted wonder that is Alan Nimmo.  The mutual joy was definitely shared on stage and in the audience

With a mix of numbers from the live and studio albums saw the welcomed return of Heavy Load. Originally a Free number given the Nimmo treatment his guitar work was as ever magical and the slight slip of the stings replicated a rare Free outtake! Alan chortled at the end of the song.  Interspersed were crowd pleasers that have become the heart of the bands DNA You Stopped The Rain and Long History of Love. The opportunity for the band to get funky and the audience to dance, despite being curtailed by space clap our hands on All Your Life. What fun with Bob’s hands as ever throughout the evening caressing the Hammond making it sing in harmony with Alan’s vocals that were on top form tonight. Into the mix the muscle of the rhythm from bassist Lindsay whose strings gave a rich depth of funkiness and Wayne’s drumming hitting out a vibe that showered The Fleece with percussive force and energy.

Then there was the first opportunity to hear (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’. The cheers were rapturous before a note was played as Alan thanked everyone for buying the single so it was No.1 on UK Blues Chart.  The number is a perfect single, introducing us to the album Exile & Grace out later this year. The hooks are sharp, the lyric memorable and beat infectious. Rockier that many of their other numbers, the sound invokes sound of British Rock ‘n Roll with a definite hint of Thunder in the air. The single is 100% King King and will become a firm favourite as it is an ear worm of ticklish delight.

Having reviewed King King for many years two things always strike me after the show. Firstly; you are left euphoric the blues rock they deliver pleases the crowd, they always entertain. Secondly, King King connect to your soul, with a feeling of friendship, belonging to a fellowship cemented by this is why LIVE MUSIC has a special power every time.

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King King set List
More Than I Can Take (Standing In The Shadows)
Wait On Time (Live)
Rush Hour (Reaching For The Light)
You Stopped The Rain (Reaching For The Light)
Long History of Love (Standing In The Shadows)
Waking Up (Reaching For The Light)
Heavy Load (Standing In The Shadows)
Gimme No Lovin’ (Exile & Grace)
All Your Life (Take My Hand)
Stranger To Love (Reaching For The Light)

Encore
Let Love In

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleece

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Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he resonated across The Fleece. But first, we have the young band that is wowing audiences across the airways and live wherever they play. Yes, Stone Broken hit Bristol tonight with many fans already in the audience. They played to a packed Fleece, full of anticipation for Glenn Hughes. Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceThere is no doubt that this loud rock driven band caught our attention and we wanted to hear the music. This was a support that excited, left you wanting more. What makes Stone Broken, the band radios want to play and audience what to go out and see live? Chemistry. Yes, that magical distillation where all the band blend and create a cohesive rock sound combined with commitment. The commitment that they will have fun playing music that gives you pleasure. With Rich Moss on vocals that climb Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeceabove the drumming of Robyn Haycock so that the lyrics are never lost in the guitar and bass maelstrom from Chris Davis and Kieron Conroy.  Every track was nailed to the mast of Stone Broken live, as they head across Europe with Glenn Hughes throughout February. The standout number in the oh too short set was Waiting For You, you may have heard it played on the radio but live it has a raw vibrant energy.   New songs that will be on the next album given an airing tonight were Just A Memory which is a heavier sound, and This Is Life. Long may Stone Broken climb reaching new audiences creating solid rock music that entertains.

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceShort break, we draw breath and Glenn Hughes is on stage to a rip-roaring cheer from the crowd that must have lifted his spirits.  Throughout the night, Glenn shared insights into Glenn the person sharing his love for his loyal music friends. We shared his grief, he was playing tonight giving The Fleece audience the music we wanted to hear, despite the emotional pain of his mother passing the night before. The emotions flowed off the stage and back from the audience as we were bathed in the love that is Glenn, and the mutual love for music that rocks from Deep Purple days through to his latest acclaimed album Resonate.

Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The FleeceTonight, Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he resonated across The Fleece.  The band provided the backdrop for his bass and vocals that climbed the octaves with a purity that enchanted us all. Glenn hit the ground running, on form with those clear, powerful vocals. What a voice. And to think it was his fourth instrument of choice graduating from the piano, to guitar, to bass then finding his voice at nineteen. He has been on fire for the whole tour building energy from people that love the rock he brings into our lives; tonight was no exception with raw energy, poignancy and the ability to make each song fresh as Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeceif being sung for the first time. Glenn connected personally with everyone in the audience, he was singing for each and every one of us. Let’s not forget his sublime string bending bass playing that resonates its deep chords through every number. With a great tight band behind him, guitarist Soren Andersen powerhouse of a drummer Pontus Engborg completing the trio from Scandinavia tonight on Hammond Organ Jay Doe bringing memories of Jon Lord into The Fleece tonight. Thanks to Glenn and his introductions and praise of the band at the end of the set we also know the height and weight of the monstrous trio that is a platform for Glenn Hughes to leap from.

We heard from Trapeze, with Medusa always a crowd please and sounds so very good, as he recalled that this was his first song written sitting at his mother’Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleeces kitchen table aged seventeen The number has longevity, tonight was rejuvenated as Glenn appears to be. The writing and recording of Resonate the catalyst, writing the songs while recovering from double knee operations a mighty album was formed. Deep Purple’s Might Just Save Your Life was awesome, the emotions rippled and we were collectively joined at the hip with Glenn and his band.
What a set list every number was electric. Then the encore first Heavy from ReRead Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleecesonate and then Purple’s Burn. Tonight we were burning hot in the hot rock music that defines Glenn Hughes 2017. What a night, live music that adds to memories and brings love to every rocker’s heart.