Peter Green – Leeds, 13 March 2010

March 30, 2010

I’ve been a fan of Peter Green for years, in fact the first stereo LP I bought was Fleetwood Mac’s Pious Bird Of Good Omen. Regrettably I was too young to see him play with Fleetwood Mac and then, as is well documented, he disappeared from playing music altogether.

Since he made his ‘comeback’ I’ve avoided going to see him as I didn’t want to be disappointed. Friends who saw him with The Splinter Group confirmed that this was likely to be the case. However when my friend Stephen suggested that we go see him with a new band at The Irish Centre I decided that I should bite the bullet and take a chance.

I wasn’t disappointed! He was surrounded by talented and sympathetic musicians, who I was pleased to see included the fabulous Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Nick Lowe) on keyboards and Matt Radford (Nick Lowe) on stand-up bass. It would be foolish to pretend that Green sings or plays as he did in 1969 but he can sing and play and, perhaps more importantly, seems to be having a great time. The band play few Fleetwood Mac tracks – Long Grey Mare, Oh Well, Albatross and Black Magic Woman – but plenty of Blues, Soul and R’nB classics – Dark End of the Street, The Thrill Is Gone, Off The Hook – and three tracks from the Hard Road album with the Bluesbreakers, including The Stumble.

If he continues to play this well I’ll certainly be going again!

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Glenn Tilbrook – Wakefield, 28 February 2010

March 8, 2010

The Theatre Royal in Wakefield is a new music venue for me, a lovely building designed, I’m told, by the man who designed The London Palladium! A small theatre with great sight lines.

When I first started going to Glenn solo shows it was in the days when he traded as the ‘singing jukebox’ and performed a lot more covers than he does now. Of course, then he didn’t have the solo material he does now. Of late the number of cover versions has started to increase again and tonight they include Tom T Halls’ Harper Valley PTA, Peter Green’s Oh Well, James Brown’s I Feel Good and the Chuck Berry classic Let It Rock.

Tonight’s show, split in two halves – the first solo and the second with percussionist Simon Hanson – includes a selection from his incredible back catalogue of Squeeze and solo songs. Particular highlights are Hostage, Best Of Times, Still and the rarely performed Vicky Verky.

Another fine performance from a beloved entertainer!