Monday, May 11, 2009

Belated gig review - 10CC

I know this is rather late for a gig that I attended on Friday, but felt the need to post as it really was an unexpectedly fantastic show. Not that I expected it to be bad or I wouldn't have gone, but it was way way better than I had expected it to be.
The first set was an accoustic one featuring Grahan Gouldman solo for the first couple of tracks then increasingly adding the further members of the band (Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Paul Burgess and Keith Hayman) as the tracks progressed. This set was all about Graham's hits, written for bands other than 10CC, so we had numbers such as For Your Love & Heartful of Soul (Yardbirds), Look Through Any Window (The Hollies), Pamela Pamela (Wayne Fontana) and No Milk Today (Herman's Hermits).

The second set was quite mindblowing with a 10CC mixture sounding as good as the original studio recordings with a couple of numbers from Graham's 'Wax' days thrown in for good measure. All of the expected Gouldman, Stewart, Godley and Creme 10CC numbers were there such as Dreadlock Holiday, Rubber Bullets, I'm Not in Love, I'm Mandy Fly Me and the original hit that started it all off, Donna.

The most amazing thing about the whole show was the incredible versatility of all of the band members, playing percussion, lead, rhythm, bass and keyboards at one time or other throughout the gig.

If you get the chance to see this on its multiple UK venue tour I would highly recommend that you do it.