Comedic Canadian funsters still on great form. Plus ex-member Steve Page as a solo artist.
HUE AND CRY
Talented, soulful, and still going. Particularly good acoustically.
Ten gigs overall. See below.
Long-lasting rockers. Technically retired after 50 years but strangely still gigging. RIP Paul Raymond and Pete Way – both gone to the great gig in the sky.
Full throttle rock experience. Worth every penny. 9 times if you include Joe Elliott’s Down n Outz and Phil Collen’s ManRaze.
From Wilko to the current line-up, classic pub rock. First seen in 1979.
Hilarious observational jazz/blues pianist. Brilliant. Sadly died in 2016.
Still Californian. Still shouty. Rising from the Borderline to packing out Brixton, The Roundhouse and the Kentish Town Forum. Top stuff.
Obviously the 1976 twin guitar line-up was the classic. You had to be there.
Classic UK rock powered by the Flying V touting Luke Morley.
Historic early pioneers of the twin guitar approach, and inspiration for my purchase of a Flying V in the first place. Incarnations of the band are now split between Andy Powell’s version, which he maintains is “the authentic one”, with a lawsuit childishly insisting that Martin Turner’s version be billed as Martin Turner (Ex-Wishbone Ash). They are both excellent and we are eminently capable of working out who is who whilst still enjoying the music.
BAND OF FRIENDS
Rory Gallagher tribute band run by the ever-cheerful bassist Gerry McAvoy. Now featuring the excellent Jim Kirkpatrick of FM. RIP Ted McKenna.
Guaranteed good time and masters of big venues.
Still pumping out the hits. He can rock hard, despite the cheesy ballads.
DEL AMITRI/JUSTIN CURRIE
Bittersweet Scottish crooner, sometimes with his mates.
FRANCIS DUNNERY/IT BITES
It Bites man still noodling after 30 years.
Glam rock – long since gone.
Big bloke in a kilt playing brilliant blues rock with his slightly smaller brother.
Many incarnations here – as a solo artist, in Jawbone, Saint Jude, fronting Ten Years After, and playing for Johnny Hates Jazz. Truly eclectic.
NINE BELOW ZERO
Good time London blues band. Always a laugh. Dennis Greaves used my mate Dave’s crutch as a bottleneck at the 100 Club.
Rediscovered in 2010 and still gigging after 50 years. First saw them support Rush at the Hammersmith Apollo for £2.00 in 1977.
Clapham/Brentford pub band I followed insanely in the 80s.
CHAS N DAVE
Twice supporting Clapton, another supporting the Quo, and two office parties, courtesy of working on Courage Best.
Neil Finn on his own, with his brother Tim, in Crowded House, or even Fleetwood Mac.
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS
Numerous iterations, but you can’t not have fun at their gigs. Front man Barry Masters was held together by chewing gum and ale. I once had a conversation with him at the stand-ups in a bizarre venue in Torrington. Sadly died October 2 2019.
The Squeeze man is humorous and highly talented. It’s like he’s playing in your kitchen. Add in Squeeze performances and I’ve seen him 9 times.
Still going. Female rock – a down and dirty experience.
HALL & OATES
A bit soft soap, but with good soulful moments.
Alone with a keyboard, with his own band, or fronting Mike + The Mechanics.
All the way back to 1978 – a 40-year run.
Lived-in blues supremo complete with gravelly voice.
THE BLACK CROWES
First seen in 1995. Somewhat variable. In the early days they could noodle incessantly in extended jams. The 2022 rendition of Shake Your Money Maker was a welcome straight rock outing.
King rockers from Boston.
Charismatic blues veteran. Still belting them out, usually dressed in polka dots.
A bit of a corporate gig these days, but he’s a hell of a talent, especially when jamming with others.
Little-known and now defunct rock band we followed in the late seventies.
With The Stones, Rod Stewart and on his own. Still rocking.
First seen nearly 40 years ago. Still going.
THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
Hairy, shouty rock, with seemingly ever-changing personnel.
Voice still cranking out. Classic AOR.
American rockers now sadly gone disco.
First seen 40 years ago when he had plenty of pep. Sadly his last gig was excruciating. RIP.
Highly competent Souther-fried rock.
BLUE OYSTER CULT
Slightly odd US cult rock including perverse themes of dominance and submission.
Always good for a laugh, especially when Hawkins sails onto the stage astride a pair of giant comedy breasts. 4 times if you include his strange hiatus project – the bizarrely titled Hot Leg.
DAVID LEE ROTH/VAN HALEN
Various combinations – always good. Eddie was one of the best, and Steve Vai’s double neck heart guitar had to be seen to be believed.
Everything from jazz to pop – still going.
Ragged Alabama boys who are angry about almost everything.
Boring old bastard who barely speaks to the audience (see Paul Weller).
Consummate supergroup who can play anything.
Consummate AOR rockers.
Rough-arsed Scottish rockers, still going.
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR
Excellent blues guitarist with a raspy tone and a great set of pipes.
Smooth blues player. Good guitarist.
Boring old bastard who barely speaks to the audience (see Eric Clapton).
Hairy, high-voiced Canadian prog rockers, now retired or dead.
Full throttle Hounslow punk. RIP singer Malcolm Owen, who I met.
The original NWOBHM biker rockers. Biff’s voice is so loud he doesn’t need the PA system.
Down down deeper and down, whatever that means.
Once at Oxford Poly, once at Milton Keynes supporting Bowie, and once at The Jazz Cafe. Strange combination…
Supported them in the early eighties. Down In The Sewer was the classic.
Ball-breakingly high harmonies, and Andy Scott’s white wig has to be seen to be believed.
Liver collapse survival merchant who completely relearned to play – fluid as ever.
Farewell tour as Coverdale hits 70. They had much more feel back in the 80s with Marsden and Moody – now it’s just full throttle bludgeoning all the way.