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Y&T/Keel, 02 Academy London, 7 November 2009
opportunity to see Ron Keel for the first time in the UK since his
eponymous band supported Dio in 1986. Looking like a seventies porn star,
and coming on stage at the early hour of 6.45pm with just a guitar and
effects pedal, the odds were against him, but he was a revelation!
on 'Paralysed' seemed a bit over the top for the acoustic format, but in a
thoroughly enjoyable set he took the crowd through a brief history of his
career, from Steeler (Serenade) to Keel (their cover of Because the Night
and Tears of Fire, an archetypal eighties power ballad!) to his more
country rock days and a cover of Shooting Star.
fact the floor was barely starting to fill up, he managed to get a couple
of singalongs going. He also reminded us that Keel had just reformed and
previewed a song from their forthcoming album. They were not everyone’s
cup of tea back in the day but on this evidence he is a great showman and
their return is one to look forward to in 2010!
Mark Taylor writes:
It's great to go to a gig on a Saturday night with no work in the morning,
but it can be a hindrance sometimes when the venue later turns into a
nightclub, meaning it's an early curfew, so with headliners Y&T
coming on stage at 7.45pm meant that some fans missed the beginning of the
show unaware of the early start whilst sipping their pints around the
corner in the nearest boozer or being stuck on the London Underground
network with it's notorious engineering weekend works.
I've seen the San Jose rockers they have always delivered a show with
panache and tonight was no exception giving the fans a full two hour set
comprising tracks mainly drawn from the 80's,the height of their
Lose' a single from 'Black Tiger' was the first surprise of the night as
I've never seen the band perform this number on previous visits.
kept their cool during 'Mean Streak' when the PA broke down and all you
could hear was the sound blasting through the band's own on stage
monitors. At first I thought this was part of the act as it broke
down right on cue at the beginning of the first chorus, and the audience
happily sang along. The band didn't flinch one bit and carried on
like true professionals not missing a beat, whilst raising smiles and
giving puzzled looks at each other.
With the PA
quickly restored the band were firing on all cylinders, new boys rhythm
guitarist John Nymann and drummer Mike Vanderhule playing like they have
been in the band since day one. Frontman Dave Meniketti has a rich
voice and his guitar playing reaches new heights every time I see him
In You' has to be one of the greatest power ballads of all time and gets
great applause. It's at this time that a pretty young blonde next to
me keeps on screeching out for 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' a track from
the slick 1990 release 'Ten', considering that the band had already
performed this number earlier on in the set, I can only assume that she
was one of the unfortunates who had arrived late courtesy of London
Underground, but screech on she did for the rest of the set.
made a return, sitting down on the drum riser with Meniketti and Nymann as
they lauched into the big MTV hit 'Summertime Girls'. Bassist Phil
Kennemore took on vocal duties for a joyful 'Squeeze'.
This was the
last night of the tour and the roadies came out to air guitar to 'Hell Or
High Water'. One of the roadies made me laugh having ''Wine & Tea''
(Y&T geddit?) scribbled on his back.
This was yet
another excellent performance from the band who surely must deserve a
place on the classic rock stage at next year's Download Festival.
They promise to return soon, and are a making a new album too. I never
tire of watching Y&T, I could watch them yesterday & today.
Set list: Open Fire / Don't Wanna Lose / Hang 'Em High /Don't Be Afraid Of
The Dark / Mean Streak / Dirty Girl / Surrender / Hurricane / I Believe In
You / Eyes Of A Stranger / Midnight In Tokyo / Contagious / Summertime
Girls / I'll Cry For You / Black Tiger / Squeeze / Hell Or High Water /
Forever....Encores...Barroom Boogie / Rescue Me
Reviews by Andy
Nathan and Mark Taylor
Photos by Mark
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