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GRTR!'s Andrew Lock follows the progress of eighties metallers Chevy,
from rehearsal to reunion show and celebrates a triumphal comeback...
Leamington Spa 1980's rock band Chevy have reunited this year to play a
30 Year reunion show at The Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa in aid of
Macmillan Cancer Support.
appeared on the second volume of the famous Metal for Muthas EMI rock
compilation albums released in 1980, which also featured Trespass and
Dark Star to name but a few, released their own well received album The
Taker the same year and toured the UK with among others Hawkwind and
band did ride the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, I see more classic
British rock in the style of Free and Bad Company to their music and
when I interviewed bass player Bob earlier this year he agreed and said
they wanted to play hard melodic rock with a mix of british and american
styles and mentioned the following bands as influences Bad Company,
Wishbone Ash, Boston and Foreigner.
album is full of melodic rock numbers most of which are up tempo rockers
such as the storming opening and title track, the driving You Got Me
Running and the bands anthem Chevy. The albums showpiece and stand out
track is the epic Skybird with powerful lyrics and stunning guitar
breaks, for me it is the bands Stairway to Heaven.
also produced two singles Too Much Loving/See the Light and The
Taker/Life on the Run (a third and final single Just Another Day/Rock
On, tracks not on the album was also released soon after).
You cannot fail to notice how much the twin guitar style contributes to
Chevy's sound, which of course as well as one of Wishbone Ash's
strengths also played a huge roll in the success of Thin Lizzy.
that will be playing the reunion show is the full line-up at the time
the band unfortunately split around 1982/83, with the addition of one of
the country's finest blues rock guitarists Steve Walwyn who was with
Chevy up until late 1981 and part of the line-up that recorded the
album, and who since 1990 has been lead guitarist with the magnificent
The rest of
the line up for the reunion gig is power house vocalist Martin Cure (who
also performs in the stylish rock/blues band The Rogues) on bass we have
Bob Poole (Gary Moore in the 80's was keen on him joining his touring
band) Ted Duggan on drums (replaced original drummer Andy Chaplin in
1981) ,2nd guitarist Paul Shanahan and Steve Walwyn's replacement on
leaving the band explosive guitarist Baz Eardley.
Leamington lad born and bred it seems a shame that I only managed to see
Chevy once, a gig at the General Wolfe in Coventry (unfortunately they
split up just as I started really getting into live music) but have
followed many of the band members in other projects including the first
post Chevy band Red on Red in 1983 and right up to the present day with
The Rogues and the power rock trio The Motorvators consisting of Bob,Ted
fortunate to be invited to one of the rehearsals for this special show
and they sounded amazing, with the three guitars the sound really rocks,
and Martin's vocals sounded as strong as ever.
Reunion Show (in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support), Royal Spa Centre,
22 September 2010
This was a
very special show the 30th reunion of (my home town) Leamington's very
own 80's rock greats Chevy, the concert was also an opportunity to raise
money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
was excellent as was the atmosphere in the hall, and at around 7.30 the
MC for the evening ex wrestler Tony "Banger" Walsh took to the stage to
welcome everybody and to introduce the first band of the evening the
Jay Kay Pees who launched the evening off to a rocking start with a
selection of 60's classics including You Really Got Me, Gloria, and Out
of the night Riff Raff kept up the momentum with a full on
selection of classic rock and punk numbers, standout tracks for me the
Guns N' Roses pair of Sweet Child O' Mine/Paradise City, ZZ Top's Tush,
a fired up Pretty Vacant and finishing their set with a scorching
Rocking in the Free World.
Time for the
headliners and after an entertaining introduction by Mr Walsh, the long
wait was over and Chevy were back where they belong, on stage and
playing a blinder.
with a pumped up The Taker the set consisted mainly of tracks from
Chevy's 1980 album of the same name (now released on CD for the first
time) and a few numbers that would have made the second album, from the
classic album the set included the full on groove of Too Much Loving,
the epic fan favourite Skybird, the bands anthem Chevy and set closer
would have made the second album included a fired up Rock City, Wind of
Change and Fast Car.
sounded fantastic and seeing the interaction between them you would have
thought they were finishing a large tour rather than playing a one off
show, The Spa Centre stage was spacious with impressive lighting, the
sound quality was excellent, and I was particularly impressed by Ted's
drum solo and the three lead guitar fight out that followed it, Steve,
Baz and Paul trading licks and solos with Bob on bass also joining in.
Martin Cure on lead vocals played the rock star to perfection as always
and his voice was as powerful as ever.
was a night to remember £2590 was raised for Macmillan with over 400
people attending, and the latest news is that the band have approached
Leamington Spa's award winning live music venue The Assembly about
playing a show there in the near future.
Review and photos by Andrew Lock
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