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DAN REED, Union Chapel, London
5 March 2010
Wow, what an
amazing venue. A beautiful chapel with the audience sat on pews in the
main hexagonal part of the chapel - the band perform just in front of
the pulpit. The acoustics are very good and the candles/dimmed lighting
all add to the ambience. You even have an ice cream seller - very rock
'n' roll. Various artists have played here before including Francis
Dunnery (It Bites), Thomas Dolby, Dave Matthews and now it's the turn of
Dan Reed, as he plays a full band gig.
But first we have Ben Montague, whose debut album is out in April
and he was simply stunning. Backed by a keyboards player and a drummer,
well he had a snare drum and tapped a beat on his tea-chest seat.
'Haunted' has been single of the week recently on Radio 2's Ken Bruce
show and it is moving slow burner. The other songs were more upbeat pop
rock and he even threw in a cover of Seal's 'Crazy'. A great talent to
watch out for.
Straight after came the author of 'Heart of the World', BBC Journalist
and film maker, Alan Ereira. He did a short talk about the plight of the
Kogi tribe, who live in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Columbia. The
Kogi are one of the last untouched indigenous tribes on earth and he has
been visiting them for more than 20 years.
The Kogi are
very concerned at the way the world is heading with climate change and
rapid depletion of the world's natural resources. It made for an
informative and thought provoking interlude.
Dan Reed took to the stage to a rousing reception and he was
backed by a five piece band including Tommy Denander, a guitarist who
has played on many, many albums including ones from Radioactive, Spin
Gallery, Paul Stanley, Stan Bush and many more.
seemed to be having a great time on stage, which was certainly true of
the audience who loved the older songs like 'Ritual' and 'Get To You'.
'Rainbow Child' was amazing, totally different to the album version and
in a gesture which shows just what a humble, honest man Dan Reed is he
dedicated the song to a couple in the audience whose son had died at
just eighteen years old and had only been expected to live to the age of
ten. One of the older tunes that really touched a chord was Dan playing
piano on 'Stronger Than Steel'.
There is a new album coming in May via Townsend Records and the new
songs aired tonight like 'Losing My Fear', 'Promised Land' and the pick
of the bunch, 'Coming Up For Air' bode well for the album.
Quite simply a moving and enjoyable concert helped in part by the venue.
Dan Reed has faced down his personal demons and is now quite possibly at
the peak of his musical powers. He's back in the UK in May so go see him
and the band, who each add their own bit of magic to the proceedings.
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