Judie Tzuke was
always an artist that had reviews and interviews in Kerrang! back in the
80's, always looking slightly at odds surrounded by hair metal bands and
scary looking thrash metal bands.
In fact she still
gets some press in 'Classic Rock' but never seems to get much exposure
in other music mags like 'Q' or 'Mojo' (luckily GRTR! Radio has this
month as Judie Tzuke month so I managed to hear some of her songs).
So Judie Tzuke was
someone I knew of, but had heard little by them, and tonight was a
chance, thanks to my good friend Steve, to experience her live and on
the first date of her UK tour.
First up was David
Saw who played a very enjoyable set of original material and a
couple of covers including one off the 'Pulp Fiction' soundtrack (a
1950's ballad - I think perhaps a Ricky Nelson number?). He had a
confident style and witty between song banter that proved a hit with the
Bailey was next with a lively set of songs backed by most her mum's
band. She has a lovely, rich voice slightly reminiscent of Stevie Nicks
and the songs have that timeless feel, with a strong melody running
through each one.
She was joined by her
younger sister Tallulah on backing vocals. A fine set and her music is
definitely worthy of further investigation.
After an interval (it
doesn't get much more very rock 'n' roll than eating a tub of ice
cream!) Judie Tzuke took to the stage, joined by her two
daughters and the band who it had to be said were phenomenal. They were
so tight musically from the keys, the guitars that never took away from
the rest of the band and the drummer who could provide quieter
percussion then switch to some Cozy Powell-approved bombast when
required. This was the first night of the tour - imagine how they will
sound after a few more nights.
A set list covering
all her career with highlights the moving 'Liam', where Judie was backed
by keys only and her two daughters on backing vocals.
The jaunty 'Submarine
Boy' and 'Sportscar', a song that allowed the band top have some fun
musically with such a fast paced song.
The song she is most
known for, 'Stay With Me Till Dawn' was simply amazing with Judie
Tzuke's vocals still sounding as good as when the song was first
recorded and backed by waves of keyboards.
Encore time saw a
family a capella on 'For You' which quite literally bought the audience
to their feet. It's easy to forget sometimes how strong an instrument
the voice is on its own.
Easily one the live
highlights I've seen in my 25 years or so seeing gigs. 'If' followed
this with the keyboard player back onstage and then the full band came
back for 'The Choices You've Made'.
For a first night the
band and Judie Tzuke sounded like they were on the final dates such was
the tight sound and enjoyment of the musicians shown clearly on the
One the most
enjoyable gigs I have been to in a long time and Judie Tzuke is now
firmly on my radar to get her albums for my collection. Go and see her
on tour as she is a delight to listen to plus you get her two daughters
who seem to have inherited their mum's vocal talent.