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Relentless Garage, London 16 February 2010
being a cold Monday night, this was one gig I wasn't going to turn down.
Two weeks earlier at the Butlins Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness
Nazareth put in a show stopping highly professional polished set, and
with having Deborah Bonham as support tonight ,who also was one of the
best acts that weekend, this was one gig where I knew that quality was
going to be on the menu.
Bonham came on stage a little too early for someone of her status
for my liking, but those already through the doors enjoyed a fine set
from the Duchess of rock.
No one can
know the meaning of 'Shit Happens' more than Deborah herself, but that
was the title of this opening fine little bluesy ditty. It was the
new songs I liked the best, 'I Need Love' is an epic ballad which suits
Deborah's strong emotional voice and 'Lightning Ray' is another jolly
is a beautiful song but gets lost a little bit when trying to win over a
new crowd in a short 45min slot, but she ended on a high with a great
gutsy version of the classic 'Stay With Me Baby' showing everyone what a
great voice this girl has got.
intro was loud 'n clear for Nazareth's entrance, but after a few
bars of 'Telegram' ,something was amiss. Jimmy Murrison's guitar
amp blew up with flames and smoke. Not even Spinal Tap had thought of
So with a
smile and a shrug of the shoulders the band gracefully walked offstage.
Luckilly the amp was quickly replaced and the band were back on stage a
few minutes later, going straight into 'Telegram Parts 1&2' take 2.
Your Reciever' got me boogeing at an early time, sending out signals
that this was going to be a good night. "Here's a song that was
our first hit single and we performed it on Top Of The Pops...when I had
big frizzy hair." says Dan McCafferty before Murrison launches into the
slide guitar of 'Bad Bad Boy'.
I was very
impressed by the slow burning 'The Gathering' a grinding track from
2008's release 'The Newz' where McCafferty puts in a mean performance.
being a hard drinker that would put Lemmy and Richards to shame and a
lover of Marlboro Red's, Dan McCafferty's voice hasn't diminished one
little bit of over forty years of professional use.
bass lines are thumping during 'Shanghai'd In Shanghai' and 'Hair Of The
Dog' has surely one of the 'baddest' guitar riffs ever. No wonder
Guns 'N Roses covered this track.
McCafferty sang the lines "I'm Young" during the massive ballad 'Love
Hurts' he gave a cheeky nod of the head to agree he's not young anymore.
Angel' required audience participation ending a highly enjoyable set. 'Razamanaz'
and another monster hit in the seventies 'This Flight Tonight' the Joni
Mitchell cover the band made their own, sent everyone home happy.
show no signs at all of slowing down and I'm glad for that. More
Set List : Telegram / Turn Up Your Receiver / Miss Misery / Bad Bad Boy
/ The Gathering / My White Bicycle / Hearts Grown Cold / Shanghai'd In
Shanghai / Hair Of The Dog / Holiday / Love Hurts / Broken Down
Angel...encores .. See Me / Razamanaz / This Flight Tonight
Mark Taylor talks to Dan McCafferty and Pete Agnew after the gig at
Relentless Garage, London (16 February 2010) (8:15) (Real
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