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Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
8 December 2011
Snakecharmer as the name suggests feature some former Whitesnake
members - Micky Moody and Neil Murray - who are joined by Laurie
Wisefield (Wishbone Ash/Tina Turner/We Will Rock You), Harry James
(Thunder/Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey
Given a decent length of time for a support band they fair ripped
through some classic Whitesnake (all songs from before the post-1987 big
Chris Ousey, sporting the Paul Rodger's approved jeans and white vest
look, hits the notes perfectly something sadly Mr Coverdale no longer
hear 'Slow An' Easy' and a nice rocking version of 'Here I Go Again'.
Micky Moody had a chance to shine with a stunning slide guitar solo
whilst Neil Murray (looking more and more like Top Gear's James May)
seemed to be having a good time playing the old 'Snake classics live
again. The sound was not great at times but from this display you can
expect to see and hear more of this fine band of musicians.
Uriah Heep have come a long way since I first saw them live in the late
80's with their then new vocalist Bernie Shaw playing the small club
venue Shelleys in Longton.
Fast forward to now and they have got their
fans back out again including some younger fans which is always good to
Touring their new album 'Into The Wild' Uriah Heep are lucky in that
their fans like to hear the new songs unlike some of their fellow
contemporaries who have to sneak a few new songs in. Kicking off with
'I'm Ready' and a frantic 'Return To Fantasy' soon had the crowd nicely
warmed up before the Heep choir kicks in with 'Stealin'.
Drummer Russell Gilbrook (who has a kit that would put many a power
metaller to shame!) had a drum solo between two new songs 'Money Talk'
and one of my favourites 'Nail On The Head'.
Mick Box as ever was grinning throughout and throwing his shapes, a
rival to Magnum's Bob Catley if ever there're was one.
Made a change to
have an acoustic guitar solo spot which segued well into 'The Wizard'.
Bernie Shaw is a perfect frontman as he has an easy interaction with the
audience and vocally has lost none of his power. He had the audience
singing along to 'Lady In Black' which closed the set.
Encore time and the band wanted a few fans onstage to headbang along to
'Free An' Easy', a song Mick Box introduced as being voted one of the
first heavy metal songs in Germany.
Nice touch as the band was
joined by their families including Bernie Shaw's daughter who seemed
naturally at ease centre stage dancing away. 'Bird Of Prey' and 'Easy Livin' closed the set off in fine style.
Uriah Heep are one of the few 70's rock bands who still sound great,
look to have a ball on stage and are still making good music, albeit not
quite at their early 70's pace of two albums per year! Long may they
SNAKECHARMER: Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues/ Ready An' Willing/
Ain't Gonna Cry No More / Moody's Blues/ Slow An' Easy/ Ain't No Love In
The Heart Of The City/ Here I Go Again/ Fool For Your Loving
URIAH HEEP: I'm Ready/Return to Fantasy/Stealin'/ Rainbow Demon/Money
Talk/Drum Solo/Nail on the Head/Acoustic guitar solo/The Wizard/Into the
Wild/Gypsy/Look At Yourself/July Morning/Lady In Black
Encore: Free 'n' Easy/Bird of Prey/Easy Livin'
review (Brighton Centre)
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