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Leamington Assembly, 25 April 2012
Assembly show by 10cc was one of my top gigs of 2011, and when I look
back on 2012 I'm pretty sure this performance - in this the band's 40th
Anniversary year - will be right up there in my list again. An evening
full to the brim of hits, exceptional playing and simply drop dead
gorgeous vocal harmonies.
songwriter the calibre of Graham Gouldman in the band you do not need to
look far for a support act and he treated us to a superb acoustic
selection of some of the classic songs he penned for top artists
including The Yardbirds, Wayne Fontana and The Hollies (solo for some
and accompanied by other members of the band for others).
what he calls his "Heartful of Songs" were all-time greats 'Look Through
Any Window', 'For Your Love' and 'No Milk Today', Graham also showcased
two quality numbers from his forthcoming solo album due later this year
'Daylight' dedicated to his much missed friend and vocalist Andrew Gold
and the nostalgic 'Memory Lane', a quality start to the evening.
Time for the
live jukebox that is a 10cc gig, which at this show actually began with
a rarer track 'The Second Sitting For the Last Supper' from 'The
Original Soundtrack' album, from here on it was a trip to Hit City and
highlights included the delightfully cheerful and upbeat 'The Things We
Do For Love', an epic 'Art For Art's Sake' finishing with stunning lead
guitar work by Rick Fenn, and the rock and roll sounds of 'Donna' with
the high pitched vocals supplied by Mick Wilson.
mention for two pieces of absolute musical magic, the far too beautiful
for words 'I'm Not In Love' a sugar-dipped-in-honey delight and
performed like everything else this evening - perfectly. I always seem to
mention vocal harmonies when reviewing this band and never better than
on this number.
piece of magic, a stunning 'I'm Mandy Fly Me' fast becoming my favourite
10cc track, lyrically so clever and witty and with its various sections
for me is the their Band On the Run with the whole even greater than its
(superb) parts each performed magnificently.
The main set
closed with the reggae beat of the massive hit single 'Dreadlock
Holiday' followed by a standing ovation, only the one encore but a
belter as they returned to the stage for an extended jam version of the
rocking 'Rubber Bullets', the closest the band get to Glam rock, and not for
the first time in the evening countless people up and dancing away and
the guitar and saxophone duel with Rick Fenn on the former and Mike
Stevens on the latter a pure delight.
quality show by one of the country's best ever bands who did not put a
step wrong all night, Graham Gouldman is a very entertaining and
engaging front man adding to the evening with his behind the scenes info
on many of the numbers and the band all on top form. And a special mention
for the excellent performance and work rate of long standing drummer
Paul Burgess who has been touring and recording with the band since the
very early years.
photos by Andrew Lock
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photographer Andrew Lock stages his third photo exhibition in May at The
Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa.
Visions Vol. III (An exhibition of live music photography mostly from
2011 shows) and a few shots taken away from the stage.
and artists will include Larry Miller, Marillion and Mostly Autumn.
,The Balcony Bar,
The Royal Spa Centre,
Open Evening Tuesday 1st May 6.30pm 8pm opened by Steve Walwyn (Dr
2nd May - 24th May - viewing on show days (see Leamington Royal Spa
Centre web site for details)
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