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O2 Academy, Liverpool, 16 March 2012
So for the
second night in succession, the 02 Academy beckoned this time offering a
fine wine this time as opposed to an intravenous shot of Jack from BSC
the night before.
the days of the Stadium had I had the opportunity of seeing the boys
perform. Backstage during the GRTR! radio interview I was handed a
brochure which, among other niceties, charted Nazareth's family tree
back to the early days of the Shadettes.
and impulsively I asked Dan McCafferty if he remembered all these people
to which Dan politely replied "oh yes of course". I suppose what I
was saying was that I didn't until I perused it in more detail.
Nazareth's turnover is certainly not as often as you would imagine.
Aside from stalwarts Pete Agnew and Dan McCafferty, they tend to hold on
to their musos. Sadly Darryl Sweet of course died in 1999. Manny
Charlton was the only other surviving founder not now in the picture.
then was Dan and Pete plus their long term guitarist Jimmy Murrison who
has established his youthful frame firmly in the landscape along with
drummer, Lee Agnew. No bottled water for our axe man in the opening,
'Silver Dollar Forger' but a pint of beer waved ceremoniously to the
waiting throng of Celtic Liverpudlians.
known as a kick ass rock band and rightly so. They became household
names with singles like 'This Flight Tonight', 'Bad Bad Boy' et al and
yet the slower songs take the 'fine wine' cliché to its vintage degree.
less about reliving youth and more about keeping it real.
dressing room Dan explained the meaning behind 'When Jesus Comes to Save
the World Again' (and you will have to listen to the interview to find
out what this means) but both the album track and the live version show
the band at their most philosophical.
is how they handle the transition from youth that spawned the classics
to maturity. 'Sunshine' too slowed the tempo without losing the
attention span. This was less about reliving youth and more about
keeping it real.
expecting a Floydesque thesis on communication but wisdom is a precious
commodity preferably served with overdriven guitar.
my highlight of the night as it harped back to a Golden Age but with a
reminder that some of the simpler means of communication still ring true
today. And that sums up Naz really. Nobody is expecting a Floydesque
thesis on communication but wisdom is a precious commodity preferably
served with overdriven guitar.
'audience with' but not quite and this balance of raconteur, audience
participation and out and out rock star posturing you warm to very
quickly. And when the joyous tones of 'Love Hurts' die down you begin to
realise that bands like Nazareth need to be with us on the journey. Long
may that continue.
photos by Keith Thompson
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