Click here for home page

Click here

Contact Us | Customer Information | Privacy Policy | Audio Help

Main Menu
Submit a review
Sign up for newsletter
Album Reviews
Gig reviews
Special features
Get Your EMail Address
Submit your website
Gig Reviews...

Just witnessed your best live gig?.. send us a review!

10cc, The Assembly, Leamington Spa
22nd February 2011

10cc, photo by Andrew Lock

I expected this to be a good gig but not to be the complete feast of musical talent and musicianship that was delivered on this, the opening date of 10cc's UK tour, this show was a seated event but due to high demand standing was available at the rear of the hall and on the balcony.

The vast stage was covered with instruments and gear with 4 stools to the front of the stage, the lights dimmed and the announcer introduced Graham Gouldman who walked on to stage alone to great applause and after a short friendly chat with the crowd proceeded to perform what can only be described as a trip through British 60's music with acoustic performances of just a few of the many fantastic songs he has composed for other artists.

 10cc, photo by Andrew Lock
Zoom (Click large image to cancel)

First up a solo rendition of a track released by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders Pamela Pamela, and during the rest of this opening set, in a clever touch one by one and track by track several other members of 10cc walked on to join in the performance until all four stools were occupied, and as with the headline set to follow the vocal harmonies were a joy to behold.

Other numbers showcasing Graham's song writing prowess in this opening segment included a rocking pair he penned for The Yardbirds Heart Full of Soul and For your love, the classic Bus Stop made famous by The Hollies and complete with the story behind the title a cracking No Milk Today, a huge hit for Herman's Hermits.

Considering the quality of the material in the first set, for some bands it would be difficult to top, but luckily tonight it was 10cc performing, a band with a huge array of classics in their arsenal and they treated us to all of the big hits and threw in a couple of surprises.

10cc, photo by Andrew Lock

Intro tape and rotating stage lights heralded the arrival of 10cc on stage and they wasted no time at all in starting the hits rolling, with the first six numbers all being UK top 10 singles, starting with a foot tapping The Wall Street Shuffle, followed by the perfect pop of The Things We Do For Love, then rocking the joint with Good Morning Judge. Completing this opening salvo of hits the multi-layered I'm Mandy Fly Me, back to rock and roll with an excellent version of the lyrically clever Life Is A Minestrone and then a delightful Art For Art's Sake.

The quality of performance and talent on display on the Assembly stage was a joy to the ears and the professionalism throughout the band shone through on every single number, as I mentioned before the vocal melodies really stood out, and while most of the band add vocals to the sound the two main singers founder member Graham Gouldman (bass) and Mick Wilson (percussionist/guitarist) both have particularly outstanding voices and vocal ranges.

10cc, photo by Andrew Lock

The rest of the band consisted of Paul Burgess on drums and Rick Fenn on lead guitar and vocals, both members of the band (off and on) since the 1970's, and on keyboards, backing vocals and on one occasion sax Mike Stevens, and so many of this talented band also double up on other instruments and add backing vocals.

A special mention also for one of the best stage lighting displays yet at the Assembly and as usual for this venue the sound was top quality.

Back to the set and the next track was the fast paced Silly Love a top 30 UK single from 1974, followed by the first surprise of the night the album track Feel the Benefit from the Deceptive Bends release, a real highlight next with the bands first hit single Donna full of retro 50's style and complete with telephone rings.

One of my favourite 10cc numbers next which I first heard as a live cover by Marillion's Steve Hogarth with his h band project, the simply exquisite Old Wild Men, next up the bouncy pop of The Dean and I and then from the huge selling 1978 Bloody Tourists album the full on humour of From Rochdale to Ocho Rios.

Time for the shiver down the spine moment of the evening next as the gentle dreamy keyboard intro to one of the most beautiful pop songs and pieces of music ever recorded floated around the venue, the track of course the bands huge UK No.1 and US No.2 single I'm Not In Love performed perfectly, and worth the ticket price alone.

A change of mood for the closing number of the main set bowing out with another UK No.1 this time the reggae influenced Dreadlock Holiday, a great way to end a fantastic set of music, with the crowd singing along to the chorus.

The encores started with the bands touching tribute to John Lennon, an excellent version of the Beatles classic Across the Universe and after pleas from Mr Gouldman to get up and dance (which everyone did) the evening ended with a pumped up Rubber Bullets including sensational sax work by Mike Stevens.

This show left me on a real high, I love my music and have seen many gigs but never one more professionally performed and with such an array of classic tunes as this one and so pleased my hometown venue hosted the opening show on what will surely be a triumphant tour of the UK and beyond.

Review and photos by Andrew Lock

Print this page in printer friendly format

Print this page in printer-friendly format

Tell a friend about this page

Tell a friend about this page

Featured Artists
Artist Archive
Featured Labels
Label Archive
Do you want to appear here?

get ready to rock is a division of hotdigitsnewmedia group