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ALBERT LEE & HOGAN'S HEROES
Assembly, Leamington 8 June 2012
One of the
most relaxed and composed performers I have ever seen on stage, Albert
Lee made it all look so easy, his vocals, piano/keyboards and of course
mainly his magnificent guitar work simply flowed from this top artist.
The band have been on the road for quite a while on this tour and it
really showed with this highly polished slick performance.
imagined Albert was mainly a blues man partly due to my knowledge that
he had performed with amongst others Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman, but
they performed a mixture of county rock and rock and roll but with
plenty of splashes of other styles and genres.
made a low key entrance onto the stage for the first of two sets which
combined covers with a selection of numbers composed by the band,
highlights of the first set original rocker 'Big Town Girl' written by
the bands fabulous pianist Gavin Povey who also sang the lead vocals
(took over lead vocals several times during the evening), their version
of one of my favourite Everly Brothers numbers 'No One Can Make My
Sunshine Smile' (simply beautiful) and the country vibe of 'Wheels' the
Gram Parsons track.
Also in the
first part of the evening they launched into a superb 'Real Wild Child'
one of my all time favourite rockers, introduced with my favourite of
Albert's many anecdotes of the evening, a history lesson on the song's
origins, originally composed and performed by Australian rock and roller
Johnny O' Keefe and covered by numerous artists including Cricket, Jerry
Allison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Iggy Pop and of course Albert himself.
Being a huge
fan of The King the band's version of 'A Big Hunk O' Love' one of Elvis
Presley's greatest rockers with pumped up piano by Gavin and firecracker
guitar work by Mr Lee was a real treat.
highlights included, the uplifting, foot tapping, gospel rock and roll
of 'Glory Bound', a belting run through the Ray Charles penned 'Leave My
Woman Alone' and an extended version of possibly Albert's most famous
number 'County Boy' with astonishing guitar picking.
of the evening was a full bloodied rocker, the Johnny Burnette (who
Albert credited as "the first punk rocker") number 'Tear It Up' and they
sure did in top rockabilly/rock and roll fashion.
hearing the legendary Albert Lee perform was a true pleasure and easy to
see why he has performed with so many fellow world class musicians, his
playing is smooth and faultless, he can change styles at the drop of a
hat and is also very happy to rest his guitar and take to the keyboards
now and again.
Heroes are also a quality band in their own right and especially enjoyed
the excellent pedal steel guitar work of Gerry Hogan particularly on the
county tinged numbers, but the whole band contributed to an evening of
photos by Andrew Lock
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