Liverpool Cavern Club & O2 Academy
I not only got the opportunity to see Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul on Tuesday night, but I also was invited to a very special lunchtime show at the Cavern Club where the full band performed a short set of Beatles tunes.
So I was met at the back door of the Cavern Club by Steve’s Tour Manager who ushered us into the legendary crypt where sound check was under way (working their way through Good Morning). Trying to fit 15 members of the band onto the stage was a non-starter so they were split into two groups with the horn section and the backing singers stationed to the left of the main stage. I was front and centre when the doors were opened and was joined by a couple who had been queuing since 5.30 that morning and a guy who had been there since 7am. That’s dedication.
Little Steven and the band took to the stage and ripped straight into Magical Mystery Tour. Steven talked of his love of the Beatles and how if his religion was rock and roll then he was in his Mecca at the Cavern. The short set contained the following:
Magical Mystery Tour
Some Other Guy
Solider Of Love
Got To Get You Into My Life.
All You Need Is Love
The whole band clearly love being there and it was interesting to watch them prior to the set discussing the exhibits dotted around and having pictures took pointing at various posters and photos. We were swiftly cleared out as the instruments and set up had to be transferred over to the Academy for the evening show and what a show it was.
Opening with a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Even The Losers and then straight into Soulfire (from the latest album) we were promised a journey through the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll and they delivered. Over two Hours including Doo Wop (The City Sleeps Tonight) Blues (Blues Is My Business) Funk (Down and Out In New York City) Reggae (Salvation) Italian Folk (Princess Of Little Italy) and a brilliant version of the song Steve wrote for Gary US Bonds, Standing In The Line of Fire given an new Ennio Morricone style arrangement.
Even with a considerably larger stage they were packed in tight but not enough to stop the backing singers (Jacquita (Jackie) Perkins, Sara Devine & Tania Jones) strutting their stuff and members of the horn section making regular trips to centre stage. Of all the shows I’ve been to this year this was the most fun, with a party atmosphere provided with the rock and soul review being played out on stage. Steve has said in interviews that the current Soulfire album reflects who he is and what defines him musically and these two shows can only enhance his reputation as a professor of Rock and Soul and a torch bearer for all that is good in music.
It made me think..
Stood inches away watching Steven and guitarist Marc Ribler in the Cavern having such a good time on stage, I wished I had even the tiniest amount of talent and opportunity to follow suit just once. A massive thank you to @Bargepole for this opportunity