Robin 2, Bilston
Ordinarily I am not a fan of tribute bands. However I am not a fan of not being able to see one of my favourite bands who haven’t been in the UK for ages and who don’t seem to have any intention of being in the UK anytime soon. So it was, I decided to get tickets to see Nearly Dan who I had heard good reports about. The good reports were entirely justified as they were excellent from start to finish. They covered all eras of the Dan and even managed a fine version of I.G.Y from Donald Fagen;s The Nightly.
The band obviously have a great affinity for the music and have been together for 20 years. Personally I would have done with less emphasis on Aja which is my least favourite Dan album however it was that albums 40th Anniversary and they did do a mighty fine version of Deacon Blues. They played for nearly 2 and half hours and the set climaxed with fantastic versions of Show Biz Kids and My Old School along with a great Reelin in the Years.
Dan aficionados – males outnumbering ladies by I would guess 8 to 1 however a couple of ladies close to me seemed to know the words to all the songs. The years rolled back when they played Barrytown and Rikki don’t lose that number.
It made me think..
Joyful music played by exceptionally competent musicians. The trumpet opening to Show Biz Kids was to die for. Chatting en route to gig with my cousin I thought it unlikely that they would attempt Bodhisattva given its complexity. I was wrong they did and they nailed it. A fabulous night.