Colchester Arts Centre
The term “Nice blokes” doesn’t do this duo justice at all. Pre show, Damian walked around the hall personally shaking hands and chatting to the gathering audience. A giant of a man with a voice to match that normally competes with heavy metal exponents “Headspace”, is on the road with Adam Wakeman (son of Rick) an acoustic guitar and a grand piano.
The pair work together in a number of guises with other bands and line ups, but this time it is just the two of them. Hot on the heels of their album “The Sun Will Dance In It’s Twilight Hour”, this tour steps through their catalogue with the addition of some acoustic covers, most notably Iron Maiden’s “The Evil That Men Do”. Less expected were a couple of show tunes from Les Mis which represent a Damian’s stint in the show. For his part Adam Wakeman commands a few solo spots including a Jazz rendition of Black Sabbath material.
The show is very informal with plenty of banter and chat between themselves and to the audience. Lovely chaps certainly, but they really overdid this, particularly with a not terribly funny routine about making tea for everyone. The audience were getting notably restless at times with mutterings of “get on with it” clearly audible. Anecdotes are fine when well told, but Damian is a much better vocalist than he is a raconteur. I could have done with an extra couple of songs rather than the waffle which would have allowed time to showcase the song that got me into these guys in the first place, which since you asked is “Last American Hero” (the opening track from the album I mentioned above). I can’t believe they didn’t play it!
That said, this was great value. The lovely venue is a converted church and supports quality live music from multiple disciplines. Tickets were £14!
Mostly over 50’s with a smattering of youngsters. Interestingly a reasonably even male / female divide. Quite refreshing for a proggy type gig.
It made me think..
Gigs in this price range and of this quality need to be supported. There is some fantastic music doing the rounds that is conveniently available without having to travel cross country or into that there London, to see it. The more we support such things, the more we will get.