The settings on the Afterword site are not currently allowing me to post under nights in or nights out sections. This is a bloody shame because last night I went to what has to be one of the best gigs I have seen in a long time. Danny and the Champs at a small venue called The Maze in Nottingham. It was hot and sweaty and the band were in high spirits from the off. Clearly revelling in the response from the audience the gig just got better and better climaxing with These Days and The Colonel and the King – clearly no-one left the building. A six piece band, the stage just about accommodated them. Great Sax, lap steel and fantastic lead guitar but the highlights were the rhythm section who kept everything driving along at a fair lick. Highlights were Henry the Van with a massed audience choir on the chorus and a couple of songs from there new album Precious Cargo and Cool Water. There were echoes of Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen and even Graham Parker and there Rumour with Every beat of my Heart. I chatted to the promoter before the gig and he told me last year they played to around 50 people. Last night it was around 120 and who knows in a year or so they could be selling out much bigger venues. Thank God for the promoters that bring these acts to us and thank God for bands like Danny and the Champs who come out because they love playing. When they released Live Champs last year I made a comment that many would class as hyperbole – namely that it was one of my all-time favourite live albums. I stand by that comment. I love the studio albums but this band with this lineup is a live band. No doubt about it.
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