The fourth band onstage
today were the one's we'd heard soooo much about and were really looking
forward to seeing perform live.
The songs we'd heard on CD sounded pretty promising and everyone we
spoke to before the gig raved on about the marvellous Danny Danzi.
We'd had the good fortune to actually meet Mr. Danzi the evening before
at a pre-fest booze-up and he was a very likeable and pleasant chap, as
were the rest of his band.
There was no bigheaded rock star thing going on with him at all. So
would all these glowing reports be accurate, as he seemed such a quietly
spoken, almost restrained character.
Well the band came on early evening and looked ready for action. Danny
in a rather fetching black PVC twin set combining a sleeveless top and
some very tight pants. He certainly looked the part, but would he sound
it too? We really weren't convinced.
The crowd who were obviously familiar with his past performances were
baying for them to start and so they did with a short musical
introduction before launching full pelt into 'Eternity'.
Wow! We took back every doubt we ever had about this band in the first
few lines of the opening song. They really went for it and totally blew
us away. All the things that people had said weren't blown up out of
proportion, oh no, in fact they had undersold this mighty performer and
He may be small in stature but his talent as a singer and guitar player
are quite phenomenal to say the least. I've seen some guitar players in
my years but this one really, really is a legend, a hero, and a must to
see! Gosh it's hard to find the words to describe just how gob-smacking
marvellous he was today.
Danny took the time to dedicate his song 'Is love a Lie' to his friends
from Belfast, which was a nice touch as they had come a long way to see
him perform and were absolutely made up when he did that.
We had a bit of a drum solo from Timaay! which showed us that Danny
wasn't the only one who was musically gifted. Most drum solo's make you
fall asleep after the first few minutes but this one didn't rather
Soon it was time to hear them perform probably one of his most potent
tracks 'Somewhere lost in Time', which carried on to yet another
electrifying guitar solo by Danny. This set was so perfect and polished
it was shining example of how things should be done.
Some of the other musicians today would have done well to have watched
and learnt from this great guitar maestro as he weaved his magical tunes
Throughout the whole performance poor Danny absolutely melted in his
fabulous plastic outfit. Streams flooded down his face as he played like
a man possessed by his own creations.
He soon realized that this was maybe not the best choice of outfit to
wear under the roasting heat of the stage lights. He laughed and
admitted that he would never again be plastic man as he mopped his face
on a nearby towel.
Everything you've ever heard said about this man is true; in fact they
are most likely underestimating his sheer talent. The man is an absolute
genius. He really hooks you in during his performances. All you can do
is stand there amazed at the sounds he brings to life with his guitar.
We were looking forward to seeing a good performance but what we saw was
so much more than that. We have nothing but the greatest respect for
anyone that can do half as much as this man can. When he goes into the
studio to record his next album in October it will be hoped he remembers
to bring it back on the road over here.
Lost without your Love, Is love a Lie, Somewhere lost in Time, Dirty
mean and Nasty, Pop goes the What, Only the Strong, Love me or leave Me,
Save Us, Just a matter of Time, Come to Me