King and Sari Schorr & The Engine Room
Venue: Boiler Shop, NewcastleDate: 16 February 2019
arrived at the Boiler Shop not knowing what to expect was
pleasantly surprised. The
venue was much bigger than I had imagined and there was a
nice atmosphere straight away.
I saw many familiar faces, one of whom is making a
new guitar for Alan Nimmo and who told me, they may be
playing a couple of songs he has written for them.
Any way, enough of the trivialities.
Schorr came on with her band The Engine Room got straight
into it and wow, they really meant business. A superb singer with a voice reminiscent of Maggie Bell.
Very confident and a great mover, very slinky, you
couldn't take your eyes off her.
by a really tight band, there was great interplay between
Sari and the lead guitarist, who I need to find out more
about, because he really has that star quality about him. My favourite track from them was ‘Maybe I’m Foolin’,
taken off the new album ‘Never Say Never’.
to the main event, what can you say about King King, a band
that really make you sit up and take notice of them when
they perform. Alan
Nimmo walked on to rapturous applause from a near sold out
audience at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle.
It was a bit of an emotional night with the band
celebrating 10 years together, while announcing the
departure of bass player and founding member Lindsay Coulson,
who has decided to step down to have more time with his
family and other projects.
With the band securing a new record deal, it’s
expected that King King will soon gain bigger audiences
worldwide, so now felt like the right time for him to bow
were treat to some of the sweetest blues rock, both old and
new, from across those ten years.
One of the standout songs for me being ‘You Stopped
The Rain’, which was just so beautiful. This
band have a real laid back feel great keyboards from Jonny
Dyke intertwining with Alan's full of feel blues rock
soloing, and really locked in rhythm section from Lindsay
and Wayne Proctor, right up my street.
I could not believe the reaction of the crowd singing and clapping along to loads of their songs, what a great night. If you haven't managed to catch King King or Sari Schorr perform live yet, then stick them both on your bucket list as I promise you, you won't be disappointed!
Review by: Bernie Penman
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