Tuesday, 4 June 2013

CAUGHT LIVE: TREVOR BURTON'S WALK OF STARS GIG

Live and unleashed: The Trevor Burton Band ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The twenty five mile or so drive to Kings Heath in Birmingham to attend the much anticipated gig by The Trevor Burton Band and The Move ft. Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton in celebration of the recognition of the well deserved award of the King's Heath Walk Of Stars accolade to the one and only Trevor Burton was more than well worth it as both of Trevor's present musical vehicles delivered two truly memorable and stunning sets at a packed Hare & Hounds last night [Monday 3rd June].
Both photographs courtesy of Amanda Hickin ...
First up was The Trevor Burton Band who - as ever - provided yet another tight, inspired performance of classic Blues - some original [such as the superb Trev penned "Down Down Down"] and some cracking TBB re-interpretations including their fantastic riff laden version of "Werewolves Of London". It would be true to say that it was a successful homecoming for the co-founder of The Move as, together with bassist Pez Connor and drummer Bill Jefferson, the threesome thrilled and delighted the crowded venue.
Stamp of approval plus more Move magic ...
After a short interlude, the 2013 version of The Move took to the stage, uniquely as a quartet without keyboards, and they also unleashed a powerful and stomping set of those Move tracks we all know and love including "Fire Brigade""I Can Hear The Grass Grow""Something Else" and "California Man" which were intermingled with sublime covers of "Hey Joe", "Going Back", "Drift Away" and "Gimme Some Lovin'".
'Star' man Trevor Burton and guitar maestro Tony Kelsey with Yours Truly KJS ...
The highlight of the evening for me was hearing the Jeff Lynne penned "Do Ya" live for the first time in absolutely ages! A powerful yet emotional night was completed by a rousing "Blackberry Way" that had the audience totally engaged. I guess that it was in a venue like this [and those such as The Marquee] and a band like this, you could start to imagine how it was for this iconic band back in the day. This concert was very much led by Trevor Burton from the front with the more than able support of Bev Bevan, Phil Tree and Tony Kelsey, fresh from their Made In Brum exploits. I would go as far as to say that this gig was one of the most memorable gigs that ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has ever attended - for sheer class and atmosphere alone.
The Move in motion ...
 ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends The Trevor Burton Band and The Move ft. Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton to those enlightened folks who also like ELO, Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 04-June-2013

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