Wednesday, 29 March 2017

CAUGHT LIVE [4]: STAND UP & ROCK!

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Stand Up & Rock! is back after a year off. And didn't we know it last night (Monday 27th March) as Jasper Carrott and lifelong pal Bev Bevan returned to launch their revamped show at The Place in Oakengates (Telford) and proceeded to not only entertain but delight a third full house.

Featuring equal portions of the classic comedy genius of Jasper Carrott (including his sidesplitting insurance claim renditions) and a truly wonderful if not inspired musical journey led by Bev 'Basher' Bevan (with new female vocalist Suzi Woo delivering some fantastic vocals in an outstanding debut). There were new songs and old friends within a refreshed set list kicked off by "Let There Be Drums" and closed out with a certain familiar, anthemic ELO double salvo. In between, the talents of Phil Tree, Geoff Turton, Abby Brant and Musical Director Tony Kelsey were combined in a hugely enjoyable performance with Beatles and Motown medleys nicely positioned between storming live interpretations of classics by the likes of Carole King, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Black Sabbath, Jennifer Warnes, The Who, Tina Turner and Status Quo (and not a few others).

Yours Truly KJS usually includes a set list in my gig reviews for elobf but on this occasion I've decided to keep you in suspense to encourage you to go see the show (where it is not already sold out) and not spoil later attendees theatrical pleasure. Needless to say, there's plenty in this show to please fans of ELO, The Beatles and 'Brum Beat'.

Stand Up & Rock! in 2017 featured Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan, Phil Tree, Tony Kelsey, Abby Brant, Geoff Turton and Suzi Woo
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Stand Up & Rock! to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes. With thanx to Christian Evans and Colin Martin for their photographic input.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 29-March-2017

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