KING KING with BAD TOUCH (SUPPORT)
CONCERT ROTHES HALLS THEATRE GLENROTHES
FRI 12th MARCH 2017
A well filled Rothes Halls welcomed King King giving east of Scotland fans a chance to experience the award winning talents of a top rated rock/blues band.
The night kicked off full blast with support from ‘BAD TOUCH’ a 5 piece rock band from East Anglia. Bad Touch are hard to pigeon hole as songs are based on a mix of American and UK classic rock sounding influences. ‘Long haired’ Stevie is the front man in the band clad in a brimmed hat and flowery shirt looking like he had just arrived back from a Lynyrd Skynyrd gig in the early 70s. Right from the start and opening with ’Heartbreaker’ the band engage with the crowd, who although seated applaud and cheered each number in turn. The 40 minute set passed in a flash with George Drewry fired up on drums supported by tight riffs from Daniel Seekings and rattling bass by Michael Bailey. ‘Outlaw’ got the crowd chanting back cowboy style. ‘99%’ is the bands recent single a bit of a hooky rock and roll number and the final number ‘The Mountain’ sounded like an ageless psychedelic number.
This group of young lads obviously enjoyed playing the large theatre stage and the audience did too judging by the crowd who queued up to meet the band and buy vinyl copies of their album ‘TRUTH BE TOLD’ from which 6 out of the 8 numbers played are on this album. Bad Touch have been supporting King King on a 20 date UK tour and headline their own tour of 30 dates in June and July including the ‘WILDFIRE’ festival in the Scottish borders 23 – 25th June.
Bad Touch are: Stevie Westwood – Vocals, Harry Slater – Lead guitar / Vocals Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings – Guitar / Vocals, Michael Bailey – Bass, George Drewry – Drums / Vocals
After a short refreshment break in the theatre foyer the crowd are back in their seats to hear the ACDC classic Highway to Hell welcome KING KING on to the stage.
Nimmo’s presence on stage is not to be missed as this Glaswegian kilt clad gent knows how to perform with his stunning blues riff guitar playing and an exceptional voice. King King’s love for recording and playing has rightly led to them to build up a world- wide reputation and a clutch of awards in their 7 years together.
The opening 2 up tempo numbers ‘More than I can Take’ and ‘Wait on Time’ are followed by the slower number ‘Rush Hour’ that has the audience caught by Nimmo’s singing clarity engaging the crowd to quietly and harmoniously sing along in the background. ‘You stopped the Rain’ is up next and includes an extended guitar solo reminiscent of guitarists like Gary Moore and Mark Knopfler. Then it is the chance for the adopted Glaswegian ‘Bob Fridzema’ from Holland to shine on
Keyboards playing on the Hammond Organ, a sound that provides a touch of nostalgia for those that are accustomed to bands like ‘Focus and Purple’. Up next is ‘She Don’t Gimme No Loving’ a new number to be included in the bands new 4th album due for release in October, that includes a rocking affair bursting with a guitar riff reminiscent of that heard on The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ typical of the bands chosen progression into rock. ‘Heavy Load’ follows, a seldom played free song that featured on the bands album ‘Standing in the Shadows’. ‘Crazy’ had the crowd at last standing that continued to the end through ‘All your Life’ and even through the deep blues number ‘Stranger to Love’. The encore number was ‘Let Love In’ that sent the crowed home with happy smiling faces (or back to the bar).
King King now head to the north of Scotland to play Inverness and Aberdeen and then play a few other UK dates before heading to Europe playing in France, Germany, Holland ‘off course’ and ending in November with 9 dates in Denmark. A busy year and like last year bet they will be about again next year – worth catching if you can
King King are: Alan Nimmo-Guitar/Vocals, Lindsay Coulson-Bass, Wayne Proctor-Drums & Bob Fridzema-Keyboards
Stage Set: More Than I Can Take, Wait On Time, Rush Hour, You Stopped The Rain Long History of Love, Waking Up, She Don’t Gimme No Lovin’, Heavy Load, Crazy, All Your Life, Stranger To Love, ENCORE: Let Love In
BAD TOUCH PHOTO GALLERY – Stephen Gunn Photography
KING KING PHOTO GRALLERY – Stephen Gunn Photography
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