Tra la! tra la la la mystery tour”
Poignant lyrics that summed up this concert in one line. The Dan Reed Network ,came to town and into my life with a bang and have stayed in my head ever since.
As usual I refused to listen to any of the bands material prior to reviewing the show, preferring the talent to make that lasting impression and by god did they.
Standing in a corner at the back of the venue ,Oran Mor the sound
of the bagpipes being bellowed would have made all true Scotsmen’s hair stand up on the back of their necks.
Don’t get me wrong I usually despise these type of entrances but in Scotland when that sound hits you everything else is forgiven. Usually the opening song is what sets the tone and the pace for the rest of the night, the fact that the band chose to open with a cover of ‘Kiss’s – Rock and Roll all Night’ said it all.
Fist pumps, backing chorus from a good few hundred paying participants and the crowd were won over from the first song. D.R.N could have played the whole of the Eurovision Song Contest backlog and still receive a standing ovation.
Kilted and rocking, ‘Make it Easy’ and ‘Resurrect’ were belted out with Augusto, flair and a heavy pinch of who gives a s**t. Bring the funk? they brought it and an equal measure of swagger to boot. ‘Rainbow Child‘ and ‘Fade Into Flames’ were performed to an enthusiastic crowd with a little improvisation thrown in.
Dan Reed’s energetic vocals accompanied by the sweet guitar play of Brion James, bassist Melvin Brannon JR, ROB Daiker (Keyboards ), Dan Pred (Drums) brought the venue alive. It didn’t take long for this sceptic to understand the appeal of this outfit, tight, energetic and fun. Finishing the set with another bagpipe rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland/Auld Lang Syne’ a stroke of genius, homework duly completed and a gold star awarded.
I haven’t witnessed a crowd as up for a gig as much as this one. From the aforementioned show opener to the show stopper encore of ‘Seven Sisters Road‘ which included a false start and loads of laughter from the stage and the auditorium as drummer Dan Pred started a different song and ‘Long Way to Go’ (Acapella accompanied by the famous Glasgow Chorus).
A thoroughly entertaining night of music and hilarity performed by a professional crowd pleasing band and delivered to a susceptible audience that drenched themselves in the madness that ensued and indeed would feel a lot better for it.
To sum up the night and my opinion of this band and gig “….if you don’t like what you see here, get the funk out’.
Support – Vega
80s power pop/rock (Def Leppard meets Bon Jovi), Vega opened the gig to a crowd obviously well versed in the bands material. Sadly I wasn’t one of them having never heard of them. However, front man Nick Workman had the crowd enthralled. Crowd participation clearly a huge part of his performance.
Not knowing there music makes it interesting with ‘What the Hell’ ‘White Flags’ and ‘Saving Grace’ the show stealers for me. I personally hope I get a chance to see more of this band.
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