RAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10th

RAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10th
RAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10thRAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10thRAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10thRAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10th

RAY DAVIE'S MELTDOWN FESTIVAL, LONDON JUNE 10th

RAY DAVIES MELTDOWN FESTIVAL 

JUNE 10TH 2011
London Queen Elizabeth Hall 

I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from Arthur Brown and was far from disappointed. He made his trademark entrance with his face masked with black cloth but instead of emerging from the back of the stage he walked slowly and majestically through the audience.

There was no staff though and no Hard Rain. But we did get a string of favourites including All the Bells, Devil's Grip, Kites, I put a Spell on You and, of course, Fire. All delivered with Arthur's distinctive and powerful voice. Helping him a long was an eclectic band of musicians that Arthur had collected over the years. They were all good but a special mention goes to Lucie Rejchrtova, formerly of Instant Flight, because she provided most of the musical lead. It helps that she's Czech too.

The band were carefully arranged in a semi-circle around Arthur leaving him space to leap and cavort, as he does. Constantly. Also filling that space for some of the songs were two dancers, including the Fabulous Ms Angel who is normally seen with Space Ritual. And then there was Z-Star providing contrasting, but equally powerful, female vocals to some songs. And a trumpeter. And a guest guitarist. That made ten people on stage at times. This mixture worked fabulously and all the performers oozed ability, confidence and, above all else, fun.

The only low point of the evening was when the set drew to a prompt close at 10pm but this was quickly followed by another high point when the encores went on for half an hour, including an extra song not included in the set list. Everything about this performance was just right. The choice of songs, the playing, the presentation and the exuberance on stage. This was a special concert that had us all standing, clapping and cheering at the end.

Images and review by Matthew Rees of HAMLIFE

LINE UP

Arthur Brown - vocals
Jim Mortimore - bass
Sam Walker - drum
Lucie Rejchrtova - keys
Nina Gromniak - guitar
Z Star - guest vocals
Clem Clempson - guest guitar
Angel Fallon - dancer
Yuliya Fitsailo - dancer
Malcolm Dick - visuals
Phil Brown - sound 

GIG REVIEW
by Ben Hogwood

http://www.musicomh.com/music/gigs/crazy-world-of-arthur-brown_0611.htm#
 

 

 

DESIGN by SENSABLE MEDIA