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Andy Taylor at the 100 Club: Worth the Wait!

By Dee Cooke

Andy Taylor’s first solo gig in 30 years. Talk about a highly anticipated evening! The show, at London’s 100 Club on 27 November, was sold out. Did it live up to this anticipation? 

Spoiler: yes, it did.

Andy and his band certainly kept us waiting. They didn’t arrive on stage until more than two hours after the doors to the venue had opened. Once the show got going, it was worth the wait.  The well-balanced and wide-ranging setlist featured a mixture of old solo material from 1987’s Thunder album, tracks from his upcoming solo album, along with few Power Station tunes, topped by a smattering of semi-covers of songs by artists Andy has been involved with (Reef, Robert Palmer, etc.)…

…and not forgetting some very surprising and welcome Duran Duran songs!  Mid-set, the audience were taken aback in the absolute best of ways when Andy and co launched into a triumphant medley of ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ and ‘Wild Boys’.  That was a very special moment, as it wasn’t expected at all.

The 100 Club, which I hadn’t been to previously, is a very well-designed small venue, and even if you’re at the back it still feels like the front as everyone in the audience is so close to the stage.  This gave the show a real intimacy – it was just like watching a local band in the back room of a pub, except that it was Andy freaking Taylor and we were all getting to see him perform right up close! 

Reef’s Gary Stringer, who features on some of the songs on the new album and so was onstage for vocal duties, is of course fantastic, but it was really lovely also to see Andy singing lead on so many of the songs.  I’m a huge fan of the Thunder album and so it was those tracks that moved me the most – my absolute highlight was ‘Tremblin’’, a beautifully slowed-down version of the song that was just Andy on stage by himself.  There was some discussion after the show once the band’s copies of the setlist had been procured, as the planned setlist seemed to indicate that Andy had originally also intended to incorporate ‘Save A Prayer’ into this track.  However, for me, the performance of ‘Tremblin’’ absolutely stood by itself, and I don’t think it would have necessarily been improved by the incorporation of the Duran track – it was beautiful as it was.

To my surprise, the band didn’t play an awful lot of tracks off the new album – I had been expecting that the new material would comprise a good 50% or more of the set, but as it happened, there were only one or two new songs in addition to the already-released ‘Love Or Liberation’. What we did hear, however, was more varied than I expected – it seems there’s some mellower stuff on the album to complement the banging hard rock!

It was a fantastic show overall – engaging from start to finish.  I, like many others, had travelled to London especially for the gig, and it was so worth the journey!  I just hope we don’t have to wait another 30 years for Andy to perform his solo stuff again…

You Can Put Me Straight

It’s a Tuesday sort of catch-up on the blog today. There have been a few newsy items that have gotten my attention lately, so I decided to gather them together and bring them to you in one blog. Let’s hope I don’t leave anything out!

Found at the intersection of Incubus and JT

So, I don’t know about anyone else, but any time a band happens to mention their love for a member of Duran Duran (or the entire band for that matter), it catches my eye!

Incubus released “Into the Summer” last week, a tune that they’ve apparently bounced around for four or five years now, but finally gelled. Most notably for Duran Duran fans, their bassist Ben Kenney calls the song his “ode to John Taylor”. He describes “Into the Summer” as being very 80s retro and fun. That was enough for me to decide to give the single a fair listen.

One doesn’t have to wait long to hear the similarities – the bass line is definitely John Taylor circa Rio, and refreshingly, the whole song has that sort of joy and fun vibe I connect with Sunrise, Rio and many others. There’s a sort of 80’s power vibe feel that intersects with Rio, and somewhat surprisingly to me, it works. And yeah, I’d almost think John was playing. Even more surprising, I like the tune enough to buy it. Who knew I’d ever own an Incubus song??

You can find “Into the Summer” on Spotify, Apple iTunes, or even a snippet can be heard here at Billboard.com.

Simon sails away

Most any Duranie knows of Simon’s fondness for sailing, but did you know that he recently took to the seas along with a group of inner-city teenagers as part of his ambassadorship with Tall Ships Youth Trust? The youth onboard were responsible for all duties onboard, from cleaning to steering and everything in between. The journey was the final leg of a Round UK Challenge, funded through crowdsourcing by the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

The opportunity empowers the youth, giving them the chance to see that they too have control over their lives. The Tall Ships Youth Trust is a wonderful charity, and it is especially fantastic that Simon is able and willing to give his time.

Andy’s solo show SOLD OUT!

Andy Taylor’s first solo headlining gig in 30 years on November 27 at the London 100 Club has sold out! The capacity of the club is incredibly small at 350, which mean any of you holding tickets to the gig is incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be there! I know many people, including myself, who are envious of your good fortune. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

As an aside, I can’t help but notice the poster design for the show. It appears to be….a wolf??? Check it out below:

If it’s really a wolf, then of course it is. I mean, why not? (Actually, I can think of ten thousand reasons why, but that’s just me) If it isn’t a wolf, then forgive me, my eyesight is obviously failing.

Moving on…

DB3 gig

What’s DB3, you say? It’s Dom’s band featuring Phil Spalding on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. They were starting to play shows a year or so ago, and then canceled a couple of dates, but it seems they’re ready to get back out and start playing live again. They will be appearing at The Rec Room in Horsham (West Sussex) on November 30th. (To be honest, it may as well be happening on the moon for all I know about the UK…but I’m just here to relay the news!) Tix are available on the website for the The Rec Room for £8.33. If you happen to find yourself with a ticket, please consider writing up a little something to share with your friends at The Daily Duranie – we’d love to host your review!

That’s all for now! Jason will be back tomorrow with another fantastic post – enjoy and I’ll catch you Thursday!

-R