King King exploded from the traps on the hammerhead riffs of the muscular Hurricane ripped straight from the forthcoming album Reaching for the Light. By the time the band hit the flashing blade funk of More Than I Can Take they were in full flight. Lindsay Coulson pulsing out swaggering bass lines, Wayne Procter pounding out the drum sequences and Bob Fridzema swirling hands on the Hammond and Piano.
Long History of Love signalled the first opportunity to draw breath for band and crowd but not for long as Fridzema and then Nimmo weaved intricate patterns on two stunning solos. The riff ravenous Take My Hand raised the temperature a few degrees before the band slipped in to a new but instant live favourite, Stranger to Love, a slow flickering ember of a tune with a real classic Free vibe running through it. The soulful rasped Nimmo vocal laid over clipped hard licks before the main man teased out another melting solo. And so to set closer, the stunning epic sonic soundscape of Clapton’s Old Love. Literally centred on Alan’s monumental 10 minute solo that started like rolling thunder, loud and proud chord runs then the sweet delicate sounds of a shower of single notes as Nimmo took the volume down to zero and etched dextrous patterns before the storm and volume returned to take the show to its zenith.
As I watched from my position mere feet from the stage during the solo I could see in fine detail Nimmo’s right hand deftly plucking the strings with the pick and the left hand caressing and bending the strings and all the while rivulets of perspiration flowing down the body of the Fender falling to the floor, mesmeric stuff. Review by Nigel Foster
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