Sidney Barnes + Hoagy Lands live at the 100 07 Jun 01
As Thursday saw weekender live guest act stars Sidney Barnes and Hoagy Lands make a pre-weekender appearance at the 100 club.
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Yeah well last Thursday everyone's mind may have been focused on the big vote....which going by figures seems was the choice between the teacher or the hairdresser and not the other two. But come Thursday night the chance was to forget it all and catch soul legends Sidney Barnes and Hoagy Lands live. For those who weren't doing Cleethorpes it was a great opportunity to catch these two names from yesteryear.
Dj prior to the acts, apologies but have lost the name but he had a t-shirt with Chancer on, so undoubtedly someone can put me right, put down a good mix from opening time to the live acts starting, anyone who plays OC Smiths version of Color Me Father, automatically gets a tick in the box from me.
Come around 1030 the place had filled up and Hoagy Lands took to the stage, joining the 5 piece and 2 backing singers band, he delivered a strong set, (memory and lack of familiarity stops me giving a full blow by blow listing), starting with a couple of 60s tracks, then slowing it down to a ballad which included a well loud drop to the knees. Onto a couple of 70s tracks and then finishing with the classic that's been played since the days of the wheel - Next in Line. He gave a well "from the soul" performance, the sweat pouring off testimonial to the effort put in, unfortunately there seemed a few sound probs from where I was standing, which took the edge of it a bit with the band seeming just a bit too loud.
After that a few minutes break and then the return to London to Sidney Barnes, now those who caught him at Dome were expecting a great show and what did we get.... yep a fantastic set. On stage he come with a bit of change in is outfit from the last time we saw him, with a Stetson, a shiny suit, and trendy vest, looking the part he launched into his set, which as said was fantastic, every track was something he had an involvement in, as in writing, performing etc and this was the real McCoy, he knew what the audience wanted and he delivered it big style, tracks delivered included
Talkin Bout A Shindig
Youll always be in style
Great Version of Billy Prophets - What Can I do
I'll Bet you
I'll Hurt On the Other Side
Think about the good times
Well after a couple of encores, that was that, two legendary names from the past in the year 2001 performing in the heart of London, from a Mr Soul type performance to a Mr Performer type performance, great stuff, and as writing this envy starts to creep in of those catching the acts at Cleethorpes right at this moment. Top stuff. Night continued with Ady C underlining the nite with a great selection. of 45s.
Also available on the nite was a great Sidney Barnes CD - titled "Then And Now" it features 15 tracks from your man from 1960- 1999, haven't had time to catch up with all tracks but a quick skip through sounds good. Not sure if plans are in place to sell it online or mail order but once find out and listen more will pass on.
And also don't forget the Jazz FM clips up on site featuring Richard Searling and Sidney Barnes with great tracks and great background info