Topic: King King - feat. Alan Nimmo
I've searched all over for a thread for King King, but there's 166 pages come up with any "King" reference, so hope you don't mind me kicking (another) one off.....
King King & Taylor/Dixon Band - Guisborough R'n'B Club - 28/6/12
What is it this year about King King, Guisborough & the weather? This gig was originally scheduled back in early February but cancelled due to the one really substantial snow fall and poor road conditions. You’d hardly think the same would happen at the end of June but about 2 hours before doors open there was a deluge that turned main roads to rivers and detered fans travelling down from Newcastle. However, some of us dug out our wellies for a blazing night.
Openers for the night, and lets face it, anyone sharing a stage with King King have to be worth their salt, and "local band" the Taylor-Dixon Band sure qualify, but sadly, tonight was to be thier swan-song. After several years, the members are moving on to different projects, so they’l still be performing round the region. That said, they were’nt just going to lie down and roll over - they turned in a blazing set of self-penned, standards and covers with their dual guitars and vocals as well as honkin’ harp that made you wish they’d stay together. But, if they wanted to call it a day, then they left with a set well worth remembering.
Then the main attraction; KIng KIng - Alan Nimmo, Lindsay Coulson, Wayne Proctor back behind the kit on his “evening job” and the sure and now familiar hands of Johnny Dyke on keys. This evening, Alan decided to forego the kilt - “it’s that warm in here and with the sight of my legs, someone’s sure to faint”. It was warm, and these guys kicked it up to pressure-cooker with their full set instead of the abridged one from Durham the previous Saturday. Again, and probably not surprisingly due to the weather, Feels Like Rain was again omitted; what we got instead was a new song - The Long History Of Love. I know, it was something I comented on last time, and it was a beauty of a slow burn ballad: the build up on Alan’s voice and then the take-over between Alan’s guitar and Johnny’s keys was sublime. If this is an indicator of the next album to come - mine’s already bought and paid. The whole set rocked and romped with most of the Take My Hand album played as well as 6 In The Morning and Gravy Train from their E.P. up to the closer Old Love, which Alan normally dedicates to his brother, but tonight he threw it open to any absent friends.
A packed Guisborough went ape for a storming encore which King King duely obliged and rounded off a hundred minute showcase of why they’re in the top percent of British touring bands. Not many could fill Guisborough on a wet, Thursday night and send them off with such a buzz.