Absolutely cock-a-hoop about this gig – Aynsley & band virtually in my backyard! The guys took a chance with a new promoter and a new (to them) venue and pulled off a spankin’ night (as if the outcome was ever in doubt).
As it turned out, we got two opening bands, the first being The Sugar B’s. Rousing and romping covers band, think Dr Feelgood with a little Bad Manners. Great stuff and set a really good vibe for the evening.
Next up was the Tom Atkinson Band; Formerly known as Presence and the jaw-breaking Victims Of The Fury; a local group I like to keep my eye on as I think Tom has a lot of potential over than relying on solely covers. This evening I’m glad to say the band premiered a batch of original songs, so fresh they were hardly even titled before closing with a couple of Cream standards. Compared to the likes of Virgil, Mitch & The Mentulls, Tom maybe a comparative “late-bloomer”, but he’s earned his dues round the clubs and it’s great to see him spread himself. Hope there’s an E.P. on the way soon.
And then the turn of the main man; treading where only Wilko has trod before. Joined by the now established nucleus of the band, Steve Amadeo on bass and Andre Bassing on the keyboards and “for one night only” the Joe Bonamassa of the drum-kit, Wayne Proctor. Stop press news is that THIS is the band Aynsley has taken into the studio with him: something which, if he's done before, record with the road band, it's been a long time ago. That said, its a tight and impressive unit, and the guys delivered another blazing show, based round what's become a pretty established set, pre new album release:-
The Big Sleep
Running Out On Me
Early Morning Dew
What’s It All About
In The Morning
Encore Purple Rain
You’ll have to forgive me if the running order was a little different, very rare I’m not designated driver, so the cider was flowing freely. However, was aware enough that the sound was one of the best I’ve heard for an Aynsley set, while the atmosphere didn’t quite reach Cluny or Bootleggers level the guys won some new fans, among the familiar faces that travelled down from Newcastle & Hexham. The musical chemistry between Aynsley & Andre keeps getting more and more impressive - Andre’s now in my top 3 keyboard players and Steve’s bass-work is never less than astounding.
Well done Aynsley & team for another cracking gig, and to Shades of Rock team for getting Shildon Civic on the events map.
Edit - escaped my mind for the moment - compere for the evening was the incomparable moustache of Gary Grainger - British Blues Award Independant Broadcaster of the Year - as he keeps reminding me
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........