Since 2009. Yours Truly KJS. Founder of elobeatlesforever or elobf, a popular fan site still campaigning for the official release of "Beatles Forever" whilst covering all things ELO, Roy Wood & related with now over 3.8 million views at the time of writing!
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Caught Live : The Cohen Brothers & Royal Southern Brotherhood
#447: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Last night was the first occasion when I was going to a concert in which the band I initially wanted to see and hear were not the main event due to the fact that ELOBF featured artiste The Cohen Brothers were supporting The Royal Southern Brotherhood over at The Robin 2in downtown Bilston. But that strange emotion was easily overcome as Yours Truly KJS joined Tony Kelsey and an enthusiastic yet appreciative audience who were treated to not one but two really great sets of innovative and ear pleasing music.
This was my second Cohen Brothers gig and their set list - which included their own music and some superb covers - comprised songs such as "Memphis Without Elvis", "The Roof Blew Off [Open Up]", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Ancient Stones", "Moving On", "Badge" and "Caledonia" and was immaculate. The band, led by Julian Crook alongside David Smaylen, Sean Griffin,Brian Richards and Peter Cottom - owned the stage at The Robin 2 in their own right and received a fantastic response from those present. You just simply have to hear "Moving On" and "Ancient Stones" - both are excellent live! It was well worth the journey [and money] just to see these guys, and it got better when The Royal Southern Brotherhood arrived on stage ...
This five piece Southern Blues band, comprising Mike Zito, Devon Allman [son of Gregg], Cyril Neville [one of the famed Neville Brothers], Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott - from the Deep South of America truly rocked the joint as they performed a magnificent set from their self-titled first album, my fave of the night being "Ways About You" - a classy, moody if not steamy Blues tune. I have rarely seen such live guitar work and craft to the standard that I witnessed last night. To see a bassist play his bass as a six string was an education, as was the sight of their drummer hitting anything he could find at the back of the stage. Truly awesome!