Sunday, 30 November 2014

Caught Live (3): Sight 'n' Sound @ The Tackeroo 29/11/14

Sight 'n' Sound are (l-r): Paul Trappett, Brian Eustace, Warren Shaw & Neil Craddock
#806: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The final Sight 'n' Sound gig of the year (and my third of 2014) was at The Tackeroo in Hednesford last night (Saturday 29th November) in front of a healthy and energetic bunch of attendees. Sight 'n' Sound are a band with rich heritage of former members and contributors including Mike SheridanGeoff TurtonRick PriceKelly Groucutt and Roger 'Ollie' Spencer with many connections to the ELOBF universe with its roots in the 'Brum Beat' boom of the sixties and a legendary live reputation - complete with their amazing trademark harmonies - still intact after a two decade hiatus.

The band were missing Joe Bartnicki on stage (due to a recent wrist operation) on the night save for his joining the remaining quartet for a note perfect acapella rendition of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time". And make no mistake about it, this was an impressive and utterly professional show with Brian Eustace performing guitar heroics at times, particularly with "Hotel California". In an extended set of two halves, the band delivered the hits of Starship, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Kansas, Queen, The Eagles, John Miles, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Toto and, of course, the Electric Light Orchestra complete with a fantastic new medley of Four Seasons songs.
Once again, the highlight of the evening for me was their ELO medley comprising a nice acapella intro of "Wild West Hero" that lead into "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and a superb full length rendition of "Mr. Blue Sky". If nothing else, one of the highlights of 2014 has to be the return of  Sight 'n' Sound with their longstanding live reputation remaining not only intact, but enhanced.

 Sight 'n' Sound performed: "We Built This City" ~ "Can't Fight This Feeling" ~ "Hard Habit To Break" ~ "The Longest Time" (Acapella) ~ "Bohemian Rhapsody" ~ "Hotel California" ~ ELO Medley: "Wild West Hero" (Acapella)/"Sweet Talkin' Woman"/"Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Music" ~ "Carry On My Wayward Son" ~ "Take It On The Run" ~ "MacArthur Park" ~ "You're The Inspiration" ~ Four Seasons Medley: "Let's Hang On"/"Working My Way Back To You"/"Who Loves You"/"Oh, What A Night (December 1963)" ~ "Rosanna" ~ "China Grove" ~ "Any Way You Want It" ~  Queen Medley: "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"A Kind Of Magic"/"Hammer To Fall"; "Desperado" ~ "We Are The Champions"

Sight 'n' Sound are: Paul Trappett (Keyboards/vox)Brian Eustace (Guitars/vox)Neil Craddock (Bass/vox)Warren Shaw (Drums/vox)Joe Bartnicki (Guitar/vox). Check out all the latest happenings via the Sight 'n' Sound Facebook page

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Sight 'n' Sound to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The Idle RaceThe MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 30-Nov-2014

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