Thursday, 1 January 2015

Caught Live: The Trevor Burton Christmas Show @ The Roadhouse 30/12/14

Up where they belong ... in lights: The Trevor Burton Band
#823: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The final ELOBF gig of 2014 was always going to have to be the rather cleverly titled Trevor Burton Christmas Show at The Roadhouse in Birmingham. Not only was it a time to see one of my fave personalities and musicians again (with his rather brilliant troupe), it was also another chance to see our friends Mods & Sods as well as a long overdue opportunity to (finally) get to see Suzi & The Backbeats up close and personal.
Expect to see Suzi & The Backbeats featured by ELOBF next year
After more than a few recommendations, it was great seeing and hearing Suzi & The Backbeats for the first time as they wowed the busy venue with their set. With blues, rock and funk entwined, they were really impressive. Their cover of "Come Together" really caught my eye on the night with Suzi's superb vocals ably supported by one of the tightest bands I've seen before their set was closed out by the rather romantic marriage proposal by Suzi to her now-to-be-husband (and Backbeats drummer) Oliver!
Mods & Sods were joined by Big John 'Boysey' Battrum (far left) for the latter part of their set
Mods & Sods were, as usual, quite brilliant as they delivered an electrifying performance of classics by The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and another cracking version of the Elvis Costello classic "Pump It Up". They were joined - seamlessly and superbly - on stage for the very first time by saxophonist John Battrum, who is a member of both King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys and is also, of course, a vital cog in The Roy Wood Rock 'n' Roll Band.
The four piece Trevor Burton Band were truly top class
And what of The Trevor Burton Band? A jolly and festive Trevor was on top form as his tried and trusted band rocked The Roadhouse with a selection of songs including (my fave!) a superb "Werewolves Of  London", another epic version of "Hey Joe" and a fantastic "Dear Mr. Fantasy". This was a clean performance with fellow band members Pez Connor, Bill Jefferson and 'Movette' Abby Brant all on top form. This has been an immense year for this co-founder of The Move performing regularly - locally and nationally - in his various projects. However, it is clear from Trevor's relaxed nature on stage, that his heart lies with the band which proudly bears his name.

Never was this more evident than when Trevor joyfully invited former band member - the amazing guitarist who is Maz Mitrenko - to join the latest line-up for a few numbers. Ever the more adaptable, the band accommodated Suzi from her Backbeats for another amazing rendition of "Hey Joe" before the rockabilly tinged encore. Make no mistake about it, this was a fantastic gig. We look forward to seeing and hearing what Trevor Burton and his Band will get up to in the coming twelve months - including a celebration of his 50 Years On The Road celebration on Sunday 8th March back at The Roadhouse.
A guest appearance by former TBB member Maz Mitrenko truly topped the evening
A fantastic finale of Trev's fave "Hey Joe" also featured a certain Suzi from those Backbeats
The Trevor Burton Band were: Trevor Burton (Lead vox/guitars)Pez Connor (Bass/bvox)Bill Jefferson (Drums/percussion)Abby Brant (Keyboards/bvox). Find out more about The Trevor Burton Band (including their current gig schedule) via their official web site thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Trevor Burton Band to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 01-Jan-2015

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