Having seen Woody not a few times more through the years and having once again enjoyed the bostin' banter, particularly on the subject of a certain Englebert Humperdinck preventing even more Move chart toppers, Yours Truly KJS still gets a lump in my throat when seeing Roy and the band perform the likes of "See My Baby Jive", "Fire Brigade", "California Man", "Flowers In The Rain", "Blackberry Way" and a certain Christmas classic live alongside lesser known faves "New York City" and "Big Girls Blues". The set list is pretty much set these days so bumping into a gentleman by the name of Jimmy McMichael, who had travelled solo from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland to take in his first Roy Wood gig, spoke volumes for its content and the stage presence of Dr. Wood. Jimmy was completely taken aback and literally in awe of the show in hand and that, my friends, sums up another hugely enjoyable Woody gig for me. Mention needs also be made of both support acts on the night: Black Country singer/songwriter/comic Jonny Cole was very funny if not excellent and the all girl quartet JOANovARC truly rocked the joint ... literally!
With just a few more dates still to come on the current tour, there are still five opportunities to go see Dr. Roy Wood yourselves including Rockmas 2017 at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Saturday 16th December where you might also have the misfortune to bump into this writer.
The Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band performed: "Brontosaurus/Intro" ~ "California Man" ~ "Ball Park Incident" ~ "Kiss Me Goodnight, Boadicea" ~ "Fire Brigade" ~ "Big Girls Blues" ~ "New York City" ~ "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" ~ "Angel Fingers" ~ "Roy's Revenge" (Instrumental) ~ "R U Ready 2 Rock?" ~ "See My Baby Jive" ~ "Flowers In The Rain" ~ "Blackberry Way" ~ "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
Roy Wood: Rockmas 2017 Revealed + Tickets
elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Wizzard, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.