Big Al & The Blistering Buicks [Oldies, 5 piece]
Not sure what happened but the gig didn't happen! Shame, was hoping to see them as they're a great band, and it's a good venue.Ray Bradbury, Monday 22 July 2019
Sorry Ray we turned up be told they not having music as they were short staffed we were gutted too we had loads of people coming aswell
Alan Reed and his Blistering Buicks rocked the Horns in Watford last Sunday afternoon and what a treat it was to be there!
They rock n roll all afternoon and then they kissed you goodnight !
The music and singing was superb throughout and the Horns was packed out for this high energy performance.
Great dancing music(lots of people danced throughout) and the combination of Alan's brilliant vocals and the superb musicians of the Blistering Buicks
gave a great buzz to everyone present. LET IT ROCK as Chuck Berry once said ! and they did ...with loads of great numbers from
Roy Orbison to the Stones and the Clash with a bit of Jerry Lee and Bob Marley thrown in for good measure !
Fun like this ain t normally free !!! I paid £90 to see the Rolling Stones in London last year and this was as good if not better,
I kid you not !
Go see for yourself, if you like good music you will love it !
We did, one of the best bands around.Thursday 2 May 2019
Cheers Pete thanks for a great review Yes it was a great afternoon
Alan Reed works really hard at his gigs -- and that's despite having five other immensely talented musicians backing him.
Alan, better known as Big Al, has incredible stage presence and often acts his way through a song. Years of working as a professional comedian and compere has given him great confidence and his performances are a joy to watch.
Al and his band -- the beautifully-named Blistering Buicks -- took the Three Wishes in Edgware by storm on this particular night even if they did have to wait for a Tottenham soccer match to finish.
The sextet started with the Markeys' Stax soul instrumental Last Night (with Al on the sax) and they followed it with another sax-led number -- Gerry Rafferty's haunting Baker Street. This was the first example of how hard Mr Reed works -- moving seamlessly from vocals to sax solos and back again.
The Buicks never sit on their laurels and they regularly rehearse and learn new songs. Their choice of material is also unusual and different from most pub acts. Cliff's Move It was followed by Elvis's Little Sister and Roy Orbison's You Got It. The audience loved it -- no wonder the place was packed out.
Leigh Heggerty and Pete Kerr share the lead guitar solos while Dave Jenks lays down a mean bass and Chris Holmes provides the keyboards.
They needed a stand-in drummer at the Three Wishes and they couldn't get a much better dep than Howard Tibble, who has been Shakin' Stevens' skinsman for forty years.
Not surprisingly the musicianship was tight and the music-loving crowd had a great time. I'm surprised Big Al could breath at all after his magnificent interpretation of the Hollies' classic ballad The Air That I Breathe.
Other first half highspots included versions of Joe Jackson's cheeky Is She Really Going Out With Him; Cliff Richard's rocking Willie And The Hand Jive(complete with a hand jive demo by Big Al) and Louis Jourdan's great swing number Choo Choo Cha Boogie.
When he's not singing or playing saxophone Al adds an extra guitar to the line-up (told you he works really hard).
The second half was rockier and also dance-orientated. Rock classics like Thin Lizzy's Whiskey In The Jar and Chuck Berry's The Promised Land were mixed in with soul greats such as the Temptations' My Girl and Sam and Dave's Soul Man.
Do try to catch these guys when they are at a pub or club near you.Sunday 22 April 2018
Thanks for the great review must admit it was a great night ,come see us again anytime BIG AL
Saw big al & the boys Sunday at Sally b's, a venue which hosts great bands every Sunday, but for me this was the best afternoon of the year, the boys were on top form, the crowd loved every minute, fantastic afternoon,Tuesday 5 December 2017
Yes was a great afternoon as always thanks for your review Big Al
Had the pleasure of watching Big Al & the blistering Buicks at the Horn in Watford. What an amazing afternoon of live music. Al is a true showman & the band make sure everyone there has a good time, I'd like to give a special mention to their super smiler drummer whose cheery face makes you realise that the band have just as much fun playing as the audience that watch them do . They play a variety of music to suit all tastes & ages & I highly recommend you go down & catch these guys doing a gig- you won't be disappointed
Keep rocking on guys!Saturday 5 August 2017