The Oddfellows Arms, Hemel Hempstead [Pub]
OMG! Last night, these guys were totally awesome! Even before the band started to play, the air was electric with anticipation and not just the growing number of loyal fans that travel with DeLorean! The moody keyboard introduction set the tone of the night, scalps were tingling and hair on the back of neck rising, then POW, straight into "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. Before this first song had ended the dance floor had filled and just kept filling with movers and groovers who just couldn't help themselves!
An outstanding cover of "Poison" by Alice Cooper during the first set was just as good as, if not better than the original. Simply amazing and some fantastic guitar work.
It's really hard to pick a highlight of last night as it was all so good - the singer just oozes confidence and is 80's rock personified, his voice is amazing and he sings each song as though it was written just for him rather than just singing somebody else's hit when really, they all belong to him. The lead guitarist has fingers as fast as lightning and plays with such ease, looking relaxed the whole night, never even breaking a sweat. Keeping it all together, the rhythm section were very tight with a thumping bassline and pounding drums.
The second set roared into action with "One Vision" by Queen, followed by "We Will Rock You". The new drummer then played an improvised and impressive solo that lead straight into "Hard To Handle" by The Black Crowes.
At the end of the second set, the crowd were desparate for more and yelled for an encore. They were not disappointed as DeLorean served up "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams, "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones" and "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC.
Those who said they were only dropping by for a "cheeky half" stayed the whole night!
I've seen this band quite a few times now, they get better and better each time they play and their following gets bigger and bigger with fans coming from as far as Little Kimble in one direction and Stanmore in the other. I cannot wait for DeLorean's next gig!
A music fanSaturday 21 February 2009
On a night off from playing bass in my band, Bad Wolf, I thought I'd suss out Five Fold Kiss at their first appearance at The Oddfellows Arms in Apsley... I was WELL impressed!
Great combination of lead vocals working in harmony with the band, showed us what these guys (and a VERY daring gal...!) can do! My personal favourites were a great cover of Thin Lizzy's breakout rendition of "Whiskey In The Jar", the original Irish folk number and Mötorhead's "The Ace Of Spades" - any lass that can sing that MUST be good!
As a fellow bassist, Niall was a generous gentleman to speak with; really liked the sound from that Mark Bass combo mate! I see that Five Fold Kiss are gigging quite regularly on the A41 valley - if you get a chance, go and see them, they're terrific.
Mark RobertsonTuesday 16 December 2008
H Mark, thanks for the great review! Always good to meet fellow LR members. Will have to find a free night to see Bad Wolf. Loooking forward to the charity gig in May too.
Cheers - Graham
Having had a (rare!) night off from playing bass in my band, Bad Wolf, I popped over to the Oddfellows to see Boozadaddy givin' it some. Brett and the lads normally give a GREAT show and that was reflected in the sizeable audience there to watch.
Then the guys unveiled their secret weapon, new guitarist Richard, playing his first gig with the band I believe? Guys your set ROCKED; brilliantly tight, thumping drums'n'bass, two guitarists who interchanged like they'd been together for years and of course, Brett at the front singing such tremendously powerful vocals!
Their rendition of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up - absolutely OUTSTANDING! Superb soloing by both guitarists, but a special word of praise for the "new boy" in the band, Richard, who appears to have settled in very quickly... is he REALLY only 19... dammit?!
Boozadaddy have always been an excellent performing band and they will surely go from strength-to-strength with the revamped line-up. Well done guys...!
All the best, Mark.
Mark RobertsonSunday 23 November 2008
This band is very special, 2nd time Ive seen them at the Odds, there head and shoulders above the other bands that have played there. Anna Harvey,,, this girl can sing anything , the band is just awesome and they have a lot of fun doing it,, Mr Blue Sky,9 to 5, Car Wash, Baggy Trousers,so much variation,, and the Scandalettes! Look forward to seeing you all again at the Odds...
JohnMonday 3 November 2008
"Come and see this band... They're TERRIFIC... And they're only NINETY miles away...!?!" Mad?... maybe, but I was really pleased I'd listened to my friends and taken the trouble to make the journey to The Oddfellows Arms in Apsley to see Bad Wolf.
This four-piece covers band from Hertfordshire played a tremendous set of rock numbers, interspersed with a varied selection of "curved ball" ballads. Their renditions of "Nights In White Satin", "Turn The Page" and (haven't heard this in AGES!) "One More Cup Of Coffee" were out of this world! Contrast these with phenomenal versions of "Love Walked In", UFO's "Doctor Doctor" and Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall" and I was the girl in the musical equivalent of the film "When Harry Met Sally"!
These guys have a great ear for (re-)arrangement of high-quality, but less frequently-played, songs, and with their main lead vocalist being their amazing drummer (Adey), what a unique line-up! More lead vocals and outstanding guitar work from Paul, supported by superb hard rock lead guitar from Tony and thumping bass lines from Mark complete a great band!
A few of us are getting together to make the trip down from the Midlands to see these boys more regularly - I strongly suggest you do too!
LulabelleTuesday 28 October 2008