Retrospective : Concerts of 2007 – We don’t like 10cc – We LOVE them. Live Review 10cc, Shepherds Bush Empire, London UK, Friday 16th March 2007

Posted: November 25, 2012 in 1970s, Concerts of 2007, Pop, Rock Music
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Seeing a well known band from yesteryear with only one of its original members, can bring a sense of trepidation. However those attending the 10cc concert at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday need not have worried. After an inauspicious start where the lights came down but no group appeared on stage for a few minutes the gig sparked into life with a low key rendering of “Wall Street Shuffle” but then tempo shifted upwards and f the audience was treated to a cascade of 10cc’s classic 70’s, including the “The Things We do for Love”, the surreal “I’m Mandy Fly Me”, and the wordbending “Life is a Minestrone”. Particularly memorable for the great interplay between Grahame Gouldman’s bass and Rick Fenn’s guitar was “Art for Art’s” sake.  A pleasant surprise was the cameo appearance of Kevin Godley, singing the poetic, if somewhat long “Beautiful.com”. Fitting a 60’s section into the mid-point of the show  with such hits “No Milk Today” (Heman’s Hermits) , “For your Love” (The Yardbyrds) and “Bus Stop” (The Hollies) made you realise and appreciate the longevity and breadth of Gouldman’s career. There was even time to fit in Wax’s 1987 “Building a Bridge to your Heart” before relauching into 10cc biggest hits. The harmonies in “I’m not in love were”. The show moved towards a climatic end in “Dredlock Holiday”, Gouldman declaring “I don’t like London ….. I love it”.  “Rubber Bullets” at the encore caused more than a few ripple of  girating movement amoung the attentive and mature audience and as well as proving a showcase for the considerable vocal talents of new  peripheral member Mick Wilson. The band looked relaxed and came across as genuinely enjoying playing the music. This was a polished performance and the group were ably supported by Kiki Dee.The names may have changed over the years but with the current the line-up the spirit of  the orginal 10cc is very much alive and well.

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