King King delivers a momentous concert inside of one of Newcastle’s most historically significant buildings.
Tonight the British blues rockers perform their largest headline show in the North East of England at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, where a 900 strong crowd awaits them. Of course, tonight’s venue has witnessed its fair share of historic events, being the former workspace of inventor Robert Stephenson and the birthplace of the Stephenson’s Rocket.
This evening’s show carries double significance. Firstly, King King are presently celebrating their milestone 10 year anniversary on this current UK run. Secondly, tonight’s show is the penultimate show for founding member and bass player Lindsay Coulson who is leaving the group for pastures new. Subsequently, the band arrives on Tyneside full of fire and raw emotion, as they intend to give their long-serving bass player the send-off he so duly deserves.
The atmosphere inside the room is at fever pitch as the band’s intro of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” resonate across the venue’s PA system and gets the room pumped up for what is to follow. Fans with a banner dedicated to Lindsay Coulson line the front row of the room.
As the four-piece hits the stage they set out their intentions to celebrate the last ten years with a walk down memory lane inside of the first three songs. The quartet kicks off the proceedings with “Broken” from their latest album Exile and Grace, before quickly switching gears into the classic “Lose Control”. The latter of which being the first track from the band’s debut album Take My Hand. With its catchy hooks, driving rhythms and searing fretwork it certainly hits the spot at the top of the show.
The fan favourites continue to come in thick and fast as the band break into the infectious “Rush Hour” from their award-winning album Reaching For The Light.
The epic “Stranger To Love” is one of the centrepieces of the show. Nimmo’s exquisite playing is perfectly showcased during his monumental solo in this number. Alan Nimmo is truly one of the most gifted blues guitarists on the British blues-rock circuit and a joy to watch from start to finish.
Tonight it would have been very easy for King King to simply play a greatest hits show, however, the band take the opportunity to include several songs that they haven’t played as often. This includes the likes of the hard rocking “Heed The Warning” along with the beautifully soulful blues numbers “Coming Home” and “Take A Look”. The latter of which being full of passionate and emotive fretwork from Alan Nimmo. Likewise, King King’s rhythm section of Lindsay Coulson (bass) and Wayne Proctor (drums) maintain a tight groove in the engine room at the back throughout.
As King King heads into the final stages of their main set, Nimmo dedicates a heartfelt rendition of “You Stopped The Rain” to brother Stevie before bringing things full circle with closing number “Find Your Way Home”, which in turn leaves the crowd wanting more.
A two-song encore that culminates in the band’s astounding take on Eric Clapton’s “Old Love” brings the show to a close.
Tonight’s King King show in Newcastle is the perfect celebration of a decade of music and friendship. Here’s to the next ten years and an exciting new chapter in the history of Britain’s finest blues-rock band.
US-based chanteuse and label mate Sari Schorr opens the show early in the evening. The Brooklyn originating singer/songwriter recently released her new album Never Say Never. Tonight’s 40-minute set largely draws from Schorr’s latest offering. Highlights include Sari’s spellbinding airing of “New Revolution”, her take on the Bad Company/Mott The Hoople number “Ready For Love” along with her tribute to Robert Johnson by way of the “King of Rock and Roll”. Schorr closes out her set with Planet Rock favourite “Maybe I’m Fooling” and the hard-hitting “Valentina”. Tonight Sari Schorr proves to be the perfect precursor to King King, her intoxicating performance certainly wins over a whole new raft of new fans on Tyneside.
Event Date: 16-Feb-2019