Fresh off the back of an arena tour with Thunder and a show at the prestigious Wembley Arena in London, King King hit the road once more.
King King are touring in support of their critically acclaimed latest offering, Reaching For The Light, and the band’s North East fans are out in force at the ARC in Stockton.
Following a recent appearance at the Lead Belly Festival in New York, Laurence Jones opens the show. Some recent personnel changes results in Phil Wilson taking over from Miri Miettinen on drums. Jones kicks off proceedings with “Good Morning Blues” before giving us a taste of what is to come from his new album in the shape of the excellent “Something Changed.”
Laurence who is under the weather this evening brings along Amy Eftekhari to assist on vocal duties, and she does a superb job, having joined the band at short notice. They walk us through some stunning soul and blues covers such as the Etta James classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” closing out their set with the up-tempo Stevie Wonder number, “Higher Ground.” The addition of Eftekhari made this a Laurence Jones set with a difference, and a rare treat indeed.
King King take to the stage with all guns blazing as they launch into the frantic “Lose Control.” A cover of “Wait In Time” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds sees Alan Nimmo and Bob Fridzema playing off each other, the pair work so well together, whilst the rhythm section of Lindsay Coulson (bass) and Wayne Proctor (drums) hold down a tight groove throughout. “Rush Hour” proves to be a fan favorite, the audience continues to sing along even after the band has stopped playing.
Nimmo penned “You Stopped The Rain” about his brother Stevie, but tonight he dedicates the song to his mum who has been ill recently. The band deliver their superb take on Frankie Miller’s “Jealousy,” but it is “Stranger To Love” which stands out in the set. An extended version of the song features a sublime solo from Nimmo whereby he brought the volume down on his Fender Stratocaster to the point where you could hear a pin drop. The audience is both transfixed and respectful.
It’s a widely known fact that Nimmo is a huge fan of Free and, in particular, the late great Paul Kossoff. Today marks the 40th anniversary of his passing, and Nimmo is sporting his kilt and black Kossoff t-shirt. The band play one further cover in their set and it has to be a Free number, as they deliver a superb cover of “Heavy Load.” Â The night is brought to a close with the cheery number, “Let Love In,” from their award-winning album, Standing In The Shadows.
King King keep going from strength to strength, having firmly registered themselves as one of the leading blues-rock bands in Britain. The band will be back on the road later this year where they will be joined by South African guitar virtuoso, Dan Patlansky.