The long-awaited, re-scheduled, “Reach” tour finally arrives at The Thekla, pleasing an expectant Bristol crowd.

After the scare of a power outage five minutes before show-time, Tyketto takes to the stage to a recorded vocal and musical potted history of the band. Opening the show with “Kick Like A Mule” from their new album Reach – Danny Vaughn and company are welcomed with rapturous applause.

Vaughn’s voice still sounds as good as it did back in the day. He is ably supported by a band made up of original drummer Michael Clayton, Ged Rylands (keys), Chris Green (guitar) and Chris Childs (bass) who is currently on loan from Thunder.

Following on is “Wings”, from 1991’s Don’t Come Easy and “Rescue Me”. Danny consistently demonstrating his sublime vocal range, the track also features one of the many great guitar solos to be aired from Chris Green throughout the course of the evening. Vaughn picks up the 12-string acoustic to join in on “Faithless”, drawing big cheers from the crowd. It’s been a long time since Tyketto has played in Bristol, and Danny still has scars from their last visit to The Bierkeller to prove it.

Vaughn, who engages the audience throughout, gets the crowd’s fingers clicking during “I Need It Now”, and the fans soon accompany the band with backing vocals too. It may be 26 years on from the band’s first album, but “Burning Down Inside” is still a firm fan favourite and the Bristol rock choir are soon jumping and singing along. 

Tyketto recently released their first single and video in 22 years for the title track from their critically acclaimed new album Reach. It’s a very old school rock track – exactly what the band do best and the fans love it. Tyketto is obviously well-rehearsed and gel so well together, and have a lot of fun in the process.

The audience hangs on every word of the beautiful “Standing Alone”, which again sees Danny on his 12-string. The song is obviously a fan favourite and gets the biggest crowd reaction of the night.  “Let it Go” is the only track of the night from 1995’s Shine album, on the other hand “Big Money” from the band’s latest offering is introduced as a track for today’s political climate.

Vaughn hints that Tyketto may be back before the end of the year. He is obviously grateful for the amazing response they have had during this run of gigs, and gives thanks to the fans for “making us feel wonderful”. After the customary band introductions, Tyketto close out their main set with “Love to Love” before returning to the stage for a duly deserved encore in the form of “Forever Young” – an apt choice as the crowd and Danny are jumping in unison.

Altogether a great set from a fantastic band who are still going strong. Tyketto sounds as good as ever, we look forward to their possible return later in the year.

Photos: Becky O’Grady

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Event Date: 28-JAN-2017

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