Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Nells Jazz & Blues, London.
Nell's Jazz and Blues
3 North End Crescent,
Nearest Tube -West Kensington (3mins)
Bus -74, 190, 430, N74 & N97
Steve Harley celebrates his 47th year in music in 2019 and continues to play concerts around the world.
Considered one of the greatest, most charismatic Live performers at work today, the original Cockney Rebel tours with a full 6-piece rock band, as well as presenting shows in a 3-man electro-acoustic format. Barry Wickens is the ever-present violinist, and James Lascelles (piano/percussion), Paul Cuddeford (guitar), Kuma Harada (bass) and original band member, Stuart Elliott (drums) complete the line-up.
As well as spending up to six months each year on-the-road, Steve has been a BBC Radio 2 presenter, the original “Phantom Of The Opera” and starred on the West End stage in a Samuel Beckett play.
But music is very much still his first love. “We see the world and play to great audiences; how good is that! I see great cities and their galleries and museums in our down-time, beautiful landscapes from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, all in my life as a touring musician. It’s still the greatest job on earth!” Harley said recently.
The Live shows include the big hit singles, like Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Love’s A Prima Donna, the legendary Sebastian, as well as the evergreen Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), known among his fans as “Harley’s pension”! That song is noted by PRS as one of the most-played songs in history on British Radio.
Recent critical acclaim has included such comments such as “A consummate professional at the top of his game” and after Steve’s last show at NELL’s, London, a Daily Mail reporter said, “I doubt there was a better gig anywhere in the world last night. Seriously”
Rod Stewart, who has covered Steve’s song A Friend For Life, describes him as “One of the greatest lyricists Britain has produced.” Mojo commented: “Harley creates songs of deep beauty, full of life’s experiences” and The Times wrote: “An extraordinary concert”.