Rated 5 out of
Total magic from the Magic Band
Having followed the Magic Band [with Captain Beefheart] since 1967, and the rejuvenated MB since 1993, it was a no-brainer to go see this marvellous, off the wall, band once more. What a gig, and what a venue. The Komedia really lends itself to gigs like this, and the crowd absolutely loved 'em. From the opening song, vocalist/oboeist/ part-time drummer and original band member John 'Drumbo' French had us all in the palm of his hand. Songs from most of the Magic Band's output from the debut album 'Safe as Milk' to the last recordings were faithfully performed, with John sounding uncannily like the Good Captain himself. The top notch band followed the complex musical arrangements faithfully, but with their own twists, which made this gig an absolute standout. The band played from 8.15 till around 11.00 with a break of about 25 minutes, which was astonishing considering the complexity of the music. Hopefully this will not be the final tour as advertised, there's not enough artists of this calibre still around. Here's hoping! See ya next time, fellas.
Date published: 2017-11-26