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The Godfathers

Veteran British rock’n’rollers The Godfathers are breaking out their sharp suits for a 25th anniversary tour.

This is their first full UK run in 15 years

The Godfathers were formed by Peter and Chris Coyne from the ashes of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985. After independent single releases produced by Vic Maile, and collected on their debut album, Hit By Hit, they signed to Epic Records in 1987.

“Can’t Leave Her Alone” – The Godfathers

Extensive tours of the UK, Europe and the United States followed. Their guitar-driven alternative rock sound foreshadowed the Britpop movement of the 1990s. The single “Birth, School, Work, Death” made the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in the late 1980s after heavy college radio airplay but they were only marginally recognised in the UK.

After the split of the original line-up the band briefly resurfaced in the 1990s and toured Europe and Australia. In 2003 Peter Coyne and Kris Dollimore contributed to an outfit called The Germans with Rat Scabies, formerly of The Damned. Mike Gibson released his first solo album in 2004 with the City Farmers. Lead guitarist Kris Dollimore is active on the British blues scene in London and the South East purveying his so-called ‘Medway Delta’ blues. George Mazur has been working as a session drummer overseas.

In 2008, the band began touring with its original line-up. In March 2009, the band announced a change – Del Bartle replacing Kris Dollimore – for its continued tour schedule.

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March 13, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Daltrey Solo Tour

 

Concert review: Clapton sedates, Daltrey invigorates Forum crowd

By Bob Mehr (Contact), GoMemphis.com
Saturday, March 6, 2010

Friday night’s Eric Clapton/Roger Daltrey concert at FedExForum was touted as a teaming of rock legends. When all was said and done, however, only one man came off as legendary, while the other simply seemed lethargic.

It was an expectant, near-capacity crowd that packed the Downtown arena to watch the two British icons run through musical catalogs that have come to define classic rock.

Eric Clapton proved to be a stark and disappointing contrast to Roger Daltrey at Friday's FedExForum concert. Photo by Kyle Kurlick

Eric Clapton proved to be a stark and disappointing contrast to Roger Daltrey at Friday’s FedExForum concert.

Roger Daltrey on stage at FedExForum.Photo by Kyle Kurlick

Roger Daltrey on stage at FedExForum.

Backed by a propulsive five-piece band — featuring Simon Townshend, younger brother of Daltrey’s Who partner Pete — the mic-twirling front man held little back in a performance that was both invigorated and invigorating.

Mid-set found Daltrey working through a selection of sprite, folk-flecked numbers, including the Taj Mahal cover “Freedom Ride” and the John Cowan chestnut “Someone Give Me a Stone.” A clever, stripped down take on “Who Are You” brought the crowd to its feet, before Townshend took over for a rare live reading of the Who’s “Going Mobile. ”

Daltrey’s voice, which has been criticized in recent years for its rough-hewn quality, was surprisingly strong for the bulk of the performance.

The headlining set by Eric Clapton, on the other hand, proved to be a stark and disappointing contrast.

Sauntering onto the stage with his signature Stratocaster in hand, Clapton gently eased into the shuffle of “Going Down Slow.” From there, he proceeded to play a seemingly endless succession of snoozy mid-tempo blues numbers — both electrically and acoustically — that quickly began to bleed into one another.

Though his band was first rate, Clapton himself played with all the energy of man who’d just ingested a large turkey dinner before hitting the stage.

There were plenty of hits to be had, of course, including “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Wonderful Tonight” and an acoustic “Layla” — though his performances of those songs seemed little more than obligatory.

Throughout the show, Clapton’s interaction with the audience was limited to the occasional “thank you” — which isn’t a crime in itself. But it was obvious that the weekend-ready crowd desperately wanted to have a good time, and Clapton’s song selection, the sluggish arrangements and the overall pacing of the set simply wouldn’t allow for anything approaching sustained excitement.

In the end, one was left feeling that while it might have been Clapton’s show, it was clearly Daltrey’s night.

— Bob Mehr, 529-2517

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