KING KING / SARI BETH SCHORR - O2 Academy, Glasgow 17.02.19



Tonights eagerly awaited show by KING KING at The O2 Academy in Glasgow is tinged with much sadness as it has been previously announced that this will be bassist Lindsay Coulson’s final show with the band and where better than a homecoming end of tour show.

Support for tonight is New York Blues Hall of Fame nominated singer SARI SCHORR.

Opening tonights show is SARI SCHORR who takes to the stage and launches into ‘The New Revolution’ taken from her recently released album ‘Never Say Never’. 

The already packed hall are immediately enthralled by the warm powerful vocals this lady belts out and are not slow to show their appreciation. ‘Damn The Reason‘ and an amazing version of the original Mott The Hoople, but better known Bad Company cover, of ‘Ready for Love‘ follow, oh boy can this lady sing. A song written about the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson ‘King of Rock & Roll’ is next up and is my favourite song of the night, performed impeccably by Sari, aided and abetted by Ash Wilson on guitar, Mat Beable on bass, Roy Martin on drums and Stevie Watts appearing as a guest on keyboards for this tour. 

From my vantage point the band all appear to love playing together judging by the smiles and looks between them during the set. ‘Thank You‘ and title track from new album ‘Never Say Never‘ are next with ‘Maybe I’m Fooling’ which is getting a lot of airplay at the moment on Planet Rock, the penultimate song. 

Last song of the far too short set for me is ‘Valentina’ again from the new album and it’s over far too quickly. Having had the extreme pleasure of meeting and chatting to Sari prior to the show, she is exactly like the songs she sings, warm and thought provoking and so very likeable. 

Catch Sari again in Glasgow on March 9th at Oran Mor. I will and I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

Sari Beth Schorr band are:-

Sari Beth Schorr – Vocals
Ash Wilson – Guitar
Mat Beable – Bass
Roy Martin – Drums
Stevie Watts – Keyboards

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Tonight’s end of tour hometown gig by KING KING is, as previously announced, founding member bassist Lindsay Coulson’s last gig with the band as he is leaving to pursue other interests. The rumour is the new bassist will be announced later in the show. 

The kilted Alan Nimmo takes to the stage with a massive grin on his face as he survey’s the huge crowd who are wildly cheering and Coulson immediately clocks the fan club members at the front all wearing masks with his face on them.

First up tonight is ‘Broken‘ from the most recent album ‘Exile & Grace’. ‘Lose Control’ and fan favourite ‘Rush Hour‘ gives the crowd the chance to sing and they grab it with both hands. ‘Heed The Warning‘ and ‘Coming Home’ dedicated by Nimmo to Glasgow’s own Ted McKenna, the drummer best known for his work with SAHB & MSG who recently, and so unexpectedly, passed away.

The crowd are lapping up every single second of this show. ‘Stranger to Love‘ is next with a spine tingling solo at its conclusion by Nimmo which has every single person in the hall enthralled by it and the round of applause he is given at the end of the song just emphasises this. ‘(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’’ is followed by another mass singalong in the form of ‘Waking Up’ from 2015 album ‘Reaching For The Light’.

The moment everyone has been waiting for is next, who is the new bassist, we don’t have to wait long and it’s Zander Greenshields a long time cohort of Nimmo and a familiar face to followers of the Glasgow blues scene. Coulson departs the stage and Greenshields is immediately thrown in at the deep end with an outstanding cover of Whitesnakes ‘Don’t Break My Heart Again‘. Lets not forget the playing here of drummer Wayne Proctor and Jonny Dyke (no longer the new guy) on keyboards who both contribute so much to this band. Greenshields plays on ‘Take A Look‘ and then vacates his place on the stage for Coulson to return to loud applause.

‘Crazy‘ is next and then a song Alan wrote for his big brother Stevie when he was unwell ‘You Stopped The Rain‘ dedicated both to Stevie who is doing his guitar tech tonight and his mum who is in the audience watching. Last song tonight is ‘Find Your Way Home’, a song which grabs you and refuses to let go.

They leave the stage to a thoroughly deserved ovation, but we know they will be back and sure enough right on cue they are, 2 oldies finish the set ‘Take My Hand‘ and a song from the very start of Nimmo’ s career ‘Old Love’ closes tonight .

An amazing show from an amazing band in Alan Nimmo’s hometown what more could anyone ask for and we leave happy at what we have seen tonight. Good luck to Lindsay Coulson and whatever he may do next and welcome Zander Greenshields for the next stage of KING KING’s journey to the very top.

King King are:-

Alan Nimmo – Vocals / Guitars
Lindsay Coulson – Bass
Wayne Proctor – Drums
Jonny Dyke – Keyboards
Zander Greenshields – New man on Bass

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