common with their name, the Easy Lover Band, who delivered Both
Sides of Phil Collins in tribute format on Wednesday, truly saw
both sides of what being live performers is like.
a third full
takes guts to deliver a good show in those circumstances.
nothing can be worse than to see a venue barely a third full. It
takes guts to deliver a good show in those circumstances, and Terry
Clarke along with his band gritted their teeth and tried to get
a thin audience fully involved. Until the encore, it didn't quite
hit the right buttons.
to the gig having been spoilt in the past. I'd seen Phil Collins
and Genesis live, and both were simply excellent. Seeing other tribute
bands without viewing the originals first may have coloured my judgement
on them. This wasn't quite the same.
evidence however must be put in context. Their website indicates
this is their first tour, and this was only their fourth date. There
were a handful of pre-tour gigs, and several months of rehearsals,
but that's all.
Cheltenham Town Hall was a bit ambitious. The band, although there
were six of them in all, looked a bit lost on the stage, the mixing
was modest, and the light show as based on the Town Hall's own facilities.
wasn't sure about the Genesis and Phil mix. Clearly the band has
been a huge part of his career, but with seven tunes out of 20 being
theirs, some people who were fans of one but not both may have stayed
away. The tilt of the set was modern, as there was no really old
fair's fair, here are a group of people trying to make an idea work
and there's no reason why it shouldn't. All the band can play, and
the drum duet with between Clarke and Jonathan Webster proved the
Collins act went beyond the image and the voice.
spoken tone could easily have been Collins, and the voice was close
enough, given the odd arrangement change and octave drop here and
there. Justine Clark (no relation) provided the harmonies.
like to see the band at the end of tour.
like to see the band at the end of tour, when they've thought about
how it went. The show may evolve as they go.
short, the packaging can make the experience. A smaller stage in
a smaller venue, with a less empty feel to it would encourage more
audience participation and perhaps tighten some of the movement
on stage. I'm no choreographer, but it seemed a bit loose at times.
The raw material is there. The Bacon Theatre at Dean Close School
or the Roses at Tewkesbury may be the venue to get the best out
by Ian Randall
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