“The Best Blue Rock Band in the world” (Blues Rock Review), King King are on tour right now, in support of their latest release “Exile and Grace”, we were invited to check them out in Leeds tonight.
For this part of the tour they have brought along the amazing talents of Canadian, Steve Hill. He literally is a “one-man blues-rock band” and super talented to boot. As he stands centre stage surrounded by his drum kit, and not just the usual kick and mini hi-hat, but snare and rides too, he appears somewhat disconnected with the crowd. But his music does the talking. Along with the drum kit he has modified guitars with extra pickups for the bass strings and as such if you were not there in the room you really would think there was a full band on stage. The sheer enormity of each and every song is somewhat overwhelming. His musicality is second to none and boy can this boy play the blues. He truly has to be seen to be believed.
So by now, the room has been thoroughly warmed up and are ready to rock, King King style. As the lights go down to the sound of “Highway To Hell”, the audience are pumped and so are the band. Whoever wrote the rule book on how to perform on stage needs to rip it up and start again.. King King are in town and this is how to put on a show. “Anybody not seen us before?” asks frontman Alan Nimmo, as a good number call out, the Glaswegian banter begins “Well where the bloody hell have you been, I’ve been working my ass off up here for years” this is followed by threats of taking his belt to the audience and they love it. Nimmo knows just what is required to work a crowd and take them on a rollercoaster musical journey, leaving them exhausted but wanting more at the end of the show.
Opening with their latest single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’, there was a good mix of songs old an new on show tonight. Nimmo has never hidden his influences and dare I say it .. his voice is more than a match for the great Paul Rodgers. As always it is the drive of the rhythm section Lyndsay Coulson (bass) and Wayne Proctor (drums), that allows Nimmo’s guitar to cut through the mix with his soaring melodic playing. But let’s not forget the Hammond organ of Johnny Dyke, boy can he play a mean keyboard. This, of course, shines, as usual on A Long History of Love and You Stopped the Rain. Rush Hour is already a live staple for the band and soon to join it, no doubt will be Long Time Running.
King King are without a doubt one of the best live bands around at the moment. You cannot fail to be entertained with a show that contains outstanding musicianship alongside such an enormous stage presence. Go and see them now !!!
The tour continues: