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Saturday 28 May 2022.

Saturday 28 May 2022. NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS live at The Roundhouse. This is the second of two shows at this venue on their UK tour. Nathaniel Rateliff is an American singer and songwriter based in Denver, Colorado, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues.Rateliff has performed with a backing band called the Night Sweats for an R&B side project he formed in 2013. He has released three solo albums, two solo EPs, and one album as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel. The video of their track S.O.B. Son Of A Bitch (Official) has had over 80 million views on YouTube. He got his first major UK exposure on the Later with Jools Holland tv show in 2011. On his last UK tour in 2019 he headlined Hammersmith Apollo. ----------- Tonight is not sold out, but maybe a healthy 90% of tickets sold. BRITTNEY SPENCER arrived on stage at 8pm for her 45 mins set. Brittney Spencer is a black American country singer–songwriter with a fantastic powerful voice. She has also released several singles, including the excellent 2021's "Sober & Skinny", which she performed tonight along with a couple of covers "9 to 5" and "These Boots Were Made For Walking". NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS arrived on stage at 9.15pm for their 95 mins set. The band arrive on stage , and it looks like they use old style 1970s amps and microphones. The band sound tight as they mix rock & soul with the three man brass/horn section and keyboards. Hints of Van Morrison type vocals and the band hints of The Commitments. The singer also gives some nice white boy dance move shuffles every now and then. Lots of good songs played including "You Worry Me" and "A Little Honey" and the last 30 mins certainly went a bit more uptempo as "Intro" and "I Need Never Get Old" got folks dancing and encores including "Out On The Weekend" and everyone raised their glasses and sang loudly to an extended version of their most well known track "S.O.B." A really good show. --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Friday 27 May 2022. TOM ROBINSON BAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Tom Robinson is 72 on 01 June but this show was an originally a show for his 70th birthday. Tom Robinson is s British singer-songwriter, bassist, radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist, best known for the hits "Glad to Be Gay" and "2-4-6-8 Motorway", with his Tom Robinson Band. He later peaked at No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart with his solo hit "War Baby". I have seen Tom Robinson over a dozen times since the late 1970s. ------------------- Only around 800 folks here tonight, as level 3 is closed and there is spare space in the other levels. TOM ROBINSON arrived on stage at 7.40pm to thank everyone for coming to his belated 70th birthday party gig and he played a couple of songs "The Winter Of 79" and "Fifty now Eighty " before the four supports performed. His BBC 6 music DJ colleague Steve Lamacq is the compčre for the evening. At 7.50pm EMILY BARKER performed three acoustic songs. At 8.10pm IAN MCNABB performed three acoustic songs, including two of his hits he had with The Icicle Works back in the 1980s "Birds Fly - Whisper To A Scream" and "Love Is A Wonderful Colour". At 8.30pm LISA KNAPP performed two acoustic songs. At 8.45pm TV SMITH performed three songs with a band who featured Tom Robinson on bass. As it was a special show , there were no big punk classics from his 1970s punk band The Adverts. TOM ROBINSON BAND arrived on stage at 9.25pm and played for 85 mins. As expected it is mainly an older audience here, who remember Tom from 40 years ago. Peter Tatchell and Tom Robinson were campaigning for human rights , racism and the gay community long before the term LGBT was even thought about. Tom pulled out a double spread from The People newspaper expose on him from the 1980s. The hard to believe title said "Britain's Number One Gay Man Falls In Love With A Woman". Tom was a gay man for many years, then married a woman and had children. Tom is looking good for nearly 72 and has a lovely relaxed stage manner and banter that we all love. At the start of the encore , Tom was presented with a birthday cake with the TRB logo on the front as all the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to him. Loads of top notch songs with superb lyrics played in his great set including... Atmospherics - Listen To The Radio Grey Cortina Martin Too Good To Be True (Dedicated to original TRB guitarist Danny Kustow RIP) War Baby Glad to be Gay Up Against The Wall ( with Ian McNabb) 2-4-6-8 Motorway Encore : Only The Now Power In The Darkness (with all support acts joining him on stage)