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Sunday 12 June 2022.

Saturday 11 June 2022. MICHAEL HEAD & THE RED ELASTIC BAND live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Michael Head (now aged 60) is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is most famous as the lead singer and songwriter for Shack and The Pale Fountains, both of which also feature his younger brother John Head.Though the bands never achieved mainstream success, they have a strong following and NME have described him as "a lost genius and among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation". The day before this show his new album "Dear Scott" entered the UK charts at number six. Produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and already reaping a rich harvest of 4 & 5 star and 9/10 reviews, Dear Scott looks like it’s going to fit right in amongst the best of Head’s glorious body of work. The ‘Scott’ in Dear Scott is F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great biographer of the US Jazz Age. After going through what could generously be described as a lean period, Fitzgerald tried his hand at becoming a Hollywood screen-writer. On checking into the famous Garden of Allah Hotel that was to be his base, he picked up a postcode and wrote to himself, ‘Dear Scott, How are you? Have been meaning to come and see you…’. With the obvious parallels between the two artists careers – early success, fallow years, over use of drugs/alcohol, and resurgence – it is easy to see how Fitzgerald’s story becomes a source of inspiration for Head. ------------------- Levels 2 and 3 are closed tonight,so maybe just 700 folks here. Many in the crowd are Liverpudlians who are supporting one of their own. RIANNE DOWNEY & BAND arrived on stage at 8.15pm for their 30 mins set. They played a decent set of country tinged songs. MICHAEL HEAD & THE RED ELASTIC BAND arrived on stage at 9.05pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. There are eight musicians on stage including a cello player and a two man brass section who loved pulling some lively dancing whenever they could. The set ticked along nicely with many tracks from the new album and great to hear several Shack songs in the second half of the set, including "Undecided", "Meant To Be", and encores ""Pull Together" and "Comedy". Constant chants of "We Love You Mick" throughout the show from the loyal audience. Any enjoyable show. ------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------ Friday 10 June 2022 ROACHFORD live Shepherds Bush Empire. Roachford had a great hit single called "Cuddly Toy" back in 1988. He is currently co-singer in Mike & The Mechanics when they tour. I have seen both these acts a few times. Roachford will be promoting his most recent album "Twice In A Lifetime" Andrew Roachford's 11th solo album comes after a solo hiatus of seven years. ------------- Level 3 is closed and Level 2 is half empty so maybe only 700 or 800 tickets sold. PRESIDENT STREET arrived on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. They hail from Australia but start off badly as the drum machine they are using fails. Ruby the singer is a complete stunner, in her glittery short silver dress and thigh high boots. The songs were decent enough breezy pop tunes. ROACHFORD arrived on stage at 9pm for his 1 hour 40 mins set Odd that the main set was a short 60 mins, and the encore was a long 40 mins. Roachford spent much of the show behind his trademark keyboards. I love his Brit Soul voice and his friendly stage banter throughout the show. The main set featured half a dozen tracks from the new album and a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". Encores included the sole Mike & The Mechanics gem "Over My Shoulder". The two best songs of the night were at the end of the night , which were a stunning extended version of "Cuddly Toy" and his other big hit "Only To Be With You". A very enjoyable show.