Saturday, 31 May 2008
Average White Band, ABC Glasgow
(Suffice to say it was a very funky night - Madaleine Pritchard really came into her own when she joined the AWB on stage to have a bit of a jam. For a 'wee wuman' she's got quite a set of lungs on her! She was very good with her support band before, but the group lacked the fluid comfort of familiarity and was not as 'together' as when she had her 'walk on' role later.
Poignant moments of the band themselves? They all played a blistering set, but I really enjoyed the voice of Klyde Jones - wow! That dude can sing. A lot of great classics. Incidently on my walk to the ABC there was a band playing 'Pick Up the Pieces' in Bloc, and they were great - I had to have a wee nip in to look incase it was the AWB doing a warm up sesh before their ABC gig!)
Of course, it's not the original line up which would be impossible. But I'm going along in hope to capture the essence of what they are today.
They play tonight at the ABC, doors open at 7pm. Support by Madaleine Pritchard.
Apparently Alan Gorrie (bass, lead vocals) and Onnie McIntyre (vocals,rythm guitar) are the only original members still playing with the group, the others being Klyde Jones (guitar, keyboard, lead vocals), Fred Vigdor (sax, keyboard, vocals) and Rocky Bryant on drums.
The other original members were Hamish Stuart, Malcolm 'Molly' Duncan, Roger Ball, Steve Ferrone, Elliot Lewis and Robbie MacIntosh (drummer) who tragically died of an overdose aged 24 at a celebrity party in Hollywood.
It's stated that the band formed in Glasgow, though a few of the members came from Dundee including Ball and Duncan who were studying at Duncan of Jordanstone. I wonder what they studied, and if it was as brilliant as some of the departments were when I was there. I shall try and find out tonight.
Their support Madaleine Pritchard is a Glasgow based soul singer. She's got a couple of nice tunes on Myspace.