Gogo / Ivory / Wishbone Ash
15, 2009 - At
"Honerkamps Ballsaal", Melle
venue is one of the best around locally. It’s just a
twenty minute drive from our house. The venue is large
enough, yet small enough to create just
the right atmosphere for an intimate concert. The
people are excellent there, helpful and friendly. The food
is the best as well!
Would you like to know why we’re at this
concert in the first place?
To see and support our old / new friend Mr. David Gogo
came out tonight, expecting to see David perform a full
one hour set, if not a little longer. But what we got was
David playing very quickly for only half an hour – and
not a minute more. He came on and went off in a blink of
an eye. How disappointing,
really needs to put his own show together, and get on the
road alone, and not as support act. But, it’s almost
impossible to come to Europe to play as a solo attraction
/ artists. Even to break out of Canada to the States is a
struggle these days.
be fair, David was asked to join Wishbone Ash, to play
with the band during their last two numbers. David’s
talent was wasted on this, as he became muffled /
muted between all the other wailing guitars. It was so
unfortunate, so unnecessary and so useless to have him up
there – clear the stage and let David play his heart out
- that should be the rule.
could write a book on why I don’t like this band. I
never have liked their music and never will….and
tonight’s performance didn’t alter my thinking one
iota ( not one little bit).
guitar solos are not to my liking, the vocals were weak,
the drumming was the best part, yet the message was
delivered to their loyal following in attendance.
never my intent to slam any band in my reviews, I just
call it as I see it and try to avoid any pre-prejudice
that I may have had.
part of the review is easy, and will be brief and succinct.
fans who came out to see Wishbone Ash got their money’s
worth. The band played well enough to suit their loyal
following. The audience members don’t dance in a rock
frenzy, they sort of sway to and fro to the music, kind of
in a hypnotic state of numbness. Once long ago they would
have been drug induced, and now, just on a natural high.
Even their alcohol consumption is well within legal
guidelines. Kindergarten people, now hooked on graham
crackers and skim milk. While the band raised their
plastic bottles of water in their direction to show
solidarity, or in this case Solid-Dairy-Tea.
Predictable and Boring – powdered milk with luke warm
I said, just not my cup of tea, and the only original
member in the band is Andy Powell.
Wishbone wasn’t to my liking, then the second warm up
band to perform was even worse.
band called Ivory. Must be a local band, never heard of
them – wasn’t expecting them and they weren’t even
mentioned before we came to this gig.
guys made Wishbone look good. This band seemed like
they just blew in from a Grateful Dead Concert somewhere
in the cosmos.
But play they did, and every song sounded exactly the same. A set pattern, of riff,
rhythm and lead guitar break…wailing guitar duo's,
guaranteed to drive you out of your mind. But
the band had a good time as did the audience, so who am I
to judge? I'm not one of Jerry's kids!
by Dave and Brigitte