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Kulturwerkstatt Melle-Buer - 30. October 2009

























































Photos and Concert Review by Brigitte and Dave


Savoy Brown – Concert Review

October 30, 2009 (Friday Night)

Kim Simmonds – Guitar –Vocals – Harp                                   

Gary Sorrentino - Bass Guitar – Backing Vocals

Mario Staiano - Drums - Backing Vocals



Savoy Brown is now a three piece band that is continuing the same tradition that they started back in the 1960’. Quality rock and blues performed with the finest musicians available….and no exception here. These “Boogie Brothers” are now covering new areas  in a European tour, this stop was their second to last in Melle - Germany.


Great Anticipation: 

The band came on stage right on time, the audience anticipating a good time, knowing the bands reputation but not knowing  if they still had the chops to be classified as “Would Definitely See Again” status. Brigitte and I are here to tell you that we checked the box marked “Incredible Awesome Performance” Bar none! I’ll try to give this review as much life and excitement as we received from them on  this night.


Set List:

  1. Long As I've Got You  
  2. Louisiana Blues
  3. Monday Morning Blues 
  4. Needle and Spoon
  5. Where Has Your Heart Gone
  6. Poor Girl
  7. Too Much Of A Good Thing
  8. Ain't Going Down
  9. Out Of The Blue  
  10. Leaving Again
  11. Keep On Rolling / It Hurts Me Too
  12. Wang Dang Doodle
  13. Hellbound Train
  14. Tell Mama
  15. Savoy Brown Boogie
  16. Street Corner Talking


Kim Simmonds: At 61 - He still has something to offer that most musicians have lost,  passion and a deep desire to keep on, keeping on. While talking with Kim after the show, I told him that he hasn’t changed a bit since 1972, I also explained that I had no reason to brown-nose him, or fluff his ego, it was just true. I also mentioned to him that during the show he showed no signs of boredom and he was intent on getting  his music out there more than anything else.

On this night nothing was rushed, it was all very laid back and comfortable for musicians and audience alike.  

In between each number Kim would chat with us about different things. He told us he is of German decent and his name is Ackerman. On the other side of his family was the Simmonds. He was born in Wales, and as with Richard Burton and Tom Jones the Simmonds family members were coal miners.   Kim spent five minutes relaying  this story to us, and the German audience even caught his humour  and burst out laughing with him in the appropriate sections.

Kim doesn’t do an act, he doesn’t play that phoney rock star crap for anyone, or for any amount of money and never has to my knowledge. As he told me himself, he like to fly under the radar screen. Kim is modest, humble and decent. To this day, he has a following that you just wouldn’t believe, they all come out to see him play.

When talking to the two other members of this trio, I am pleasantly amazed that the band has many discussions on how the performance went on that night as well as keeping their sense of direction and balance. As told to me, we don’t phone in the performance, it’s either real and emotional, or we don’t do it, simple as that. The drummer told me that they mostly agree on everything they do, although once in awhile when someone disagrees with some aspect of the performance or tour, they all sit down and hash it out together until the situation is resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

On stage Kim has a very unique playing style, and presence. What he does is relate to the audience exactly how he’s feeling, as if he’s playing just for you personally.

What he doesn’t do is posture, pose or show any false pretence, what you are getting is all real and honest, through and through.

Kim is a tried and true Rock & Blues veteran. As for Savoy Brown as a band, well friends they have had a few dozen personal changes over the years. It was explained to me this way:

“Let’s say you’re walking down a street in New York City, you stop and ask one hundred people about Savoy Brown, you’ll soon find out that twenty of them have been in the band at one time or another, or have had some affiliation with the band”.  Which made me laugh, it’s so true, well it seems like that at times. Even our friend Ric Lee the one and only drummer for Ten Years After did a short stint with Savoy Brown on one of their tours, with Nathaniel Peterson on vocals and bass guitar.

Kim did say something that sounded a little trouble-some to me: “Do you remember record albums?” he asked “Well they are virtually a thing of the past, as is Savoy Brown – people now don’t even realize our place in musical history, they don’t have a clue any longer”.  The old fans are getting older and dying off, and the new fans have only read about us in music history  books. Kim’s voice was very solemn, sad and spoke of loss, but I unequivocally disagree with his assessment. The music transition is far from complete, youngsters of say six years old to young adults  their mid twenties are listening to the classic bands of the 1960’s and early 1970’s for the first time – the blues are very much alive – and rock and roll will never die. We understand your concern Kim, but check out what your friend Ric Lee and Ten Years After are doing NOW. Just a fantastic continuation of an outstanding band for all ages! 


The Performance:

Was tight by musicians – was loose by choice and feel – and kept interesting by the band and the audiences participation. Stories in between from Kim, and an audience standing / sitting in silent respect as he spoke. Kim talked in a quiet normal voice, with no problem….he also smiled a lot as he’d tune his guitar that was being stubborn under the hot lights. Kim at one point respectfully asked that the hot spot light be turned off for awhile, as it was sitting directly above his head.  

The songs were played at longer than album length, roughly eight to twelve minutes each. Maybe fifteen or longer for “Hellbound Train” and “Tell Mama”.

During each song some surprise would occur, some riff, some band member would play something unique or Kim would bounce around the stage and play closer to the bass player or drummer. Kim may be the leader but you never get that idea by watching him work, because his work is also his play. He’s just one of the boys in the band.

Another surprise - he asked us if the band sounded good? He then said “I have always wanted to hear it from your point of view”, and with that he jumped off the stage, and right into the middle of the audience and put his arms right around my girlfriend Brigitte! The audience, band, Brigitte and Kim all loved it.


A Great Audience:

At the beginning of the show, when Kim and band entered, and we all said to ourselves, yep that’s Kim Simmons alright and the applause finally died down, there was a respectful silence. Until Kim was ready to speak, he tuned his guitar, and then explained how they did it the old fashioned way in the old days – basically just plug in and play and most times out of tune. Now with this electronic tuner there’s no thinking involved. I’m sure Kim was going to elaborate on this topic by saying that it’s so hard to play the old song now when they are in tune they loose some of their heart and soul by being too clinically clean and not so rough, raw and earthy sounding. In fact on two songs Kim tuned up the old fashioned way and a little out of tune on purpose he told us.

German audiences are the best in the world for many reasons. Here’s a few prime examples:

They don’t shout song request unless asked for from the artists on stage. You can move anywhere in the room without a problem, at any time, to get a drink, go to the bathroom or take photos.

Case in point, Kim got down on his knees and was really into the song he was doing. There was a very quiet section and the audience froze for as long as that solemn part continued.

No one took any photos, or made a sound, everyone stood perfectly still, all eyes fixed to the stage and watching Kim play his heart out. The artist respect for the audience returned in kind back to the artists. Wonderful and rare to see most times. Brigitte was standing right next to another photographer and there were two others over by the wall with cameras at their side. No one in the venue set off a flash during this time, or clicked a photo that I was aware of.

On another note, Brigitte and I know 75% of the people in attendance, the venue owners, the roadies and their agent who comes to every show. All the regulars, and die hard blues fans all.

It is a great pleasure to know these people, as we have built up long lasting friendships with them in the last seven years – just a music loving family. Our thanks to everyone of them!   


Meeting The Band:

The best part about a small club like this is, it’s small. The band has nowhere to hide, they have to pack up their equipment and this takes time. During this period they are accessible and available for a personal chats and questions. This band in particular is really into their fan base throughout the world.

After kindly signing our guestbook, I went between the bass player and the drummer for a chat. If another fan wanted something from the musicians I would talk with who ever was available. The great part for me which I neglected to mention is that these musicians are from my home state New York. One is from Brooklyn and the other from Long Island and this fed right into my English speaking upbringing. Home guys, a real pleasure for me. Kim I was told is living on the West Coast / California I believe.


A Short Chat with Kim Simmonds:

Two of the people that I really wanted to meet all my life were Kim Simmonds and Peter Green. In a five day period I accomplished both and at the same venue in Germany.

Hard to believe my good luck and fortune.

Kim, have you got a minute to chat I asked, sure always for a fan, what do you need he asked?

Brigitte and I have a present for you, and I handed him the Ten Years After book written by Herb Staehr, hello from Ric Lee also Kim and we’re also friends with Nathanial Peterson – great great as his eyes focused on me in a different way. I had a great time with Ric on that tour, I must phone him up again. Kim skimmed through the book two or three times while we stood there…first putting his glasses on and laughing, you’re 60 I said – 61 he corrected me, so you earned the right to wear glasses don’t ya think Kim…again his friendly laugh.

He mentioned his children in passing, I said how many do you have Kim? Three he replied as he told me their ages with real pride as only a  father can.


The Band About Kim:

They’ve been with him for five years and known him longer, and they are amazed by the people who come out to see him and the band, how humble Kim is in every area, and how many guitar legends he has known over the years and played with, on stage and off. The list is a who’s who of Rock and Blues that’s almost endless.

In Conclusion:

Everything was great, a perfect evening was had by all. Brigitte, Reinhard, Myself, Wolfgang and Birgit…….this was another dream come true.

On Wednesday of next week we meet another living legend Mr. Peter Green right here at the same venue, we bought our tickets in advance.  




After the show


Wolfgang and Birgit Pilgrim

Wolfgang, Dave, Birgit






Kim with Herb Staehr's Book "Alvin Lee & Ten Years After" - A Visual History










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