Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Review: Roy Wood, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Roy Wood in concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall
Roy Wood in concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall
WELL, we wish it could be Christmas every day.
Because Brummie rock legend Roy Wood’s 40th anniversary celebration of his festive hit was a CRACKER.
Make no mistake, this was a Wizzard night out at Birmingham’s showpiece Symphony Hall. And like the best presents under the tree, last night’s show was packed with surprises.
Setting out his rock and roll stall with Move classic California Man, Woody played an unashamedly singalong set.
From his Move days also came Call The Fire Brigade, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain – the song that was the first ever played by Radio One – and an updated Blackberry Way.
Brassy Wizzard hits Ball Park Incident, Angel Fingers, R U Red E 2 Rock and See My Baby Jive all got dusted off, powered by the horns of Paul and Jim Corry, James Russell and Boysey Battrum. There were unexpected spots, too, for lesser-known fan favourites Kiss Me Goodnight Boadecia and New York City.
But those surprises.
A surprise 15-minute reflection on growing old by Brummie comic Jasper Carrott, who has known Woody for the best part of 50 years, warmed up the crowd.

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