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Monday, 26 October 2015

MUSIC REVIEW: Badfinger triumphs at Beverly's Larcom Theatre

Badfinger performs at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly on Saturday, Oct. 10.

If 100 randomly chosen people were hooked up to a lie detector test and asked if they had heard of a band called Badfinger, all who honestly answered “no” would surely pass.
However, three-quarters or so of those same individuals would undoubtedly know most, if not all, of the band’s handful of hits if they were sang to them.
Last Saturday night, lone Badfinger surviving member Joey Molland drew repeated standing ovations from a near capacity crowd at Larcom Theatre. He wasted no time in revving up the entranced attendees, beginning his generous set with “Baby Blue.” Long a classic of 1970s popular music, the song recently acquired instant immortality in television history for having closed out the final episode of “Breaking Bad.” This resulted in Molland appearing on, of all things, “Access Hollywood.”
From there on, Molland and his band delved deeply and into both smash hits and deep cuts from Badfinger’s successful early 70s albums “No Dice” and “Straight Up,” the less memorable 1981 outing “Say No More” and the debut record “Magic Christian Music,” which was released before Molland joined.

Molland handled the vocals on the Paul McCartney-penned “Come and Get It,” (on which he left the singing of the final refrain to the audience), “Without You” (“the Badfinger version,” as he called it, given that Harry Nilsson’s #1 cover is better known), “Day After Day,” and compositions of his own such as the rollicking “I Got You,” the folkish “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” the bluesy jam “Mean Mean Jemima,” and “Vampire Wedding,” the only selection drawn from a Joey Molland solo album, namely, 1992’s “The Pilgrim.”

Say No More
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