Monday, 1 March 2010

Review: The Bootleg Sixties, The Riverfront, Newport

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to see some great artists from the 1960s perform at the Newport Riverfront, so I have to admit, I wasn't sure what I’d make of a band that wasn't around in the 1960s playing that particular eras music.

I needn't have worried, our hosts for the evening, The Overtures exploded onto the stage against a back drop of pop culture imagery and historic newsreel footage to the opening bars of the Beatles From Me To You and proceeded to play a lively set that encompassed everything from The Hollies to Simon and Garfunkel.

The Overtures consist of five young accomplished musicians, Den, Phil and Jamie on vocals and guitars along with Dave on drums and Chris on Keyboards. The bands presentation was right on track with faithful renditions of hits such as The Moody Blues’ Go Now and Roy Orbison’s Oh Pretty Woman! and presenting memorable versions of The Doors Light My Fire and The Who’s Pinball Wizard.

The musicians themselves looked like they had stepped right out of the 1960s, guitarist Phil particularly having a striking resemblance to George Harrison and each musician wearing clothes befitting the era from the Cuban heel, flower power shirts to Keith Moon’s striking target sweater!

Each track was played with the verve and energy of which they were originally intended and The Overtures had no problem raising the audience to their feet on more than a few occasions.

The Bootleg Sixties is a magical history tour of 60s music and will certainly be a number one smash on the theatre circuit.

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