What started out as a belated 40th birthday treat has become a bit of an obsession for Steve Perrone. For the past five years he’s put on a variety of gigs with Dan Reed, and in various shapes and forms, including gigs at the Venue, Lymm and the most recent where support band tonight On The Edge provided back-up for half a dozen songs.
This gave Steve the idea to bring two musicians from Sweden who work with Dan in Scandinavia and to give us the Dan Reed Trio. It’s certainly quite a change from when Steve first saw Dan supporting Bon Jovi in 1989.
Anyone who has seen Dan Reed in the UK during the past six years or so will know that he performs in a variety of guises: solo acoustic – at small venues or in house concerts – with Danny Vaughn and this years’ Snake Oil & Harmony tour, with his own electric band, and more significantly with Dan Reed Network.
You could consider the Trio as a half way house, allowing Dan a little more freedom, a little more breathing space, and a little more bottom end for his acoustic leanings. The venue – Lymm Golf Club – was perhaps an unlikely destination and the audience – not unexpectedly – almost wholly partisan. But that didn’t stop two ladies sitting behind us chatting throughout as if at a festive golfers’ wives meeting. This – plus background chatter at the bar – is always a negative and perhaps unexpected at what was originally billed as a “private” concert for the faithful.
Dan is a charismatic performer who always sets the room at ease, even if his opening words were referencing Donald Trump. And for the remainder of a one and a half hour concert he proceeded to caress and challenge in equal measure.
Bassist Bengan Jonasson contributed to the solo albums ‘Coming Up For Air’ and ‘Transmission’ (drummer Robert Iziz also performed on the latter), and a few songs were played including one of the real highlights tonight, ‘Closer’. 2013′s ‘Signal Fire’ also featured whilst ‘Holy Diver’ was a particularly impressive cover version (not that Dan needed to venture from his own very strong material).
With the hoped for sprinklings of Dan Reed Network – and unashamed nostalgia and elation for most – and a particularly virile ‘Get To You’ where Dan enlisted the help of impromptu singer Eileen, this was a warming pre-Xmas diversion. In golfing terms, the 19th hole doesn’t get much better.
It’s been a good year for Dan, and with DRN gigs in March there’s also much to look forward to. Steve Perrone on the other hand is now contemplating his next, personal, twist on the Dan Reed story. Who knows what might happen for his 50th birthday…
Setlist: What Dreams May Come/ Only Love /Coming Up For Air/Rainbow Child/All I Need Is You/Avalanche/Losing My Fear/Holy Diver/Drive/Ritual/Signal Fire/Stronger Than Steel/Closer/Get To You Encore: Long Way To Go
Review and photos by David Randall
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