Gig review: BONNIE RAITT, Liverpool Empire, 22 June 2013

Bonnie Raitt, Liverpool Empire, 22 June 2013

Bonnie Raitt brought some sunshine of her own to a grey and rainy Saturday night at Liverpool’s old Empire Theatre.  Armed with her famous worn Stratocaster Bonnie played songs from her new ‘Slipstream’ album plus all the old classics and covers this scouse crowd had come to hear.

Opening with ‘Dr Feelgood’ then straight in to ‘Used To Rule The World’ and her lovely cover of Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Right Down The Line’ Bonnie could not put a foot wrong, playing songs from throughout her four-decade career.

When Bonnie took to the to the piano you could hear a pin drop when she performed ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and the song she wrote for her mother ‘Angel From Montgomery’.

Bonnie’s slide playing tonight was note perfect and her voice too and on ‘Lets give them something to talk about’ her vocals had the crowd applauding.

After thanking the Empire audience for 45 years of loyaly Bonnie played a haunting version of  ‘Down To You’, which she had performed on the Jools Holland’s show and joked  it was the first time anyone had reconised the intro and, talking about her performance on stage with the Stones recently Bonnie told the Liverpool crowd “I never feel old when I look at those guys!”

You could not help but warm to Bonnie tonight.  It’s been over seven years since her last album, ‘Souls Alike’, and with ‘Slipstream’ garnering her a 10th Grammy award Bonnie still proves she is still up there with the best of them.

Review and photos by Steve Goudie

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