14 april 2004

Photo's from the Heemskerk Gig by Paul de Kock here

Photo's at the bluescafe website : www.bluescafe.nl 

13 april 2004

http://www.novaclassicrock.nl/concert_legends.php

    Foto's door Joleen & James Jansen

Nova Classic Rock recensie en foto's. Dank aan Hilco Arendshorst

Tjonge wat een geweldig optreden was dat van de John Lawton Band. Wat een
wereldzanger en wat een topband. Wij, de bandleden van Sinister Purpose,
hebben ons kostelijk vermaakt. Ik heb foto's van het Lawton-gebeuren in
Amersfoort op onze band-site gezet.


http://www.xs4all.nl/~jhkorpel/sinisterpurpose/bandpics03/johnlawton001/page.html


Rene de Koeijer

 

12 april 2004

Nieuwe foto's van Evert Achterberg en Rene en Riet Yntema ( Bluescafe Apeldoorn)

Heemskerk 10 april 2004

Nu de derde avond was de band nog meer op elkaar ingespeeld. Deze set zou moeten worden opgenomen voor een DVD hoorde je de fans en de band zelf zeggen. In het gezelllig volle Donkey Shot in Heemskerk vlogen de vonken er weer van af. Van voor tot achter werd geswingd, geklapt en meegezongen. Heemskerk zal nooit meer het zelfde zijn. Met dank aan de fantastische organisatie ter plaatse..

Op naar The Borderline in Diest België..

Apeldoorn 9 april 2004

"Het was een geweldige avond daar in het cafe van Jan.In een fantastische sfeer en met het voculair van een andere "Jan"."

Herman en Marlies Baars

Het Bluescafe zat bomvol. Het publiek reageerde laaiend enthousiast. Steve Dunning vierde zijn verjaardag. Het in Apeldoorn tot hitsong gebombardeerde A SHOULDER TO CRY ON bracht alles en iedereen in grote vervoering...het 13 minuten durende FREE ME was als afsluiter..( met de befaamde bas en drum solo )  de absolute top van de avond...

Vele fans waren zo onder de indruk dat ze ter plekke besloten vanavond terug te komen!


Het bleef nog lang gezellig in Apeldoorn, de stemming in de tourbus was opperbest.
Up to Heemkerk....er zijn nog een paar nieuwe live cd's te koop. Wees er snel bij...
Heep on!

Louis Rentrop

Review by rock nation Belgium : http://www.rocknation.be/lawton.html

Thanks to Franky!

JLB Weert 08/04/04 

Een gezellig vol café de Triangel ging uit zijn dak gisteravond. The John Lawton Band is in topvorm.....

John heeft me gevraagd niet te vertellen welke Heepnummers  de band speelt, maar wees er zeker van vanavond in Apeldoorn zal niemand teleurgesteld worden....

Drummer Benjy ging zelfs zo te keer dat hij op een zeker moment tijdens zijn drumsolo van het podium door de klapdeuren naar buiten verdween....

Thats rock & roll....

Wij zien jullie vanavond....of had je nog twijfels? Nee toch!!!!
Heep on!

© G.Rappard

Louis Rentrop

Shaking The Tale Mini-tour day one: Weert (NL) 08/04/04 The mini tour through the Netherlands and Belgium kicked off in rock café De Triangel. As usual, my partner in crime was my father, he who had set me on my musical journey. After a relatively short trip by car we arrived in the very lovely, cozy Dutch town called Weert. 

We asked a couple of people for directions (amongst them two Germans, who immediately knew the way - geez I wonder why THEY were in town :) and set for De Triangel. Nearing the pub we noticed Staf, surrounded by a bunch of familiar faces. We had found the John Lawton Band : But not the entrance to the diner where they were seated : 

Anyway, there were handshakes and warm welcomes and "how you been" all over. I talked a bit with Benji about his other band, the Snowdogs and asked Erol what to expect of the show. He told me it'd definitely be a heavier set than the last time I saw them, which was over a year ago, when both Benji and Leon made their debut performance (and where the idea for the Clan was born ) … We went to the pub where the gig would take place, and I met up with Renate Fischer and some of her friends. 

Good to finally see you in person Renate, although we didn't get to chat much. Since I had never been backstage, I decided to go for it and join the rest of the band. It wasn't as glorious as you'd expect it to be though. Sure, there was free booze and ample space, but no women in sight 9 Bummer : Anyway, I watched the guys warm up, and even got to play Steve's bass a bit. As usual, in situations like those you tend to forget all the good chops 9 Anyway, on to the music. 

The band hit the stage and were given a warm welcome by the crowd. They started the set of with "Take You High" off Sting In The Tale, same as they do on the new live album Shaking The Tale and with that one song it became clear to me that they have evolved light years since that first gig last year at the Spirit Of '66. They were good then, they were excellent this time. After "Take You High" followed a very varied set list, consisting of JLB originals, some tracks from John's past with Lucifer's Friend and some Uriah Heep, for good measure. 

Of course there was the occasional mistake, but this was the first time in a while that the lads had played together, and frankly I don't think a lot of people noticed : Highlights definitely include "King Con", a track I never really liked on the cd (sorry Steve) but that really comes across excellently live. Very cool also to see Steve play guitar and Erol play bass on that one. Another highlight was the LF track "Moonshine Rider". I wasn't familiar with this track, and when Erol started his guitar solo that led into "MR" I really expected to hear the Heepsong "Sympathy". Speaking of Heep, of all the Heepsongs they played I liked "The Hanging Tree" best. 

This song really rocks, no need to say more : The set came to an end with "Free Me", during which Steve Dunning proved once and for all that he really deserves the nickname "Stunning Dunning" !! Damn that man can play, he showed some of his best chops, including slapping 'n' popping and some nice, tasteful harmonics… Steve's solo led into Benji's drum solo. There's a reason why this man is called "Animal" (well, there's probably more than one reason for that :) and he really showed us that he is one of the finer drummers in the scene. 

At one point he dropped a drum stick, but just incorporated that into the solo, took another and carried on. No one noticed, really … But then something happened that no one could have possibly imagined, ever. At a certain point in the solo there was this look of amazement on Benji's face as he was apparently leaning backwards. And then it seemed as if he'd taken a big backwards dive and he had just disappeared into the backstage area. 

The crowd, thinking it was all part of the act, loved it. But since Benji did not return, John went to take a look … Out came Benji, holding his sticks in a victorious pose, and then carrying on with his solo as if nothing had happened … Classic, it was rock history written there and then. After the concert was over I proceeded to the backstage area to congratulate the guys with a great first show of the mini-tour. 

And, of course, to have em sign my newly obtained copy of the Shaking The Tale cd : Can't wait 'till Sunday, when they'll be playing very near to my hometown in Diest.

 

David Amendolara

Apeldoorn 9 april 2004

Het Bluescafe zat bomvol. Het publiek reageerde laaiend enthousiast. Steve Dunning vierde zijn verjaardag. Het in Apeldoorn tot hitsong gebombardeerde A SHOULDER TO CRY ON bracht alles en iedereen in grote vervoering...het 13 minuten durende FREE ME was als afsluiter..( met de befaamde bas en drum solo )  de absolute top van de avond...

Vele fans waren zo onder de indruk dat ze ter plekke besloten vanavond terug te komen!

Het bleef nog lang gezellig in Apeldoorn, de stemming in de tourbus was opperbest.
Up to Heemkerk....er zijn nog een paar nieuwe live cd's te koop. Wees er snel bij...
Heep on!

Louis Rentrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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