King King in Liverpool: an evening of pure quality Blues Rock

Live Review

King King. Photo by Terry Marland.

By Terry Marland, Rock At Night Wales

Review: King King and When Rivers Meet at Grand Central Hall, Liverpool, UK – Saturday, October 16, 2021

When Rivers Meet

When Rivers Meet. Photo by Terry Marland.

When Rivers Meet comprise of husband and wife team Aaron and Grace Bond who together provide a rich mix of Blues Rock that has won them a growing following of fans and multiple awards at this years’ UK Blues Awards. With their new album Saving Grace out soon and with a headline UK tour set for next year, their star is in the ascendency. Both members of the band play a wide range of instruments with Grace providing dynamic vocals augmented by Aaron’s rich harmonies.

Most of tonight’s audience has arrived by the time the band takes to the stage and a large cheer greets them as they rip into their first number, a stomping version of “Did I Break the Law?”.  Their well formatted half hour set is interspersed with good humour, tales about touring in a “crappy old VW van” and reminders about next year’s tour  before concluding with a blistering version of “Feel it in my Bones” that has the audience shouting for more. On this showing their forthcoming headline tour is going to be one to watch out for.

King King

King King. Photo by Terry Marland.

The band stride onto the stage to the sounds of ACDC’s “Highway to Hell”.  The familiar kilted  figure of Alan Nimmo stands centre stage arms aloft, and greets the audience “Good evening Liverpool I want to hear some noise from you lot tonight O.K.  Are you ready?”  As the crowd roars their response, the band launches into “(She Don’t) Gimme No Loving” and “Fire in My Soul”, setting the tone for the rest of the evening.  The current line up alongside Nimmo features his brother Stevie (guitar), Jonny Dyke (organ/piano), Zander Greenshields (bass) and Andrew Scott (drums). This is the second night of the tour and the band is note perfect and firing on all cylinders.

The set features a rich mixture of tracks including five songs from 2020’s Maverick album and the Liverpool crowd is lapping it up. Alan Nimmo engages with the audience throughout and the crowd get the opportunity to join in with some vigour, notably on “You Stopped the Rain” and “Rush Hour”.

King King. Photo by Terry Marland.

The main set concludes with a powerhouse version of “I will not Fall” before an encore that includes  a poignant  “When my Winter Comes” with vocals that  Alan Nimmo delivers from the heart . It’s a special moment.

The evening concludes with “Let Love In” and the crowd goes home happy in the knowledge that they have seen a performance of pure quality blues rock from a pure quality band.

The tour continues…..

19/10/21 Bexhill – The De La Warr Pavillion

20/10/21 Bilston – The Robin 2

22/10/21 Cambridge Junction

24/10/21 Edinburgh – Queens Hall

King King are on tour again next February with special guests The Damn Truth.

 

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