Leicester, 13 December 2010

The Classic Rock ShowA review of the Leicester show from the BritFloyd fan forum:

Last night at Leicester de Montfort Hall exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Just three shows into their UK tour, TACRS sounded like they had been on the road for years, with a setlist that effortlessly plundered Supertramp, Dire Straits, Led Zep, Steely Dan, Genesis, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who (setlist below). The show is punctuated with animations of Skippy chilling out to his record collection, but during the numbers, the music says it all.

It's almost impossible to single out any part of the show, but I'll try. The Dire Straits section was perfection, with Howie G doing an amazing Mark Knofler, both vocally and on guitar. The Led Zep tracks rocked up to the interval in style, finishing with a stunning Stairway to Heaven. Damian Darlington's customary showstopper, Comfortably Numb was on fire as ever, but was topped by Bobby Harrison and Howie on duelling guitars during Freebird, followed by an even more amazing Won't Get Fooled Again.

Vocalists Andy Gibson, Carl Sentance and Amy Smith handled everything with ease and added a great stage presence. The Swiss Army knife of the band, Carl Brunsdon lent his talents on sax, percussion and bass. The twin keyboards of Rob Stringer and Rick Benbow rocked and, last but not least, Arrun Ahmun was relentless on the drum kit, taking on some of the most challenging drum parts in rock history.

If you've got any doubts about going to see a 'covers' band, think again. This is one of the best live rock shows you will ever see, played by the most amazing musicians, each road hardened by thousands of live shows across the world. If you're getting the impression I liked it a little bit, you'd be right.

First Set
Bloody Well Right
Hide In Your Shell

Dire Straits:
Telegraph Road
Private Investigations

Led Zep:
Black Dog
Rock & Roll
The Battle of Evermore
Stairway to Heaven

Second Set
Steely Dan:
Do it Again
Haitian Divorce
Black Friday

I Know What I Like

The Eagles:
Hotel California
Life's Been Good
Life in the Fast Lane

Pink Floyd:
Happiest Days of our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Comfortably Numb

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird
The Who: Won't Get Fooled Again