LIVE: Fairfield Halls, Croydon 2000
has had a busy time of it recently and is touring the UK once more.
At the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, Shakin' Stevens stamped his passport
to more chart success with another hot performance. Shaky opened with
the driving rocker Honey Hush, his fans itching to get up and dance. There
was a sense of dissatisfaction among the army of faithful fans because
of the strict no standing policy - what was the point? This was a rock
concert after all. I imagine Shaky was pleased to see people enjoying
themselves at last when the die hard said enough is enough and rushed
the staged to let loose!
Shaky followed with some new successful arrangements of hits including
You Drive Me Crazy and Give Me Your Heart Tonight. We were treated to
rockin' country blues in the form of How Could You Be Like That, I Ain't
Never and True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, perhaps to be featured on
a speculated forthcoming CD.
The set closed with a predictable rockin' finale of It's Late, Tear It
Up, This Ole House and So Long Baby Goodbye.
A release is now required to keep the bandwagon rolling, but I felt some
despondency among the fans who feel it's not going to happen - recording
continues but apparently so does the search for a decent record deal.
Shakin' Stevens is a class rock'n'roll act supported by a class rock'n'roll
band - the holiday circuit can wait a bit longer!
D - 2000