Shaky has had a busy time of it recently and is touring the UK once more. The Fairfield Hall in Croydon was where Shakin' Stevens stamped his passport to more chart success. He opened the set with Honey Hush, with his fans clapping and swaying where they sat, itching to get up and dance. Shaky followed with some new successful arrangements of selected hits including You Drive Me Crazy and Give Me Your Heart Tonight. However, the songs with support artist Rosie Flores, So Glad Your Mine and Hot Dog, would have been received with more enthusiasm had Shaky sung them solo. We were treated to more 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 forthcoming CD.
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 don't believe that any of these fans thought they were going to enjoy an opera! I imagine Shaky was pleased to see people enjoying themselves at last when the die hard said enough is enough and rushed the staged and let loose!
The set closed with the predictable 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 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!
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