• JFolder::create: Could not create directory

Concert Reviews

Ben Poole (2019) Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 20, 2019    
0.0 (0)
3530   0   0   0   0   0

Ben Poole - Old School House, Barnsley (UK) - 23 July 2019

Blues artist Ben Poole picked the hottest week of the year to play three dates in the UK to record his forthcoming live album, his first since 2014's 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall'. I picked the first of the three, at the Old School House in Barnsley, just twenty minutes up the road from my home. I think one of the main reasons Poole picked this venue was for the good acoustics, another being the fantastic crowd reaction he always receives in South Yorkshire. The approximate seventy-five in attendance, at times, sounded like three times that number; however, they were impeccably behaved during the quieter periods, and only once did Poole have to tell an over-enthusiastic female punter to be quiet. Those who have read my previous review of Poole at the same venue will be pleased to hear that "Uncle Knobhead" was nowhere to be seen or heard; obviously passed out in the midday sun earlier in the day!

Fortunately, the Barnsley air conditioning was in full effect; leaving the door open for an extra five seconds when someone popped out to the bathroom, or fanning oneself with a beer mat. I must admit, I cannot ever remember quite so many people going to the bar and coming back with pints of water.
This evening Poole was playing as a trio, ably supported by Steve Amadeo on bass and King King drummer Wayne Proctor. The thirteen-song set was primarily made up of tracks from Poole's last two studio albums, 2018's 'Anytime You Need Me' and 2016's 'Time Might Come'.

The set opened with 'Take It No More' and 'Win You Over' and there was no warming up needed as Poole and his two band mates were on fire from the get-go. His interaction with his audience is always amiable and symbiotic. He amusingly announced "It's a bit hot", which would make an apt album title, even if it was the understatement of the evening.

Poole put his inimitable Blues spin on 'Start The Car', the original being an Americana/ AOR song by Jude Cole. Technical issues with the microphone stand above Proctor's head (it appeared to have wilted in the heat) gave the band a well deserved breather, if only a few songs into the two hour set. A further cover followed by way of Freddie King's 'Have You Ever Love A Woman' which started with an infeasibly great solo and continued with more inconceivably excellent solos throughout, leading to a massive ovation at its climax. Fan favourite 'Question Why' was up next, and is always a welcome staple of a Poole set. Extended versions (as they all were this evening) of 'Further On Down The Line' and the beautiful ballad 'Don't Cry For Me' featured from his last studio opus, whilst 'Love You Too Much' was started again after a false start. I must admit not to noticing anyone messing up the beginning.

Poole's solos were, as always, beautifully executed throughout and rarely repeated, as demonstrated during 'Lying To Me', 'Found Out The Hard Way' and 'Stay At Mine'. The pace may vary, but what never changes is the pure sweat (literally this evening) and emotion he puts into every performance.
'Anytime You Need Me' featured a bass solo by Amadeo, who bares a passing resemblance to Van Halen's Michael Anthony, and who must have been the coolest person in the building, looking like he had not even broken sweat. Poole, on the other hand, looked like he had just stepped out the shower and was constantly towelling himself and his guitar down in between each song. The latter made his performance even more remarkable than normal.

The three musicians left the stage to a rapturous reception, to return a few minutes later for a one song encore, dedicated to the late, great Gary Moore. 'Time Might Never Come' is Poole's 'Free Bird' and criminally omitted from the last few tours. I would like to think that Ben reintroduced this song due to popular demand (I mentioned it on more than one occasion to him) It was a fitting way to bring an amazingly hot night to a tremendous conclusion. If the following two evenings produced half as good a performance, then we are in for a superb live album.

Review and photos by Mark Donnelly

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  March 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 months ago
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.
  • Berny : @rocktu: We used to produce a series of podcasts that were available for download on Rocktopia. Other than that, there's no radio station I am aware of.
  • rocktu : Hi i would like to know was there ever a radio station of fireworks
  • rocktu : Hi
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #93 is out now! : - )
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site