studioalbums, 8 live recordings and 5 Greatest Hits milestones, that's
what Savoy Brown's back catalogue looks like, starting off in the year
1967. Whereby it has to be said, that within all these 46 years of the
band's existence, from 1965, - Savoy Brown has always been mainly Kim
Simmonds. Because no other group has changed their line up so often as
them. And so it's a little challenging to say, that this is literatually
a one man project of a guitar genius. But we don't do that, as
there have been many brilliant musicians participating on Savoy Brown
over all those decades and contributed their input. And this is, what
Savoy Brown is all about. The absolute highpoint of the carrier, Kim
Simmonds probably experienced in 1972, when the album 'Hellbound Train"
was created, and showed off as a real masterpiece of the early Seventies
in Rockmusic. - This kinda music has got one big advantage compared to
other trends, as it privileged itselves over all this time and even
nowadays it sounds fresh and timeless.
Most of all, Savoy Brown don't sound british, but rather very american.
a through and through english man who had moved to the States during the,
just mentioned high times of the band is nowadays living in Upstate New
York and doesn't miss good old England at all, Why should he, as his
home country never showed any respect and attention to his music
compared to America, and also Germany and Europe. Although Simmonds has
never forgotten his roots.-
So well, let's face it - Germany is a good ground for Bluesrock Bands,
so that's the reason, why Savoy Brown now starts to put a more
concentrated focus onto our Country here again. We over here, don't
agree really that Germany is the best place to be, but compared to other
places on this globe, older and also half forgotten rockacts still have
enough chances and possibillities to play live on Stage here, though
only 50 something fan relicts from back then have gathered to celebrate
a nostalgic dejavu. - That's what it is tonight here in Munich at the
smallest of the 3 Backstage Venues - the Club. Next door, same building,
right at the same time, a bomb is exploding at american Nu Metaller Ill
Ninò's show. Compared to Savoy Brown, about 700 kids are there, to bang
their heads to total exhaustion.
Here at the club there is a rather calm atmosphere and Mr. Simmonds
starts his early without support act at 8.15 p.m.
‚Meet The Blues And Head On’ - starts an aprox. 90 minutes review
onto 40 years of Savoy Brown.
In his band of 18 months now, there is Singer, Sax player
Joe Whiting, Drummer Garnett Grimm and Bassist Pat DeSalvo. And
4 guys do play very well together indeed.
is actually one little change compared to past performances, when Kim
managed all guitars and lead vocals by himself. Presently he only sings
about two or three tracks, the rest is left to Mr.Whiting. And there
ain't any marathone tours anymore, but only concert trips with a length
of about 2 weeks or so. Simmonds says: "I only play for fun and as
much as I like nowadays, and I don't want it to become stress anymore.
And fortunately I can afford to do so'.-
the action here and a program, which doesn't leave any wishes open for
the true - still to be fan. What we got here is the wonderful 'Poor
Girl' sung by Simmonds himself and his own favorite Willy Dixon Song 'Wan
Dang' - and we get to hear a brandnew song named 'Voodoo Moon' which
will be included on the next studioalbum , due out in October this year.
The highpoint is the extensive long version of Savoy Brown's masterpiece
'Hellbound Train'. Hereby the mastro shows all his skills and talents of
true guitar art. - The set is closed down with the suiting track 'Leavin'
can't complain really. This has been a clear and straight performance
what's up to classic Bluesrock. And everybody in here should be
satisfied. But I say - should - , because due to the average and rather
very laid back atmosphere in here, the sparkle ain't jumping really, and
the party mood is leaking. But how come? Well - the older generation ,
is hard to get out of their homes to see a good show, and the youngsters
are asking pretty innocently: who the hell is this? - and rather get mad
next door at Ill Ninò and Co.
snapshots are available at the Diary