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|Vienna - 15 & 16 January 2011|
Weiner Metropol, Vienna, 2011
Review by Mike and Margaret Wright (from the Black Country, England)
January 15/16th 2011 was our second visit to the Metropol to see the TCB Band and Dennis Jale. The 2010 show was brilliant, and we were looking forward to much of the same. We could only see the two shows because of flight times.As we entered the concert hall, feelings within were already gathering momentum. The first thing noticed was the instrumentation set up on stage, bathed in the soft stage lights. The auditorium was full of fans just waiting for the show. At last the time was upon us.The compare came onto stage and gave his pre show information in a most enthusiastic way.Joe Esposito and Joe Guercio came out front and gave the audience a most heartwarming talk about Elvis (as they would several times during the show), and Joe E said he was impressed by the great job that Dennis did with the songs.The house lights dimmed. The Also Sprach Zarathustra theme boomed out from the speakers, and on they came. Legends all. First was Glen D. Hardin (keyboards), followed by Jerry Scheff (bass). Next was Paul Leim (drums). Paul was standing in for Ronnie Tutt, but is a legend in his own right. Next was James Burton (lead guitar). To use an old phrase, "the joint was jumpin". They were followed by Gogo (guitar) and the Jam Gang musicians and singers. The applause was thunderous, and they hadnt started yet.Instruments were readied, and Paul started the drum intro for CC Rider. Dennis Jale came onto stage and started singing. The fusion of sound on this first number nearly took the roof off. As the show progressed, it got better and better (I wont list all the songs done, as they have already been mentioned by Bridgets great write up). Personal favourites were Steamroller Blues, Mary in the Morning, You Gave Me a Mountain (great vocal Dennis), Johnny B Goode, and Ill Remember You.The latter song was obviously tinged with sadness, due to the untimely passing of Myrna Smith. Prior to this song a tear-inducing tribute to Myrna was given by the two Joes and the song was not only appropriate, but beautifully done by Dennis and the band. The other major highlight of the show was the rockabilly section, including the Bill Monroe classic, Blue Moon of Kentucky and Baby Lets Play House. This was enhanced by the fantastic double bass playing of Manfred Cromy.
You know, although Elvis and other greats have passed on, the legacy of this wonderful music will live on through the inspiration of the whole TCB Band fraternity. They are all a living/loving tribute to a golden age of music. Long may it continue.
God Bless All. Roll on 2012.
Source: Mike & Margaret Wright/Published by:www.tcbfanclub.com
TCB Band Fan Shoutbox
- Briget : Colm sorry you won't be able to make it to Stourbridge : - (
- Colm : Not sure Mike, waiting on a work schedule. Im sure it will be a great night
- mike wright : Hi Colm, are you coming to Stourbridge
- Briget : Following the sun Colm : - ) have fun.
- Colm : Just booked flights to Barcelona for the show there
- Briget : Happy Christmas to all : - )
- Colm : Happy Christmas to all the members of the TCB fanclub
- Briget : Great to see Jerry doing another show in March 2014. Can't wait : - )
- Colm : Its great to hear that the concerts in Brazil are very successful
- Colm : What a concert in Paris. The band were great
- Briget : Hi Mike. Enjoy Paris Colm and Margaret : - )
- Colm : Everyting good here Mike, heading off to Paris in the morning for the concert on Monday evening. Happy days.
- mike wright : Hi Colm and Margaret. Hope you are both well and enjoying life. Best Wishes. Mike and Margie(Narrowboat TUPELO)
- Colm : I hope everyone is having a great time at the shows in the UK
- Russell : looking forward to cruising with the band and elvis fans from all over the world. I am sure the boat will rock and roll.
- Briget : Colm you're a star in this chatbox : - ) the oly one who bothers and Ross : - D Would love to be in Memphis especially for the event at Stax !
- Colm : Have any members went to Memphis for Elvis week
- Colm : What a great line up with James Burton in New Brighton, hope everyone has a fantastic weekend
- Briget : Hope to see you Ross, Colm and Maragret in Vienna : - )
- Colm : It might be time to do the lotto.lol
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