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Mickleton RnB Club Review

09/03/2007

Albert Lee

A packed hall welcomed these two very different acts to a sold out Mickleton RnB Club on Saturday 3rd March.

Lee Maddison from Hartlepool returned to the hall for a second time to perform a very powerful and soulful acoustic set. He covered a number of songs ranging from James Brown to George Harrison, and performed some of his own songs, one about the drinking culture in Hartlepool and another written in the toilets of Nissan UK during a nightshift!

The tempo (and the volume!) then picked up when Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes began their act. The music was loud and lively and had everyone stomping their feet. It was the first time the five piece band had visited Mickleton. The band consisted of Albert Lee by common consent one of the world's finest guitar players, Gerry Hogan on steel guitar, Peter Baron on drums, Brian Hodgson on bass guitar and Elio Pace on keyboard and vocals.

Their set ranged from lively rock n roll numbers to strong ballads, performed with amazing talent by all members of the band. Albert mesmerised the audience with his incredible guitar playing and Elio provided much entertainment with his keyboard playing/dancing!

The band performed a number of covers as well as songs from their albums Tear it Up and In Between the Cracks. Instrumental numbers and the introduction of an accordion played by Elio amazed the audience.

"In the beginning there was nothing but rock..." was the phrase that started the second set which was just as compelling as the first. The audience were up dancing to toe tapping tunes and there was a breathtaking instrumental finale in which Albert and Elio's fingers were simply a blur on the guitar and keyboard respectively.

The band returned for an encore performing popular tunes such as Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog, and received rapturous applause and a standing ovation from the audience. Let's just hope this fantastic band return to Mickleton again soon.

Review by Helen Thistlethwaite