Wednesday, 18th May 2016, Newcastle Cluny 2
By David Hall
Spring has sprung, and it’s time for Terry Reid to make his annual pilgrimage to Newcastle to perform another stellar show at The Cluny.
I first heard Terry’s music as part of the soundtrack for the Rob Zombie film ‘The Devil’s Reject’s’, to which he contributes three tracks. I was taken in by Terry’s amazing, soulful voice, coupled with a sound that combines soul, country, folk and rock.
Following a little research, I came across the oft trotted out nuggets of trivia about Terry: The man who turned down the lead spot in Deep Purple, pushing the members of Led Zeppelin together, playing Mick Jagger’s wedding, and so on. He seemed like a reverse Forrest Gump: in all the right places at the right time, but with every endeavour ending with a stroke of bad luck, meaning he never truly found mainstream success.
His albums seemed hard to come by in the flesh, so when he announced a show at the Academy a few years back with a full backing band in tow (The Cosmic American Derelicts), I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t disappointed.
Last year I caught him again, this time at his current venue of Cluny 2. This was a solo show, and showcased Terry in a stripped back setting, allowing his voice and unique guitar style to really shine.
I’ll put my cards on the table: this blokes voice is enough to draw tears. It’s not a coincidence that Record Collector quotes Terry’s gigs as ‘An evening of intimacy and emotion’.
Cluny 2 is the perfect venue for Terry. Last years sound was excellent, and the layout of the stage and seating allows for an intimate setting. It’ll be great to see him return.
This year, Terry has a new release on vinyl and CD of unreleased material from his 1973 album ‘River’, which will no doubt be greatly anticipated by fans, old and new.
Terry also has a documentary in production, entitled ‘Superlungs’, detailing his life and musical career.
Many gigs will come and go this year, but as a very personal recommendation I urge you to get down to Cluny 2 on Wednesday 18th May. Add yourself to the ever-growing cult of Terry Reid.
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