Words by: Robert Sutton
Images by: Robert Sutton Photography
Having seen the first show with Carl Sentance as the new singer for Nazareth last September at London’s Brooklyn Bowl, I thought it was the polite thing to do, to go and see how he was getting on with the band when they played at Under The Bridge at Chelsea Football club’s ground, London on the 17th July.
Support for the night was The Darker My Horizon. (the same support they had at Brooklyn Bowl last year…)
The Darker My Horizon – Having released their first album ‘Acquiesce’ early last year, the band ( Paul Stead (lead vocals/guitar), Mark Stephenson (guitars & backing vocals), Gavin Tester (drums & backing vocals), Max Notaro ( bass & backing vocals) and Alan Kirkham (rhythm/acoustic guitar & backing vocals) have been busy touring and recording their second album ‘No Superhero’ ( due to be released this month -July). This was one of the first times some of the new songs were to be played live and the very first time the new album could be purchased ahead of its official release date.
The band opened with ‘No Superhero Part One’ from the new album and they also played ‘Functional Dysfunctional’ ,’Diablo’ and ‘Feels Like Home’ from the album. The rest of the ten song set was from their first album. There was quite a reasonably turnout for them at this rather plush London venue, where they gave a super opening performance. This ‘new’ rock band, who were formed from the ex-members of ‘Sacred Heart’ and ‘Born to be Jovi’, now have a slightly heavier sound than their previous bands. and yep have to say…’good job ..done well’ to the guys..
1: No Superhero Part One
4: Summer Time
5: Functional Dysfunctional
8: Feels Like Home
9: Can’t Stop the Rain
Nazareth -Well what can I say about Nazareth?…They have been around forever!! and I don’t think anyone can say they have never heard of them…even if they don’t actually follow the band. In 2013 Dan McCafferty (vocals) had to retire after a whopping 45 years with the band and in 2015 Carl Sentance joined as the new vocalist, not saying it was a large undertaking for Carl but what a challenge for him..After seeing him at his first show some ten months ago it was great to see that he was now well and truly a worthy member of this fine Scottish band with really outstanding vocals that not only encompassed the vibe of the original songs but also added a little bit of his own personality to them. Aided and abetted by founding member Pete Agnew (bass), Lee Agnew (drums) and Jimmy Murrison (guitars) this new line-up really does do justice to those classic songs from the band.
By the time the band came on the stage the audience numbers had swelled, to a really healthy turnout for a Sunday night and the band opened with ‘Silver Dollar Forger’ from their 1974 album ‘Rampant’.
They played some of their best known songs including ‘Dream On’ , ‘Bad Bad Boy’ , ‘Hair of the Dog’ and ‘Love Hurts’ .They finished the night with an encore of their 1973 hit ‘Broken Down Angel’. It was a great set but with the exception of one added song, it was exactly the same setlist as the one they played ten months ago.. !! Still a great set though, but just thought that from their twenty three albums they could have perhaps altered the set a little bit more??!!..
So the question from me would be.. are the band going to now record a new album with Carl on vocals??.. I guess time will tell, but it would be great to hear something new from them.
1: Silver Dollar Forger
2: Miss Misery
4: This Flight Tonight (Joni Mitchell cover)
5: One Set of Bones
6: Dream On
8: This Month’s Messiah
9: Turn On Your Receiver
10: Bad Bad Boy
11: Beggars Day (Crazy Horse cover)
12: Changin’ Times
13: Hair of the Dog
14: Expect No Mercy
15: Love Hurts (The Everly Brothers cover)
16: Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson cover)
17: Broken Down Angel