10cc @ Music Hall, Aberdeen – live review
Words: John Millar
Pics: Dod Morrison
Looking far younger than his 66 years, Graham Gouldman walks onstage at 7:30 pm to start off the half hour acoustic set that precedes 10ccâs full electric shows.
His band members join him one at a time as the acoustic set progresses. Rick Fenn, Mike Stevens and Mick Wilson join in as Graham sings songs from his back catalogue of hits he wrote for other artists such as Pamela, Pamela, No milk today and for your love. He also debuts a new song heâs written recently which fits in well with the other hit numbers.
Then thereâs a twenty minute break before the band returns, along with drummer Paul Burgess to give us an hour and a half of sheer musical magnificence. The talent that these guys possess is simply incomparable! Each of them is a multi instrumentalist, swapping between guitars, bass and keyboards and each of them has excellent voices (although Paul Burgess stays on drums and percussion throughout and contributes no vocals). I cannot claim to have been a huge 10cc fan, though I liked all their singles, but these guys are outstanding live.It`s forty years since they released their first single, `Donna` and it gets an airing tonight, along with `Dreadlock Holiday`, `Iâm not in love`,` Life Is A Minestrone`, `The Dean And I`.
As when we saw them previously, they play an astonishingly good version of `Iâm Mandy ,Fly Me` .They also play some lesser known tracks from `Deceptive Bends` and `Bloody Tourists` and other albums.
Rick Fenns guitar solo on their immense version of `You Wonât Feel The Benefit` is breathtaking. Mick Wilson is superb throughout, displaying his mastery of various instruments and also his superb vocal range, which allows him to reach the high notes on `Donna` and other numbers faultlessly .We get a stunning bass solo from Graham Gouldman and Mike Stevens keyboards are tremendous throughout.
Seriously, these guys are right out of the top drawer as musicians and there are no weak songs in the set at all; every one is a masterpiece. Most of the songs draw huge applause from the crowd. The Concert Hall is not full, but itâs a more than decent crowd for a band whose heyday was over three decades ago. Just goes to show thereâs always a market for great music and great musicians, no matter from what era they come. Weâre all on our feet to salute them as they leave the stage at the end of the set .The noise from the crowd must have echoed all the way back to the bands dressing rooms. They return to a storm of cheering and clapping and some people make as if to sit down again now the band has returned, but the magnificent Mr.Gouldman tells them -âOh donât sit down, youâre wasting your time because youâll be back up in a minuteâ and the band launch into an extended and fantastic version of `Rubber Bullets`. Mike Stevens gets to play us some sensational Saxophone during this and the whole place is dancing along.
10cc join our list of `Must see` artists and rank right up alongside The Hollies as the best live bands Iâve seen.