These two gigs were pulled together at short notice but got a good turnout nonetheless.
The best news was that Jim is back, and was on top form. However, Paddie couldn’t make it, so Charlotte Churchman stood in and did a great job, and brought a number from her repertoire – Stevie Wonder’s “What’s the Fuss”. Mel wasn’t there either, so we had Ross Stanley on the hammond. Jodie was’t available on the second night, so Ally McDougal from Tony’s band was on percussion and also sang “Let’s Get It On”.
This line-up had people with ages from each decade from 20s to 70s.
By general agreement, these were the best gigs since the 2014 re-union – two sold-out nights with crowds in the weekend mood helped. For the record, Mel Collins was back on sax (“Bet you don’t get a reception like that with King Crimson” said Frank), and Andy Treacey from Faithless was on drums. Two ‘new old’ songs were in the set: “What You Waiting For” (AKA Turn Up the Microphone”), an obscure Norman Whitfield disco track originally recorded by Stargard (video from the night here), and the Quincy Jones number “Stuff Like That”.
Another memorable evening at a sold-out Half Moon, the venue of Helena-May’s first performance with the band in August 2014. Andy Tracey of Faithless played drums as if he’s always been in the band. Mel was back from Crimson duty. Ally and Richie from Tony’s band joined in on backing vocals for a couple of numbers. All was right with the world for a couple of hours.
Thanks to Julian Crook for these videos, and especially for holding his recorder/camera steady for Naked Flame and With Everything I Feel In Me, and to Steven Cropper for the great photos.
Forever – Kokomo (ft Helena-May Harrison) 6 April 2016
Naked Flame – Kokomo (ft Tony O'Malley) 6 April 2016
With Everything I Feel In Me – Kokomo (ft Frank Collins) 6 April 2016
The sold-out Soul Summit, also featuring The Average White Band. With only a 45 minute set, Kokomo needed to hit the ground running, and certainly did that. The standing ovation was well deserved. What a night!
PS Check out Frank’s boots