Review: Fabulous Thunderbirds – Southport – 19 July

Posted on: Saturday, Jul 21, 2007

Actually this is not a proper review just my first thoughts on the T-Birds gig in Southport on Thursday night.

I was not disappointed by the T-Birds, but there again I wasn’t blown away either. The vocals and the playing were all absolutely top drawer as one would expect – but for me there was a bit of a spark missing, maybe it was the seated nature of the theatre or maybe the band at first were just looking forward to getting back to L.A. It seemed to take a while for them to begin to enjoy themselves. It was also quite corporate – with the band lined up afterwards at a long table signing CDs for a queue of people. I have all the CDs but there wasn’t a chance to say “Hi!” if you were not buying.

Personally I would have liked to have seen a couple more songs from Nick Curran – but I suppose they can’t be playing all night. The 90 mins did seem to go quite quickly.

A very British audience with lots of out of time clapping. That always makes me smile.

I have no pictures to share as photography was not allowed.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds inc. Still going strongly after 30 years.



July 21st, 2007 at 10:46
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I thought they were a good band but maybe shouldn’t be called The Fabulous Thunderbirds? Perhaps the Kim Wilson Band would be more appropriate. It’s probably my fault because I’m not familiar with any FTs material since the Jimmie Vaughan years but they only did two or three songs that I associate with the band. I thought they might do a couple more for the encore but instead after an overlong harmonica solo we got another harmonica song. And he didn’t introduce the band (but the support band did – twice!!)



July 21st, 2007 at 12:50
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Yeah – in Grahame’s exact words…

Wilson slightly overcooked the two showcase mega-harp solos – for Christ’s sake we all know how good he is!

Cheers for that G.

FWIW I saw a similar line up billed as the Kim Wilson band at a club gig in San Diego in 2005.

KW – vox and harp
Kirk Fletcher – Guitar
Gene Taylor – Piano (since left the band)
Ronnie James Webber – Bass and tattoos
Steven Hodges – Drums (now replaced by Jay Moeller)

They absolutely smoked. I was completely blown away.